NEW YORK (JTA) – Adam Sandler has updated “The Chanukah Song” for the first time since 2002.
The Jewish actor and comedian debuted the new version on Saturday night as a surprise guest at Judd Apatow’s stand-up special at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The updated tune listed a new group of celebrities who are Jewish, including Adam Levine, Drake, Scarlett Johansson, Idina Menzel, Seth Rogen and the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
In one comic line, Sandler sang that instead of Santa Claus, Jews can claim “two jolly fat guys: ice cream’s Ben and Jerry.” Another line went: “We might not have a cartoon with a reindeer that can talk/but we also don’t have polio thanks to Dr. Jonas Salk.”
Sandler also mentioned that Jared Fogle, the former face of Subway sandwiches who was convicted this summer on child pornography and sex charges, is Jewish.
Sandler first played the original version of “The Chanukah Song” on “Saturday Night Live” in 1994. Along with the 2002 version, he also updated the song in 1999.