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Somehow, it’s been 21 years since Adam Sandler first debuted his seminal holiday classic “The Chanukah Song” on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update. That song is legally old enough to buy kosher beer now. Thankfully, Sandler has made it a sporadic tradition to update the song for the times, and here’s the fourth iteration, which is just as hilarious as the others. Check it out!
First, I think we can all feel justified in being a little ticked off that Sandler chose to perform the song live in front of a limited and random audience rather than debuting this 2015 version of “The Chanukah Song” directly on Saturday Night Live. I mean, that would have been perfect, considering Thanksgiving falls on a Saturday this year. (Can someone fact-check that before this story goes live?)
Anyway, Sandler predictably hits upon all areas of the entertainment field for this update, from Punky Brewster to Rush’s Geddy Lee to Shia LaBeouf, who’s half a Jew. (#AllMyJewvies?) And if your bucket list has the item “listen to a song that namechecks Ron Jeremy, ice cream and former wrestling champ Bill Goldberg,” you might as well die now. Or many years from now. The point is, that landmark event has happened now. The terrorists have not won.
The song is top notch, to be sure, and manages to be both timeless and topical, as evidenced by the following two lyrics.
We may not have a cartoon with a reindeer that can talk, but we also don’t have polio thanks to Dr. Jonas Salk. Part Jewish.
Not a lot of virologists making their way into pop music these days. Nor do convicted perverts. And yet…
Jared from Subway – Goddammit, a Jew. But guess who’s Jewish and could fix him? Loveline’s Dr. Drew. Get on it, Doc!
Knowing that Sandler is still fond of retooling songs from his music-filled past, I wish that one of his upcoming Netflix movies would be a musical that called back to some of his hits. Let’s get a new version of “Mr. Bake-O” and “Do It for Your Mama” out there. Well, maybe that second one wouldn’t be the best example.
While you’re waiting on your Thanksgiving meal to finish cooking, go ahead and relive the original song below, in all of its “sung next to Norm Macdonald” glory.
If this isn’t the perfect way to kick off the holiday season, then I don’t know what is. Well, with food and booze and family and stuff. But also this.