Joel Murray -- of the Wilmette Murrays -- first met Chris Farley when they were students at Marquette University in Milwaukee. After graduation, they performed sketch comedy and improvised together on the stages of Second City and elsewhere.
In a recent Facebook post, Murray ("Mad Men," "Shameless," "The Artist") wrote that he and other Farley pals from Marquette "are still angry at the universe that [Chris] is gone." Farley, who long struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, died of an overdose in Chicago on December 18, 1997. He was 33.
Murray posted this, too: a fairly recent remake of the first scene Murray and Farley ever improvised together. Shot early last year by some expat Chicagoans from Backyard Productions (Rob Pritts directs), it centers around a dad (Murray, as "Mr. Farley") picking up his son (Chris, played by Daryl Sabara) from jail after Chris is collared for public drunkenness. The duo frequently performed it on the road during Second City touring shows.
Murray, by the way, says he's slated to sing the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field on June 21 (even though the Cubs supposedly nixed celebrities at the mic). Later that evening, he'll emcee the 2nd Annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert at Chicago's Metro.
June 21 also happens to be the day that Pixar's "Monsters University" comes out, and Murray is among several Chicago area folks (Bonnie Hunt, Sean Hayes and Julia Sweeney) with plum voice roles.