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Poetic Tribute to Chris Farley

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Chris Farley was born on February 15, 1964 and died on December 18, 1997. In honour of his birthday, I’d like to share this poem I wrote about him. To help you understand the poem, and appreciate the comedic genius that was Chris Farley, I’m also posting the famous sketch “Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker” from Saturday Night Live. Enjoy and remember. R.I.P. Chris Farley.

“Chris Farley”
By David Weinfeld

“Son of a bitch!” He screamed.
So fell fat man Farley
face-first through the table but still able
to spring sprightly like a man built lightly,
Twinkle-toed, like the Babe Ruth of old,
A three hundred pound big Irish kid.

We all knew he would die

like Belushi before him: blow, booze and bitches.
We laughed. And laughed. He sweated, leaking loneliness.
“La-Dee-Frickin-Da,” he’d say and we’d laugh some more.
“Bill Shakespeare,” he called the old Bard, a bard himself,
a first class clown who could keep comics cackling.
He had a sidekick, but let’s call a Spade a spade:
a smarmy man, more made, more mature, more measured,

except when big Chris entered the room.
Then even he could not keep his cool.

Chris turned chaos to craft.
And they laughed. And we laughed.
He was fat, and sweaty.

And so we laughed as he suffered inside.
Christopher was thirty-three when he died

in a van down by the river.


Written by David Weinfeld

February 15, 2010 at 10:30

Posted in poetry, pop culture

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  1. I was just talking about Tommy Boy and fat-guy-in-a-little-coat last night. Such a tragedy. RIP.


    February 15, 2010 at 10:42

  2. well said


    February 15, 2010 at 13:13

  3. Weiner, you’re a poet. The real stuff.

    I admired the hell out of Chris Farley; he had the spark.

    And you’re right, like John Candy, we knew he would die.


    February 15, 2010 at 13:58

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    June 18, 2010 at 15:01

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