Can We Talk About Chris Farley? (1 Viewer)

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The Adam Sandler tribute song that came out recently has sent me down this Farley rabbit hole, and being the information-obsessed person I am, I, of course, have poured over hours and hours and hours of articles, videos, interviews, and even read the David Spade autobiography and The Chris Farley Biography.

It’s amazing what I’ve learned about one of America’s greatest comics.

The few things I was really surprised to learn:

He was always in some character because he didn’t feel anyone would like or accept him unless he was that guy.

He was insanely OCD. He would have to touch door knobs twice, lick his shoelaces before tying them, and would touch the sidewalk twice while walking to “even everything up”.

He didn’t know how banks worked, and had 0 common sense about how to take care of himself.

He had a voracious appetite and would eat enough to feed 6 people at one sitting. He did everything to the utmost extreme including guzzling entire bottles of Jack Daniels in one chug and do 100 lines of cocaine during a bender.

But crazily, he was incredibly spiritual and went to mass every Sunday. He was extremely pious with his religion but honestly believed that confession made it all better and he could do whatever he did wrong again. When he died, he was found with a rosary in his hand, leading his brother to believe that he was trying to pray his way into heaven knowing that he was purposefully bringing about his own death.

Lastly, the clothes he would wear on Improv Olympic stage and Second City, as well as SNL had “Belushi” written inside them. He was obsessed and knew that he was going to die of a drug overdose at age 33. And some think he killed himself on purpose 13 days before the end of the year to make it true.

Just crazy details about a larger-than-life guy who secretly hated who he was and was always desperate for attention, demons he couldn’t shake, and an extreme personality that was borderline insane.
 

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Never was a fan, certainly not one of America's greatest comics.
 

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Plain and simply a hugely funny person. He'll never get the credit he deserves, but most of the best comics from that era will say he was always the funniest person in the room.
 
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He made every audience lose it. He was the star of every single venue he was at, and every single cast he was a part of. He may not have been a smart comic, but he was undeniably great.
 

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I thought he was funny on SNL and Tommy Boy had its moments. His other movies are not so good. I wonder how Shrek would have turned out had he lived. Eddie Murphy and Farley could have been funny. I remember sitting around the house in the 90s and Farley was showing his arse in public in one news clip and the next showed Robert Downey JR being arrested for drugs again. My buddies and I started taking wagers on who would die first.
 
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I thought he was funny on SNL and Tommy Boy had its moments. His other movies are not so good. I wonder how Shrek would have turned out had he lived. Eddie Murphy and Farley could have been funny. I remember sitting around the house in the 90s and Farley was showing his arse in public in one news clip and the next showed Robert Downey JR being arrested for drugs again. My buddies and I started taking wagers on who would die first.
A lot of what made Chris funny wasn’t caught on camera. But when the likes of Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Dan Akroyd, and Lorne Michaels say you’re the funniest person they’ve ever met, that’s saying something.
 
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I thought he was funny on SNL and Tommy Boy had its moments. His other movies are not so good. I wonder how Shrek would have turned out had he lived. Eddie Murphy and Farley could have been funny. I remember sitting around the house in the 90s and Farley was showing his arse in public in one news clip and the next showed Robert Downey JR being arrested for drugs again. My buddies and I started taking wagers on who would die first.
Funny tho, both DID die. The new RDJ was resurrected and Farley remained entombed.
 

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I loved him - I always enjoyed comedy and he was one of the main guys for me to laugh at in my youth and early adulthood.

I don’t think he was a genius or some kind of monumental comedian. But he made millions laugh and he just had this warmth and fun about him that I loved. There were a couple of seasons of SNL where he was so strong, simply having him in a skit ensured its success.
 
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I loved him - I always enjoyed comedy and he was one of the main guys for me to laugh at in my youth and early adulthood.

I don’t think he was a genius or some kind of monumental comedian. But he made millions laugh and he just had this warmth and fun about him that I loved. There were a couple of seasons of SNL where he was so strong, simply having him in a skit ensured its success.
Well put. Spade said in his biography that every writer would include him in their sketch bc it would almost ensure that the sketch made it to the live show. They used him because he was the draw.

But the things I found most interesting was the other details about his OCD and things. Just crazy.
 

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same
he's obviously very talented, but seemingly very limited
"i'm fat and fat is funny - especially if it's loud"

tbh i had a similar 'one note' concern with jim carrey for the first 15 years of his career
Kinda my thoughts. Never really found him funny. Same with Sandler and Carrey.
 

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