The majority of comets are never bright enough to be seen by the naked eye. However, occasionally a comet may brighten to naked eye visibility, and even more rarely it may become as bright as or brighter than the brightest stars.
It is literally impossible not to laugh at Chris Farley. He is the one person who coaxes a smile on the darkest of our days. A veritable hurricane of hilarity that stormed through life and was gone just as suddenly, the mark he left on all our collective faces is permanent and his legacy of characters and moments are forever archived not just in YouTube, but our hearts as well.
He started his career at the University of Marquette, showing up at theater class with a case of beer, a boyish grin and wit that would eventually carry him to studio 8H and world fame. Farley pursued his dream after college in Chicago, becoming one of the legendary Second City crews most iconic players ever. His picture in the lobby joins Aykroyd, Murray and Myers in the cities lore of comedians that went on to SNL and eventually the west-coast. Farley’s lovable, goofy, Midwest-kid-just-happy-to-be-here personality made him more than affable, beloved by everyone he encountered on-screen and off.
David Spade was forced to share an office with him his rookie season at SNL, often torturing him with fat-guy in a little coat, always relying on his raw talent alone during reading and rehearsals often improving on notions making him truly versatile to cast and popular among all writers. Mike Myers would shower after his sketches were done for the night and would somehow not remember that Farley would show up no matter what, butt-naked shit tucked between his legs yelling “Oh Michael, Hold Me!!” as he would hug a screaming, naked Myers who forgot Farley knew his routine. His vulnerability and naïve nature are irreplicable because they were genuine, and he gave everything he had to audiences often sacrificing his body and mind to get laughs, which led to dark places of wondering if he was just a clown or did people really care about him? The substances that accompanied these demons were too much in the end taking him from all of us at the age of 33. He died in downtown Chicago, was buried in Wisconsin, immortalized by the seasons at SNL and a few but hysterical films he had done with his friends.
Nicknamed the “Bad-Boys” of SNL during the 90’s, this so called “frat-humor” led to megastars in entertainment who all seemed to be in the same hallway of NBC, creating a virtual dorm room of comedic-genius, the sketches it produced are still cherished today. Lunch-Lady, Girls at the Mall, Bennett Brauer to name a few, and of course a one Mathew Foley, motivational speaker. Inspired by his rugby teammate from college who eventually became Father Foley, it was by far his most recognizable character which he had perfected during his time at Second City. Refusing to change the name because it played so well at the behest of his friend, it is one of if not the best sketches in SNL history.
My favorite Farley moment didn’t occur watching him on tv, instead experiencing his influence first-hand at a high school basketball game in 1997. It happened when the crowd was asked for silence during the national anthem and in that perfect, dead quiet moment before the song played came a yell from somewhere in the back “I am El Nino!! Spanish for…. The Nino!!” resulting in the whole town collectively laughing, fully aware of who was being imitated. The world is forever a better place because he was in it, never the same after he left it.