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Exit 57

Exit 57
Genre Sketch comedy
Surreal comedy
Alternative comedy
Created by Amy Sedaris
Paul Dinello
Stephen Colbert
Jodi Lennon
Mitch Rouse
Directed by Tim Hill
Mick Napier
Starring Amy Sedaris
Paul Dinello
Stephen Colbert
Jodi Lennon
Mitch Rouse
Opening theme If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 12
Running time 30 minutes
Original network Comedy Central
Original release 1995 – 1996

Exit 57 is a 30-minute sketch comedy series that aired on the American television channel Comedy Central from 1995 to 1996; its cast was composed of comedians Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert, Jodi Lennon, and Mitch Rouse, all of whom had previously studied improv at The Second City in Chicago. In 1999 Sedaris, Dinello, Colbert and Rouse would also create the Comedy Central show Strangers with Candy.

Humorist David Sedaris also served as an additional writer for the series, sharing a single onscreen credit with his sister as "The Talent Family". The show's producer, Joe Forristal, had also served as executive producer for The Kids in the Hall.[1]

All of the sketches in the series are implied to take place in the fictionalized suburban setting of the Quad Cities.


Sedaris, Dinello, and Rouse were initially approached about developing a sketch comedy show for HBO Downtown Productions after appearing in a comic play entitled Stitches.,[2] written by Amy Sedaris's brother David Sedaris.[3] The group had not performed together using the name Exit 57 before the series was proposed, but rather came together to develop the show. The series was filmed in New York; Stephen Colbert relocated from Chicago, leaving Second City, for this reason. Jodi Lennon relocated from Chicago, leaving The Annoyance Theatre.

Opening sequence

During the show's memorably cryptic opening sequence, the cast members are seen standing next to a broken down car on the highway. Soon they are picked up by a passing driver, who changes the radio station at the mention of a serial killer, and takes Polaroid pictures of his increasingly uncomfortable passengers. Growing suspicious, the cast demands to be let out. The car is then seen pulling off the highway at Exit 57.

A rendition of "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake" served as the show's theme song.


Despite only lasting for twelve episodes over the course of two seasons, the series met with a fair amount of critical acclaim before its cancellation, garnering CableACE nominations in 1995 for writing, performance, and best comedy series.[4]


  1. ^ [1] Professional credits for Joe Forristal. Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Dorothy Senn (October 2, 1998). "Oak Ridge's Mitch Rouse co-stars in new TV comedy".The Oak Ridger.
  3. ^ [2] "An Interview with Stephen Colbert". IGN
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-10-26. Retrieved 2006-07-22.  Biography of Stephen Colbert from Comedy

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