Face of a Franchise: SNL Fat-Guy

[face of a franchise presents two individuals that’ve fulfilled the same role. your task — choose the better of the two and defend your choice in the rancor pit that is the comments section]

In my humble opinion, Saturday Night Live has had two periods that can both accurately described as classic – the late `70s and the early `90s. Both of these eras stand out because their respective casts were absolutely stacked, filled to the brim with a wealth of members whose individuals talents rocked but whose combined efforts fucking murdered. I mean that in a good way. And yet, even with such commendable collaboration, both casts had a fan-favorite.

From 1975 to 1979, John Belushi explored comedic territories on SNL that have barely been ventured into since. Belushi was the epitome of what it meant to push sketch comedy to the limit. Sure, he could do impressions and characters, but he’d also go on emphatic tirades and put his body on the line in the name of his art. Before his time on Spaceship Earth was up, he’d immortalize himself not only as an original SNL cast member, but also as the star of Animal House and one half of the Blues Brothers.

However, Generation X had their very own SNL fat-guy. Perhaps even more winsome as his predecessor, Chris Farley was beamed into the homes of millions every week. Not only did he make us gut-bust, but he also inspired us to feel good. Yelling into the camera, falling through tables, warming our hearts with a smile, Farley possessed that intangible comedy attribute. While he undoubtedly stole the show with features such as Tommy Boy and Black Sheep, the man proved his worth as a supporting player with Billy Madison and Dirty Work.

I know this week’s dilemma is a little different. And truthfully, I don’t think I can decide. So it’s up to you.

Who’s better – John Belushi or Chris Farley?