Whenever my wife jokes with me about eating too much, I growl in my best Chris Farley impersonation, “Lay off me, I’m starving!” The popular Gap Girls sketch featuring Farley, David Spade, and Adam Sandler is memorable enough to be quotable 30 years later. And it almost became “Saturday Night Live’s” twelfth movie.
The sketch ran from 1993 to 1995 and had the trio of comedians dressed as women, portraying vapid Gap employees offering terrible fashion advice to customers. Their social lives and gossip took precedence over their jobs, leading to some hilarious moments.
David Spade created the sketch and shared where the inspiration came from while reminiscing with Sandler on his talk show “Lights Out With David Spade” in 2019. The comedian said:
“I wrote that mostly because I went to the Gap in Arizona on Christmas break and I was just standing there and [the employees] were like, ‘You weren’t in the folding meeting, we’re all supposed to be in every folding meeting.’ I’m like, there’s a folding meeting? … So I was basically gathering everything they really said and made us do it.”
According to Spade, after he and Chris Farley made “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep,” Lorne Michaels suggested that the popular sketch be made into a feature-length movie.
Unfortunately for all of us, it never happened. In an era where “SNL” was cranking out movies based on a lot less, the question is, why not Gap Girls?