For someone who is known for making people laugh, comedian Adam Sandler got awfully serious in a clip dedicated to his friend and fellow Saturday Night Live performer Chris Farley. Featured as part of his Netflix special Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh, the clip was released on Tuesday, December 18 in honor of the 21stanniversary of Farley’s death.
“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.”
As the song goes on, it got more serious.
“We told him, ‘Slow down, you’ll end up like [John] Belushi and [John] Candy,’” Sandler sings. “Farley said ‘those guys are my heroes. That’s all fine and dandy.”
After leaving SNL in 1995, Farley died of a drug overdose in 1997. He was just 33 years old.
“The party came to an end,” Sandler sings. “We flew out to Madison to bury our friend. Nothing was harder than saying goodbye.”
And if that doesn’t hit you in the heart, we don’t know what will.
Sandler was not the only one who found a way to pay tribute to Farley on Tuesday (Dec. 18.) Talk show host Stephen Colbert also headed to Twitter to share his thoughts on the sad occasion.
“Chris Farley and I started at Second City on the same day,” Colbert wrote. “You knew the minute you saw him on stage he was great. He was sweet and smart and funny. When I heard he had died, 21 years ago today, I fell to the ground. Rest In Peace.”
Chris Farley and I started at Second City on the same day. You knew the minute you saw him on stage he was great. He was sweet and smart and funny. When I heard he had died, 21 years ago today, I fell to the ground. Rest In Peace.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) December 19, 2018