Top 10 David Spade Movie and TV Roles of All Time The late, great Chris Farley's movie sidekick has seen some things over the years

David Wayne Spade is an iconic comedian, writer, personality, and actor who helped define comedy in the 90s. His sister-in-law Kate Spade was a successful fashion icon, and his friend’s list is a veritable who’s who of Hollywood success. His sarcastic, self-deprecating style and quick wit made him a fan favorite for decades across any project he worked on. Check out these highlights from the funny filmography of David Spade.

10. Lights Out with David Spade (2019)

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Spade pulls out all the stops to create an entertaining talk show for Comedy Central. His celebrity guest list, celebrity job interviews, and anti-skits are a sharp contrast to his start on SNL.

9. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, and Patrick Warburton  join Spade in this Disney film that lingered in production hell for six years before finally seeing release in 2000 and becoming a slow-burning hit for the company.

8. Grown Ups (2010)/Grown Ups 2 (2013)

Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison production company keeps him and all his friends fed for life. This movie has him joined by Kevin James, Chris Rock, Spade, and Rob Schneider, along with Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, and Joyce Van Patten as a bunch of families having fun to make money in as many movies as they have to make.

7. The Do-Over (2016)

Sandler and Spade take their buddy-movie formula to Netflix as old friends who reunite at a high school reunion and fake their own deaths. They move to Puerto Rico and take over new identities that get them involved in hi-jinx.

6. Joe Dirt (2001)/Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (2015)

Joe Dirt (Spade) is a janitor with a mullet who’s always in the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s a complete loser and determined to find his lost parents, so he travels to L.A. and tells his sob story on the radio.

5. 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)

Spade is one of two men being harassed by a mobster (Joe Pesci) over their friends finding a duffel bag filled with the heads of 8 hit victims.

4. Just Shoot Me! (1997-2003)

Spade transformed his sassy assistant SNL character into a long-running spot as the assistant of Jack Gallo (George Segal), the editor of Blush magazine.

3. Saturday Night Live (1990-1996)

Spade is part of the SNL revival of the 90s, after working as a writer first with Schneider. The 1990 season in which he was hired was also the freshman year for Chris Farley, Rock, Julia Sweeney, Tim Meadows, and Sandler.

2. Black Sheep (1996)

Spade and Farley were a dynamic duo for anyone alive during the mid 90s. Although only two movies, it became a part of pop culture. Farley’s lovable idiot and Spade’s sarcastic schmoozer are the perfect odd couple as a gubernatorial candidate’s brother and political aide, respectively.

1. Tommy Boy (1995)

If you know anyone singing “Come On Eileen,” it’s because of the soundtrack to this movie. The classic road-trip comedy features Farley as Tommy Callahan, the son of a successful Ohio car parts manufacturer. He and his dad’s stuck-up assistant go door-to-door selling to keep the plant open.


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