candy farley

There are five comedians that I am so fond of that I would go see there movies just because they were in them. They all share the same physique – overweight and unfortunately four out of the five are dead, three at young ages. It’s not that I am attracted to fat comedians, they just happen to be funny comedians who are fat. One popular theory is that comedians are covering up their insecurities; they are more likely to be depressives, and are “comfort eaters”, to make them feel better. It’s all about making themselves feel better whether with food or by making people laugh. A second theory is that as overweight kids they get bullied a lot and use comedy to deal with it to stop the bullying. Whatever the psychological reason, all I know for sure is that they are funny. Who knows, maybe the fat gene is part of the comedy gene…doesn’t sound likely, there would be a lot more comedians in the world if it was. My top 5 fat comedians in no particular order starts with 1) John Candy. Anyone who grew up without seeing Uncle Buck or Trains, Planes, & Automobiles is a poor deprived child who needs to make amends by renting these classic Candy movies. He also starred in Space Balls which was absolutely hysterical and is still on my playlist of all-time comedies. Some of his other comedies that he played a leading role in included Cool Runnings, Stripes, Summer Rental, and The Great Outdoors. John was a very large man who died of a heart attack at the age of 43. I’m sure his heart had been running on overload for some time. 2) John Belushi was no stranger to over indulgence whether it be food, drugs, liquor, or anything else that could be consumed. He was one of the original stars of Saturday Night Live and helped launch the show to the heights that it has reached since. Between seasons of SNL he made one of his best-known movies, Animal House where he played the total slob, Bluto, and stole the movie. The Blues Brothers was another classic that he made with fellow SNL comedian, Dan Aykroyd. He too died at a very early age of 33 from overdosing on a mixture of cocaine and heroin. I read his biography, Wired, and the amount of drugs and liquor he put in to his body over a 24-hour period would have killed a racehorse. John was a big man with a big apetite. No.3) is my sleeper in Kevin James, maybe because he is the only one of my five still alive. He starred in the television show King Of Queens with Leah Remini as the Heffernans for nine years, one of the most underrated comedies in television. I always wonder how the fat comedians get such hot girlfriends and wives. The show also starred Jerry Stiller, another great. Kevin has not had as many hit movies as other comedians but I enjoyed Paul Blart: Mall Cop, though I certainly wouldn’t call it a comedy classic, but watchable. Kevin James is actually a fantastic stand-up comedian who manages to get laughs without using raunchy humor which is hard to accomplish. It is basically observational comedy like Seinfeld but with a twist on body image. Kevin is also a large man who seems to live a healthier lifestyle than the others…I’m sure that is a good reason why he is still around. Perhaps my favorite comedian of the group is 4) Chris Farley who became a huge star on Saturday Night Live and was known for loud intense characters with a lot of physical comedy. His portrayal of motivational speaker, Matt Foley, who lived in a van down by the river was one of his best characters. It was hard for the other cast members not to crack up while he was doing the skit. He went on to star in one of my favorite comedies of all-time, Tommy Boy with David Spade. I have seen the movie at least 20x and still laugh out loud. It is a must own for any comedy library. He followed that with Black Sheep, also co-starring David Spade and Beverly Hills Ninja. Similar to his idol, John Belushi, Farley died of a speedball overdose at the age of 33…big bummer. The oldest and skinniest comedian on my list is 5) Rodney Dangerfield who is one of the most well known stand up comedians of our time. Dangerfield was known for never being able to get respect. His weight varied from extra large to just large as he grew older and he lived to the age of 82. He was much more well known for his stand-up but had three movies that I would put on the highly recommended list with one being a must see, Caddyshack. The other two, East Money and Back to School, are hilarious as well. My favorite fat comedians are also my favorite all-time comedians with the exception of Steve Martin and Will Ferrell who are both thin and alive. It is too bad we didn’t get to see more of Candy, Belushi, and Farley but I’m glad that we got a glimpse of their comedic genius. I still don’t know what weight gain has to do with being a funny comedian, but their must be some connection, as their have been many great comedians over time that shop in plus size clothing stores.



  1. Good Post Craig~ Jonathan Winters, Jackie Gleason, Robin Williams, Red Skelton, Carol Burnett, Laurel and Hardy, Abbot and Costello, Groucho Marx come to mind as funny people…..I think the fat factor plays a huge part in the level of “anxiety” people have…whether it’s alcohol, food, drugs, smoking….some type of obsessive compulsive behavior gets the best of them…..comedians, clowns, whatever the type…..I truly love to laugh and so appreciate the gift of silliness/goofyness/English Humor (my husband) and of course, my very witty son!

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