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Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey almost starred in a sitcom set behind the scenes of SNL, years before 30 Rock

Years before 30 Rock hit NBC and won all of the Emmys, Dino Stamatopoulos, Stephen Colbert, Scott Adsit, Robert Smigel and Michael Stoyanov wrote a sitcom pilot in the 1990s starring themselves and a then-unknown Tina Fey, set behind the scenes of a show much like Saturday Night Live.

This has to be heard to be believed.

And soon enough, you shall be able to listen to it!

Because for the first time, all of those people — plus Louis CK, Andy Dick, Jeff B. Davis and Michael Stoyanov — gathered onstage Tuesday night City Winery in New York City to read the pilot script in front of a live audience. Robbie Fulks also joined in and played songs, including at least one country-tinged duet with Fey.

All for an episode of the new podcast, Dino and Andy’s Skull Juice, on Feral Audio. The podcast pitting and putting Stamatopoulos and Dick together debuted this month and so far has posted a teaser and three episodes. This next one will be the real charmer, though.

I’ll post it here as soon as the full audio goes live.

UPDATED: Listen to the audio from Episode 6 – LIVE with Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Scott Adsit, Louis CK, Robert Smigel, Michael Stoyanov, Jeff B Davis & Robbie Fulks

Until then, please enjoy this moment of Fulks and Fey singing.

Oh, and this tease!

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Sean L. McCarthy

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