Sandler, 56, came to Rock’s defense during interviews on the red carpet Sunday before receiving the 2023 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington, D.C., People magazine reported. He said at no time in his life did he ever feel that Rock went too far with his jokes, including in his latest “Selective Outrage” show.
“I thought he was unbelievably relaxed, funny, thoughtful,” Sandler said. “Crushed it and was real to himself.”
“And it was as exciting to watch as when the Super Bowl is on,” he added. “I thought about it all weekend. ‘All right, Rock is doing his thing tonight!’ Saturday, watched it in my kitchen, laughed my ass off, immediately watched it right after. It was one of the best experiences. I thought it was amazing.”
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Former “Saturday Night Live” star Schneider said that Rock “really does set the bar” and was just as good as ever.
“He’s able to take really complex societal ideas and make them hilarious and bring us on board to some place of sanity, some place of reason,” said Schneider. “He’s so hilariously reasonable. He subverts us to his point of view, and that’s his genius. And modern comedy changed after Chris Rock, truthfully, 25 years ago.”
Actor and comedian Dana Carvey went even further in his defense of Rock’s material.
“There’s a million opinions so there’s kind of no such thing as too far because it’s called, ‘I don’t like it, me turn off, you know?'” Carvey said.
“If it was government order that you had to watch it then you would be allowed to be offended,” Carvey added on the red carpet. “That was just pure unadulterated Chris Rock brilliance, the entire thing. He was on point and that’s really difficult, what we did, and whether there was real emotion and comedy mixed at the end, that’s for anyone else to observe but it was quite an achievement.”