Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, Adam Sandler's first brush with comedy came at age 17, with a performance at a Boston comedy club. From then on he was hooked, performing regularly in comedy clubs throughout the state, while earning a degree in Fine Arts from New York University.
Playing Jack and Jill, he is co-writer and producer and has enjoyed phenomenal success as an actor, writer, producer and musician.
Sandler's films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide. His most recent film, Just Go With It, earned more than $214 million worldwide, and his previous film, Grown Ups, is the highest-grossing of his career, taking in more than $271 million worldwide. Sandler also recently starred in Universal's Funny People, as well as the box office smashes Bedtime Stories, You Don't Mess with the Zohan and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.
Sandler's voice was recently heard in Zookeeper, and he also served as a producer of that film. He is currently in production on I Hate You, Dad and will also voice the lead role of Dracula in Sony Pictures Animation's upcoming CG-animated feature, Hotel Transylvania.
Previously, Sandler has been seen in the starring role in Reign Over Me,Click, and The Longest Yard. He also starred in Spanglish, 50 First Dates, Anger Management, and Punch-Drunk Love.
Sandler's production company Happy Madison Productions was co-founded by Jack Giarraputo and Sandler and has gone on to become an almost self-contained mini studio, being involved in all aspects of film production. Happy Madison has produced Click, The Benchwarmers, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Strange Wilderness and the recent films The House Bunny, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Zookeeper, and the upcoming film Here Comes the Boom. Sandler has also collaborated with writer Tim Herlihy on the screenplays for Happy Gilmore, Little Nicky, Billy Madison, Big Daddy, and The Waterboy and executive produced Grandma's Boy, The Animal, Joe Dirt, The Master of Disguise, The Hot Chick and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.
Happy Madison Productions also has a deal with Columbia Tri-Star Domestic Television to develop shows for the studio including the current hit show Rules of Engagement.
Sandler's comedy albums on Warner Bros Records have gone multi-platinum. Collectively, they have sold more than six million copies to date.
Co-writer Steve Koren(who is also Executive Producer) began his comedy writing career by handing jokes to Dennis Miller and David Letterman in the hallways of 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City, where he worked as a tour guide. This led to a writing position with Saturday Night Live, where he earned several Emmy nominations working with comedic talents such as Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Molly Shannon, not to mention sharing an office with Will Ferrell.
Koren eventually left SNL for the primetime sitcom world, where he worked as a writer/producer on the award winning show Seinfeld. Among his well-known episodes are The Serenity Now, The English Patient, and The Abstinence. Following Seinfeld, Koren spent several years as a writer/producer creating television sitcoms for actors such as Steve Carell, Valerie Harper and Ron Liebman.
In the motion picture world, Koren's screenplay credits include A Night At The Roxbury co-written and starring Will Ferrell, the blockbuster Bruce Almighty and Click, co-written with Mark O'Keefe, and A Thousand Words. In addition, he has contributed as a writer in the development of Get Smart and I Love You, Man. He has also served as executive producer on the Happy Madison comedy Just Go With It.
Ben Zook (Story by) is a successful actor, screenwriter, and director, living in Los Angeles. He has several feature projects in development at several studios.
For television, Zook co-wrote two sketch comedy pilots with Jill Soloway of Six Feet Under. He also wrote and performed in Bob Odenkirk's sketch pilot for FOX.
Best known for his work in the Chicago Improv and Theatre scene, as well as the Los Angeles Alternative Comedy scene, Zook was raised in Kansas, and went on to attend Indiana University, where he studied Music and Theatre. After graduation, he moved to Chicago, where he studied improvisation at the famed Second City.
He was also a founding member of Chicago's Annoyance Theatre, where, under the direction of Mick Napier, he co-wrote and performed in such hits as The Real Live Brady Bunch, That Darn Anti-Christ!, Manson: The Musical, Coed Prison Sluts, Your Butt, Shakespeare's Sid and Nancy, and Sexboy. He also co-wrote and directed the highly successful, Tippi Portrait of a Virgin: An After-school Special Gone Bad. While there, Zook performed with Jon Favreau, Andy Richter, Steve Carell, Jane Lynch, Matt Walsh, Kate Flannery, Melanie Hutsell, and Jeff Garlin, among many talented others.
After performing in The Real Live Brady Bunch in New York, L.A. and San Francisco, Zook moved to Los Angeles, where he co-wrote, directed, and performed in several stage hits, including Not Without My Nipples! with Janeane Garofalo and Molly Shannon, Baby Jesus and his Holiday Pixies with Ana Gasteyer, Theatre a Go-Go's production of Valley of the Dolls, Scotch For Breakfast's hit St. Elmo's Phire, and the award-winning, L.A. stage hit Phoxes.
Zook was also a fixture in the Los Angeles Alternative Comedy scene, where he performed regularly with people like Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Sarah Silverman, Zack Galifianakis, and Fred Armisen, among others, in hit shows like Laura Milligan's Tantrum, Character Assassination,Beachwood Palace Jubilee, Media Whore, For Entertainment Purposes Only, and Slap and Tickle. Zook is also the head writer/director of the highly successful, award-winning sketch comedy group, Margot's Bush.
Zook and former writing partner, Stephen Falick, co-wrote and co-directed the 80's dance spoof, Can't Stop Dancing!, which featured Zook. The film was an audience favorite at The Palm Springs Film Festival, The Seattle Film Festival and Outfest. Zook also starred in the indie feature comedy, The Thin Pink Line.
Dugan is an actor-turned-filmmaker who began his career in the New York theater scene and first made his mark in Hollywood in front of the camera. He starred in his own NBC television series, Richie Brockelman, Private Eye, and also guest-starred on such award-winning television programs as M*A*S*H, Columbo, The Rockford Files, and Hill Street Blues.
Dennis Dugan is a talented filmmaker whose diverse career in entertainment spans over two decades. Dugan is considered one of the industry's top feature film comedy directors, whose films have taken in more than $1 billion worldwide. He earned his reputation with such hits as Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, You Don't Mess with the Zohan and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. His other films include The Benchwarmers, National Security, Saving Silverman, and Beverly Hills Ninja.Dugan most recently directed Grown Ups and Just Go With It.
On the small screen, Dugan has directed dozens of television projects including, NYPD Blue, Moonlighting, and Ally McBeal, as well as the telepics Columbo: Butterfly Shades of Gray and The Shaggy Dog.
In addition to small, yet memorable, acting roles in his own films, the most recent being the taxi driver in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Dugan's feature-film credits include roles in Parenthood, She's Having a Baby, Can't Buy Me Love and The Howling.