Ben Stiller on Adam Sandler | 2023 Mark Twain Prize 

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Watch the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor celebrating Adam Sandler on CNN.com or CNNgo.
The Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize, which is named to honor one of the world’s greatest humorists, was awarded to Adam Sandler at a gala performance featuring some of the biggest names in comedy -- including Chris Rock, Conan O'Brien, Ben Stiller, Dana Carvey, Pete Davidson, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Anniston, Idina Menzel, David Spade, and more -- on March 19, 2023, and aired nationally on CNN on March 26, 2023.
The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, best known as Mark Twain. As a social commentator, satirist, and creator of characters, Clemens was a fearless observer of society, who startled many while delighting and informing many more with his uncompromising perspective on social injustice and personal folly.
“Adam Sandler has entertained audiences for over three decades with his films, music, and his tenure as a fan favorite cast member on SNL,” said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter about this year’s recipient. “Adam has created characters that have made us laugh, cry, and cry from laughing. I am looking forward to a laughter-filled evening like no other as we celebrate his career at a ceremony that is sure to bring together the best in comedy.”
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MasterYoda 2 months ago
Ben is such a classic comedian, love his delivery. Such a wonderful friend to have.
Purefoldnz 2 months ago
but a horrible person.
Vrvaughn 2 months ago
@Purefoldnz Took the words right out of my mouth.. although I was leaning more towards “what a prick”
JoeBidenIsTrash 2 months ago
Michael Breindel
Michael Breindel 2 months ago
And much funnier than Adam will ever be. With better movies.
Michael Holmgaard
Michael Holmgaard 2 months ago
Ben Stiller single-handedly defined comedy movies in the 2000s. He was the reason why so many masterpieces were made back. The comedy scene feels empty now, without Ben doing his thing
Buddychrist 2 months ago
The comedies released during 95-04 were spot on amazing for that time, re-watching them now I understand the jokes and laugh but those younger than me finds them inappropriate, cringe, and offensive. It's was an era of every joke being acceptable as the jokes brought people of different backgrounds, challenges, and languages together. Now we can't joke about everything, people become divided and starts hating each other again. Stiller, Sandler, Spade, Chappelle, Murphy, Brown, Farley, Tucker, Brennan, Ferrell, and of course Sarah Silverman all led the way to unite people through jokes and laughs.
Slam Dunk
Slam Dunk 2 months ago
The golden age of comedy was Ben Stiller and Jim Carrey. They’re two of the greatest for me. Far above Sandler. They’re in the same league as Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
R. B.
R. B. 2 months ago
I'd go with Will Ferrell but to each their own.
greenbluemonkey 2 months ago
Yeah Stiller belongs there ahead of Sandler for sure
Andromeda is Coming
Andromeda is Coming 2 months ago
Meet the parents, Tropic Thunder and Zoolander. Those three movies cement Ben in my mind as on of the funniest comedians to ever live.
UserMll 2 months ago
This is a feel-good room filled with good people, who are ACTUALLY there to celebrate their friend Adam Sandler. It's beautiful 💙💙💙
cristahoffer24 2 months ago
Honestly this was so good and the positive shit we needed
MediocreMan 2 months ago
Can't say they're good people, but they're having fun and celebrating.
S†. Clou†
S†. Clou† 2 months ago
You can tell they actually love that man, and it's bc of how nice is actually is to everyone.
UserMll 2 months ago
@S†. Clou† Totally 💯
Nonsense Month ago
​@MediocreMan Just like I can't say you're a good person right?
Shannon Steven
Shannon Steven 2 months ago
Ben is heavily underrated by today's audience. It's amazing how almost every persons presentation ends with a story that essentially just say's when they were in a bad place, Sandler was the person that either came to them all, or they all went to.
Adrian Trusca
Adrian Trusca 2 months ago
He's a fucking millionaire. Relax.
Roberto De Antuñano
@Adrian Trusca Millionaires are people, and no person is exempt from dealing with mental illness.
Roberto De Antuñano
I totally agree with you. People forget that Ben directed Robert Downey Jr. in his second Oscar nomination. Also, Severance is a delight, possibly his best work as a director.
Shannon Steven
Shannon Steven 2 months ago
@Adrian Trusca Being a millionaire doesn't really take away from your work being under appreciated.
Noles 99
Noles 99 Month ago
Those Ben stiller shorts he used to make are comedy gold.
James Megadick
James Megadick 2 months ago
I would've loved to see Norm MacDonald on this. RIP Norm
Mizz TreeJackson
Mizz TreeJackson 2 months ago
Him and Chris Farley
johnny v
johnny v 2 months ago
I didn't even think about that...made me sad 😢
WILLIAM BOYLE 2 months ago
Phil hartman
Glorious Ginger
Glorious Ginger 2 months ago
Let's say, Norm made the powers that be bring us this event.😇
Dexter Morgan
Dexter Morgan 2 months ago
That would have been amazing
Conrad Bitangcol
Conrad Bitangcol 2 months ago
Brings me sheer joy to see how much fun Adam is having during this
Adam Miller
Adam Miller 2 months ago
Me too. Precious moments for sure. Genuine appreciation, friendship, respect, good taste and Witt. Refreshing. ☮️and thank you all.
ThePeej 2 months ago
“Under the surface, there’s just so much more to it… I mean… there has to be!”
JRQTV | Jon Robert Quinn Television
His comedic timing was perfection. Actually it was the best joke of his entire career. I’ve never found him funny until this one joke. Well done Ben. You did it.
m1l1t1am1ke Month ago
​@JRQTV | Jon Robert Quinn Television I'm sure he's thrilled
B-Mag 2 months ago
Ben Stiller is one of the best nepobabies we’ve had. He’s a better director than he is an actor and he’s still a solid actor
Slam Dunk
Slam Dunk 2 months ago
Those opinions are crazy 😂 Ben Stiller is top 2 best comedic actor with Jim Carrey. What are you smoking? Have you ever seen Everything about Marry, Along Came Polly, Starsky and Hutch, Tropic Thunder, Zoolander, Duplex, Meet the Fockers, Walter Mitty, The Heartbreak kid ?! They’re the funniest movies ever made.
J Modified
J Modified 2 months ago
@Slam Dunk Nothing but cringe humor in Meet the Parents/Fockers and some of the others, but Topic Thunder and Zoolander were great. I like Stiller when he goes "full cartoon" but not in semi-realistic movies where "the cringe is the humor".
Gil B
Gil B 2 months ago
@Slam DunkI think you missed the point lol
Blujonny11 2 months ago
Ben Stiller is one of the best '2023 hashtag words' we've ever had. There, fixed it. Probably better to worry about your own noob generation of actors/actresses.
Mister Bobby
Mister Bobby 2 months ago
Ben Stiller is an Amazing Actor, don't downplay his Acting
Dale Burnfart
Dale Burnfart Month ago
While I cant remember the last time it felt like someone's actual friends showed up to celebrate their real friend, this felt 100% authentic and I am so Hppy for Adam and all the friends he has in his life.
Jeffrey Kipperman
Jeffrey Kipperman 2 months ago
So great watching Adam Sandler roast Adam Sandler!
BRAKE the TREND 2 months ago
I thought i was the only one...who always felt so.. 🥲. They do look lot lot like brothers..
Muhammad furqan Ahmed
Nope to you both
Wade 2 months ago
Never a truer statement said.
Squid James
Squid James 2 months ago
superxnatrl 2 months ago
Lazy Eye NZ
Lazy Eye NZ 2 months ago
Ben and Adam are legends. The Meyerowitz Stories is such an underrated movie.
Valey 2 months ago
I love that movie i was always waiting for the 2 together in a movie. Sad that they only did it once as fas as i know
Lazy Eye NZ
Lazy Eye NZ 2 months ago
@Valey agreed and the closest thing before that was when Ben Stiller had a cameo in Happy Gilmore.
666size666 2 months ago
It's one of the 20% of Sandler movies that doesn't suck.
Adam Mackey Smith
Adam Mackey Smith 2 months ago
It IS an underrated movie. Seemed to slip by most people, but it may be the best Noah Baumbach film.
Pipo Low
Pipo Low Month ago
93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Where is it underrated?
AarlandSun 2 months ago
Click was incredible in both its humor and down right heartbreaking drama. The screaming in the rain brings forth tears everytime. Great movie with Sandler.
JB083 2 months ago
Underrated movie!
Arbiter Of All Things
It's a fucked up film. It goes from a funny goofy comedy to a serious, depressing, psychological horror movie. It's creepy.
Jay G
Jay G Month ago
One of his best movies ngl
Ricky Ray
Ricky Ray 2 months ago
Ben Stiller has always been my favorite of the comedic actors, but all these guys are legends.
jet Park
jet Park 2 months ago
I just love every Stiller movie. Also his director work is top notch
Famous5 2 months ago
Me too. Sadly So many people just don't "get him" though....
Tau 2 months ago
late 90s and 2k were truly a special time in comedy, both pop and festival level. Adam & Ben ruled
CristiBalKer 2 months ago
This was sooo good! I loved his speech better than the rest, it had me in tears!
Crow Lee
Crow Lee 2 months ago
I wish I had friends like Adam’s friends and I wish i had a friend like Adam. Looks like they had great times and love for one another for so many years. Nowadays you can only wish for 1 good genuine loyal friend but he’s got countless. He treats them all like his own family. Love Adam! Great man and great heart!
Lxxpybeatz Month ago
These guys made my traumatizing childhood easier to deal with and I thank them
Montrae Davis
Montrae Davis 2 months ago
So happy Adam is getting his roses. He is very talented and funny! Happy Gilmore, Water boy, and Wedding singer are my all time favorites! Congratulations!!
Yoli A.
Yoli A. 4 days ago
Omg that was so good! What a living tribute! Ben does such good impressions!!
Herman Munster
Herman Munster 2 months ago
Great comedian giving props to another. Thank you both for all the great years of comedy.
Perry Haldenby
Perry Haldenby 2 months ago
Adam Sandler is phenomenal .... Did you see his performance in 'Uncut Gem' ... Just incredible and raw
Jorge Carneiro
Jorge Carneiro 2 months ago
Those two are true icons of their generation.
Tanya Kasim
Tanya Kasim 2 months ago
They certainly are. 😊
Bernardo Perez
Bernardo Perez 2 months ago
That sand man impression was spot on 🤣 Ben is hilariously funny with out any effort it seams . Love all his films to me he is the goat of comedy
patricia roberts
patricia roberts 2 months ago
Ben was born from greatness. Both of his parents were perfection when it came to comedy!!! 💕
Lindsay W
Lindsay W 2 months ago
Comparing Adam Sandler to a chocolate chip cookie and bowl of fettuccine Alfredo is so spot on. His movies are like comfort food for a whole generation.
you 2 months ago
I wanna see a modern comedy with Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler. That'd be great.
Stephen 2 months ago
He would have made a great villain in Happy Gilmore along with Shooter McGavin . (besides the short scenes in the nursing home)
Tim2049 2 months ago
...I bet it wouldn't...
BenAck912 29 days ago
And Jack Black.
Dwim 2 months ago
Damn it breaks my heart seeing all these legendary comedians get older, some of their humor might be corny but the when you look back on all the movies they've made, they still stand the test of time and are unmatched to any comedy films that are out there these days.
Rhys Jones
Rhys Jones 2 months ago
Ya like I can’t stand the fake accent sandier does anymore but thinking back on his movies they really shaped alot of our childhoods. Same with Jim carrey in my opinion, makes me nauseous to see him still try to pull of physical humour and corny jokes at this age but god damn he almost couldn’t miss back then.
Patricia Bagby
Patricia Bagby 2 months ago
Ben, you and your dad and a jazz musician helped me decide to move to NY. I was here with my late husband, on a trip to see if we really wanted to move here. So far we had hated much of it. We decided to take a break by going to see Doc Cheatham at a club. Waiting for the set to start, we saw Jerry Stiller come in with his young son, and were thrilled. Right after that, the music started, with "I'll Take Manhattan." We looked at each other and said, that’s it, we're moving here. Thanks for being part of that decision! 😊
Sam Holder
Sam Holder 2 months ago
you can tell all his peers just love him so much
dancepiglover 2 months ago
It was inevitable for several people people to end up doing an impression of 90’s Adam Sandler. And it’s funny every time. 😂
Bob A Booey
Bob A Booey 2 months ago
Ben Stiller doing Bruce Springsteen, just the stories is a classic.
Lori 2 months ago
💕💖💕 Ben. So talented yet not afraid of self- depreciating humor.
BlueFM 2 months ago
Rarely have I seen quote the "stars" together and appearing genuinely at ease with each other and simply in the moment. How can you not like these folks...❤
Ellen F
Ellen F 2 months ago
We love everything Ben Stiller has done. Funny as hell.🤎💜💙💚💛🧡❤🤍🖤💛👏👏👏👏
Waheeda Hosein
Waheeda Hosein 2 months ago
Ben should do a stand up! 😂❤ Got it all from his parents!
Tom Sevcik
Tom Sevcik 2 months ago
That speech was all stand-up I was laughing the whole time
Strawberry Frog
Strawberry Frog 2 months ago
It's crazy and beautiful how all these funny guys are both hilarious and thoughtful
Mary Silvergirl
Mary Silvergirl 2 months ago
Ben Stiller is so brilliant!
Sphiwe Mohapi
Sphiwe Mohapi 2 months ago
I love this. This is amazing, I grew up on Sandler, he truly truly earned his merit. Well done good and faithful servant.
Gray-Fox 2 months ago
Im just glad to be a kid in the late 90's and early 2000...adam Sandler and bBen stiller are just to precious.. Love them! ❤️
Sara J
Sara J Month ago
Just the way the whole time for every speaker Adam leans forward and engages and is loving while listening ❤
Joel kenneth Johnson
Two giants in Hollywood who defined their genre❤️
Andrew Deutsch
Andrew Deutsch Month ago
Give Ben Stiller his flowers. That monologue was funny as hell. Lol.
loveforeignaccents 2 months ago
Ben and Adam are indeed two of the funniest when it comes to comedies!!!
Genuine Justin
Genuine Justin 2 months ago
Wtf who knew Ben Stiller could probably pull off Stand Up Comedy. Dude is actually hilarious. Funnier than his movies, except Tropic Thunder.
Enrico L
Enrico L 2 months ago
Click was funny also
ProMiŁ 2 months ago
Zoolander was really funny.
GasMaster 2 months ago
Although TT was indeed my favorite BS movie, Something About Mary is a classic as well!
ProMiŁ 2 months ago
Actually he was good early on, he was like bruce willis of comedy, after a while he made bad movies...
Ruby 2 months ago
We need another comedy with Ben and Adam. It's been too long since Happy Gilmore, they really should do another movie together. Lol
nitroburn72 Month ago
I rarely laugh, but Stiller was golden. 🤣 Loved him in Secret Life of Walter Mitty--a stellar movie and still one of my favorites (had to buy it). Didn't care too much for his character in the Friends episode, though, but love his other movies...the Night at the Museum films hold a special place in my heart...partly because he just clicked with Williams and also because I would watch the movies with my boys when they were young (I raised them, basically, myself). Congrats, Adam and Ben...both of you are awesome.😊
btetschner 2 months ago
A+ video! It would be great to have comedy friends like that, Ben and Adam are so funny.
Tony Maselli
Tony Maselli 2 months ago
love stiller as much as i do sandler. two comedic geniuses.
Michael Carroca
Michael Carroca 2 months ago
No other Man derserved this award, Sadler is a icon and we all have loved the laughs he has given us, God Bless !!
Chatty Monkey Don
Chatty Monkey Don 2 months ago
Well, they give one out every year so there have been plenty of others who have deserved it.
Pascoal Gomes
Pascoal Gomes 2 months ago
I love them both. I remember that in the beginning I didn't know them and used to mistake them. Then, I realized one is shorter than the other and it helped me distinguish their features.
Matt Sheezy
Matt Sheezy 2 months ago
“You could trouble me for a warm glass of Shut The Hell Up… you’re in My world now Grandma”
Justin F
Justin F 2 months ago
😆I think about that line weekly.
Edith 2 months ago
Rhys Jones
Rhys Jones 2 months ago
Man stiller was so dark in that movie, might not be my favourite movie, but it’s probably my favourite couple lines from him. So funny
itscarleejbitchez 2 months ago
I just called my momma to remind her of this line hahahahah thank you
Biyi Ogundele
Biyi Ogundele 2 months ago
ben is from a pure comedy family his dad just hilarious
big sam77
big sam77 2 months ago
ben stiller is one of the few guys that make me laugh just by looking at him
akhila rao
akhila rao Month ago
His friendships and family life are what deserve a prize wow
John 2 months ago
This was better than I taught it was gonna be.
Roy Moneyhun
Roy Moneyhun 2 months ago
Almost thirty years ago, in the mid-90s, I got to see Adam perform in my university gym in Miami. It was a free show. The place was packed. I wasn't seeing any tv at the time, so I wasn't fully aware of who he was. I'd heard his name, knew he was a comedian who sang goofy songs, but that was the extent of it. During the opening act, people kept yelling, "We want Adam!," which led to a great joke by the opener, but that's another story. Adam finally came out, and it became very obvious that everybody there loved this guy. A funny, funny dude. Thanks, Sandman!
Cloud Strife
Cloud Strife 2 months ago
you can see how good a person sandler is when all theses celebrities are there showing support and talking about respect without faking it, it come from the heart
Sunny Bee
Sunny Bee Month ago
Ben and Adam are the only multiverse collaboration left......and it's i guess too good of a thing to be true for it to happen
J Q 2 months ago
I just love how Mr Overachiever can’t help but love his chill “lazy” friend 😉
Gringa Latina
Gringa Latina 2 months ago
Stiller killed. They have a lot in common. So much talent, so many ideas, they can't stop creating.
Achoo Month ago
This is gotta be the funniest award show there is so far
Lenoria Mackey
Lenoria Mackey 2 months ago
Awesome and great job Ben Stiller!
Lexi Con
Lexi Con Month ago
So glad Ben brought up the MTV game show! 😂 Watched that with Adam and Colin Quinn back in the early 90's before they made it to SNL. Great times❤
Wrenlin Whitelight
Wrenlin Whitelight 2 months ago
Mark Twain would be proud of this moment. He was often referred to as the original "comedian" in modern terms.
Tom Jakab
Tom Jakab 2 months ago
Ben Stiller's "Manson" skit from his show with Bob Odenkirk as Manson is truly inspired.
steve Snodgrass
steve Snodgrass Month ago
Seems like Adam is always having fun
Jobo Mcfakeaf
Jobo Mcfakeaf 2 months ago
Ben could've easily won this award too dude
Tim Hendricks
Tim Hendricks 2 months ago
I would love a Ben and Adam collaboration.
Kurt 2 months ago
"Keep lying to yourselves" 🤣😂 God I love Adam. He and Farley were the heroes of my childhood.
ivan herrera
ivan herrera 2 months ago
I deeply admired ben stiller. Such a good role model to follow. Glad he is paying tribute to the legend adam sandler.
Pablo De Bella
Pablo De Bella Month ago
Ben is a special one, that guy makes me laugh as soon as he shows his face in any movie. specially when he is wearing an obviously enourmous fake moustache xD
Dbn Poldermans
Dbn Poldermans 2 months ago
Ben also deserves this award
YorVideoNet 2 months ago
*This was pretty good, i really enjoyed it.* 🤣
Her_Majesty_Gaming 2 months ago
Good people deserve good friends I'm so happy for Adam and I love how he always let his wife have cameo in his movies. Like the wife of dracula in HT is her painting
Ora Peker
Ora Peker 5 days ago
Adam, thanks for making us laugh, being true to our Jewish nationality, and being a celebrity neighbor in Boca. We would love to meet you in person in Boca. Best wishes ❤️
I would have loved that Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller made more movies together.
Ritesh Sacheendran
Ritesh Sacheendran 2 months ago
I want them back in a movie. UNIVERSE MAKE IT HAPPEN!!
Horror Movie Scream Queen
They need to do a full movie together! Happy Gilmore doesn't count lol
Anthony 2 months ago
Stiller is an underrated actor.
Mizz TreeJackson
Mizz TreeJackson 2 months ago
I’m so glad that Adam Sandler is getting his flowers. He’s so funny, seems very humble and doesn’t take himself too seriously.
theeDude 2 months ago
Ben Stiller is a legend. That's the reason people call Adam Sandlwe Zoolander!
Aero 2 months ago
I wish Ben could pull off another tropic thunder, that is the most impressive comedy movie ever.
Sophea Dutch
Sophea Dutch 2 months ago
Omgawwd...good old Ben Stiller❤👍I love it! Adam sandler rocks!
Sharal3D 2 months ago
Ben is one of the best director in this world.
Delilh 2 months ago
I've always dreamed about a film with Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler
Debra Jardine
Debra Jardine 2 months ago
came from the hardest possible time in history to adapt to the lame future ahead ADAM MADE IT BEARABLE AND FUN!!
Joe N
Joe N 2 months ago
I love Ben Stiller 😂🤣
diPaula 2 months ago
Man, I would love to see Norm on this stage, talking about Sandler, it would be incredible!!!!
Cori Morganson
Cori Morganson 2 months ago
Lmao. Love Ben. I would love to see them team up. Problem is the sensitivity police would never let them release the pure comedic talent of these two would create. We grew up in a different time. We had one short, laugh filled period of time when people got over themselves and we learned that laughing together at ourselves and everyone else... was far better than the bs offended culture. We'll NEVER have true comedy again thanks to these babies who actually believe they are ready to steer culture before they can master their own emotions. Smh When we can't laugh together, violence follows. Which is exactly why people need to learn to control themselves BEFORE they try to control the rest of us. Its also why we used to mock those little twats mercilessly until they cried. Lol
cjflo 3 days ago
Have another Werther’s Original old man
Someguy30 2 months ago
Bens character in happy gilmore is one of my favorites in any sandler movie
NormanG6 2 months ago
Stiller is sctually my fav comedy actor, his jokes are 100% my kinda jokes.
Jessie Panaro
Jessie Panaro 2 months ago
Ben ~ you gave everyone a Blast! You’re The Best!!
Stephen Mosgrove
Stephen Mosgrove 2 months ago
Stiller is so very smart and funny.
Missy Davis
Missy Davis 2 months ago
Adam Sandler has earned respect because hes loving and steady. Sand Man!
omg wth
omg wth 2 months ago
Ben is genius! 🤩
Caleb Brown
Caleb Brown 2 months ago
So I watched The Cable Guy recently.. dark comedy but brilliant! Directed by Ben Stiller
Puyax01 2 months ago
I always say that in order to be really funny you have to be a very smart person. Ben Stiller, Eddie and Charlie Murphy, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Bill Burr, Dave Chapelle, etc.
BeazleyZtudios 2 months ago
I've been watching all these clips and it felt like I was watching those old school Dean Martin roasts; where everyone was ragging on each other (and Adam) but it was done out of love and respect and the jokes were actually funny.
S K Month ago
Lol!!! This was hilarious 😂
Yavuz Sabuncuoglu
Yavuz Sabuncuoglu 2 months ago
Ben & Adam are best comedians.