Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stars Doing Stand Up

"How do you kill a circus? Go for the juggler!"

This joke was Daniel Radcliffe's introduction to stand up comedy. Admittedly, the star of the Harry Potter series wasn't making a serious career move when he took the mic on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Radcliffe's aspirations to be a comedian merely came up in his conversation with Fallon, and the bit was only meant to be part of the talk show. A few celebrities have given stand up comedy a try, however. Most of the time their efforts only make it clear why they didn't become famous for being funny in the first place. Here are some stars that tried to do stand up comedy:

John Mayer

The soulful singer's sense of humor proves to be a little dirtier than you'd expect. He keeps the audience fairly entertained, but it seems like most of them are waiting on Mayer to change...back into a musician.

George Bush

As a former president certainly not known for being witty, Bush does fairly well as a comedian. A lot of the work seems to have been done for him, however, as his best jokes are at the expense of his own presidency.


The resident dare devil of Jackass doesn't really stray from his drug abuse in his act. For his own health, and for his career's sake, he might want to stick to snorting wasabi.

Larry King

Watching King do stand up is kind of like listening to your grandpa at the Thanksgiving table. He gets a few big laughs, they're often spaced out between ten minutes of rambling.

Dustin Diamond (a.k.a. "Screech")

There's no way the actor known for playing "Screech" on Saved by the Bell was going to escape his sitcom persona, but he definitely tried. He spends more time trying to intimidate hecklers than telling jokes.

-Riley Ubben

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