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The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts

by Tom Farley, Jr. and Tanner Colby

Published by Penguin Books

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The New York Times Bestseller

After his star-making turn on Saturday Night Live and three straight number-one hit movies, Chris Farley's overdose at the age of thirty-three seemed like just another sad Hollywood story of indulgence and excess -- and an eerie parallel to the fate of his idol, John Belushi.

While fans knew Chris as the sweaty, swaggering Motivational Speaker and the hyperkinetic Chippendales stripper, his family and friends knew him as a deeply spiritual and earnest kid who never stopped trying to make people laugh. This oral biography includes exclusive interviews with those who knew him best: David Spade, Chris Rock, Lorne Michaels, Alec Baldwin, and other celebrity contemporaries; his brothers Tom, Kevin, and Johnny; and his closest childhood friends. The result is a portrait, hilarious and heartbreaking, of a young man whose battle with addiction began long before he became famous.

This is a book about the intersections of comedy, celebrity, performance, and family -- with a deeply moving message about the demons that face even the most gifted among us.

pub date: 2009-05-26 | paperback | 9780143115564