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Watch Stephen Colbert’s Final Second City Show From 1994

Stephen Colbert is an expert in epic farewells: Last December, we watched him send off the Colbert Report with a celebrity-packed sing-along. But long before he helmed his own Comedy Central show, he was a regular at the famous Second City comedy club in Chicago. Thanks to Splitsider’s weekly Second City Archives series, we now have footage from his final show there, recorded in May 1994—and it’s just as charming as you might expect.

Introduced by Colbert’s then-understudy, Steve Carell, the send-off involves a medley of songs the troupe would often perform—including “The Obvious Song”—with help from members David Razowsky, Paul Dinello, and more. Listen closely and you’ll even hear Amy Sedaris shout a funny dig about Colbert’s ears at the beginning.

Watch an Annotated Version of Colbert’s Farewell Song
Here’s Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert Singing “The Obvious Song” in 1993