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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling biography of an American comedy legend.

After three years of sobriety, Chris Farley's life was at its creative peak until a string of professional disappointments chased him back to drugs and alcohol. He fought hard against them, but it was a fight he would lose in December 1997. Farley's fans immediately drew parallels between his death and that of his idol, John Belushi. Without looking deeper, however, many failed to see that Farley was much more than just another Hollywood drug overdose. In this officially authorized oral history, Farley's friends and family remember his work and life. Along the way, they tell a remarkable story of boundless energy, determination, and laughter that could only keep the demons at bay for so long.

©2008 Tom Farley, Junior, and Tanner Colby (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“the newly released audiobook edition of The Chris Farley Show, an oral biography co-edited by Farley’s brother Tom and journalist Tanner Colby, is full of reminders of how close he had already come to a mid-career breakthrough. ( Salon)

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Incredibly sad....

This book, while being a very insight and beautiful look into the life of Chris Farley, is more of a three-part eulogy. It will make you laugh but sits under a cloud of despair while it does it. Finished it in three days because even in death and through others' stories, Chris Farley is still someone that can grab and hold your attention.

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painfully sad story of my comedy hero

I knew there were demons behind my favorite comedic actor. I had no how bad it really was. so sad.

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I miss chris

Chris was an amazing performer and person. You can hear it in the stories. Addiction is a terrible disease and hopefully those that listen to this will learn more about chris and addiction. If you are an addict please get help. Don't go out like chris did.

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  • Lindsay
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 03-13-17

Everyone love it when fatty falls down.

What made the experience of listening to The Chris Farley Show the most enjoyable?

What made the experience of listening to this boy most enjoyable was hearing all of these fist hand accounts from people who were close to Chris Farley and knew him well.

What did you like best about this story?

What I like best about this story was hearing from multiple accounts about Chris. Here's his girlfriend's take on this specific story, and now here's what David Spade says. Learning about Chris from this oral history helped to create perspective.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scenes were the ones where Chris was sober and committed to his sobriety. It sounds sappy, but it was great to hear about what a joy and a presence he was, especially when he was sober. Person after person talked about what a big lovable sweetheart he was but how you could tell these demons were always there, just below the surface, waiting for their chance to come back out. While the man was clearly plagued with some vices and demons, it was nice to hear that at his core, he was much more than that and that people truly loved him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Chris' funeral was particularly moving. Hearing these first-hand accounts about how his death impacted these friends and family members was especially moving. David Spade's piece about why he didn't go to the funeral surprised me, but also made him more human and helped to demonstrate the emotional weight this death really had on those who were close to him.

Any additional comments?

Great book, especially if you are at all interested in Chris Farley's story. I thought I knew the man but this book made me realize that there was so much more going on.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining but sad

Worth a listen. Behind the scene of his demise but illustrated with humour and kindness. You will enjoy this book.

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  • bethann
  • milwaukee, WI, United States
  • 04-23-15

a necessary story

What an amazing tribute to Chris Farley! It was a privilege to discover more about this talented man who made the world laugh with him. The personal stories help me appreciate more, what a great loss his family has endured.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Sad. Beautiful. Nostalgia.

There's a fine line between Comedy and Drama. This is one of those books that kinda changes you after you read it.

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  • James Klein
  • Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa
  • 02-09-18

Very moving

I didn’t expect this book to be so warm, funny and moving - but it was. I enjoyed the many views of Farley’s life and how he struggled and how he loved. Really good book.

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Gods Honest Truth

Sad story of my Childhood hero from one Wisconsin kid to another. Too soon Chris

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Book of quotes

This is a compilation of notes and quotes from interviews with friends and family. It makes for a tough listen because you are constantly barraged with the names of the people. Probably much better as a kindle or physical read.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful