Recently David Spade did an interview on Reddit and he was asked a question about the scene in “Tommy Boy” where Chris Farley takes Spade’s jacket and puts it on while singing “Fat Guy in a little coat”. Spade was asked if Farley actually ripped the jacket in the film. Here’s Spade’s response:
Chris was always doing that bit to me at work [at SNL]. We shared an office, and you had to walk through our office to get to Chris Rock & Adam Sandler’s office, so these 2 microscopic offices were back to back, and Chris’ desk was behind mine, and he didn’t really know how to write, or read, really (kidding!) but he would come in bored, because I would have to write my sketches to try to get on but they would always let him on, so he would get behind me and be bored, everyone would write him sketches, and he would say “Davey… turn around” and I said “if this is Fat Guy in a Little Coat I’m not turning around, it’s not funny anymore.” And he would say “no, i’ve got a whole new thing I’m doing.”
And then I’d turn around, and it would be him in my Levi jacket, and he would say “Fat guy in little coat! Don’t you give up on it!”
And so when we did Tommy Boy we were just looking for jokes and scenes to make them better, and we decided that was funny to us, maybe it would be funny to there people. So we put “Fat guy in a little coat” in and he sang it (which was funny, and not the plan), and then we had to cut the coat in the back to make sure it would rip. So that was a long answer for the question of “did he really rip it.” We had to make sure it would rip, and sound funny, so we had to help it a little bit. –The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences/ The Oscars
Let me get this straight, during their time at SNL Spade and Farley shared an office NEXT TO Sandler and Rock?! How fucking awesome is that!