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MIPCOM Picks ’15: I Am Chris Farley

When he vaulted into stardom via his stint on Saturday Night Live in 1990, Chris Farley wowed colleagues, fans and critics alike with a physicality that recalled both John Belushi and Chevy Chase, and a comedic depth and sensitivity that hinted at great things ahead.
September 1, 2015


Partners: Produced by Network Entertainment for Spike TV (U.S.); distributed by FremantleMedia International
Length: 1 x 90 minutes
Premiered: July 2015 (theatrical, U.S.)
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding U.S. and Canada

When he vaulted into stardom via his stint on Saturday Night Live in 1990, Chris Farley wowed colleagues, fans and critics alike with a physicality that recalled both John Belushi and Chevy Chase, and a comedic depth and sensitivity that hinted at great things ahead. Sadly, it all came to an end with his passing at 33 years of age. Here, Farley’s story is told through archive and present-day interviews with those who knew, worked with and loved him, including Adam Sandler, Tom Arnold and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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