Top 10 Actors Who Started Their Careers as Stand-Up Comedians

Actors all want to be musicians, musicians all want to be actors, and comedians are usually content to be miserable neurotics. The advantage of working out neurosis on stage is that it can be a great training ground for channeling emotion in front of an audience who aren’t shy about giving you instant feedback. In his autobiography, “Born Standing Up,” Steve Martin expounds on the idea of how his stand-up days helped mold him into the actor, writer, and musician he is today. That got me thinking about other stand-ups who’ve turned out brilliant acting performances, and can claim to be Actors with a capital A.

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Q&A with Robin Williams

Robin Williams as Pappass in David Duchovny’s 'The House of D'
Robin Williams as Pappass in David Duchovny’s ‘The House of D’

Doing a roundtable interview with Robin Williams is akin to a free show in a small comedy club. That’s the best description I can give of my experience this past weekend as I participated in the press day for House of D in Manhattan.

I’ve always been a fan of his comedy, and to stand by and watch him go live was terrific. What’s hilarious about it is not necessarily his comedy, but how he can switch from calm and sedate to wildly animated and vocal. And there’s intelligence to his riffs that give them meaning, and that’s why I think he’s funny.

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‘Aladdin’ is Disney animation at its best

Aladdin gets the lamp in Disney's 'Aladdin'
Aladdin gets the lamp in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’

[rating=3]Starring: the Voices of Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale
Director(s): Ron Clements & John Musker
Writer(s): Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliot, and Terry Rossio

The Disney animation machine has been chugging along for nearly a century, turning out some of the most remembered and celebrated pieces of moving imagery in history. Generations have grown up with memories of Snow White and the Seven DwarvesBambi and The Little Mermaid.

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