Adam Sandler met a number of life-long friends on Saturday Night Live, including David Spade and Rob Schneider. But one of his closest pals on the late-night show, Chris Farley, died of a drug overdose two years after Sandler left the program in 1995. Farley was 33.
In his return to SNL as host tonight, Sandler remembered his late friend. After an hour and a half of silliness, Sandler closed out the episode with a touching tribute song about Farley and the duo’s friendship.
The song, which Sandler originally performed on his Netflix special, 100% Fresh, highlighted many of the late comic’s most iconic characters and sketches from SNL and features.
“You still bring us so much joy, make my kids laugh at your YouTube clips of Tommy Boy,” Sandler sang as images and video clips of Farley played on a screen behind him. “Then when they ask who is the funniest guy I ever knew, I tell them hands down, without a doubt it’s you.”
However, Sandler also recalled Farley’s hard-partying days that led to his untimely death and the heartbreak from attending his friend’s funeral.
“You’re a legend like you wanted, but I still wish you were here with me, and we we’re getting on a play to go shoot Grown Ups 3,” Sandler sang. “Life ain’t the same without you, boy. That’s why I’m singing about my boy, Chris Farley.”
Here is the tribute: