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Best Matt Foley Costume Guide
Matt Foley is a fictional character played by comedian Chris Farley on the popular NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live. The character was created by Bob Odenkirk, who has dipped his hand into Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Mr. Show with David and Bob, and of course Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. The Matt Foley character is basically the human version of a demotivational poster before those even existed. While Foley works as a motivational speaker, he completely lacks in confidence, is awkward, clumsy with bad hygiene, and an even worse temper.
If you’d like to try your hand at motivating folks without having any social skills of your own, the character of Matt Foley is perfect for you. Here’s what you’ll need: Glasses, Big Belly (unless you already have one!), White Dress Shirt, Brown Pants, Blue Blazer, Solid Tie and Dress Shoes.
Matt Foley Cosplay Costumes
Before his sad passing in 1997, Chris Farley was one of the world’s most loved comedians, particularly for his work on Saturday Night Live during a period which many would argue was the golden age of the show. He had some other great recurring characters on the show such as Bennett Brauer from The Weekend Update, a Chippendales dancer, and one of the ‘Gap Girls.’
This is perfect for cosplay fans, because really, what better way to pay tribute to this favorite comedian than getting a few friends together and all dressing up as different Chris Farley characters! We love seeing photos of your costume efforts, so if you head out dressed as the not very motivational speaker Matt Foley, send the pics in for our Halloween Costume Contest!
About Matt Foley
One of Chris Farley’s most memorable characters from his time on NBC’s iconic sketch show Saturday Night Live was undoubtedly Matt Foley. Foley is presented as a motivational speaker but manages to do anything but motivate people. He is overweight, dresses poorly, has poor hygiene and generally exhibits the appearance of someone who is not in the least bit successful. His motivational speeches typically descend into chaos, with the clumsy character often losing his temper, insulting and mocking his audience and frequently breaking furniture.
One of Foley’s signature messages for his audience is to warn them that they could end up like him, “35 years old, eating a steady diet of government cheese, thrice divorced, and living in a van down by the river!” The character is good at heart, but his total lack of social skills make it impossible for him to deliver anything but a negative message to his audience.