The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts by Tom Farley Jr.A biography of the Saturday Night Live star as told by his friends and family
No one dominated a stage the way Chris Farley did. For him, comedy was not a routine; it was a way of life. He could not enter a room unnoticed or let a conversation go without making someone laugh. Fans knew Chris as Saturday Night Live’s sweaty, swaggering, motivational speaker; as the irresistible Chippendales stripper; and as Tommy Callahan, the underdog hero of Tommy Boy. His family knew him as sensitive and passionate, deeply religious, and devoted to bringing laughter into others’ lives.
But Chris did not know moderation, either in his boundless generosity toward friends or in the reckless abandon of his drug and alcohol abuse. For ten years, Chris cycled in and out of rehabilitation centers, constantly fighting his insecurities and his fears. Despite three hard-fought years of sobriety, addiction would ultimately take his life at the tragically young age of thirty-three. Fame on SNL and three straight number-one box office hits gave way to a string of embarrassing public appearances, followed by a fatal overdose in December 1997.
Here is Chris Farley as remembered by his family, friends, and colleagues—the true story of a man who lived to make us laugh and died as a result. The Chris Farley Show is an evocative and harrowing portrait of a family trapped by addiction, a father forced to bury a son, and a gifted and kindhearted man ultimately torn apart by the demons inside him.
The untold truth of Chris Farley
T he last time I saw Chris Farley was early last summer, in the middle of the night, at the Sky Bar, a breezy, cool, happening joint on Sunset Boulevard, in L. I like your style, man. Normally he preferred sloshing around in a T-shirt, faded Calvin Klein sweatpants and Birkenstocks. Even so, he guffawed loudly, puffed out his chest, barreled inside to a table reserved for him, bought a cigar from a cigar-selling blonde and lit the thing up. He had also just finished making a new movie, Almost Heroes, of which he was proud. He was thinking about making the Fatty Arbuckle story, of which he eventually might be even prouder, since it would feature him in his first dramatic role. Real good.
Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style, and was a member of Chicago 's Second City Theatre  and later a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live between and Farley died of a drug overdose at the age of Farley's family is Roman Catholic and of Irish descent. Many of his summers were spent as a camper and counselor at Red Arrow Camp , near Minocqua, Wisconsin. He graduated from Marquette University in , with a double major in communications and theater. After college, he worked with his father at the Scotch Oil Company in Madison.
1. The Loss Of A Comedy Legend
On December 18, , the world became a little less funny. A week later, the toxicology report confirmed that he died from an accidental speedball overdose, which is a lethal combination of heroin and cocaine. Farley was smoking a weed, knocking back screwdrivers, and seemed more interested in ordering cocaine than getting a lap dance.
From fighting over the Zagat's restaurant guide as Bev and Hank to singing about a lunch lady and a lovestruck sloppy joe, the duo seemed unstoppable in the early '90s. That is, until they both got the boot from SNL in the summer of Adam has said that he really isn't sure what happened or why longtime producer Lorne Michaels decided to pull the plug on the two. At the time, though, the thought of getting fired was daunting to both comedians — Adam was 29 at the time, while Chris was The fact that me and him got fired?