Chris Farley bounced from Second City to SNL in just 18 months. Boom. Instant stardom. It was inspiring to see how one’s will to please, and sheer fulfillment of their craft lead to the grandest of places. However, the screening event Zimmerman held Tuesday night for the documentary “I Am Chris Farley” was just a fraction of the overall experience of the evening.
Aside from the glorious mac and cheese bar, Zimmerman expanded on the night with a curated discussion on the commonalities between comedy and advertising, a Q&A with the director of the film, and even ended in chuckles, with a performance by a local standup comedian.
I’ve often heard around the creative department that the best ideas are born from jokes. Einstein once said, “creativity is intelligence having fun,” and within Zimmerman, it’s time to have fun.
Events such as this remind us how easy it is to get caught up in the fast-paced grind of life. Sometimes we can lose our inspiration in the day-to-day hustle, which is why it’s important to shake things up a bit, let loose, recharge, and forget about the inbox for a few. If you don’t, you might become stagnant and, to quote the great motivational speaker Matt Foley, “You’ll have plenty of time to live in a van down by the river….when you’re livin’ in a van down by the river!”