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The Chris Farley Show

A Biography in Three Acts

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The New York Times bestselling biography of an American comedy legend

After three years of sobriety, Chris Farley's life was at its creative peak until a string of professional disappointments chased him back to drugs and alcohol. He fought hard against them, but it was a fight he would lose in December 1997. Farley's fans immediately drew parallels between his death and that of his idol, John Belushi. Without looking deeper, however, many failed to see that Farley was much more than just another Hollywood drug overdose. In this officially authorized oral history, Farley's friends and family remember his work and life. Along the way, they tell a remarkable story of boundless energy, determination, and laughter that could only keep the demons at bay for so long.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 10, 2008 – Chris Farley s older brother Tom is director of the Chris Farley Foundation, an institution dedicated to educating young people about addiction and inspired by the tragic early death of his comedian sibling. Farley has teamed up with Colby (coauthor of Belushi: A Biography and also a National Lampoon Radio Hour head writer) for this rip-roaring memory mosaic, talking to all the people who either knew Chris the best or were there at the important moments in his life. The interview quotes have been rearranged into a chronological narrative, which starts with Farley s childhood pranks in Madison, Wis., and moves on to the Marquette University theatricals that revealed Farley s flair for improv. Chicago s Second City catapulted him to Saturday Night Live, where he performed many well-remembered characters. Next came movies, but drugs, alcohol and rehab lurked in the background of his rise to fame. Molly Shannon recalled: He was just indulging in everything: girls, Chinese food, drugs, booze, cold syrup. Everything. With talents such as Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Conan O Brien and David Spade analyzing his humor and detailing Farley s escapades and hijinks, this is a boisterous book the comedian s fans will want to buy, borrow or steal.

Customer Reviews

Riveted, all the while shaking my head

A locomotive heading full-speed off the edge of a cliff, with some pleasant stops along the way.


Great man, great book


If you're a Farley fan then this book has it all. Such a happy and yet sad story all in one. He truly was a lost man with the biggest heart in the world. This book makes you wish you could of been there for him and been a part of his life, in the good and bad.

The Chris Farley Show
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: May 06, 2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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