Kevin Nealon, cast member, 1986-1995: I was one of the judges in the Chippendales sketch. it was me and Jan Hooks and Mike Myers, and then there was Patrick Swayze competing with Chris Farley to fill in the slot as a Chippendales dancer. It was one of the most difficult sketches I ever had to be in without laughing. To keep from breaking, I stared at Farley’s stretch marks. I was rearranging the marks into words in my mind to kind of distract me.
Farley was so committed to the sketch, and he had such tenacity when it came to performing. It might have been a little embarrassing to him. Later, I heard that he had questioned whether or not to do it, because it was making fun of his body. But he was a team player, and he totally dived into it and was just amazing. I remember thinking that if Farley would really do it, and if it all really came together, the sketch could really be something. And it was.
Jan Hooks was one of the greatest sketch performers ever. We dated for a couple of years – a year before Saturday Night Live and then a year while we were on Saturday Night Live. The Chippendales sketch happened after we broke up. That’s how she kept from laughing: She kept looking at me.