Before Saturday Night Live: Rare footage of Chris Farley’s motivational speaker character (Video)

By | February 24, 2014 at 10:21 am | One comment | Audio/Video, TV/Movies | Tags: , , , ,

If you were a fan of Saturday Night Live back in the ’90s, one of your favorite sketches was probably Chris Farley’s motivational speaker Matt Foley: the man with a little bit of a “weight problem” you hired to talk some sense into your teenagers so that they don’t end up “living in a van down by the river.” The late great comedy star had actually performed the character during his early days at Chicago’s Second City theater, years before the Matt Foley sketch graced late night television in 1993. The Second City posted a video on Monday of Farley lecturing a couple of teenaged children during a show on July 26, 1990.

Farley died in Chicago in 1997 at the age of 33 of a cocaine and morphine overdose. His “Motivational Speaker” sketch, based on a real Chicago-area pastor Farley knew, was named the best SNL sketch of all time by Rolling Stone.

Check out the early version of Matt Foley, performed with a pre-Breaking Bad Bob Odenkirk, below!

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  • C’mon

    Can we maybe give a little credit where it’s due? I know Bob Odenkirk wrote this character, because Farley fucking says it. And he also mentions a high school coach and his father as inspirations for how he played the character, not a preacher or whatever.

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