Carrot Top is one of the most famous and most recognized stand-up comedians working today. He’s also the greatest prop comic of all-time. Helping him get recognized is his bright, curly, red hair. Despite being an extremely successful comedian, he’s one of the most ridiculed funny men in the business. When anyone needs a stand-up comic for a punchline they use Carrot Top.
“The street in the center of town was Butts road. I stole the sign and told the audience, this must be where the assh*les live.” – Carrot Top
Carrot Top’s real name is Scott Thompson. He was born Feb. 25, 1965 in Rockledge, Florida. He attended Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Carrot Top’s first foray into standup comedy came during his college years. He learned of an open mic night from a campus bulletin board. He gave it a try and quickly discovered that the audience liked him. He returned but this time he brought a prop. The prop and his joke about it went over so well that he continued to use the setup.
Carrot Top’s big break came in 1991 when he appeared on Comic Strip Live. Then things really got going for him when he appeared on The Tonight Show in 1992. Before too long, Carrot Top’s live act went from a hilarious one-man show to an uproarious big-time production.
At the height of his popularity, seeing Carrot Top live was like attending a rock concert—replete with lasers, fog, and pyrotechnics.
Since the turn of the century, Carrot Top has been a Las Vegas fixture. He performs about 300 times a year at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. He performs his sidesplitting and topical act at the Atrium Theatre.
Carrot Top has appeared in a number of films over the years including Chairman of the Board, Pauly Shore Is Dead, The Aristocrats, Tugger: The Jeep 4x4 Who Wanted to Fly (voice only), and The Hangover (in photographs during the credits).
Carrot Top is also one of the most parodied comics. Several television shows has spoofed the red-haired funny man. On King of the Hill there was a comic named “Celery Head.” The Family Guy introduced us to “Carrot Scalp.” Meanwhile, Phineas and Ferb called their Carrot Top parody “Broccoli Top.”