Adam Sandler Gets “Really Upset” Before Performing Chris Farley Tribute on “SNL”

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On Saturday (May 4,) Adam Sandler stepped onto the stage at Saturday Night Live to perform a tribute to his late friend and co-star Chris Farley. And while he was able to get through the performance that night without a hitch, that wasn’t true in the rehearsals leading up to the performance.

“It was scheduled, but it kind of got sprung on me quick,” Sandler said in an interview on the Dan Patrick Show. “I had to mentally get ready because when I was singing the Farley song in the studio in rehearsals, I kept getting really upset because I loved just being in 8H — the studio. It was making me upset.”

Indeed, the two comedians have long had a connection with one another, both when Farley was alive but even more so in the years following his death. Fans will recall that Farley died of a drug overdose back in 1997 at the age of 33.

“I couldn’t really sing it out loud,” Sandler recalled of the performance, in which pics of Farley flashed on the screen behind him while he played his song. “I was kind of mumbling because his image and stuff was making me off and upset. I was like, ‘Oh man, I got to prepare for this — for the show — to try not to break down.’”

Despite the real emotion he experienced, we have a feeling that Farley was watching…and loving it.