Adam Sandler was in attendance at the 2022 Gotham Awards in New York City on Monday night, but his teenage daughters Sadie and Sunny were not — and yet they still managed to bring down the house.
Sandler explained that they wrote his acceptance speech for one of the night’s two artist tributes and dictated that he deliver it in “that goofy Southern accent” that he does “all the time.”
When addressing the “well-dressed dignitaries, highly educated hipsters and various other plus-ones of the Gotham Awards,” the two explained in the speech. “Just know while daddy’s with you tonight, we’re doing everything we’re not allowed to do when daddy’s home, like…dare we say, laughing out loud at Ben Stiller movies.”
“The last time Daddy caught us laughing away at the ‘Meet the Parents’ trilogy, he immediately rushed into the room he calls ‘The Screaming Room’, which we just call ‘the shower,’ and the phrase exclaimed, ‘Only the Sandman makes people laugh. F— every other comedian,” Sandler said, quoting his girlfriends.
The speech continued, with Sandler sounding off as he read it. His daughters also joked about how much it meant to their father to be honored with this lifetime achievement award.
“It means a lot to him as most of the awards on his trophy shelf are shaped like popcorn buckets, blimps or fake mini-Oscars that say ‘Father of the Year’, which he unfortunately bought himself while in a self-pitying fog wandered around. through the flagship stores of Times Square,” they wrote.
The pair looked back at their father’s long list of iconic films throughout his career, explaining that it was “shaped by two guiding principles: People in prison need movies, too, and TBS needs content to show between all the f— — basketball games.”
They also said Sandler referred to 1999’s “Big Daddy” as “the movie that paid for this f—— house and your grandma’s house and your other f—— grandma’s house, Rob Schneider’s f— — house, and your braces, and Rob Schneider’s f—– braces.”
Sandler shares Sadie (16) and Sunny (14) with his longtime wife, Jackie Sandler, whom he married in 2003.