Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch Video Hits YouTube with 1999 ‘Dratch & Fey’


Tina Fey by David Shankbone

Today the show would be called "Fey & Dratch" instead of the other way around, but the hilarious hi-jinx is pretty much still the same. A video rocking YouTube shows a blurry sketch show called "Dratch & Fey" from 1999. The show, starring Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch, had a turn-of-the-century run at Chicago's legendary Second City and at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade--both classic feeding grounds for SNL talent.

Way before 30 Rock, Tina Fey had just become head writer of SNL and Rachel Dratch was a cast member. The two would be part of SNL's early 2000s team of incredibly funny women--with Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, and Ana Gasteyer--that changed the dynamic of Saturday Night Live forever, paving the way for women like Kristen Wiig. The surfaced video gives a taste of what the two comedians were about to unleash on SNL audiences. The production values aren't what you're used to, but the performance cut through the fuzz.