On a corner wall in an undisclosed location, Shawn Kohne, a comedian out of Los Angeles, may have just uncovered a maddening secret about Adam Sandler's films — one that suggests that the man who played Billy Madison may be a lot smarter than just about everyone gives him credit for.
In a shrine assembled as tribute to Sandler's multifaceted oeuvre, Kohne demonstrated — six degrees of Kevin Bacon style — how all of Sandler's work was connected.
And yes, that includes The Waterboy.
"The thing about these kind of projects, I will always reach a point where I sit back and think, 'What in the heck am I doing this for?'" Kohne told the Daily Dot. "But I just keep pushing through because I believe in the idea. It normally works out for the best to keep going."
And with the internet — being the internet — Kohne was not content for a dry exploration but rather launched into a nine-minute crazy man rant complete with bulging eyes and a caveman beard.
The screed covers a wide selection of Sandler's work and variously connects characters and motifs from The Wedding Singer, Happy Gilmore, Little Nicky, The Hot Chick, Joe Dirt, Billy Madison, I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry, Reign Over Me and many, many others.
At the end of the video, Kohne issued an open call to other Sandler addicts to continue his work in unlocking the hidden dark matter of the Sandlerverse. "He's got three more movies at the very least coming out on Netflix," he says. "The rabbit hole's going to keep growing. But I can tell you, it's not going to be the UniBaller digging that hole. Somebody out there needs to take up the cause. Keep plugging your brain. Do it for the greater good of mankind."
In an interview with the Dot, Kohne freely admitted that his over-the-top tirade was only the tip of the iceberg. "I knew when I published the video I had not found all the connections between movies," he said, "That's why the ending is an open call for others to continue the work I have started on The Sandlerverse."
So if you're reading this, you've taken the Sandler Red pill. We may never watch his movies the same way again.