After many years of waiting, I was finally able to catch a re-airing of a very vintage Idina Menzel video: Comedy Central’s “Tompkins Square”, originally broadcast on November 2, 1996, featuring a young Idina while she was still performing in Broadway’s Rent!

The show was a short-lived, stand-up comedy program, hosted by Jeff Ross. Idina guested in the 6th episode as a heckler giving Ross a hard time for his crappy singing voice. As a challenge, he calls her up to sing better. She then rips it up with a rockin’ rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”! Classic Idina – an audio clip many have heard but FEW have seen!

But here it is! It’s been 2 years since the last time it aired, and who knows when it’ll air again. But enjoy it by downloading it in the Video Archive or by going to the IdinaHeredotcom YouTube channel.

NOTE: During the video, take a look at who Idina is sitting next to in the audience — It’s current husband/then-Rent-castmate, Taye Diggs!

Comedy Central’s “Tompkins Square” – Nov. 2, 1996
Description: Heckling Jeff Ross & singing “Twinkle Twinkle”
Time: 3:34
Size: 29.0 MB

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