Megan Daley
August 28, 2015 AT 06:28 PM EDT

Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt introduced the world to “Peeno Noir” – but more importantly, it showed off the comedic chops of Tituss Burgess. But all that may not have happened if Burgess had missed his 30 Rock audition.

For EW’s Greatest Story Ever Told video series, the Emmy-nominated actor remembers arriving super late for his audition and nearly throwing in the towel. Luckily for us, Burgess eventually made his way through the labyrinth of the iconic New York building and nailed that audition. And, with a little help from 30 Rock and Unbreakable creator Tina Fey, the rest is history. See the full narrative above.

Production on the second season of the comedy began this month. For more on Burgess and the upcoming Emmys telecast, head here

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