This year’s recipient of the Mark Twain Award for American Humor is Adam Sandler. On March 19, 2023, Sandler will accept the prize during a gala performance at the Kennedy Center.

One of the most distinguished honors in comedy, the 24th Mark Twain Award for American Humor, was given to Adam Sandler.

The Mark Twain Award, according to the Kennedy Center, “best honors people who have had an impact on American society akin to that of the preeminent nineteenth-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens known as Mark Twain.”Among Sanders’ filmography are the Netflix originals Hurry and The Meyerowitz Stories, as well as Billy Madison, Lucky Gilmore, grownup, Big Daddy the Wedding Singer, and Lucky Gilmore. His multi-hyphenated career spans writing, producing, songwriting, and acting.

Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, George Carlin, Lily Tomlin, Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jon Stewart are a few more comedians who have received the Mark Twain Prize.

Brooklyn-born In 1990, Sandler launched SNL at the age of 23. Opera Man, The Herlihy Boy, and Canteen Boy were a few of his personas. On songs like Lunch Lady Country and the now-classic Hanukkah song, in which he lists celebrities who are Jewish like him, he sung and played the guitar.“Adam Sandler has entertained audiences with his films, music and tenure as a fan-favorite for over three decades SNLKennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter said in a statement, “Adam created characters that made us laugh, cry, and cry with laughter.”

Critics have been less enthusiastic about Sandler’s work over the years. In 2014, Mark Olsen spoke up The Los Angeles Times that Sandler’s films “exist on their own level of bad taste and questionable intentions”. In 2008, NPR’s Bob Mondello wrote that his comedies “gross millions in inverse proportion to the wit of their scripts.” Sandler said he stopped reading reviews early in his career.

But while some consider Sandler’s comedy secondary, his dramatic performances have received more positive reviews. in the The New York Times, Glenn Kenny called the actor a “revelation” in the Netflix film. The Meyerowitz Stories. The headline for Justin Chang’s review of Hurry in The Los Angeles Times reads that Sandler “gives one of his warmest and most modulated performances” as Stanley Sugerman, a former athlete-turned-talent scout.