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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Scott "Carrot Top" Thompson

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Famous For:
Stand-Up Comedy, Chariman of the Board
Networth:
$75 Million
Currently Known For:
Nightcap
Famous Years:
1989 - Present
Birthdate:
February 25, 1965
Scott "Carrot Top" Thompson


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  famous for:
Stand-Up Comedy, Chariman of the Board

  networth:
$75 Million

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When you really put comedy into perspective, the only measure of success is whether or not people are laughing. If people are laughing, you're funny. If people aren't laughing, you're not funny. That's it, that's the bottom line. If there's one thing that really annoys comedy "purists" about Carrot Top, it's the fact that people are laughing. Whether or not his brand of prop comedy is up your alley, you can't argue with a crowd of people laughing until they're blue in the face.

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Florida Born

Carrot Top was born to a NASA engineer in Rockledge, Florida on February 25, 1965, growing up in Cocoa. He got the name "Carrot Top" from a swimming coach in Cocoa. If you think about it, isn't that exactly the kind of nickname youth sports coaches would give to a young man with bright red hair?

Scott Thompson attended Cocoa High School and then Florida Atlantic University. It was in college that he first tried his hand at stand-up. It didn't go well. In his freshman year Carrot Top took to stage with a set that failed to draw a single laugh from the audience, and he had learned his first lesson on comedy: You need a thick skin for this business.

Not one to be discouraged, Thompson went back to the drawing board to rework his set. The next year he took another shot at stand-up, and this time he brought the house down. Urged on by this success, Thompson continued to pursue comedy while working whatever odd jobs he could find to make ends meet, including a position as a courier for a local mortgage company.

"My way of fitting in was through jokes and making people laugh."

On To Stardom

By the time the 1990s rolled around, Carrot Top was well on his way to comedy superstardom, and in 1990 he was able to quit his dayjob to pursue comedy full-time. Around this time he was a protege of the legendary Sam Kinison, and following Kinison's passing in 1992, Carrot Top would be booked as Kinison's replacement at a number of engagements.

Carrot Top developed his prop comedy gimmick in order to stand out from the crowd as a comedian. This proved to be a smart strategy, and before long he was booking 200 appearances a year with his rapid-fire visual gags. You get a Carrot Top routine right away: He comes on stage with a trunk full of gadgets, pulls out one after another, and then immediately discards them after explaining the joke.

Fans always loved his prop comedy, but he soon discovered that other comedians tended to look down their noses at prop comics. At one show, the performer preceding Carrot Top swiped his prop trunk and did an unflattering impression of the standup comic, essentially coming down to "Look at this, it's a thing glued to a thing!" forcing Carrot Top to try and make the most of the three or four props left in the trunk that had gone untouched. Through it all, Carrot Top has held his head high, refusing to get dragged into the petty feuding or allow comedy-snobs to affect his confidence as a performer. Once more: You can't argue with laughter.

By the end of the 1990s, Carrot Top had gone from prop comic to movie star, headlining the film Chairman of the Board (1998) as a slacker inheriting his father's company, and had cameos on shows like Scrubs (2001) and The Larry Sanders Show (1997). In one particularly memorable appearance he played himself on an episode of Reno 911 (2006), in a manic state, tearing apart a local hotel as the characters try, and fail, to subdue him.

Today you can find Carrot Top at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas performing his routine, though he finds plenty of time to tour in the off-season, and spends as much time as he can in Orlando, recuperating from his busy schedule.

Carrot Top may not be everyone's cup of tea, but his distinctive brand of prop comedy has earned him a legion of fans, millions of laughs, and made him one of the most successful comedians of his time. To put it another way: Other comedians might not be head over heels on the guy, but the fans are, and the fans are the people buying the tickets at the end of the day.

"I think it's the fact that I do something different and that I actually have some success with it. That bothers a lot of people... especially comics."