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David Spade recalls Tom Hanks 'SNL' sketch that 'bombed': 'Our eyes connected and we were like, it's over'

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  • David Spade
    David Spade
    American stand-up comedian
  • Tom Hanks
    Tom Hanks
    American actor

Saturday Night Live alum David Spade dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night and shared some memories from his days on the show. One particular story he recounted involved the first sketch he wrote with Tom Hanks. Hanks had pitched the concept of subway surfing, and Spade offered to help him write it.

“First of all, I have a legal pad,” Spade recalled. “We don’t have computers back then. So I’m [scribbling]. I knew how to write a couple of jokes. We wrote it all night, then we did it, and it bombed.”

Even though Hanks has two Oscars, his acting prowess wasn’t enough to overcome the material. After performing the sketch at rehearsal, Hanks decided to cut it before the live broadcast.

“We talked about it and he remembered the song,” Spade said. “He sang the whole song …I couldn't believe it.”ike, it’ s over. We were two minutes into it and we had five more. I’m like, ‘Oh it's bombing!’”

While Hanks has been known to bomb a photo, bombing on stage is not something he often does. That being said, Spade said the megastar still remembers the sketch.

“We talked about it and he remembered the song,” Spade said. “He sang the whole song … I couldn't believe it.”

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.

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