12 Comic Actors’ Stand-Up from Way Back When

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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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