"As with any good oral history, The Chris Farley Show moves briskly and the reporting is deep.... In fact, this unflinching, well-written book outshines any Farley highlight reel." — Entertainment Weekly

"It digs beneath the buffoonish exterior and uncovers a complex human being... The Chris Farley we meet here is both funnier and more loveable than the typical celebrity drug casualty, which makes The Chris Farley Show both sadder and more frustrating than the typical just-say-no cautionary tale." — The New York Times



"[a] rip-roaring memory mosaic. With talents such as Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Conan O’Brien and David Spade analyzing his humor and detailing Farley’s escapades and hijinks, this is a boisterous book the comedian’s fans will want to buy, borrow or steal." — Publishers Weekly

"Essential for Farley and SNL fans, and a sterling example of oral biography—well-structured, consistently engaging and simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking." — Kirkus (starred review) 


The Chris Farley Show is the official, authorized biography of the late actor and comedian Chris Farley. It is also a critically acclaimed New York Times and L.A. Times bestseller that has caused an outpouring of affection and admiration from Chris Farley's fans, his celebrity peers, and thousands of people coping with the same struggles and addictions that caused his untimely death at the age of thirty-three.


Fans knew Chris as Saturday Night Live’s sweaty, swaggering, motivational speaker; as the irresistible Chippendales stripper; and as Tommy Callahan, the underdog hero of Tommy Boy. His family knew him as sensitive and passionate, deeply religious, and devoted to bringing laughter into others’ lives.

This book is Chris Farley as remembered by his family, friends, and colleagues. Featuring over 100 new and exclusive interviews with David SpadeChris RockAlec BaldwinLorne MichaelsJaneane GarofaloBob OdenkirkTim Meadows, and many more, it is the all-to-true story of a man who lived to make us laugh and died as a result.

Authored by Tanner Colby with Chris's older brother, Tom Farley, Jr., The Chris Farley Show is an evocative and harrowing portrait of a family trapped by addiction, a father forced to bury a son, and a gifted and kindhearted man ultimately torn apart by the demons inside him.