Adam Sandler had to fight crying ‘like an idiot’ performing his Chris Farley ‘SNL’ tribute

It wasn’t easy for Adam Sandler to sing about his boy Chris Farley on “SNL.”

Sandler kept it together during his emotional, acoustic ode to his late “SNL” cast mate. But he told “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday how he struggled to get through the number, which chronicled their friendship.

Even the rehearsals were difficult.

“I had to mentally get ready, because when I was singing the Farley song in the studio in rehearsals, I kept getting really upset,” said Sandler, 52.

The giant screen featuring Farley, who died at age 33 in 1997, performing through the years was especially difficult for Sandler to see while he did the song.

“I couldn’t really sing it out loud. I was kind of mumbling it, because his image and stuff was making me off and upset,” Sandler said. “And I was like, ‘Oh man, I got to prepare for this for the show to try not to break down and be too nuts.’ “

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He relayed his inner monologue: “Oh man, you gotta stay calm. Stay calm. Nobody wants to see you cry like an idiot the whole song, you know?” Sandler said.

But the actor was helped by having his family in the audience, who he acknowledged before pulling on his guitar strap to perform.

“Then I got on there and strummed the guitar and was just trying to calm down and then they pointed to me. “All right, we’re rolling. I said, ‘OK, let’s do this. Just stay steady,’ ” he said. 

Adam Sandler sang a touching tribute to his friend Chris Farley as host of "Saturday Night Live." (Photo: WILL HEATH/NBC)

The song showed the hard-partying side of Farley. (“We’d tell him, ‘Son, you’ll wind up like Belushi and Candy.’ He said, ‘Those guys are my heroes, that’s all fine and dandy.’ “).

The lyrics never veered too deep into sentimentality, but featured the thought:

“Life ain’t the same without you. If we make enough noise, maybe he’ll hear us.”

Sandler received a wild ovation from the studio crowd and ended the song in fist-pumping fashion.

“It was really cool,” Sandler said on Monday.

Check out the whole interview below:


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