David Spade reveals how Chris Farley came up with classic 'Fat Man in a Little Coat' scene from 'Tommy Boy'


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Chris Farley in 'Tommy Boy.'

The world lost Chris Farley way too soon, at the age of 33 in 1997, and it hasn't stopped missing the comedian.


On Monday night, David Spade appeared on "Conan" and he and Conan O'Brien remembered working with Farley on "Saturday Night Live" in the show's '90s heyday. Spade was Farley's close collaborator, and O'Brien was a writer on "Saturday Night Live."

According to O'Brien, Farley was just as "wild and crazy" as he was on TV. "Chris was all of that," he said.

Spade remembered how Farley could never let go of the much-beloved "fat guy in a little coat" routine.


"He'd go, 'David, turn around,' and I'd go, 'If this is 'fat guy in a little coat,' it's not funny anymore," Spade said. Sure enough, Farley fooled Spade and ripped his coat.

"Fat guy in a little coat - don't you quit on it!" Farley said, according to Spade.

Eventually the two put the routine into their movie "Tommy Boy," and it became the best-remembered scene in Farley's brilliant comedy career cut short.

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