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David Spade reveals the 'SNL' sketch he wrote with Tom Hanks that 'bombed'

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

David Spade dropped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Wednesday night, and, while there, the former Saturday Night Live star recalled an ill-fated sketch he wrote with two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. Hanks had pitched a concept about people surfing on a subway.

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

Despite their effort, the sketch struggled for laughs during rehearsal.

“I remember being on the subway, surfing,” Spade recalled. “He was next to me. Our eyes connected. We were like, it's over. We were two minutes into it and we had five more. I'm like, ‘Oh it's bombing!’”

While Hanks is used to being quite successful at most things, the 10-time “SNL” host decided it would be best to cut the sketch before the live broadcast. And even though the sketch bombed in rehersal, Spade revealed it lives on in their memories.

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

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DAVID SPADE: I said, you pitch something in the meeting about subway surfing like, you know, when you're on the-- and he goes, yeah. And I go, are you going to write that up? He goes, uh, you want to write up with me? And I go, yeah. He doesn't know I'm horrible.

KYLIE MAR: David Spade dropped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night. And while there, the former "Saturday Night Live" star recalled an ill-fated sketch he wrote with two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks.

DAVID SPADE: First of all, I have a legal pad. We don't have computers back then, so I'm like. And then, but I knew how to write a couple of jokes. So we went in, then we wrote it all night. And then we did it, and it bombed.

JIMMY KIMMEL: You and Tom Hanks stayed up all night writing this sketch.

DAVID SPADE: We stayed up a lot.

KYLIE MAR: But despite their effort, the sketch struggled for laughs during rehearsal.

DAVID SPADE: I remember being on the subway surfing, and he was next to him. And I'm looking in the middle. I go, our eyes connect, and we were like it's over, dude. We were two minutes into it. We had five more, and I'm like, oh, it's bombing.

KYLIE MAR: While Hanks is used to being quite successful at most things, the 10-time "SNL" host decided it would be best to cut the sketch before the live broadcast. But even though the sketch was killed, Spade revealed it lives on in their memories.

DAVID SPADE: We talked about it, and he remembered the song. And he sang the whole song.

JIMMY KIMMEL: He remembered the song?

DAVID SPADE: He remembered the s--

JIMMY KIMMEL: Come on.

DAVID SPADE: Yeah, and I couldn't believe it. And it was--

JIMMY KIMMEL: Wow, that's crazy.

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