Rare live footage shows an early version of Chris Farley’s ‘Motivational Speaker’ sketch
One of the best “Saturday Night Live” sketches is “Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker.” The sketch featured Chris Farley as a frantic and miserable motivation speaker who “lives in a van down by the river” where he eats “government cheese,” attempting to teach kids the dangers of drugs. What you might not know is that the sketch was originally performed live at Second City in Chicago, years before it hit “SNL.”
Second City recently unearthed footage of the sketch from the revue “Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only, or Censorama,” filmed on July 26, 1990, featuring Farley as well as a young Bob Odenkirk (who wrote the sketch, and you probably know from “Mr. Show” or as Saul Goodman on “Breaking Bad”), Tim Meadows, Tim O’Malley, David Pasquesi, Jill Talley, and Holly Wortell.
H/t Second City