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Black Sheep - Dry and Physical Humor deliver Non-Stop Laughter

Updated on December 17, 2015
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Tawnya is a freelance writer who LOVEs movies and televison series! She enjoys family movies and animated movies the most.

A Must Have for Fans of Chris Farley

Black Sheep [Blu-ray]
Black Sheep [Blu-ray]

The comedy duo of Farley and Spade was dynamite. With the untimely passing of Chris Farley, the only way to own this non-stop laughter is to own Black Sheep on DVD.


Black Sheep is a Laugh Out Loud Comedy

I grew up watching Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live (1990-1996) and loved every minute of his skits. In 1995, I enjoyed Tommy Boy a film that starred both Farley and David Spade and was totally pumped when Black Sheep was released in 1996. Black Sheep once again featured the comedically genius duo of Chris Farley and David Spade and was filled with non-stop laughter from beginning to end.

Mike Donnelly is his Family's Black Sheep

In the film, Farley plays the character Mike Donnelly. As there is with most families, Mike is considered the Black Sheep of his family. Mike's brother, Al (Tim Matheson), is running for governor and has a good chance of winning. However, Mike's antics may ruin his brother's chances. To minimize Mike's shenanigans, Al assigns Steve Dodds (David Spade) to manage his brother.

Despite Steve Dodds' Efforts Hilarity Ensues

Being the dedicated employee that he is, Dodds does everything he can to contain Mike and minimize any negative effect he may have on his brother's campaign. Unfortunately for Dodds, Mike's incompetence and dimwitted behavior is too much for Steve to handle.

Dry Humor paired with Physical Humor guarantees Hilarity

One of the reasons this movie is still one of my favorites is because it makes me laugh every single time I see it. The key to the comedy in this film is the pairing of Farley and Spade. Not only is their difference in physical stature enough to make you giggle, but the late Farley and Spade deliver different types of humor. Spade is best-known for his witty, dry humor. Farley, on the other hand, is best known for his physical comedy. For example, think back to Farley's SNL days. My personal favorite was the "down by the river skit." For some reason, the combination of dry humor and physical humor in this movie makes me laugh every single time I watch it.

Chris Farley and David Spade also starred in Tommy Boy
Chris Farley and David Spade also starred in Tommy Boy | Source

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A great example of Farley's ability to master physical comedy.

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      Tawnya 4 years ago from NE Ohio

      @Brite-Ideas: It's an "oldie, but goodie."

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      forgot about this movie! loved it too

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      Tawnya 4 years ago from NE Ohio

      @Mary Crowther: Thanks, Maree! Me too

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      Mary Crowther 4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Love this movie!