Stephen Colbert Has Nightmares About A Baritone Horn: Here’s Why

Stephen Colbert showed off his interviewing skills Friday night at a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival. He interviewed his old friend and fellow comedic actor Steve Carell, who offered up some tidbits about their history together at Second City and The Daily Show.

One interesting piece of information? To this day, Colbert has nightmares about a baritone horn. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Colbert was Carell’s understudy at Second City and got the chance to fill in for Carell on-screen… if he could play the instrument. Jumping at the chance, for fear it would be given to someone else if he refused, Colbert said he’d do it.

Carell had to write out the fingerings in order for Colbert to pull it off. Colbert still remembers the tune he had to play.

“I slept with that baritone horn. I have nightmares about it to this day. You had to do ‘Anchors Aweigh’ but only the bass line to ‘Anchors Aweigh.’ To this day, I can’t remember how ‘Anchors Aweigh’ goes because all I can remember is [the bassline].”

Carell and Colbert were colleagues on The Daily Show, and at the Montclair event they recalled it was one sketch from their time at The Dana Carvey Show, “Waiters Who Are Nauseated By Food,” that got them noticed by the program. Colbert identified it as an important part of his career.

“It was so dumb and opened so many doors for us. That sketch got me my gig on The Daily Show.”

According to Colbert, he was already on The Daily Show and he was able to convince his bosses to hire Carell as well by showing them the “Waiters” sketch. You can have a look at that skit below.