Saturday, December 18, 2010

Remembering... Chris Farley

It was on this day in 1997 that day the world lost one of its brightest comedic talents, when obesity, drugs, and alcohol finally got the better of Chris Farley...

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketNot that he didn't try to battle his demons; in the last four years of his life he is said to have entered 31 programs to combat his alcoholism and help him get a handle on his weight. None of them worked, of course; an autopsy revealed that when Chris Farley died his system contained quantities of cocaine and heroin. He was found in his Chicago apartment, already dead, by his brother John.

Farley joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in the fall of 1990, and was almost immediately lauded for his fearlessness; his were neither quiet nor subtle characterizations - my personal favourite is ersatz motivational speaker Matt Foley - and quickly his larger-than-life appeal was translated onto the silver screen. Following his departure from SNL Farley (along with fellow castmember David Spade) made Tommy Boy (1995) and Black Sheep (1996), which remain cult classics to this day.

For my money, though, it's those old SNL classics that take me back to those halcyon days of my early 20s when I'd spend my Saturday nights... At home, watching television.

Now you know why there isn't more sex on this blog; all those nights when I shoulda been out getting some play I was home watching this guy. Oh well, at least I wasn't living in a van down by the river!
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5 comments:

Y | O | Y said...

Matt Foley was definitely classic Chris Farley, but I liked him best as one of SNL's Gap girls when he could play of Spade and Adam Sandler.

michael sean morris said...

I do love the Gap Girls; my friends and I still talk like that sometimes.

(Okay, all the time...)

lcdseattle said...

He had so many great moments. The Chippendales dance off with Patrick Swayze will always be my favorite.

michael sean morris said...

That's on the DVD available at the last link; a classic moment. You'd never catch me in that shiny stretch pants bow tie combo.

tankmontreal said...

I seldom find the men of SNL all that much funny but Farley was a laugh-til-you-can't-breathe exception.