Avoid Having to Live in a Van Down by the River
In a 1993 Saturday Night Live skit, Phil Hartman pretends to be a frustrated father trying to motivate his teenagers (Christina Applegate, David Spade). A family meeting is called and the parents recite some recent disappointments they’ve had to contend with. The mother says “your father and I have come up with a brilliant idea to give you kids some direction – a motivational speaker.” The father then invites ‘Matt Foley’ (Chris Farley) to come up from the basement (where he has been kept). Foley then proceeds to tell the teenagers that they better get motivated or they will end up like him “living in a van down by the river.” This SNL skit is one of my favorites, and I miss both Phil Hartman and Chris Farley’s great comedic acting.