Before they became showbiz stars, Stephen Colbert and David Schwimmer were just a couple of kooky college kids with dated hairstyles — and the "Late Show" host's got the photo to prove it.
During Tuesday night's episode, Colbert opened his chat with the "Friends" star by waxing nostalgic about their days as members of Northwestern University's improv group, the No Fun Mud Piranhas. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, Colbert let a mid-'80s group photo do the talking. Well, most of the talking, anyway, as a certain character from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" came to Colbert's mind.
"You [had] hair that Kylo Ren would love," the host joked, prompting laughter from his guest and the studio audience. "Unbelievable."
Schwimmer suspected he'd abandoned the long locks by "senior year of college," when he "cut it for a show."
Colbert tweaked him some more: "It was uncastable?"
Schwimmer confirmed this. "It was a lot of maintenance, too."
Surmised Colbert, "Cream rinse alone could bust you."
The two also discussed Schwimmer's role on FX's limited series, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," which premiered Tuesday. On that series based on the true story, Schwimmer plays Robert Kardashian, a member of Simpson's legal defense team and the late father of reality-TV stars Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian.
Three months after a June 17, 1994, low-speed Los Angeles police chase on Interstate 405 ultimately yielded Simpson's arrest and subsequent trial, Schwimmer's first episode of "Friends" aired.
Asked Colbert, "Were you paying attention to it, or was your world just blowin' up too much for you to care about stuff like that?"
Joked Schwimmer, "Nah, y'know, I was too into what I was doing."
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