Watch A Young Chris Farley SLAY His Iconic 'Motivational Speaker' Sketch In Rare 1990 Video

02/18/2014 04:09 pm ET | Updated Feb 18, 2014

Years before one of Chris Farley's most beloved characters made its television debut on "Saturday Night Live," he performed it with writer Bob Odenkirk on the main stage at Chicago's Second City.

In a video posted on Monday by The Second City, you can watch Farley lecturing a desperate couple's two teenaged children as "Motivational Speaker" Matt Foley during a show on July 26, 1990.

And yes, Foley was already divorced and "living in a van down by the river" back then.

Farley went on to debut with "SNL" about two months later in an episode hosted by "Twin Peaks" star Kyle MacLachlan. His Matt Foley character, named after a Chicago-area pastor Farley knew, debuted on a May 8, 1993 episode hosted by Christina Applegate. The sketch was named the best "SNL" sketch of all time by the Rolling Stone.

Farley, a Madison, Wis. native, died in Chicago in 1997 at the age of 33 of a cocaine and morphine overdose. Sunday would have been his 50th birthday.

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