Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.
To celebrate SNL's big anniversary show this weekend, here's an old Second City clip featuring two performer/writer alums of the show. From the 1990 revue Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only or Censorama, "Rushmore" features Chris Farley as George Washington, Bob Odenkirk as Thomas [...]
The Second City recently posted the above clip from a July 1990 revue called "Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only, or Censorama" in which Chris Farley performs as the frenetic motivational speaker Matt Foley supported by Second City vets Bob Odenkirk, Tim Meadows, Jill Talley, David Pasquesi, Tim O'Malley, and Holly Wortell. If Farley's eight SNL appearances as the van-living Foley weren't enough for you, this wonderful vintage installment will definitely fill at least some of the Farley void in your heart.
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 36 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
Whether you admire his overly physical, overly sweaty, overly overweight and beet-red and all-around over-the-top legacy or find it too representative of SNL's early 90s dependence on frat boy humor, most fans can agree that Chris Farley had a fire inside that raged every second he spent onscreen, from his timid bumbling and self-hatred in "The Chris Farley Show" sketches to his frantic and [...]