How to Dress Like Matt Foley

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Blue Blazer
Brown Pants
White Dress Shirt
Solid Tie
Big Belly
Glasses
Brown Dress Shoes

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!

Matt Foley Costume Tips & FAQs

Dive into the world of comedy with our comprehensive costume guide FAQ for Matt Foley, the iconic character from Saturday Night Live. Get ready to embody the most memorable motivational speaker with answers to your top questions on nailing Matt Foley’s distinct and humorous look.

Matt Foley, portrayed by Chris Farley, is known for his simplistic yet iconic outfit. The essential elements include a larger-sized, light blue dress shirt, slightly baggy dark pants (preferably dress pants), a dark-colored tie, and a pair of black dress shoes. The shirt should be tucked haphazardly into the pants to achieve Foley's disheveled appearance.

To capture Matt Foley's look, consider wearing a slightly padded suit or larger clothes to mimic Farley's physique. For the facial features, a short, dark-haired wig and glasses with a thick frame are ideal. Don’t forget to practice Foley’s enthusiastic facial expressions and gestures for a more authentic portrayal.

Essential props for a Matt Foley costume include a rolled-up piece of paper (to represent his motivational speech notes) and a small, portable table or a cardboard box (to mimic his 'living in a van down by the river' scenario). These props will add a humorous and recognizable touch to your costume.

To fully bring the character to life, consider setting up a small, makeshift living room scene with a couch and a coffee table. This setup can replicate Foley's typical environment where he delivers his motivational speeches. A 'van down by the river' sign could be a humorous addition as well.

Matt Foley, known for his over-the-top and hilarious motivational speeches, has several memorable quotes. Incorporating these into your portrayal will surely amuse fans: "Well, la-dee-frickin'-da!," "I am 35 years old, I am divorced, and I live in a van down by the river!," "You're not going to amount to jack squat!," "I can't see real good, is that Bill Shakespeare over there?" and "Young lady, what do you want to do with your life?" Using these quotes will help you capture the essence of Matt Foley’s character - his intense yet comical approach to motivation and his unforgettable catchphrases.


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.

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