Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler Reflect on the Evolution of Comedy

Over the years, there had been significant changes in comedy–specifically in the kinds of jokes that are deemed acceptable. Many comedians and writers in the past would resort to punchlines that target certain social groups. Nowadays, comedy has evidently shifted towards a more inclusive and respectful approach toward all communities.

This comes with the new generation’s increased awareness of social issues, making the industry more welcoming and accessible to a wider audience. It has also created a space for more meaningful and impactful storytelling.

Having the opportunity to interview comedy icons Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, I took the chance to discuss the topic with them. As comedians who have stood the test of time, I wondered if it is challenging for them to make different generations laugh.

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Murder Mystery 2. (L-R) Jennifer Aniston as Audrey Spitz and Adam Sandler as Nick Spitz in Murder Mystery 2. Cr. Scott Yamano/Netflix © 2022.

“There are a few more rules now but that’s the hard part–the navigating–sometimes. What you can and can’t say anymore,” Aniston honestly answered.

As for Sandler, this is his response: “Of course, you want everyone to laugh. You certainly want anyone who’s going to see your movie to have a good time. So we think about everybody who’s gonna see the movie, the audience.”

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Murder Mystery 2. (L-R) Jodie Turner-Smith as Countess, Enrique Arce as Francisco, Melanie Laurent as Claudette Joubert, John Kani as Colonel Ulenga and Kuhoo Verma as Saira in Murder Mystery 2. Cr. Scott Yamano/Netflix © 2023.

Aniston jumped in, “We do! And at the end of the day what makes people laugh is universal, isn’t it? And it’s timeless. It’s not like fashion, it’s not like it changes, right?”

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“That’s true! We definitely look to get laughs and if possible not hurt anybody,” Sandler emphasized.

Finally, Aniston noted: “Luckily, we’re still here!”

The two are highly accomplished actors in the comedy industry with decades of experience in film and television.

Aniston’s acting career began in the late 1980s. From several small television roles, she landed her breakthrough role as Rachel Green in the “Friends” TV show in 1994. She then went on to star in hit movies such as “Marley & Me” alongside Owen Wilson and “The Break-Up” with Vince Vaughn, and won multiple awards such as a Primetime Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.


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Meanwhile, Sandler is renowned for his comedic performances in films like “Happy Gilmore,” “The Waterboy,” and “Big Daddy.” He also began his career as a comedian in the late 1980s before eventually building his own production company, Happy Madison Productions, creating several successful films.


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Together, Aniston and Sandler have worked on several movies including “Just Go with It” in 2011 and “Murder Mystery” in 2019. With a Murder Mystery sequel premiering on Netflix this Friday (March 31), the pair undeniably continue to bring laughs and good vibes to our lives today!


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Watch Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as they reprise their roles as Nick and Audrey Spitz in “Murder Mystery 2” only on Netflix!

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