Scott Thompson (born February 25, 1965),[1] known professionally as Carrot Top, is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He is widely known for his use of prop comedy.

Carrot Top
Carrot Top in 2009
Birth nameScott Thompson
Born (1965-02-25) February 25, 1965 (age 59)
Rockledge, Florida, U.S.
MediumFilm, stand-up comedy, television
Years active1980s–present
GenresProp comedy, satire
Subject(s)American culture, self-deprecation

Early life edit

Thompson was born in Rockledge, Florida,[2] and grew up in Cocoa. He is the youngest son of a NASA engineer.[3] He went to Cocoa High School where he played drums in the marching and concert band. He graduated in 1983. He got the nickname "Carrot Top" from a local swimming coach, a reference to his red hair, which would become one of his trademarks in later life.[4] In the late 1980s, Thompson worked as a courier for a mortgage company.[5] After high school he enrolled at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. While a freshman[clarification needed], Thompson appeared in his first standup comedy routine.[6]

Career edit

Carrot Top’s big break was in 1991 when he performed on Comic Strip Live. Around this time, he also performed on the television show Star Search.[7] He has appeared in Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Criss Angel Mindfreak, Scrubs (2001), George Lopez, and Tugger: The Jeep 4x4 Who Wanted to Fly (2005). His film roles include Chairman of the Board, and he also served as a spokesman in commercials for 1-800-CALL-ATT. In 2002, he recorded a commentary track for The Rules of Attraction. In 2006, Carrot Top appeared in the Reno 911! episode "Weigel's Pregnant" as an enraged version of himself who trashes his hotel room and steals a police car. In 2008, he was a guest judge for Last Comic Standing.

From 1995 to 1999, Carrot Top was the continuity announcer for Cartoon Network, for which he also produced and starred in an early morning show called Carrot Top's AM Mayhem from 1994 to 1996.[8][9]

Live comedy edit

Since 2005, Carrot Top has headlined at MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has had a residency comedy show at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas since November 22, 2005, and he performs various comedy engagements when his show is not playing.[10] His comedy routine typically incorporates dozens of props stored in large trunks on stage and his prop jokes commonly consist simply of his pulling out a prop, describing it in a one-liner, and tossing it away. He typically closes his show with a lip synced musical montage.

Television appearances edit

On January 16, 2010, Carrot Top appeared on Don't Forget the Lyrics!, wherein he assisted illusionists Penn & Teller in their quest for the million-dollar grand prize. He was one of the roasters at the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav and Gene Simmons Roast. He appeared on a second-season episode of the TV series Mind Freak and continued to be a regular guest on the show. Carrot Top also appeared in an episode of the reality series The Bad Girls Club. He appeared as himself in "Man Up", an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which was originally broadcast January 6, 2011, in Family Guy in 2006, in the episode "Petergeist", in Scrubs, in the episode "My Balancing Act", and in Robot Chicken, in the episode "The Unnamed One".

Carrot Top appeared briefly in both Bad Girls Club's third season, which originally aired in 2008 and 2009, and Holly's World, which ran from 2010 to 2011. He appeared alongside country artist Toby Keith in the music video for Keith's song "Red Solo Cup" and also appeared alongside Keith as he performed the song in the audience as a member of Keith's entourage at the 2011 ACM Awards.

Carrot Top has appeared on numerous nighttime television talk shows. In 1996, he appeared on the animated/live action Cartoon Network talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast. On February 8, 2010, he appeared on an episode of The Jay Leno Show, wherein he had pies thrown at him by Leno and guest Emma Roberts.[11] He also appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson alongside Courteney Cox on May 24, 2011.

Carrot Top appeared on an episode of Tosh.0, receiving a full-body massage from Daniel Tosh.[12] He was also a special guest performer in Tosh.0's Selena Gomez tribute video of "Good for You".[13]

On October 22, 2011, Carrot Top appeared as a first-time guest panelist on Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld. On April 13, 2016, he appeared as a panelist on the @midnight game show.

Internet series roles edit

Carrot Top appeared as himself on the Bradley Cooper episode of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.[14] He also appeared as himself on the show Tom Green's House Tonight to discuss his props and career.[15] In 2022, he appeared on "The Joe Rogan Experience" on Spotify episode #1758. On October 26, 2023, he appeared as himself in the ‘Guess How Much This Weighs (Challenge)’ [16] episode of YouTube variety show ‘Good Mythical Morning’ with Rhett and Link.

Filmography edit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Himself
1996 Hourglass
1996 Pure Danger
1997 The Larry Sanders Show Himself
1998 Chairman of the Board Edison
1998 Dennis the Menace Strikes Again Sylvester
2000 The Three Stooges N.Y.U.K. Dr. Eugene Splicer
2001 Scrubs Himself
2002 Weakest Link Himself
2003 Carrot Top Rocks Las Vegas Himself
2003 Shortcut to Happiness Himself Guest on talk show on TV
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Himself
2005 The Aristocrats Himself
2005 George Lopez Himself
2005 Tugger: The Jeep 4x4 Who Wanted to Fly Shorty
2006, 2017 Family Guy Himself
2006 Reno 911! Himself
2007 Smiley Face Brief walk on part
2007 Gene Simmons Family Jewels Himself
2008 The Girls Next Door
2009 The Bad Girls Club
2009 The Hangover Himself end credits
2009 The Game
2010 Cash Cab
2010 Tosh.0
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Himself
2012 Last Call Mailman
2014 The Neighbors
2014 Swearnet: The Movie Himself
2015 Robot Chicken Himself
2016 Hitting the Breaks Himself
2016 Sharknado: The 4th Awakens
2019 The Amazing Johnathan Documentary Himself
2021 Bar Rescue Himself

References edit

  1. ^ "Tomorrow's birthdays". Associated Press. Retrieved September 18, 2022.
  2. ^ Neale, Rick (February 24, 2020). "Carrot Top, Cocoa's comedy king, inks Las Vegas deal". ClickOrlando. Retrieved September 18, 2022.
  3. ^ "'Carrot Top' brings his own brand of humor to Prescott". The Daily Courier. Prescott, AZ. October 22, 1998. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "The official website of comedian Carrot Top". Archived from the original on May 10, 2021. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "On Top of the World - March 2016 - Orlando, FL". Orlando Magazine. February 26, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "Carrot Top Biography". carrottop. 2008. Archived from the original on November 28, 2006. Retrieved July 19, 2008.
  7. ^ "For a change, Carrot Top plays it straight". April 17, 2011.
  8. ^ "Carrot Top". Comedy Central. Archived from the original on June 11, 2008. Retrieved July 19, 2008.
  9. ^ "Carrot Top Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved July 6, 2008.
  10. ^ "See Carrot Top at Luxor Hotel". Luxor Las Vegas. 2008. Retrieved July 19, 2008.
  11. ^ "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon -". Archived from the original on September 24, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  12. ^ "Carrot Top Rubdown - Tosh.0 (Video Clip)". Comedy Central. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  13. ^ "Tosh.0". Comedy Central. Archived from the original on June 5, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  14. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Bradley Cooper". Funny Or Die. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  15. ^ ""Tom Green Live" Guest: Carrot Top (TV Episode 2014)". IMDb. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  16. ^ "Good Mythical Morning - Guess How Much This Weighs (Challenge)". Youtube. Retrieved October 26, 2023.

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