Adam Sandler, stand up
Like so many modern comedy actors, Adam Sandler has his ego massaged with one hand, and his underpants karate chopped with the other. His is loved and loathed in equal measure. We, for the record, quite like him – mainly for his performances in Happy Gilmore, Punch-Drunk Love, and the new one, Funny People. Hence, his 43rd birthday, which is today, should be a bittersweet affair, with lovely birthday cards from fans intermingling with the usual hate mail. We decided to get him a gift, so we sat around in a pub garden drinking strong cider, laughing at outsiders, and discussing gift suggestions, until it boiled down to a toss up between a bronze statue of an Eastern goddess, or a clip of some old stand up comedy from the Sandler canon. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Sandler!