Foley started out as a character at Second City — created by Bob Odenkirk, but performed by Chris Farley. Eventually, the character made eight appearances on SNL.
Took this the time we got to walk around the studio after SNL. Chris Farley apparently used to hit his head here and he’s the one that added his name to it. So amazing. #snl #saturdaynightlive #chrisfarley
I just relate to this man so much. Ha ha.
For those of you who may not have heard, retired General Norman Schwarzkopf recently passed away. He was best known for being the Commander of Coalition Forces in the first Gulf War. But the reason that I only remember him is because of Chris Farley. In the 1990 season finale episode hosted by George Wendt, during Weekend Update (which also happened to be Dennis Miller’s final show), Chris did an impression of him where it turned into him challenging then-heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield
15 years ago on this day, we lost Chris Farley. What can be said about this man that we already don’t know about him? We know that he was this funny, but sweet guy who had a very shy side to him (Those Chris Farley Show sketches were said to be how he really acts). We also know that he had some very difficult personal struggles with drugs and alcohol, which unfortunately took his life too soon. He still to this day is one of my favorite SNL cast members and favorite people. It’s just sad that I don’t think he ever got the chance to realize how much he meant to not just us, but to his family and friends. What makes it hard for me is how he went out just like his idol, John Belushi. In a room, alone, by himself and spent the last hours of his life around people who weren’t his friends. It makes me sad and angry that this is how it ended for him.
You know, in the 90s I wasn’t this major SNL fan like I am today if you can believe it. I occasionally watched SNL. If I saw that it was on, I’d watch, if not then I would miss it. If you were to go back and ask me who was my favorite cast member, I’d most likely say Chris Farley. His characters were reckless in a very funny way, he would put his body on the line just to entertain us all. The Chippendales sketch comes to mind. To be his size and to be able to move like he did was amazing. And of course the Matt Foley sketches where he would fall through things like a table, or a window. One moment I’ll never forget (which I actually saw live the day it aired) was when Deion Sanders hosted SNL. There was this sketch about alien abductions and Chris Farley (as a cop) stormed into the UFO, his pants fell down, I don’t know how the cast didn’t break when that happened.
I went to the movies and saw “Tommy Boy” in 1995 and “Beverly Hills Ninja” in 1997 the week they came out. To this day, I still love both of those movies. It’s also sad for me to find out that that when Dreamworks was working on Shrek, Chris was supposed to had done his voice. They didn’t have enough of his material to use him so he was re-casted with his former SNL castmate Mike Myers.
I still remember finding out that he died. I was a freshman in high school at the time and a good friend of mines at the time who knew I would occasionally watch SNL told me that he had died. It felt like my heart had just got torn out. I couldn’t concentrate on anything else that whole day. It’s something that you never get over, you realize that he was a major part of my childhood, someone I always enjoyed seeing if it were on my TV screen or the movie screen. You just sit back and think about what he could have been able to do if he were still here today. It’s the same thing I have with John Belushi, how much more they would’ve accomplished. It just feels like he had so much more to give us, so many more great moments he never got to share with us. I’ll forever miss him and cherish the work he did get a chance to give us all before he left us far too soon.
Season’s Greeting from Tarzan, Chris Farley & Frankenstein!
From the 1992 Glenn Close SNL episode. The men of Saturday Night Live perform “Little Drummer Boy” in a special way
I DONT LIKE THIS PICTURE IT’S UPSETTING ME
This is the live version of the Chippendales sketch. This isn’t the full sketch as it’s too long to post here so I just posted the dancing part. You’ll might notice things are different, like Chris’ shirt doesn’t come open prematurely and the way he dances is much different than the dress version, which is the more famous one (Most likely the one we’ve all seen first).