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2014-02-17 08:34:24 PM
You forget how much talent that guy had.  That candle burned out way too fast.
 
2014-02-17 08:38:03 PM
My favorite fact about the Matt Foley skit, at least the first one, was that the table he flops onto and breaks was  nota breakaway table.  It was a standard, regular coffee table.  You can see that David Spade and Christina Applegate are visibly shaken by what they've just seen in the sketch.

/well la-de-frickin-da
 
2014-02-17 09:57:14 PM

jake_lex: My favorite fact about the Matt Foley skit, at least the first one, was that the table he flops onto and breaks was  nota breakaway table.  It was a standard, regular coffee table.  You can see that David Spade and Christina Applegate are visibly shaken by what they've just seen in the sketch.

/well la-de-frickin-da


The first sketch I remember him in was NRA Theater:  America Under the Brady Bill and in that he breaks a table after getting shot by Chris Rock and Tim Meadows (Willie Horton).
 
2014-02-17 09:57:16 PM
I went to an Xmas eve concert in Deep Ellum circa 99-00 that was hosted the one legged ghost of Chris Farley doing the motivational speaker routine.
 
2014-02-17 09:58:05 PM

twistedmetal: You forget how much talent that guy had.  That candle burned out way too fast.


Indeed, also the Chippendale skit.
 
2014-02-17 10:18:27 PM
Wow it's pretty much the exact same sketch as the one on SNL.
 
2014-02-17 10:31:24 PM

jake_lex: My favorite fact about the Matt Foley skit, at least the first one, was that the table he flops onto and breaks was  nota breakaway table.  It was a standard, regular coffee table.  You can see that David Spade and Christina Applegate are visibly shaken by what they've just seen in the sketch.

/well la-de-frickin-da


I was unaware of this fact until recently.  It makes his performance all the more impressive, since he plays it off so naturally you have no idea it's not in the script.

Farley was an amazing talent, and had a huge amount of energy for such a big guy.  Sadly, the probable reason he had so much energy (cocaine) was what did him in.
 
2014-02-17 10:40:39 PM
John Candy was funnier on his worst day than Farley.
 
2014-02-17 10:47:18 PM

EnderX: John Candy was funnier on his worst day than Farley.


I miss them both :(
/great outdoors is on netflix
 
2014-02-17 10:57:17 PM

soupafi: /great outdoors is on netflix


There's nothing left on that plate but gristle and fat.
 
2014-02-17 10:58:00 PM

jake_lex: My favorite fact about the Matt Foley skit, at least the first one, was that the table he flops onto and breaks was  nota breakaway table.  It was a standard, regular coffee table.  You can see that David Spade and Christina Applegate are visibly shaken by what they've just seen in the sketch.

/well la-de-frickin-da


Dude, ANY coffee table Chris Farley ever fell on, was certain to break away.
 
2014-02-17 11:01:26 PM
Despite his size, Chris Farley was actually quite athletic.  He played football in high school and rugby in college.  This is why he was so great at physical comedy.
 
2014-02-17 11:09:14 PM
I still prefer the comedy styles of Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World when it comes to timelessness.

Some SNLs, though, are timeless too.
 
2014-02-17 11:11:29 PM

EnderX: John Candy was funnier on his worst day than Farley.


You know, you probably have a good chance of sleeping with him now.
 
2014-02-17 11:14:13 PM

darkjezter: soupafi: /great outdoors is on netflix

There's nothing left on that plate but gristle and fat.


Those aren't pillows
 
2014-02-17 11:22:02 PM

schpanky: Wow it's pretty much the exact same sketch as the one on SNL.


That's what I was thinking. Makes you wonder why they bother to hire writers. "Hey, remember that funny thing you did once? Well, do it again"
 
2014-02-17 11:32:56 PM

twistedmetal: You forget how much talent that guy had.  That candle burned out way too fast.


Ten times the talent of Belushi.  And no, I'm not trolling.
 
2014-02-17 11:35:50 PM
Saul better call Matt it seems
 
2014-02-17 11:44:59 PM
That sounded like Tim Meadows in that sketch. Was it him?
 
2014-02-17 11:54:10 PM

FreakyBunny: That sounded like Tim Meadows in that sketch. Was it him?


It was.

The best part of the SNL bit is watching David Spade just barely keeping it together;  And this is a guy who's a seasoned Vet working with him...and just teetering on the edge of losing it for almost the entire sketch.
 
2014-02-18 12:04:06 AM

Skarekrough: FreakyBunny: That sounded like Tim Meadows in that sketch. Was it him?

It was.

The best part of the SNL bit is watching David Spade just barely keeping it together;  And this is a guy who's a seasoned Vet working with him...and just teetering on the edge of losing it for almost the entire sketch.


It seemed like that cast (91' ish) kept trying to get each other to lose it, and it made them amazing as a whole.
 
2014-02-18 12:14:18 AM

jake_lex: My favorite fact about the Matt Foley skit, at least the first one, was that the table he flops onto and breaks was  nota breakaway table.  It was a standard, regular coffee table.  You can see that David Spade and Christina Applegate are visibly shaken by what they've just seen in the sketch.

/well la-de-frickin-da


I've watched that skit countless times, including again just now before posting this, and that sure seems like a breakaway table to me.

I guess it's possible that someone in the prop department went out and found the flimsiest table possible, but if you think that was a "standard, regular" coffee table, you're nuts.

/Farley was an immemse loss to the world of comedy
 
2014-02-18 12:36:23 AM

Uncle Pooky: I guess it's possible that someone in the prop department went out and found the flimsiest table possible, but if you think that was a "standard, regular" coffee table, you're nuts.


What was the pratfall supposed to be?  That Farley gestures too wildly, falls forward, and lands on a table which does not break?

That's not comedy.
 
2014-02-18 12:39:36 AM

wildcardjack: I went to an Xmas eve concert in Deep Ellum circa 99-00 that was hosted the one legged ghost of Chris Farley doing the motivational speaker routine.


If you're going to Deep Ellum put your money in your shoe...
 
2014-02-18 01:05:14 AM

jake_lex: My favorite fact about the Matt Foley skit, at least the first one, was that the table he flops onto and breaks was  nota breakaway table.  It was a standard, regular coffee table.  You can see that David Spade and Christina Applegate are visibly shaken by what they've just seen in the sketch.

/well la-de-frickin-da


Just re-watched it. Are you sure it wasn't that Spade and Applegate just weren't told about the table gag?
 
2014-02-18 03:29:32 AM

MagSeven: jake_lex: My favorite fact about the Matt Foley skit, at least the first one, was that the table he flops onto and breaks was  nota breakaway table.  It was a standard, regular coffee table.  You can see that David Spade and Christina Applegate are visibly shaken by what they've just seen in the sketch.

/well la-de-frickin-da

Just re-watched it. Are you sure it wasn't that Spade and Applegate just weren't told about the table gag?


all 4 of them seem to look beyond acting, though Phil plays it off the best in terms of rolling with it. It probably wasn't a typical breakaway table but it wasn't a standard dining room table either. Likely something the prop department cheaply put together at one point.
 
2014-02-18 03:37:11 AM

Skarekrough: FreakyBunny: That sounded like Tim Meadows in that sketch. Was it him?

It was.

The best part of the SNL bit is watching David Spade just barely keeping it together;  And this is a guy who's a seasoned Vet working with him...and just teetering on the edge of losing it for almost the entire sketch.


Christina Applegate too - she hides behind her hair for more than half the time, and I'm sure it's because she's losing it altogether.
 
2014-02-18 06:00:21 AM

Dhabu: Skarekrough: FreakyBunny: That sounded like Tim Meadows in that sketch. Was it him?

It was.

The best part of the SNL bit is watching David Spade just barely keeping it together;  And this is a guy who's a seasoned Vet working with him...and just teetering on the edge of losing it for almost the entire sketch.

Christina Applegate too - she hides behind her hair for more than half the time, and I'm sure it's because she's losing it altogether.


This. She's been quoted as saying that she was NOT prepared for the level of comedic intensity that Farley brought to that particular sketch.
 
2014-02-18 07:06:48 AM

Skarekrough: The best part of the SNL bit is watching David Spade just barely keeping it together


I wish I could find it (but NBC is so protective of people posting clips from SNL), there was a skit with farley and tim meadows where farley plays a giant baby, and farley steps behind tim and whispers something in his ear and he loses it.

Also the best SNL skit as far as not keeping it together:
http://vimeo.com/41787619
 
2014-02-18 07:22:59 AM
You know what would have made for a great skit? Odenkirk and Farley loudly cursing.
 
2014-02-18 08:26:44 AM

EnderX: John Candy was funnier on his worst day than Farley.


It wouldn't be Fark without a jabroni giving a completely unnecessary contrarian opinion.
 
2014-02-18 08:39:48 AM

Uncle Pooky: jake_lex: My favorite fact about the Matt Foley skit, at least the first one, was that the table he flops onto and breaks was  nota breakaway table.  It was a standard, regular coffee table.  You can see that David Spade and Christina Applegate are visibly shaken by what they've just seen in the sketch.

/well la-de-frickin-da

I've watched that skit countless times, including again just now before posting this, and that sure seems like a breakaway table to me.

I guess it's possible that someone in the prop department went out and found the flimsiest table possible, but if you think that was a "standard, regular" coffee table, you're nuts.

/Farley was an immemse loss to the world of comedy


Yeah, I remember Spade talking about Farley and mentioned that skit.  According to Spade, Farley did the table gag once but used his hands to catch himself.  They asked Farley to do it again, but to hit the table with his face.  So, he did because the guy was that dedicated.
 
2014-02-18 09:05:34 AM

darkjezter: Despite his size, Chris Farley was actually quite athletic.  He played football in high school and rugby in college.  This is why he was so great at physical comedy.


You can tell he was like an athlete that got fat after he quit playing and not just a couch potato that was never in shape if you watch the chippendale skit, because a fat person that has never been in shape cannot pull off those moves.
 
2014-02-18 09:28:25 AM
Skarekrough:  The best part of the SNL bit is watching David Spade just barely keeping it together;  And this is a guy who's a seasoned Vet working with him...and just teetering on the edge of losing it for almost the entire sketch.

Yep. That's what made it comedy gold. And of course, Chris was doing everything he could to make David lose it. Some of the best SNL moments are the ones where someone breaks up during a skit.
 
2014-02-18 09:28:42 AM

Oldiron_79: because a fat person that has never been in shape cannot pull off those moves.


and here I thought part of the reason that skit was funny was because it was clear Farley couldn't dance.
 
2014-02-18 09:36:52 AM

toyotaboy: Skarekrough: The best part of the SNL bit is watching David Spade just barely keeping it together

I wish I could find it (but NBC is so protective of people posting clips from SNL), there was a skit with farley and tim meadows where farley plays a giant baby, and farley steps behind tim and whispers something in his ear and he loses it.

Also the best SNL skit as far as not keeping it together:
http://vimeo.com/41787619


i can't watch the clip at work. my guess, without reading further down in this thread first..."massive headwound harry"?
 
2014-02-18 09:39:07 AM

lack of warmth: Uncle Pooky: jake_lex: My favorite fact about the Matt Foley skit, at least the first one, was that the table he flops onto and breaks was  nota breakaway table.  It was a standard, regular coffee table.  You can see that David Spade and Christina Applegate are visibly shaken by what they've just seen in the sketch.

/well la-de-frickin-da

I've watched that skit countless times, including again just now before posting this, and that sure seems like a breakaway table to me.

I guess it's possible that someone in the prop department went out and found the flimsiest table possible, but if you think that was a "standard, regular" coffee table, you're nuts.

/Farley was an immemse loss to the world of comedy

Yeah, I remember Spade talking about Farley and mentioned that skit.  According to Spade, Farley did the table gag once but used his hands to catch himself.  They asked Farley to do it again, but to hit the table with his face.  So, he did because the guy was that high on coke dedicated.


ftfy

spade talked about sharing a small office with farley, and that he was genuinely the nicest and best friend he could have, and that they were always making each other laugh. and "fat guy in a little coat" came up a lot in the office.
 
2014-02-18 09:41:33 AM

GibbyTheMole: Skarekrough:  The best part of the SNL bit is watching David Spade just barely keeping it together;  And this is a guy who's a seasoned Vet working with him...and just teetering on the edge of losing it for almost the entire sketch.

Yep. That's what made it comedy gold. And of course, Chris was doing everything he could to make David lose it. Some of the best SNL moments are the ones where someone breaks up during a skit.


recently there was a fallon and timberlake episode. the "family feud" skit was hilarious, and more than once timberlake (portraying fallon) and fallon (portraying sheldon cooper) had to turn away from the audience because they made each other crack up so hard
 
2014-02-18 09:48:54 AM

frepnog: Oldiron_79: because a fat person that has never been in shape cannot pull off those moves.

and here I thought part of the reason that skit was funny was because it was clear Farley couldn't dance.


He may have no rythym but the drop to the floor and hump yourself back upright move is one that most people cant pull off.
 
2014-02-18 10:04:24 AM

poot_rootbeer: Uncle Pooky: I guess it's possible that someone in the prop department went out and found the flimsiest table possible, but if you think that was a "standard, regular" coffee table, you're nuts.

What was the pratfall supposed to be?  That Farley gestures too wildly, falls forward, and lands on a table which does not break?

That's not comedy.


Exactly my point. The table was designed to break. It wasn't a mistake or surprise that it broke. Everything went exactly the way it was supposed to. They may not have told Spade, Applegate, etc about it beforehand, but Farley, the director, Lorne, et al knew that it would.
 
2014-02-18 10:09:28 AM
I think it's funny that the movie Tommy Boy was  slammed by critics at the time it was released.  In fact, Roger Ebert listed it as one of his most hated films of all time.

These days?  A lot of people consider it a classic buddy comedy that showcases the great comedic chemistry between Chris Farley and David Spade.

/when it comes to goofy comedies, trusting the opinions of professional film critics is like asking a literary professor what kind of wax you should put on your surf board.
 
2014-02-18 10:13:17 AM

darkjezter: I think it's funny that the movie Tommy Boy was  slammed by critics at the time it was released.  In fact, Roger Ebert listed it as one of his most hated films of all time.

These days?  A lot of people consider it a classic buddy comedy that showcases the great comedic chemistry between Chris Farley and David Spade.

/when it comes to goofy comedies, trusting the opinions of professional film critics is like asking a literary professor what kind of wax you should put on your surf board.


also, why does everyone LOVE tommy boy, but hardly anyone ever talks about black sheep? i admit black sheep wasn't AS good as tommy boy, but it was still pretty good, and in many ways the same story
 
2014-02-18 10:16:25 AM

darkjezter: I think it's funny that the movie Tommy Boy was  slammed by critics at the time it was released.  In fact, Roger Ebert listed it as one of his most hated films of all time.

These days?  A lot of people consider it a classic buddy comedy that showcases the great comedic chemistry between Chris Farley and David Spade.

/when it comes to goofy comedies, trusting the opinions of professional film critics is like asking a literary professor what kind of wax you should put on your surf board.


I think a lot of those kind of movies people need to warm up to.

PL&A was I think a movie that just got a "nice" review from Ebert at the time... 20 years later he was putting it in his "Best Movies" books.

The original "Vacation" was slammed by Siskel & Ebert if I recall when it was released, but, that is pretty much considered a comedy classic now (although, many like Xmas more I am aware.... and the original looked a lot better after they put out European Vaca).
 
2014-02-18 10:17:53 AM

bungle_jr: also, why does everyone LOVE tommy boy, but hardly anyone ever talks about black sheep? i admit black sheep wasn't AS good as tommy boy, but it was still pretty good, and in many ways the same story


because it pretty much WAS the same damn movie.  in a world where Tommy Boy did not exist, Black Sheep would be more highly regarded.

Ro-ads.

Meoff?
 
2014-02-18 10:18:43 AM

bungle_jr: also, why does everyone LOVE tommy boy, but hardly anyone ever talks about black sheep? i admit black sheep wasn't AS good as tommy boy, but it was still pretty good, and in many ways the same story


Probably for the same reason that, when it comes to Adam Sandler movies, a lot more people talk about Happy Gilmore than the Waterboy.

I agree with you: Black Sheep was a pretty good comedy.  But it's generally accepted that Tommy Boy is Chris Farley's best film, so it's the one that gets the most attention.

/screw Austin Powers; I think Wayne's World is Mike Meyer's best film.
 
2014-02-18 10:21:41 AM

darkjezter: /screw Austin Powers; I think Wayne's World is Mike Meyer's best film.


Nobody worth anything puts AP over WW.
 
2014-02-18 10:26:44 AM

dletter: Nobody worth anything puts AP over WW.


Wayne's World has held up a lot better than Austin Powers has.

Plus, after Austin Powers came out, everybody in the world's obnoxious coworkers/classmates started doing Austin Powers impressions.  It wasn't until Borat came along that those people found somebody even more irritating to impersonate.

/Dr. Evil was pretty farking hilarious, though.
 
2014-02-18 10:27:05 AM

darkjezter: I think it's funny that the movie Tommy Boy was  slammed by critics at the time it was released.  In fact, Roger Ebert listed it as one of his most hated films of all time.

These days?  A lot of people consider it a classic buddy comedy that showcases the great comedic chemistry between Chris Farley and David Spade.

/when it comes to goofy comedies, trusting the opinions of professional film critics is like asking a literary professor what kind of wax you should put on your surf board.


The experience you're describing having witnessed is called nostalgia. "Tommy Boy" was always a mediocre, at best, comedy movie, but years after having it saturate the airwaves (Head of USA Networks in the early 00s, late 90s: "What, we've 2 hours to kill between a Wings marathon and a Law & Order marathon? I dunno, put on, ahhhhhhhh....Tommy Boy! Sure, what the hell!") and Farley having died, and David Spade's career having done the same, people look back at it with the rose-colored glasses that time puts on it, and they remember being great, although they're actually liking the times they remembered around watching that film (i.e., no kids, not having died inside yet) more than the actual film.
 
2014-02-18 10:33:51 AM

EyeballKid: The experience you're describing having witnessed is called nostalgia. "Tommy Boy" was always a mediocre, at best, comedy movie, but years after having it saturate the airwaves (Head of USA Networks in the early 00s, late 90s: "What, we've 2 hours to kill between a Wings marathon and a Law & Order marathon? I dunno, put on, ahhhhhhhh....Tommy Boy! Sure, what the hell!") and Farley having died, and David Spade's career having done the same, people look back at it with the rose-colored glasses that time puts on it, and they remember being great, although they're actually liking the times they remembered around watching that film (i.e., no kids, not having died inside yet) more than the actual film.


Actually, when Tommy Boy first came out I remember a  lot of people I knew really liked it.  I remember the general opinion being that it wasn't as funny as Dumb and Dumber (which came out a few months earlier), but it was still really funny.  It was mainly the critics who hated it; the film was quite popular among audiences and debuted at number 1.  It didn't drop out of the top 20 films until 7 weeks after its release.  The film also did very well when it was released on video.
 
2014-02-18 10:34:44 AM

dletter: darkjezter: I think it's funny that the movie Tommy Boy was  slammed by critics at the time it was released.  In fact, Roger Ebert listed it as one of his most hated films of all time.

These days?  A lot of people consider it a classic buddy comedy that showcases the great comedic chemistry between Chris Farley and David Spade.

/when it comes to goofy comedies, trusting the opinions of professional film critics is like asking a literary professor what kind of wax you should put on your surf board.

I think a lot of those kind of movies people need to warm up to.

PL&A was I think a movie that just got a "nice" review from Ebert at the time... 20 years later he was putting it in his "Best Movies" books.

The original "Vacation" was slammed by Siskel & Ebert if I recall when it was released, but, that is pretty much considered a comedy classic now (although, many like Xmas more I am aware.... and the original looked a lot better after they put out European Vaca).


what is pl&a?

darkjezter: bungle_jr: also, why does everyone LOVE tommy boy, but hardly anyone ever talks about black sheep? i admit black sheep wasn't AS good as tommy boy, but it was still pretty good, and in many ways the same story

Probably for the same reason that, when it comes to Adam Sandler movies, a lot more people talk about Happy Gilmore than the Waterboy.

I agree with you: Black Sheep was a pretty good comedy.  But it's generally accepted that Tommy Boy is Chris Farley's best film, so it's the one that gets the most attention.

/screw Austin Powers; I think Wayne's World is Mike Meyer's best film.


i love a lot of the sandler movies...and i rank happy gilmore, waterboy, and billy madison as pretty much equally the best. and i've seen those about 150 times each.
 
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