Best known this time of year for “The Hanukkah Song,” Adam Sandler took a more somber tone on Tuesday to remember the late comedic actor Chris Farley on the 21st anniversary of his death.
Sandler, 52, shared a clip from his Netflix special Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh, in which he pays tribute to “my friend Chris Farley” with a song.
“The first time I saw him he was sweeter than s—,” Sandler sings. “Plaid jacket and belt too tight, he wasn’t even doing a bit.”
Farley and Sandler became close friends when they worked together on Saturday Night Live in the 90s. Farley left the series in 1995, and died of a drug overdose in 1997.
“On Saturday Night, my man would always deliver, whether he was a Bumblebee Girl or livin’ in a van down by the river,” Sandler continues, referencing some of Farley’s popular characters from the sketch show.
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The Big Daddy star goes on to recount how Farley would party hard after shows, and he warned, “We told him, ‘Slow down, you’ll end up like [John] Belushi and [John] Candy.’”
According to Sandler, Farley said, “Those guys are my heroes. That’s all fine and dandy.”
Then on Dec. 18, 1997 — just like Belushi 15 years earlier — Farley died at age 33 of a drug overdose.
“The party came to an end,” Sandler sings. “We flew out to Madison to bury our friend. Nothing was harder than saying goodbye.”
Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh comedy special is available now on Netflix.
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