Video of the Day: Chris Farley Impersonates Newt Gingrich in 1995

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Ah, 1995. Bill Clinton was president, Newt Gingrich was the House's feisty new speaker, and Chris Farley was still alive.

At this April 5 meeting of the House Republican Conference, John Boehner introduced Gingrich, only to have Farley appear from the wings and present a last-minute agenda to round out the new Republican Congress's first 100 days in power.

Saturday Night Live currently has Bobby Moynihan playing Gingrich in its debate spoofs, but there's something about Farley that oddly befits the former speaker. Gingrich fancies himself such a serious intellectual that there's almost no way to parody his persona, only to defuse it with the seeming unawareness of someone who crashes through tables with glee.

Video credit: C-SPAN library via FamousDC.com, via Chris Taylor

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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