Writer Bradford Evans, of the swell comedy site Splitsider.com, has assembled an equally swell rundown of several roles former Second City and Annoyance Theatre star (and Northwestern alum) Stephen Colbert never landed or barely had on his way to becoming a truthiness-telling comedy icon.
Here's a partial and very condensed version for those who are time-challenged and/or just very impatient.
1) Saturday Night Live: Colbert tried out in 1992 when SNL writers and producers visited Second City. At the time, Colbert was Steve Carell's understudy.
2) Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Just as the program was launching in 1993, comedy writer Robert Smigel introduced Colbert to O'Brien. Smigel: "Conan didn't quite see how Colbert could fit in." Fortunately, Colbert was hired to a writer on "The Dana Carvey Show," which tanked in 1996.
3) Good Morning America: Colbert was hired as a correspondent for the morning news-and-talk show. "I pitched 20 stories in a row that got shot down," he told mediabistro.com. Soon, however, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" called.
4) An "Ambiguously Gay Duo" Movie: In 2000, Colbert teamed up with Smigel to pen a script based on Smigel's animated shorts for SNL. The film was to be live-action. But since Colbert and Carell (who voiced one of the SNL characters along with Colbert) weren't yet widely known, they didn't cut it as leading men.
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