Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch in 1997: Watch Second City send up NPR in Delicious Dish (VIDEO).

Watch Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch Send Up NPR in This Entirely Improvised Bit from 1997

Watch Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch Send Up NPR in This Entirely Improvised Bit from 1997

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Dec. 17 2014 8:56 PM

Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch Send Up NPR in This 1997 Second City Sketch

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Splitsider’s Second City Archives series, which unearths clips of now-famous comedians performing in Chicago’s premier comedy club, is a constant treat, but the latest installment is particularly good: it’s a 1997 sketch called “Delicious Dish,” in which Tina Fey plays Lynn Mahevic, host of the sublimely titled mock NPR show “Urban Wind.”

The bit is entirely improvised, which only highlights the talent of those involved—besides Fey, there’s Rachel Dratch as a nostalgic writing professor and 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit as a droll and delightful German composer. Enjoy.

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