I’ll never forget the first time I saw the comical heavyweight, Chris Farley. It was in the now classic SNL sketch where he plays ‘Barney’, a hopeful Chippendale auditioning in a dance-off against ‘Adrian’ (Patrick Swayze). After exchanging 90 seconds of wild exotic dancing (and physical slapstick), Judge Kevin Nealon dryly delivers the let-down,
“Barney, we all agreed your dancing was great and your presentation was very sexy. I guess. I guess in the end we all thought that Adrian’s body was just much, much better than yours. You see, it’s just that at Chippendales our dancers have traditionally had that lean, muscular, healthy physique. Like Adrian’s. Whereas yours is, well – fat and flabby.”
Farley knew he was fat and certainly those he worked with knew it, but his ability to combine naïveté and playful innocence with intense physical humor made him hard to ignore.