Recently, Anaheim Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, after being traded from the St. Louis Cardinals, the team he led with his amazing hitting skills and home run prowess, couldn’t put a ball over the fence if you, well, paid him millions—literally. But now he’s, for the most part, swinging the bat like the Pujols of old, and how do you think he managed to reclaim his past dominance? By getting his ass into the batting cages and fine-tuning his craft from scratch.
The same tactic could definitely work for Adam Sandler, who once owned stand-up comedy stages as a newbie before he broke into Hollywood. He probably doesn’t think that his recent movies have sucked, but if he were to ask any filmgoer over the age of 12 to review his flicks, he’d most likely be met with downward-pointing thumbs and/or uncomfortable giggling.
So the truth of the matter is that Sandler has lost that funny feeling, and, like Pujols and the batting cage, Sandler should get back into that rookie mindset, write some new material, and take to the road for a comedy club tour. The jokes that crash and burn, abandon without sentiment; the self-deprecating anecdotes that inspire the most laughter, build scripts around them. Call it the Funny People model for rejuvenation.