No dust now, simply real, honest-to-goodness tears.
Adam Sandler returned to the Saturday Night Live theatre on May 4 as the show’s multitude and he brought along a very special surprise: a song dedicated to his former SNL castmate, the comic immense Chris Farley. No jokes; just a simple ballad about remembering his old, departed friend.
Farley and Sandler came up together on SNL in the 1990 s. It was a creatively fertile date for the representation streak, which at the time included a casting featuring fictions like Chris Rock, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, and Mike Myers.
Farley was a being of unadulterated manic energy , not unlike another SNL em> immense, John Belushi( who makes a cameo in Sandler’s song, together with John Candy ). Like Farley, Belushi lived fast and hard-bitten until he died at a young age. Both were 33 when they left us, and in both cases it was a cocaine-fueled “speedball” overdose that made them away.
Sandler’s moving tribute to his pal is colored by personal recollections that give some revelation into the kind of person Farley was behind the scenes. It’s all been covered before, of course, and in much greater detail, but it’s hard not to be swept away by the music’s aching emotion.
Unsurprisingly, the song was responded warmly by a often nostalgic internet, with social media immediately humming in the hours after Sandler’s surprise performance.