There wasn’t a dry eye in the Saturday Night Live studio after Adam Sandler strummed and sang through a poignant tribute to his late friend and SNL co-hort Chris Farley.
Sandler — who was a member of the SNL cast from 1990-1995 — returned to his stomping ground as host on Saturday night (May 4). In his opening monologue, he referred to his years on the show as “the greatest time in my life” and reminisced about his favorite moments on set. Those even included his firing, which he hilariously sang about in a brief musical interlude.
But it was his closing performance that visibly affected several SNL cast members. Sandler picked up his guitar and sang an emotional and personal tribute to Farley, his dear friend and partner-in-laughs for several of his best known sketches on the show.
Farley died following an overdose at the age of 33 in 1997, which Sandler referred to in the song. He sang of the warnings he and his friends would send Farley’s way (“We’d tell him, slow down, you’ll end up like Belushi and Candy/He said, those guys are my heroes, it’s all fine and dandy/I ain’t making that stuff up, that’s the truth about my boy Chris Farley”), and offered several heartfelt anecdotes, too, about the good times they shared and Farley’s relationship with his father.
Heidi Gardner and Pete Davidson were two of the many visibly moved by the performance, and could be spotted wiping their tears away during the final moments of the broadcast as the credits rolled.
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Watch Sandler sing his Farley tribute below.