A king of physical, sketch, and character comedy, Chris Farley is still deeply missed by the entertainment industry 18 years after his unfortunate and untimely death. After struggling with his demons for year Farley fell into a deep depression.t The renowned goofball passed away in 1997 of a cocaine and morphine overdose at the age of 33.
Although comedy was one of his great loves, it also tormented him. Famous for roles like SNL's Matt Foley and Haru in Beverly Hills Ninja, Farley unfairly pigeonholed himself as a ”Fat Guy Falls Down” comic, with little else to offer. Unsure of whether his fans were laughing with him or at him, Farley turned to drugs and alcohol to numb his pain.
According to Variety, comedy fans will be able to learn more about the life of Chris Farley from those who knew him best. Vigil Films recently acquired the rights to a Brent Hodge and Derik Murray directed documentary focusing on the life and career of Chris Farley, titled I Am Chris Farley, which is set to be released nationwide this summer.
I Am Chris Farley follows the comedian through his time at Marquette University, the start of his career at Second City, his tenure as a Saturday Night Live cast member, and his buddy comedies like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.
It will also include interview from those closest to Farley, including his four siblings and fellow SNL alums such as: Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon and David Spade.
Farley's story, while sad, is far from an isolated incident. If the deaths of other comedy greats like John Belushi, Mitch Hedberg, and Robin Williams are any indication, sometimes those who make us laugh the hardest are doing so as an attempt mask their own sadness.
While it's true that Farley's death was tragic, he was so much more than a sob story. With that in mind, I'm really looking forward to learning more about the fruitful career and life that preceded the death of one of the all-time greats.
I Am Chris Farley will air on Spike on August 10th and will be released to VOD after.