Stephen Colbert was one of the stars of the series, which ran for 12 episodes on Comedy Central in 1995 and 1996. Each show was 30 minutes long and consisted of six sketches.
McConaughey was a massive fan of the show, which he said he watched “religiously.” He also said that the best sketches from the series are still the funniest he’s ever seen.
McConaughey’s favorite was one in which a newspaper editor and his weatherman argue over minute changes to the forecast. The reason McConaughey liked this one, and others on the show, is because the scenes are honest even though the premise is often ridiculous.
In the sketch, McConaughey’s character confronts his editor, saying, “I write, ‘Sunny with a slight chance of rain’ and you, with your amazing let’s-screw-the-forecast attitude, change it to ‘Possible showers,’ and it makes me look bad!”
Some of the Exit 57 sketches can be found scattered online, but hard copies are extremely hard to come by. With luck, you enjoyed watching an Academy Award winner perform in one because it may have been the only chance you’ll ever get.
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