On Wednesday night’s edition of The Light Show, the presenter recalled his audition for a one-week part.
“I got called in, auditioned on the set and everything like that,” Colbert told Lisa, who played Phoebe Buffay in the hit sitcom. “Not with anybody, with a casting director or something.
“Basically, if I got it they would have pushed me in a room and I would have started working with you guys.”
Unfortunately for him, the audition went south, just like his ill-fated try-out for the role of Screech in Saved By The Bell years earlier.
“And... I didn’t get it,” Colbert said of the Friends gig. “I didn’t get it. I didn’t get it.
“I’m sure you would have remembered working with a Stephen Colbert. And, boy, did I need a gig at the time. Boy.”
Watch the interview in full here:
And the trailer for the upcoming “Friends” reunion special here: