The Chris Farley Show

The Chris Farley Show

A Biography in Three Acts

Book - 2008
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No one dominated a stage the way Chris Farley did. For him, comedy was not a routine; it was a way of life. Fans knew Chris as Saturday Night Live's sweaty, swaggering, motivational speaker, or as the irresistible Chippendales stripper. 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 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; ultimately, despite three hard-fought years of sobriety, addiction took his life at the tragically young age of 33. Here he is remembered by family, friends, and colleagues--an evocative and harrowing portrait of a gifted and kindhearted man ultimately torn apart by the demons inside him.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008.
ISBN: 9780670019236
Characteristics: xiii, 348 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Colby, Tanner


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LPL_KimberlyL Oct 08, 2015

A laugh-out-loud biography of the late Chris Farley that is both touching and brutally honest. An oral account of the comedian's life, it is told through quotes of the people who knew him at his best and at his worst. It details his childhood, his career in comedy, and the addiction to drugs and alcohol that would ultimately be his undoing. It's perfect for fans of Matt Foley, those interested in SNL stars, or just anyone curious about the dark side of comedy. Love, love, loved it!

Nov 25, 2014

At first I didn't care for the format of the book. It's written with little blurbs by family and friends, that strung together, make a complete picture and takes you through the life of Chris Farley. About a third of the way through, I really started to enjoy it; I think because Chris Farley was such a magnetic person, even the stories of him sucked me in and I wanted to know more. It was so sad to learn of his severe addictions, and how hard he tried to beat his demons.

Apr 06, 2014

Enjoyable book. Some funny and of course sad stories told by family, friends and co-workers.


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Mar 16, 2019

“What you see in that sketch is the actual Chris Farley being happy that the actual Paul McCartney is telling him that there is an infinite amount of love in the world, and that someday that love will come back to him.” (Ian Maxtone-Graham, 326)

Mar 16, 2019

“Chris didn’t feel that he was worthy of God‘s love. He felt he had to prove himself. Well, you’re never going to get very far in any relationship with that kind of belief. Imagine if you had to prove yourself to your spouse every day; that’s not the way love works.” (Fr. Tom Gannon, 289)

Mar 16, 2019

“When you receive love, it releases you from the things that trouble you. Just knowing that someone cares about you can give you strength and courage. And I always believed that it was Chris’s love for Willie, and the things he did for Willie, that finally set him free.” (Sr. Peggy McGirl, 170)

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