Chris Farley, who died of a drug overdose in 1997 at the depressingly young age of 33, helped usher in a new breed of slapstick comedy in the ‘90s. His style of physical humor had the tenacity, and wonderful stupidity, of a bull in a china shop. One of the new guards who made Saturday Night Live relevant again in the ‘90s, along with fellow frat-boy jokers Adam Sandler and David Spade, Farley yelled himself hoarse and threw his girth around with apparent abandon and disregard for his well-being. Farley created a lot of great, bombastic characters on SNL: the Nino, Bob Swerski, the guy who lived in a van down by the river, that Chippendale’s dancer swinging around his gut opposite Patrick Swayze.
A new documentary on Farley’s life, called I Am Chris Farley, is slated to appear in select theaters on August 1 and on Spike August 10, Entertainment Weekly reports. Directed by Brent Hodge and Derik Murray, the documentary includes interviews with Sandler, Spade, Mike Myers, and Tom Arnold, among others. The film tracks Farley from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin, and at Marquette University to his time at Second City, Saturday Night Live, and his short film career.