11. Chippendale’s Audition
Original Airdate: October 27, 1990
The breakout sketch for one of SNL's most explosive masters of physical comedy was Chris Farley's shirtless dance-off with guest host Patrick Swayze, his rival for the last spot in a Chippendales show. "I'd say it was one of the funniest sketches in the history of the show," SNL writer Robert Smigel said in Farley's biography, The Chris Farley Show. "The way it was constructed, with everyone sincerely believing that this guy has a shot, and the judges studiously scribbling notes on his dance moves, that's what makes it original and completely hysterical." Not everyone in Farley's life agreed. "Chippendales was a weird sketch. I always hated it," said co-star Chris Rock. "The joke was basically, 'We can't hire you because you're fat'… It's just fucking mean. A more mentally together Chris Farley wouldn't have done it, but Chris wanted so much to be liked."