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The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts

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A biography of the Saturday Night Live star as told by his friends and family.

No one dominated a stage the way Chris Farley did. For him, comedy was not a routine; it was a way of life. He could not enter a room unnoticed or let a conversation go without making someone laugh. Fans knew Chris as Saturday Night Live's sweaty, swaggering, motivational speaker; as the irresistible Chippendales stripper; and as Tommy Callahan, the underdog hero of Tommy Boy. His family knew him as sensitive and passionate, deeply religious, and devoted to bringing laughter into othersa lives.

But Chris did not know moderation, either in his boundless 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, constantly fighting his insecurities and his fears. Despite three hard-fought years of sobriety, addiction would ultimately take his life at the tragically young age of thirty-three. Fame on SNL and three straight number-one box office hits gave way to a string of embarrassing public appearances, followed by a fatal overdose in December 1997.

Here is Chris Farley as remembered by his family, friends, and colleagues — the true story of a man who lived to make us laugh and died as a result. The Chris Farley Show is an evocative and harrowing portrait of a family trapped by addiction, a father forced to bury a son, and a gifted and kindhearted man ultimately torn apart by the demons inside him.

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Essential for Farley and SNL fans, and a sterling example of oral biography — well-structured, consistently engaging and simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"A bittersweet, unabashedly fond remembrance of a troubled funnyman." Booklist

Review:

"As with any good oral history, The Chris Farley Show moves briskly and the reporting is deep....[T]his unflinching, well-written book outshines any Farley highlight reel. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[A] well-organized compilation of vivid reminiscences from family and former schoolmates, TV and film personalities, and community center workers. A heartbreaking story of a complex man emerges....Essential for fans." Library Journal

Review:

"Perhaps the authors are too close to give a complete picture. Perhaps everyone associated with SNL remains too scarred by Wired to open up to any biographer....It's not that they gloss over his addictions; it's that the details are frustratingly vague." USA Today

Synopsis:

A biography of the Saturday Night Live star as told by his friends and family, The Chris Farley Show is an evocative and harrowing portrait of a family trapped by addiction and a gifted man torn apart by his demons. Two 16-page color inserts.

Synopsis:

An irreverent, yet powerful exploration of race relations by the New York Times-bestselling author of The Chris Farley Show
 
Frank, funny, and incisive, Some of My Best Friends Are Black offers a profoundly honest portrait of race in America. In a book that is part reportage, part history, part social commentary, Tanner Colby explores why the civil rights movement ultimately produced such little true integration in schools, neighborhoods, offices, and churches—the very places where social change needed to unfold. Weaving together the personal, intimate stories of everyday people—black and white—Colby reveals the strange, sordid history of what was supposed to be the end of Jim Crow, but turned out to be more of the same with no name. He shows us how far we have come in our journey to leave mistrust and anger behind—and how far all of us have left to go. 

Synopsis:

An irreverent, yet powerful exploration of race relations by the New York Times-bestselling author of The Chris Farley Show
 
Frank, funny, and incisive, Some of My Best Friends Are Black offers a profoundly honest portrait of race in America. In a book that is part reportage, part history, part social commentary, Tanner Colby explores why the civil rights movement ultimately produced such little true integration in schools, neighborhoods, offices, and churches—the very places where social change needed to unfold. Weaving together the personal, intimate stories of everyday people—black and white—Colby reveals the strange, sordid history of what was supposed to be the end of Jim Crow, but turned out to be more of the same with no name. He shows us how far we have come in our journey to leave mistrust and anger behind—and how far all of us have left to go. 

About the Author

Tom Farley, Jr., Chris's older brother, is president and managing director of the Chris Farley Foundation, which educates young people about substance abuse and addiction.

Tanner Colby is former head writer of The National Lampoon Radio Hour and coauthor of Belushi: A Biography.

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Erica Horne, April 22, 2009 (view all comments by Erica Horne)
If you are a fan of Chris Farley, read this book. It offers insight from the people who knew him best. However, I wonder why Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider didn't contribute more to the book. Just looking at the "public persona" of Chris Farley, you would never know about the dysfunctional, co-dependent family, the over-the-top, self-destructive, addictive behavior, all of the people who tried to help him and constantly warned him about his actions, and the deep seated self-doubt and insecurities that the man had. This book wasn't the humorous book that I expected, but I feel like I know and understand Chris Farley after reading it. Act I tells of his formative years, from childhood through his early experiences in comedy (Second City), to eventually being hired by SNL, all the while trying to keep his binges in check and surviving as a "functioning" addict. Act II covers a three year period of his life in the 90's, after a successful stint in rehab, and is a sort of "what could have been" had he stayed straight. Act III is terribly heartbreaking as the addiction takes control of his life and ultimately kills him.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670019236
Subtitle:
A Biography in Three Acts
Author:
Tom Farley, Jr. and Tanner Colby
Author:
Colby, Tanner
Author:
Farley, Tom
Author:
Farley, Tom, M.D.
Author:
Farley, Tom, Jr.
Author:
Farley
Author:
Farley, Jr., Tom
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
Comedians
Subject:
General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Comedians
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Actors -- United States.
Subject:
Comedians -- United States.
Subject:
United States - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
May 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two 16-page color photo inserts
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.22 x 6.3 x 1.31 in 1.4 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Essential for Farley and SNL fans, and a sterling example of oral biography — well-structured, consistently engaging and simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking."
"Review" by , "A bittersweet, unabashedly fond remembrance of a troubled funnyman."
"Review" by , "As with any good oral history, The Chris Farley Show moves briskly and the reporting is deep....[T]his unflinching, well-written book outshines any Farley highlight reel. (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "[A] well-organized compilation of vivid reminiscences from family and former schoolmates, TV and film personalities, and community center workers. A heartbreaking story of a complex man emerges....Essential for fans."
"Review" by , "Perhaps the authors are too close to give a complete picture. Perhaps everyone associated with SNL remains too scarred by Wired to open up to any biographer....It's not that they gloss over his addictions; it's that the details are frustratingly vague."
"Synopsis" by , A biography of the Saturday Night Live star as told by his friends and family, The Chris Farley Show is an evocative and harrowing portrait of a family trapped by addiction and a gifted man torn apart by his demons. Two 16-page color inserts.
"Synopsis" by ,
An irreverent, yet powerful exploration of race relations by the New York Times-bestselling author of The Chris Farley Show
 
Frank, funny, and incisive, Some of My Best Friends Are Black offers a profoundly honest portrait of race in America. In a book that is part reportage, part history, part social commentary, Tanner Colby explores why the civil rights movement ultimately produced such little true integration in schools, neighborhoods, offices, and churches—the very places where social change needed to unfold. Weaving together the personal, intimate stories of everyday people—black and white—Colby reveals the strange, sordid history of what was supposed to be the end of Jim Crow, but turned out to be more of the same with no name. He shows us how far we have come in our journey to leave mistrust and anger behind—and how far all of us have left to go. 

"Synopsis" by ,
An irreverent, yet powerful exploration of race relations by the New York Times-bestselling author of The Chris Farley Show
 
Frank, funny, and incisive, Some of My Best Friends Are Black offers a profoundly honest portrait of race in America. In a book that is part reportage, part history, part social commentary, Tanner Colby explores why the civil rights movement ultimately produced such little true integration in schools, neighborhoods, offices, and churches—the very places where social change needed to unfold. Weaving together the personal, intimate stories of everyday people—black and white—Colby reveals the strange, sordid history of what was supposed to be the end of Jim Crow, but turned out to be more of the same with no name. He shows us how far we have come in our journey to leave mistrust and anger behind—and how far all of us have left to go. 

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