Six Comedy Giants Who Got Their First Television Roles in Sitcoms


Everyone has to start somewhere. Comedians get their start in stand up of course, but those end up with giant television careers also had their first tv appearance, and it’s usually pretty unglamourous. Here are six comedy giants who got their first television appearance in small guest roles on sitcoms. Enjoy these fresh young faces with their entire career ahead of them. These six youngsters had no idea where they would end up when they took these six first television roles.

1. Jim Carrey on Buffalo Bill

Jim Carrey made his television debut in a series called Buffalo Bill. It was a small but well respected sitcom starring Dabney Coleman that ran on NBC from 1983 to 1984. Jim Carrey exploded into this scene with what has to be ranked among the best Jerry Lewis impressions of all time.

2. Adam Sandler on The Cosby Show

Adam Sandler had his television debut on the massive hit series, The Cosby Show long before Bill Cosby’s fall from grace. Sandler looks like a baby here on Cosby’s show. If you could have only placed a Vegas bet that this shiny faced
boy would become a box office Superstar…

3. Andrew Dice Clay on M*A*S*H*

In a million years nobody would have guessed that Dice made his television debut on an episode of MASH. The Diceman was still channeling John Travolta in this episode. Dice always had his eye on acting and approached stand up as an actor. He definitely had the charisma down, even then.

4. Jon Stewart on The Nanny

Jon Stewart made his television debut as Bob the Jewish doctor who makes out with Fran in this episode of The Nanny that aired in season four. If Jon looks uncomfortable that’s because he is uncomfortable as as actor. What he really wants to do is direct. But first he needs to put in at least two decades as a fake newsman.

5. Mitch Hedberg on That 70s Show

Hedberg played Frank and sold a hot dog to Ashton Kutcher on an episode of That 70s Show. Hedberg is just doing his Hedberg style and pacing and seems to be the only person on the show who actually knows what the 70s were all about.

6. Gilbert Gottfried on The Cosby Show

Gilbert had his television debut playing Mr. Barrett, a friend of Dr. Huxtable on the Cosby Show. He also looks like a muppet baby but already establishing himself as a scene stealer in this clip. He plays a big mouth outing Cosby as a man with money. Too bad he didn’t mention drugs and rape. Also notice Sinbad as a car salesman.

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