Turns out, Matt Foley has been “living in a van down by the river” longer than we realized. Chris Farley’s famous “Saturday Night Live” character, an amped up and crazy motivational speaker, was debuted live onstage at Second City in Chicago before the sketch ever aired on “SNL.” The club has now revealed footage of the 1990 performance (above), which includes fellow “SNL” cast member Tim Meadows, as well as the show’s writer Bob Odenkirk, who originally conceived the sketch. The late Farley is as lively as ever in this clip, making for a bittersweet look back on one of the most talented slapstick artists of our time. Maybe we’ll soon get an unreleased early version of his Chippendale’s dancer.
Video shows early version of Chris Farley’s ‘Motivational Speaker’ sketch