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Steve Carell channels Fabio in this 1994 clip

Stephen Colbert makes an appearance too.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Mar 11, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 8:08 am CDT

Before Steve Carell channeled a deranged wrestling coach in Foxcatcher or a spotlight-hungry boss in The Office, he was Fabio. 

Splitsider has been posting a wealth of previously unseen Second City clips, and the latest addition features a shirtless Carell embodying romance novel icon and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spokeshunk Fabio during a Second City show in 1994. Carell’s Fabio is introduced like he’s some sort of freakishly handsome circus act, and if Fabio’s voice sounds familiar, it’s because it’s Stephen Colbert‘s. 

We’re certainly OK with seeing him shirtless

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*First Published: Mar 11, 2015, 8:04 pm CDT