Chris Farley
Actor, comedian
Chris Farley
Christopher Crosby "Chris" Farley was an American comedian and actor. Farley was best known for his loud energetic comedy style and physical comedy, and was a member of Chicago's Second City Theatre and cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live between 1990 and 1995. Farley and Chris Rock were introduced as two of the show's new cast members in early 1990.
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Adele and Beyoncé: Respect Among the Divas
Wall Street Journal - 8 days
Adele came away the big winner at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. WSJ's Chris Farley and Tanya Rivero discuss Adele's success and how she paid tribute to Beyonce. They also address the political overtones of the evening and how Chance the Rapper is revolutionizing the music industry. Photo: Getty
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That Time Molly Shannon Was Too Excited To Care That She Got Mugged In New York
Huffington Post - 5 months
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A look inside Second City's first restaurant, 1959 Kitchen & Bar
Chicago Times - 11 months
By now, most Chicagoans can name Second City alum without thinking. John Belushi, Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Chris Farley. The list goes on. But in 1959, Second City was little more than a modest revue show a few blocks away from its current Old Town location. Back then, no one could have predicted the...
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As dejection sets in, can Bears find formula to bounce back again?
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Robbie Gould's kick seemed to hang in the misty air for a few extra seconds Sunday, a 50-yard game-tying field-goal attempt that was headed right of its target. Back at the point of the kick, Gould leaned sideways, stranded in hope — like Chris Farley on his dinghy in "Tommy Boy." "Need a little...
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Podcast Reviews: <i>The Nerdist</i> and <i>The Seeso Seeshow</i>
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Host Chris Hardwick's enthusiasm seems to run higher than most folks most of the time. But when he gets a first-time guest on his podcast, The Nerdist, that he's genuinely excited about, the enthusiasm spikes to 11. And it stays pegged there all through his recent interview with actor Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, Burn Notice, Briscoe County, Jr.) Any nerd worth his or her salt is familiar with Campbell -- his exploits starring as chainsaw-for-a-hand Ash in the Evil Dead franchise (including Starz' new Ash vs The Evil Dead) is the stuff of comic-horror legend. Fan of his or not, Campbell turns out to be a dream guest. He's got great stories, from being a fan himself and drooling over the same people HIS fans do - from Stan Lee and Adam West to William Shatner and the late James Garner, to life behind the scenes and on the set of shows like Burn Notice, Xena, and Hercules. He's a rollicking raconteur, handily snapping out impressions of people like Burt Lancaster, Cary Grant, a ...
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Funny videos: Watch the full series of Second City's Cubs sketches
Chicago Times - over 1 year
Well, there's always next year. Until then, work through the untimely end of another Cubs season with these Second City songs and sketches featuring the late Chris Farley, Tim Meadows and Bonnie Hunt, along with many more Second City alumns.  The videos include scenes from: 1986's "Catch-27," 1987's...
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Funny video: Chris Farley and Tim Meadows play Wrigley security guards
Chicago Times - over 1 year
In this Second City sketch from "It Was 30 Years Ago Today," the late Chris Farley and Tim Meadows play Wrigley Field security guards who take their jobs very seriously. They're joined by Dave Pasquesi, who plays a worker trying to find a way into the stadium, like most Chicagoans right now. The...
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10 Moments From The 'All That' Reunion That Were All That
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Ready yet? Get set. It's the "All That" reunion!  It's been more than 20 years since the show first aired on Nickelodeon, and even after all that time, '80s and '90s kids still have a special place in their hearts for "All That." Now, thanks to Nickelodeon's "The Splat," '90s shows are coming back every night on TeenNick, so, in honor of that, the show's cast, Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg, Danny Tamberelli and Josh Server, all reunited at New York Comic Con on Saturday to make our dreams come true. Awwww here it goes! Here are 10 of the best moments:   1. Kel says he and Kenan have talked about bringing back "Good Burger." Mitchell already told The Huffington Post he and Kenan are working together again, but now we have more details. After being asked whether there would be more "All That" or "Good Burger," Kel said he and Kenan have been talking.   2. Kel and the cast turned up. And made a video to prove it. A video posted by Kel Mitche ...
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Looking toward the Dark Side
Huffington Post - about 3 years
There's a well-known club in Hollywood that many celebrities under 30 aren't exactly eager to join. It's the 27 Club which is for young celebrities join after dying young and tragically, the list for the 27 club is sadly growing larger every year due to alcohol and drug dependency but there are some who've joined the club by simple tragic circumstances. Celebrity tragedy goes all the way back to the early days of motion pictures and dying under a specific age isn't exactly a new trend but it seems to have developed a new following the more time passes because we live in an age where we are allowed to access to files normally kept hidden, we all have an urge to uncover the past and in this age of internet, we can explore our death hag desires all we want. Being a Death Hag isn't just about being a goth or wanting to joining some suicide, it's an understanding of one of the greatest mysteries there is, what happens after we die, we're not so ready to jump into the grave so by taking ...
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5 Ideas for Your Next Mancation
Huffington Post - about 3 years
lisapeck224 / Flickr When guys getaways come to mind, raucous trips to Vegas almost certainly pop up in conversation -- but there are plenty of other vacation options out there. Depending on your crew's interests and athletic abilities, you could try everything from sampling a city's brews to rafting down rapids. Now how is a "mancation" different than a bachelor party? These trips are about finding the time to bond with all of your buddies in a new place or with a new activity -- not celebrating one man's last night of singledom. But similar to organizing a bachelor party, planning a mancation takes work: You need to find a destination with activities and prices that match your crew's interests and budgets. U.S. News has rounded up five ideas to get you started on planning your next trip with the guys. [In Pictures: 5 Ideas for Your Next Mancation] Booze at a brewery elisaself / Flickr If your crew is all about good beer, consider a trip to a brewery. At Allagash Brewing Comp ...
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'SNL' Compares Rob Ford And '60 Minutes' For Truth-Telling Abilities
Huffington Post - over 3 years
If "Saturday Night Live" is lucky, troubled Toronto mayor Rob Ford will stay in the news for a long, long time. Even after admitting to smoking crack, Ford (played here by Bobby Moynihan) has continued to find himself at the center of public controversy by detailing his drug history and even using a vulgar sexual term in a press conference. Check out "SNL's" cold open of this week's episode, which mocked Ford's various scandals, and even managed to take a dig at "60 Minutes" for its botched Benghazi coverage. The only disappointment? That Rob Ford couldn't have been played by the late "SNL" alum Chris Farley.
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Chris Christie Receives Nationally-Televised Mani-Pedi From 4 Sunday Morning Political Show Hosts
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In Washington, D.C., "the Full Ginsburg" refers to the act of appearing on every one of the Sunday morning political chat shows on the same Sunday. It's named for attorney William H. Ginsburg, who first completed the feat on Feb. 1, 1998, while repping his client, Monica Lewinsky, and presenting her side of the whole "I had a sexual dalliance with Bill Clinton" story. In keeping with this tradition, those who attempt the Full Ginsburg typically do so during a time of great stress and duress. In recent years we've seen Treasury Secretary Jack Lew do it to present the Obama administration's point of view on the government shutdown; Secretary of State John Kerry and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough did the same for the Syria crisis; and senior adviser Dan Pfieffer Ginsburged in response to a host of burgeoning scandals, including the IRS tea party BOLO flap. Former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's famous "talking points" on the Benghazi attack, in fact, were delivered during her S ...
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Breakfast With Alice
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Coop talks Fake Shock, Miley Cyrus and The Golden Buzz with His Drunk, Dead Friends The incomparable and legendary Alice Cooper's new show is blowing into the New York area for three performances of what he is describing as a career retrospective, Broadway-type extravaganza; replete with a reliving of the glam explosion of the early '70s, his spectacular solo output from Welcome to my Nightmare and beyond, and a rousing tribute to the Hollywood Vampire days of yore. He took some time to sit down for our third chat in as many years to opine on surviving Keith Moon, barbecuing Lady GagGa's meat dress, struggling to keep corpulent comedians alive, burying the hatchet with Marilyn Manson, and what the hell is so shocking about Miley Cyrus? Let's start off with the show. Each time we've spoken you've done a different kind of show and a specifically themed tour -- double bills with Motley Crue or Marilyn Manson; what can the fans expect this time around? Well, when you have twenty ...
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When It Is Time to Lean Out
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I'm Outta Here There is a lot of chatter around the idea that women are supposed to "Lean In." The book that coined the phrase is everywhere. So, being a "with it" kind of chick, I started to read the book. I am in that demographic of women who have spent plenty of time in boardrooms and high level negotiations. I have been around a whole lot of men in suits. Not hot men in suits like Mad Men, more like Chris Farley as the motivational speaker. I know more than I care to about women playing in the corporate sand box for the long haul. I scoured the early chapters of "the book" looking for that magic gem of advice that would make me more effective, more motivated, or help me actually remember to pick up the dry cleaning. Maybe I could find some way of "leaning in" even harder than I have over the years when I did a master's degree at night, had babies, divorced, moved across the country, all the while following the brass ring of the mega-career. Many women passed through my work ...
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<i>Dissident Gardens</i>: An Interview with Jonathan Lethem
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Roth has always lurked for me, an emanation of intelligence and vitality and force-of-will that I took for granted until it became impossible for me to ignore." -- Jonathan Lethem, 2013 I first met Jonathan Lethem at a Tribute to Philip Roth honoring him on the event of his 80th birthday. As President of the Philip Roth Society, I invited Mr. Lethem to speak on our behalf and - as one of several speakers that evening, speakers including such luminaries as Claudia Roth Pierpont, Hermione Lee, Alain Finkelkraut, Edna O'Brien, and Philip Roth himself -- Jonathan Lethem moved me both to laughter and to tears. When he sat down beside me, after his remarks, I patted him on the back off-handedly: "Good job," I had said in a way that, in retrospect, would have been taken as an insult or unsuitably infantilizing to anyone other than the modest author beside me. And then, sounding like the host of "The Chris Farley Show" on Saturday Night Live, I added -- trying to improve on my first atte ...
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Correction: Film-Josh Gad story
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
(AP) — In a story Sept. 19 about Josh Gad, The Associated Press reported erroneously the surname of Gad's collaborator on the upcoming script for "Triplets." [...] with "Jobs" in theaters and "Thanks for Sharing" opening Friday, plus an upcoming TV show with Billy Crystal and the lead in a Sam Kinison biopic among several other projects, it's like Gad rode the momentum of his Tony-nominated starring role in Broadway's "Book of Mormon" right into the Hollywood spotlight. The 32-year-old, who knew at age 4 that he wanted to be an entertainer, says he's so grateful for the success — which coincided with the birth of his first child — that he's found a new level of peace. — "Thanks for Sharing": In this ensemble story, Gad plays a sex addict in denial about his condition. Busted after rubbing up against an innocent woman on a subway, he lands in a 12-step group where an unlikely friendship helps his recovery. — "Frozen": Gad voices a snowman in this animated Disney film set for releas ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Farley
    THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 33
    On December 18, 1997, he was found dead by his younger brother, John, in his apartment in the John Hancock Center in Chicago.
    More Details Hide Details An autopsy later revealed that Farley had died of a cocaine and morphine overdose early that morning. Advanced atherosclerosis was cited as a "significant contributing factor." Farley's death is often compared to that of his SNL idol John Belushi, who also died at age 33 of an accidental drug overdose consisting of cocaine and heroin. Farley's private funeral was held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. Over 500 people attended his funeral, including many comedians who had worked with him on Saturday Night Live and on film such as Dan Aykroyd and Adam Sandler. Absent was Farley's former SNL castmate and close friend David Spade, who was later quoted as saying that he declined to attend Farley's funeral because he "could not be in a room where Chris was in a box." Farley's remains were entombed at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.
    After his death on December 18, 1997, his final completed films, Almost Heroes and Dirty Work, were released posthumously.
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    Following his final guest appearance on SNL on October 25, 1997 there was a visible decline in Farley's health.
    More Details Hide Details Farley's hoarse voice and flushed skin were the subject of public scrutiny. In the final years of his life, Farley had sought treatment for obesity and drug abuse on 17 occasions.
  • 1996
    Age 32
    Jim Carrey's role in the 1996 film The Cable Guy was originally intended for Farley, but scheduling conflicts forced him to decline.
    More Details Hide Details Farley was slated to appear in a third Ghostbusters film, which was at the time intended to be about a new trio of Ghostbusters taking on overpopulation in Hell. Dav Pilkey, author of the children's book series Captain Underpants, had wanted Farley to play the title role in a potential television series based on the books, but discarded the idea after Farley's death. Farley had been in talks for the lead in an adaptation of the novel A Confederacy of Dunces. Farley even expressed interest in portraying Atuk in an adaptation of the novel The Incomparable Atuk. Both of these shelved projects, along with the Arbuckle biopic, have been alleged to be cursed as Farley, John Belushi, and John Candy were each attached to all three roles, and all three died before any of the films entered production.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 30
    After Farley and most of his fellow cast members were released from their contracts at Saturday Night Live following the 1994–1995 season, Farley began focusing on his film career.
    More Details Hide Details His first two major films co-starred his fellow SNL colleague and close friend David Spade. Together, the duo made the films Tommy Boy and Black Sheep. These were a success at the domestic box office, earning around $32 million each and gaining a large cult following on home video. The two films established Farley as a relatively bankable star and he was given the title role of Beverly Hills Ninja, which finished in first place at the box office on its opening weekend. However, drug and alcohol abuse-related problems interfered with Farley's film work, and production of his final film, Almost Heroes, was held up several times so Farley could enter rehab. He was known among comedic contemporaries and friends to be sensitive about how his comedy was perceived ("fatty-fall-down"), and was particularly hurt by harsh critical reactions to Tommy Boy, a film he enjoyed making. He was particularly dissatisfied with Black Sheep, an attempt by the studio to recapture the chemistry on Tommy Boy and was only 60 pages into the script when the project was green-lit. As a result, he relapsed again the night of the premier, which required further rehab before he would begin to work on Beverly Hills Ninja.
  • 1990
    Age 26
    Along with Chris Rock, Farley was one of two new Saturday Night Live cast members announced in the spring of 1990.
    More Details Hide Details On SNL, Farley frequently collaborated with his fellow cast members Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and David Spade, among others. This group came to be known as the "Bad Boys of SNL." Popular characters performed by Farley included Matt Foley, an over-the-top motivational speaker who constantly reminded other characters that he "lived in a van, down by the river". The name of the character was drawn from a real life friend of Farley's named Matt Foley, who, during a troubled period, lived in a van near a river. He later become a pastor and appeared in the 2015 documentary "I am Chris Farley". In early renditions of the character, Farley used other names, depending on whom he knew in the audience, until the real life Foley went to the show and had his name used, at which point Farley felt the name best suited the character and refused to change it. Some of the mannerisms of the character were a combination of the positions Farley noticed his Rugby teammates take (at the pitch), coupled with the angry, high pitched yet low volume/muffled voice his father used when he was angry; Todd O'Connor of Bill Swerski's Superfans, a group of stereotypical Chicagoans who constantly shouted "da Bears!"; a Chippendale's dancer, in a famous sketch that paired him with guest host Patrick Swayze; one of the "Gap Girls", who hung out together at a local mall; a stereotypical lunch lady, to the theme of Lunchlady Land performed by Adam Sandler; Bennett Brauer, a Weekend Update commentator who often divulged his personal and hygienic problems via air quotes; and himself on The Chris Farley Show, a talk show in which Farley quite often "interviewed" the guest, regularly getting very nervous.
  • 1986
    Age 22
    He graduated from Marquette University in 1986, with a concentration in communications and theater.
    More Details Hide Details At Marquette, he played rugby and discovered a love for comedy. After college, he worked with his father at the Scotch Oil Company in Madison. He got his start in professional comedy at the Ark Improv Theatre in Madison, and at the Improv Olympic theater in Chicago. He then performed at Chicago's Second City Theatre, initially as part of Second City's touring group. He was eventually promoted to their main stage.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Age 0
    Farley was born on February 15, 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin.
    More Details Hide Details His father, Thomas John Farley, Sr. (1936–1999), owned an oil company, and his mother, Mary Anne (née Crosby), was a housewife. He had four siblings: Tom Jr., Kevin, John, and Barbara. His cousin, Jim, is the CEO and Chairman at Ford Motor Company Europe. Farley's family is Roman Catholic and of Irish and Scottish descent, and Farley attended numerous Catholic schools in his hometown, including Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart. According to Joel Murray, a fellow Second City cast member, Farley would "always make it to Mass." Many of his summers were spent as a camper and counselor at Red Arrow Camp, near Minocqua, Wisconsin.
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