The big secret underlying one of the most popular “Saturday Night Live” sketches of the early 1990s has finally been spilled, courtesy of the loose lips of former Weekend Update anchor Norm Macdonald.
In an appearance with Conan O’Brien on his TBS talk show, Macdonald was joined by fellow “SNL” alums Adam Sandler, David Spade and Rob Schneider for a mini-reunion, where he shared an anecdote about their former cast-mate Chris Farley, who passed away in 1997.
“He took me back, he said, ‘I’ve got to tell you a secret about ‘SNL’,’” quipped Macdonald of Farley. “He secreted me into this room and he locked it and made sure it wasn’t bugged. He said, ‘I got a secret to tell you.’ I was very honoured to have this. And then his secret was — he said, ‘This doesn’t go past these walls. Pat is a woman!’”
Pat, of course, is the androgynous character played by Julia Sweeney, with each sketch revolving around other characters trying to pin down Pat’s indeterminate gender. The “SNL” sketches were successful enough to spawn a movie, 1994’s “It’s Pat!” — which was decidedly not successful.
“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch individual sketches and full episodes online.