May 06 2010

12 Comic Actors’ Stand-Up from Way Back When

Published by at 4:15 pm under Movies,Television,Videos

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Before they got their big breaks in various movies and TV shows, many of today’s best comedy actors were just regular guys doing the stand-up circuit, trying to get noticed like everyone else.

I’ve searched around the internet to find some early stand-up performances from some of today’s most successful comic actors before they hit it big. Some are funny back then, some definitely needed some time to evolve.

Check the performances out below:

1. Jerry Seinfeld

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSZsDZ0k5AE

His first HBO appearance in 1981.

2. Adam Sandler

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLdIS1op_h4

I’m pretty sure they used this footage in Funny People.

3. Seth Rogen

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-aZogWeiyU

Holy crap, he’s anorexic!

4. Chris Tucker

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vuenKd42OQ

Because I couldn’t find any very old Chris Rock stand-up.

5. Jim Carrey

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAuzp-51dPw

Jim Carrey greatless impresses Letterman in 1991.

6. Ellen Degeneres

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1QqGBe65es

Pre-(open) lesbianism, with long hair.

7. Zack Galifianakis

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOQboHV3-PI

Not that old (2007), but still before The Hangover.

8. Bill Maher

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHLdby_Hf48

I’ve never been a huge fan, but he has his moments.

9. Jon Stewart

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjxYPMm4Ru4

I’m not sure if he was hosting the Daily Show here in ’96, but he’s certainly political.

10. Dave Chappelle

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0QxPoQgiqc

Pretty old, definitely pre-Chappelle’s Show.

11. Sarah Silverman

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEb-sXmcMLE

This is from ’92. Man, she’s aged well.

12. Simon Pegg

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D-0FgkrTTk

I didn’t realize he did stand-up, but I should have guessed.





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  2. clinton 06 May 2010 at 9:15 pm

    number 4 is racist. oh just because you have one african american we need to no where the other one is? nah just kidding. nice research, man I miss the old jim carey.

  3. blahon 07 May 2010 at 1:25 am

    Zach has been around for sooo long. why are people just noticing him. i hate that

  4. Joseon 07 May 2010 at 1:58 am

    As time passes, David Letterman gets younger.

  5. DeezNutzon 07 May 2010 at 11:44 am

    Larry the cable guy should have been on the list from back when he was only Dan Whitney

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIWO5LgUZ28

  6. Fonzyon 07 May 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Uhh…#5 is with Johnny Carson, not Letterman. Sheesh.

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