Well, the world is mourning the unfortunate passing of Patrick Swayze, who succumbed to cancer.
I can’t say I was a big Patrick Swayze fan (although The Outsiders rules), but it would take a fool to deny him of his accomplishments and impact on pop culture, especially in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Any man that seems to universally make all women of all ages swoon over him HAS to be respected!
I was never a fan of Dirty Dancing or Ghost, but I do have my favorite Swayze moment.
I practically grew up on Saturday Night Live. A great deal of my comedic sense comes from watching religiously, probably from a much-too-young-age to be watching such a mature show (and no, I don’t watch it anymore).
The early 1990’s ushered in a new golden era for the show, with Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Julia Sweeney, and others joining the show. Add in mainstays Kevin Nealon, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman and others, and it was nothing short of awesome.
It was during this time period that Partick Swayze guest hosted and did one of my favorite SNL sketches ever. Swayze and Farley would play two men competing for the same job as Chippendales dancers. It came down to a final audition – a dance-off, even.
Below is the result. I can only hope that right now they are perming an encore of the skit at the pearly gates.