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10 Stand Up Comics Who Saw Success On Television

Most people are probably not aware that Al Pacino performed stand up comedy shows early in his career? It is clear that stand up shows weren't what gave him his big break. In fact, lots of people give

Most people are probably not aware that Al Pacino performed stand up comedy shows early in his career? It is clear that stand up shows weren't what gave him his big break. In fact, lots of people give stand up a try but it really doesn't seem to be the easiest type of performing art. Imagine having to stand on a stage in front of a whole crowd that is just waiting to laugh at everything you say or do? This following list is about people who made their name as stand up comedians, and also led a successful career in TV, with the key point being longevity, as both comedians and television superstars.

10 Amy Schumer

9 Wanda Sykes

8 Ray Romano

7 Kevin Hart

6 Roseanne Barr

5 Dave Chappelle

4 Louis C.K.

3 Ellen DeGeneres

2 Jerry Seinfeld

1 Bill Cosby

Without a doubt, Bill Cosby is one of the most successful comedians on the face of the planet. He’s hugely influential on an entire generation of comedians. Cosby began performing stand up in the 60's and released his debut LP, Bill Cosby is a funny fellow…right?, in 1964. Since then, he’s released several highly praised comedy albums including, Bill Cosby: Himself. In 1972, Cosby created the animated kids show, Fat Albert and the Cosby kids. The cartoon was successful, but his greatest success came in 1984 with The Cosby show. It was one of the first shows to be based on the material of a stand up comedian. The show ran until 1992 and was an instant classic. Cosby played, Dr. Keith Huxtable and the show was known for its portrayal of an African-American family. Following the end of The Cosby Show, he returned to his first great love, stand up comedy. Amazingly, Bill Cosby still performs tours and even released a comedy special last year.

 

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