Adam Sandler Performs Heart-Wrenching Tribute To Chris Farley On 'Saturday Night Live'

Adam Sandler Performs Heart-Wrenching Tribute To Chris Farley On 'Saturday Night Live'

The song was rather emotional and contained references from the many sketches the two of them had performed together.

Comedian and actor Adam Sandler sang a tribute to his late friend Chris Farley on the latest episode (4 May 2019) of Saturday Night Live. For those who have watched Farley perform, the 4:32-minute video of Sandler's ode will bring tears to your eyes. The song included references to sketches they performed together in the 1990s. 

Strumming a guitar, Sandler sang, "The first time I saw him he was sweeter than honey/ Plaid jacket and belt too tight and he wasn’t even being funny/ Then he cartwheeled around the room and slow-danced with the cleaning lady ― he was a one-man party/ You know who I’m talking about. I’m talking about my friend Chris Farley." Sandler sang about how much Farley made everyone laugh, how much fun they had the last time they were together at Tim Meadows’s wedding, and how much his kids love Farley clips on YouTube. The song also included a reference to Farley's addiction which said if he kept up with drugs and alcohol, he would most likely die like John Belushi or John Candy, but that was okay because he looked up to those guys.


In a piece penned by a host of SiriusXM radio's daily program The Dean Obeidallah Show and a columnist for The Daily Beast, Dean Obeidallah reminisced the many stories he had heard about Farley. He said, "I worked on the production staff at "SNL" from 1998 to 2006, and over those years I heard countless stories about Farley from people who worked on the show with him. The one thing the stories all had in common was the sheer amount of joy they would bring to the people recounting Farley's antics. Suddenly, an otherwise low-key person would light up while acting out -- to the best of his or her ability -- what Farley had done in the very place we were standing in the "SNL" offices. And of course, laughter would follow as we could all picture Farley in our mind's eye doing exactly what was being described."

The song ended with Sandler singing about what Farley meant to him and to so many others, while an image of Farley from the hit 1995 comedy film, Tommy Boy showed on the screen behind Sandler. The line goes as follows, "Buddy, life has moved on, but you still bring us so much joy." He added, "Make my kids laugh with YouTube clips or Tommy Boy." This line made the studio audience cheer loudly.

Farley was known for his slapstick comedy and was part of SNL from 1990 - 1995. He and Sandler's stint at SNL overlapped when they were both cast members on the show. A Wisconsin native, Farley died of a drug overdose in 1997 at the age of 33. The duo has also worked together in the films Billy Madison and Coneheads. Sandler's heart-wrenching song was partly featured in his 2018 Netflix special 100% Fresh. The SNL episode where he performed marked the first time Sandler hosted "SNL" since he was fired from it 24 years ago.

Fans were over-joyed with Sandler's tribute and were applauding him on Twitter. 












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