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The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts Paperback – May 26, 2009
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"It digs beneath the buffoonish exterior and uncovers a complex human being . . . The Chris Farley we meet here is both funnier and more lovable than the typical celebrity drug casualty, which makes The Chris Farley Show both sadder and more frustrating than the typical just-say-no cautionary tale."
-The New York Times Book Review
"What you'll love: the book's intimate accounts give as much time to Farley's sensitive nature and generosity of spirit as they do to his ugliest moments."
-The Washington Post
"Farley has no shortage of support and admirers . . . the compilation of direct quotes from his loved ones makes for powerful reading and provides a more forceful reminder of how terrifying addiction can be."
About the Author
Tanner Colby is former head writer of the National Lampoon Radio Hour, and coauthor of Belushi: A Biography. He lives in New York City.
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (May 26, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0143115561
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143115564
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #64,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I devoured this book in less than 48 hours, but that was me up till all hours of the night fully engrossed in it. This book will run your emotions rampant. You will laugh so hard you have to stuff a pillow over your face as to not wake up your significant other while they are sleeping, you will cringe and mentally yell NO Chris, don't do that! Stop! You will slam the book shut in disgust, that Chris himself couldn't see what lay right around the corner for him. You will cry a salty river of tears for this beautiful, misunderstood, buoy of a man thrown overboard and off course in the waters of life. This book will make your heart ache, but you will be a better person for reading it. Maybe you too will take away a bit of Chris's unbridled zest for life. I know I sure did.
There's the Chippendale's skit, his breakout performance on "SNL." And opinion is split 50/50 among the people interviewed for this oral history. Half thought the skit was great, the other half HATED it with a venom that as to be read to be believed. Bob Odenkirk and Chris Rock are its most vocal detractors and they have perfectly valid points. In their eyes, they saw a skit that used and abused a guy who was so eager to please his new co-workers that he wouldn't complain about being humiliated.
There's "The Chris Farley Show," the inspiration for the title, and for good reason. It's unanimously agreed that there was no "character" to that skit and that the writers were writing Chris' true personality, a guy who revered people in show business and wanted to just hear them talk about anything.
There's "Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker," which made Chris but may have also destroyed him in the long run. Writer Robert Smigel talks with surprising regret over the ending he wrote for the skit and lays out his theory about how just the ending alone altered Chris' future in show business, and not for the better.
Chris Farley had all the elements for an all-time "feel good story" if you didn't go into this knowing how it as going to end. He grew up surrounded by love and support, chased a dream, became a TV star, and then a movie star, and through it all, maintained a fierce loyalty to his friends (he tried to skip his first night on "SNL" to be at a friend's wedding) and always seemed to have a sense of awe about the fact that he actually got to do this with his life.
And despite all that, he managed to self-destruct. Some of it just seemed to be hard-wired into him from the very beginning, some of it was outside forces (it's hard not to drink when everybody in every bar on Earth wants to buy you a beer), and some of it was that very same sense of awe, that lack of cynicism. Chris Farley trusted people that he should not have trusted, and they helped destroy him.
There's part of you that wishes that you could go back in time and hug Chris, and just let him know that he's loved and appreciated. But reading this book, you also find yourself thinking that Chris wouldn't have believed you.
As a kid I idolized him. I was left confused when he died because you wouldn't think someone like that would be into the things he was into. This book was like finally being told the truth about that funny uncle you grew up with and realizing that he was just as human as anyone. Rest in peace, Chris. We all miss you.
Top reviews from other countries
Highly recommended for Farley fans, but a side of the man might be revealed that you really didn't know existed,
BRILLIANT BOOK, WOULD DEFINATLY RECOMMEND.
GREAT READ, AND VERY INTERESTING.