"Hey, are you still coming to my improv show tonight? Come on!" (via Getty)

Take a look at this video of an early-'90s-era Second City graduation performance, and try to wrap your head around the idea that one of these two guys performing okay-enough improvisational comedy is not only one of the most beloved comedians of our age, but is nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as a psychotic heir to a massive chemical fortune.

Keep it in mind the next time you get roped into sitting through some friend's interminable comedy show. You might be witnessing the beginning of greatness. Unfortunately, the beginning of greatness is often very messy.

Sources: Second City | h/t Mashable