Watch Rare Footage of Pre-SNL Chris Farley Performing Iconic Character (Video)


Before the late Chris Farley starred on Saturday Night Live, he was a featured improv performer at Chicago’s famous Second City. Second City has been a breeding ground for comedic talent over the years, and a minor league system for SNL. Alongside Bob Odenkirk and Tim Meadows, Farley began perfecting his beloved SNL characters.

On Monday, Second City uploaded a grainy VHS video from July 1990, the same year Farley began his run on SNL, but three years before he would debut his beloved character Matt Foley, a “motivational speaker” who lives in a van down by the river.

The video shows an early glimpse of Farley’s Foley, as he enters the stage two minutes in, telling the children. Watch Farley’s performance below


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