Everyone who knew the late Chris Farley says the same things: he was a one-man party and they miss him terribly. Those sentiments were truly expressed when Adam Sandler hosted the show the two had been fired from in 1995. Marking his 24-year return to the SNL stage, Adam Sandler brought Chris Farley with him and his presence was felt from Sandler’s opening monologue to his heartwrenching, emotional tribute to his friend at the end of the show.
Adam Sandler and Chris Farley appeared on Saturday Night Live from 1990-1995 and were often featured in many sketches together. Their friendship extended beyond the set and along with fellow castmates David Spade, Rob Schnieder, and Tim Meadows, the crew became known as the Bad Boys of SNL.
Sandler pointed out in his tribute the “Chris Farley Song,” that he ended the show with, that for as much as his partying, bad-boy, persona, Chris Farley always made it to Catholic mass on Sunday morning.
Chris Farley’s fans were brought to tears by Adam’s emotional and heartfelt tribute and social media erupted with comments from those who were deeply touched and moved by Adam’s song.
If you missed Adam Sandler performing the “Chris Farley Song” you may watch and hear him perform it in the video player below.
Chris Farley was born in Madison, Wisconsin and made his way to Chicago’s infamous troupe “The Second City.” By 1989, Farley was part of Second City’s main players and in 1990 he landed his spot on Saturday Night Live.
Some of Chris Farley’s most infamous characters include the motivational speaker Matt Foley, Todd O’Connor “Da Bears” superfan, Chippendales dancer (the skit with the late Patrick Swayze continues to deliver comic gold), the Lunchlady (Adam Sandler performed the song “Lunchlady Land” for the skit), and Weekend Update commentator Bennett Brauer.
You may see some of Chris Farley’s best movie scenes and SNL skits in the video player below.
Chris Farley left many grief-stricken fans when his younger brother, actor John Farley, found him dead from an overdose on December 18, 1997. Though Chris Farley is no longer with us, he has left a legacy of laughter that continues to resound.
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