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Back When They Were Funny: The Cast of <i>Grown Ups 2</i> on <I>Saturday Night Live</I>

In hindsight, 1990 was a particularly momentous year for the cast of Grown Ups 2. That was the season that Lorne Michaels made Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and David Spade regular cast members on Saturday Night Live, the show that launched each of their careers and made them household names. Rob Schneider was also cast that season, but since he doesn't appear to be in this sequel, we are more than comfortable forgetting about him.

Many other Grown Ups 2 players are also SNL alums: Maya Rudolph, Colin Quinn, Andy Samberg, Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam all show up in varying capacities. That probably makes it pretty awkward for Kevin James, who has never appeared on the show. Sorry, Kevin.

Of course, for many of these comedians, SNL marked the highlight of their careers, and some haven't been all that funny since. Let's take a look back at their best moments from the sketch-comedy staple, and try to forget how far they've fallen in the years that have passed. We can't promise that watching these clips will make you forget about That's My Boy, but it couldn't hurt.

Notes to Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg: You guys are still funny. Just stop taking meetings with Adam Sandler's agent. Chris Rock, you're on probation. Maybe you should give Kevin Smith a call. You were awesome in Dogma.

Adam Sandler
Sandler was just 24 when he was cast on SNL, and his boyish humor was a big part of his charm. He's attempted to keep riding that wave, but it's gotten less cute over the years. In this clip from 1992, Sandler completely pulls off a bizarre sketch, in which he instructs "Weekend Update" viewers how to make Halloween costumes with just their faces.

David Spade
Spade's sarcastic, snide demeanor worked great when paired against Chris Farley's physical gags. That doesn't mean we forgive him for Joe Dirt, though. He hasn't fully paid his debt for that crime.

Chris Rock
Chris Rock has emerged as by far the coolest and most relevant of any of the four main Grown Ups guys. Probably because his stand-up is so raunchy and because he's involved in innovative projects, like Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (though if he keeps turning up in stuff like Head of State, his cred could go out the window pretty quickly). He was also one of SNL's best social critics, especially when writing and performing bits about race relations, as this clip proves.

Maya Rudolph
Rudolph exited SNL in 2008, when she moved on to pursue a movie career, including her role in Bridesmaids. Rudolph's funniest SNL moments often came from her over-the-top interpretations of characters whom audiences were often familiar with from own lives, such as the "Bronx Beat" girl, or this over-the-top National Anthem belter.

Colin Quinn
Quinn, who plays Sandler's childhood rival in Grown Ups, anchored "Weekend Update" for three years before leaving SNL in 2000. Since then he's mostly worked in stand-up, though he had a brief appearance in Girls' second season.

Andy Samberg
Samberg is of course best known for his (often viral) Lonely Island Digital Shorts. He's also worked with Sandler before, in That's My Boy and Hotel Transylvania. That's My Boy looked like Sandler's attempt to pass the comedic torch to the next generation, but the movie was so unfunny Samberg may want to give it back.


Bobby Moynihan
It seems no SNL cast is complete without a big guy, even though most of them just end up throwing themselves around the stage to compensate for the fact that they're not Chris Farley. Moynihan is better than Horatio Sanz at least, and his clueless Fox and Friends anchor Brian Kilmeade, (who may possibly be mentally unstable) is hilarious -- unless you're Glenn Beck.

Taran Killam
One of the newest SNL players, Killam previously performed on two seasons of Wild 'N Out as well as a stint on MadTV. However, Killam has risen from sketch-comedy hell, making waves with several viral sketches like his parody of Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend." He's probably best known for this weirdly catchy sketch "Mokiki," in which he plays a New York City urban legend who dances the Sloppy Swish and pukes poison on Anne Hathaway. This is all set to a song performed by Kenan Thompson, by the way.

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