Adam Sandler is one of the most recognizable faces in comedy. He has given us such epic slapstick comedies as Happy Gilmour, Billy Madison and The Waterboy. My personal favorite is Eight Crazy Nights, which I watch each Christmas season.
Outside of his regular appearances on the big screen, here are 13 things you likely had no idea about Adam Sandler.
1. Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow used to be roommates.
Sometimes you have make a penny stretch into a dollar, and that can mean living with roommates. When they were both trying to make a name for themselves in the entertainment world, Sandler and Apatow were roommates. Sandler slept on a mattress on the floor. Seems like the sacrifices paid off.
2. His first stand-up gig came when he was 17-years-old
Before he was even old enough to drink in the comedy clubs that he was performing in, Sandler took his first shot at comedy as a fresh faced 17-year-old.
3. Who needs to write jokes, he just improvs it on stage.
There is no concrete proof of this, but it has been a long-time rumor that Sandler gets up on stage without prepping any material. If it is true, it gives his performance a real free-flowing feel to it.
4. He actually graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts
Many celebrities have the same story; move out to New York or Los Angeles and grind it out working part-time jobs while trying to realize their dreams. Sandler did this, but he also decided to get his education at the same time as he was working his way through New York's comedy club scene.