Kevin Farley performing at Cafe Eleven
May 24, 2022
The Original Cafe Eleven
St. Augustine Beach, FL
Kevin Farley (accomplished actor, writer, director) has truly established himself as a comedic presence both on the big screen and television.
Kevin was born in Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Anne (Crosby) and Thomas Farley, who owned an oil company. Among his siblings are actors John Farley and the late Chris Farley. He is of Irish heritage. He has two other brothers and sisters–Barb, a nursery school teacher, and Tom Jr., who works for a marketing firm. He majored in Business at Marquette University in Milwaukee. After graduation, for six years he sold asphalt for his father’s company, Scotch Oil. However, Chris soon convinced him to try show business. Kevin first went on stage at the Chicago ImprovOlympic.
Farley eventually moved to Chicago and studied at the famed Second City. The minute he relocated to Los Angeles he began landing roles in films such as Tommy Boy and Black Sheep. Then Farley landed a starring role as “Doug Linus” on MTV’s sitcom 2gether where he was met with rave reviews. After that Farley appeared in numerous TV series programs such as That ’70s Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Joey, Just Shoot Me, Curb Your Enthusiasm and many more. When Farley moved more into feature films, his unsurprising emphasis was exclusively on comedy. He appeared in the Adam Sandler animated comedy Eight Crazy Nights, and soon after The Waterboy, Dirty Work, the Cedric the Entertainer laugh-fest Johnson Family Vacation to name a few.
In 2008, Farley starred in the lead role of An American Carol, playing a cynical, anti-American “Hollywood” filmmaker who sets out on a crusade to abolish the 4th of July holiday. He is visited by three spirits who take him on a hilarious journey in an attempt to show him the true meaning of America. This comedy film (directed by David Zucker) is a parody of liberal filmmaker Michael Moore that “lampoons contemporary American culture, particularly Hollywood.” It uses the framework of A Christmas Carol but moves the setting of the story from Christmas to Independence Day. The supporting cast included Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight, Dennis Hopper, and Leslie Nielsen. Farley co-wrote, directed and starred in Hollywood Wine. The film also stars Chazz Palminteri, Chris Kattan, David Spade, Norm MacDonald and Jeremy London.
Multi tasking is easy for Farley – he does it all with a fabulously contagious sense of humor, both on screen and off.