Watch Stephen Colbert audition for Dana Carvey’s 1996 TV show

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For an upcoming new series on Hulu called Too Funny to Fail, a mid 90s audition tape featuring Stephen Colbert is revealed, and we have a clip!

If you didn’t know, Stephen Colbert has apparently been hilarious since the very start!

Today, an all new documentary is hitting the Hulu streaming service called Too Funny to Fail. It focuses on the quick rise (and even quicker fall) of The Dana Carvey Show, a sketch comedy series for ABC which premiered in 1996. The short-lived program featured the likes of Stephen Carell, Louis C.K., and of course Colbert.

In the documentary, Colbert’s audition for the show is revealed, and it’s interesting to say the least. Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, we have a clip from the doc which shows parts of the strange audition. In the clip, Colbert uses his baby daughter, making jokes about how she’s got a “big load” in her pants. By the end of the video, Colbert feigns breaking down and crying. It’s strange stuff but what else would you expect from a young Colbert?

The Late Show host jokes that perhaps that breakdown was what got him the call back to appear on the program. For what it’s worth, Dana denies that claim, saying the audition was “quite disturbing”. Still, Carvey must have seen something in Colbert, as he obviously got the gig anyway.

Take a look at the video clip below.

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Too Funny to Fail is available on Hulu as of today, Oct. 21. For new episodes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, tune in to CBS weeknights at 11:35 PM EST.