Some of the big names in Hollywood had their share of humble beginnings, some of which started at Los Angeles comedy clubs or any club in the nation for that matter. Before they earned the right to appear on the big screen or in some popular TV series, they had to try their luck with the live audience, with Improv shows in particular.
Come to think of it, the thought of starting out at Los Angeles comedy clubs en route to becoming a Hollywood A-lister is not at all farfetched. Acting, like stand-up comedy, is a performance art with less immediate pressure, as TV and movie actors are not faced with a tough live audience. Still, some of these celebrities return to their roots from time to time:
In a discussion about stand-up comedians turned actors, Eddie Murphy's name would probably be the first one to come up, and rightfully so. He has made his mark in almost every field he has entered. Comedy Central recognizes Murphy as one of the ten best stand up comedians of all time. Due to his success on-stage, he made it to the popular sketch comedy Saturday Night Live. He then went on to star in big screen classics, such as 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop, The Nutty Professor and Shrek. Now he is trying his hand at directing, producing and even singing.
Mainstream hits and cult classics are both avenues for work in the case of this talented actor and stand-up comedian. Robin Williams has starred in big productions like Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, and also depicted complex and conflicted characters in culture hits like One Hour Photo and Death to Smoochy. In spite of his impressive acting ability, nobody can deny his talent for comedy.
Truth be told, Williams has and still is doing stand-up comedy, and has broken records when it comes to ticket sales. Deciding not to solely go for the raunchy and nasty themes of improv, he uses his stellar wit to mix at least a hint of elegance to his routines, which are well recognized by his audience.
Adam Sandler is a living, breathing example of comedy. He can turn anything that can be injected with humor into gold, and this ability has transcended into a stellar movie career, which includes box office hits like The Waterboy, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore and 50 First Dates. Every good thing has to start somewhere, and in Sandler's case it was at the comedy clubs in New York. He ever drew fame locally, and his break came when actor Dennis Miller recommended him to Saturday Night Live, after which the rest is proverbial history.
The lives of these three performers, apart from other celebrities who had similar beginnings, started humbly, as they simply pursued their love for comedy. They did not wait for a big break. They made their own breaks in front of a live audience, constantly improving on their material and routine. With a strong passion for comedy, you just might be the next big thing in Hollywood. Why not start your career with the Los Angeles comedy clubs near your area?
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Alison K Roskopp