Comedy legend Adam Sandler began his career at Saturday Night Live in 1990 as a writer for one season, before being added as a featured player the next year. It took him a while to find his voice, but by the height of his SNL career he was creating some of the most hilarious and memorable characters to ever grace the stage at Studio 8H. That's not to say there weren't some clunkers - looking at you, "Sleepyhead" - but he certainly had a knack for creating dumb, simple characters that got laughs.
What would the history of SNL be without the likes of Opera Man, Canteen Boy, or The Gap Girls? Here are the all original Adam Sandler SNL characters that he brought to the show over his six-year tenure, ranked from best to worst.
- Photo: NBCLong before Jimmy Fallon was slow-jamming the news, Adam Sandler was operatically singing the news on "Weekend Update." One of his most memorable characters from Saturday Night Live, Opera Man showed Sandler really hitting his stride as a comedian.13041Do you love this character?
Cajun ManPhoto: NBCCajun Man was a successful Sandler character, mostly offering up replies with words ending in "ian, ion, un" sounds.8930Do you love this character?
Canteen BoyPhoto: NBCThe iconic Canteen Boy debuted in 1994, with Sandler playing a simple, 27-year-old Boy Scout. The sketch quickly takes a bizarre turn from the mockery of the other Scouts to Canteen Boy dealing with the overt sexual advances of his Scoutmaster Mr. Armstrong, played by Alec Baldwin.
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Hank GelfandPhoto: NBCHank Gelfand was the exhausted husband of Beverley (Chris Farley) who flipped through the Zagat Guide to find a place to eat. Hank, who would rather be doing anything else, would say things like, "Take me God, I am ready to meet you!" and hold a toy gun to Bev's head as she bellowed about restaurant options.8131Do you love this character?