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July 14, 2015

Spike TV preps Chris Farley documentary


Michelle Clancy / Rapid TV News

Spike TV is prepping a documentary about Chris Farley. I Am Chris Farley will open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on 31 July, and will debut on Spike on 10 August, followed by DVD, Blu Ray and video on demand (VOD) availability.

“Chris Farley lived his life full speed and committed to making everyone around him laugh out loud, and I Am Chris Farley tells his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever – from his early days in Madison, Wisc., and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on Saturday Night Live and in hit films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep,” the network said in its description.

The film showcases the performer’s most memorable characters and skits from television and film, paired with photographs, home movies and family snapshots. Clips from Farley’s most unforgettable performances fill the documentary, from his Chippendales audition alongside Patrick Swayze, to his comically ill-fated salesman in Tommy Boy, to his diatribes as Matt Foley, the motivational speaker who “lives in a van down by the river!”

Sharing insights are co-stars and colleagues such as Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Pat Finn, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Will Sasso, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Brian Stack and Fred Wolf, and family members including his brother Kevin, a comedian and actor, and his brothers Tom Jr. and Johnny, with sister Barbara.

The documentary is the latest in Spike TV’s original I Am series. The network debuted I Am Dale Earnhardt earlier this year along with I Am Steve McQueen and I Am Evel Knievel in 2014 and I Am Bruce Lee in 2012.