When Chris Farley died from an overdose in 1997, my heart immediately broke, and I found myself remembering, at 11 years old, watching John Belushi’s covered body being wheeled out by the police on the evening news. It made me wonder how a guy that was so funny can die – keeping in mind I was blissfully unaware of the dangers of drugs at the time – and thought that if someone is that happy on camera, they must have a great life.
I Am Chris Farley takes a look at the 33-year-old’s life and career through the eyes of those who knew him best, with poignant moments from original “Saturday Night Live” cast member Dan Aykroyd, who had witnessed firsthand the dangers of fame and addiction when he lost his fellow cast member, Blues Brother and best friend, John Belushi. Featuring interviews with “SNL” cast mates, writers, guest hosts, family, and friends, I Am Chris Farley will make you laugh while telling a cautionary tale of what happens when your dreams come true, but you’re not quite ready to handle it all.
When Lorne Michaels called Farley “infuriatingly talented,” I teared up. Farley was a huge part of my college years and in a lot of ways, I could relate to him; it’s not always easy when you’re expected to be the “funny, fat kid” 24-hours a day.
I leave you with one of my favorite sketches, “Japanese Game Show.”
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