Name: Carrot Top
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|Famous For: Chairman of the Board and for his Stand-Up Prop Comedy|
Jobs Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer and Director
Famous For Chairman of the Board and for his Stand-Up Prop Comedy
“I never wish anything bad upon anybody, except two or three old girlfriends.” Prop comedy and self-deprecating humor are often popular with audiences of all ages and one man who knows that perhaps a little better than anyone else and used it in his favor is Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson. Born and raised in Florida, Thompson always loved being the center of attention and making people laugh so he took his passion to the stage and started performing stand-up comedy in college. Dubbing himself as “Carrot Top” thanks to his vibrant red hair, the young comedian quickly found himself under an even bigger spotlight as his hilarious prop-based comedy gained him national recognition that seamlessly translated into mainstream success.
Before long, Carrot Top was making more and more television appearances on shows like The Larry Sanders Show and Space Ghost Coast to Coast before he landed his own television series on the Cartoon Network, which led to his first and only starring role in a feature film—Chairman of the Board—in 1998. Far from being considered a silver screen draw, Carrot Top’s popularity finally began to wane by the new millennium leading the famed redhead to earn a reputation for popping up in the most random places from hit series like Scrubs, Family Guy and Tosh.0 to the Las Vegas Strip where he currently calls home.
With his short-lived mainstream success from the 1990s a thing of the past, Carrot Top disappeared from the spotlight only to return years later looking like an entirely different person. That’s right, instead of making his grand return to comedy with a new stand-up routine or comedy series, the self-deprecating redhead turned heads after transforming his lanky and lean body into pure muscle complete with “washboard” abs. But, his muscles weren’t the only thing people noticed as Carrot Top’s face had undergone a drastic transformation that could only mean one thing—plastic surgery!
Still sporting the same head of curly red hair, fans praised Carrot Top for his new muscular physique but they didn’t have as many nice things to say about his new face—after all, it was seriously scary! Despite the work being exceedingly obvious especially since his eyebrows and cheeks were nearly inches higher than before, Carrot Top was quick to deny the rumors and has done so ever since. So, would anyone ever persuade him to tell the truth?
Over three years ago, Oprah Winfrey—the Queen of All Media herself—thought she might be the one to get the huge reveal out of Carrot Top when she sat down with him for an interview and the conversation turned to his new look. Unfortunately, the comedian didn’t take the bait. “People think I’ve had plastic surgery,” he said. “No, it just takes a lot of makeup to make me look good.” Although he’s accustomed to harsh criticism, he admitted that even the jokes came in hard during a roast where one comedian said, “Jesus, Carrot Top, when are you gonna stop with all the plastic surgery? You look like the guy from Mask or something.”
Continuing to deny the rumors, Carrot Top gave an interview in 2015 when one reporter asked, “What is the most ridiculous thing you ever read about yourself?” The 51-year-old responded, “I would say all the plastic surgery stuff. It all started when I did a Comedy Central Roast, and they decided it would be great to pick on Carrot Top. I have mellowed out now, but for a while I had gotten really big. I didn’t do steroids or anything, I just worked out a lot, and I never had any plastic surgery… I can see why people would think that, but I never had any work done. I mean, if I was going to have plastic surgery, I would look better than this!”
Believe it or not, Carrot Top doesn’t think that he looks any different than when he first rose to stardom but that hasn’t stopped the rumors. Plastic surgeons suggest that Carrot Top has had, at the very least, several Botox injections to remove any signs of aging in addition to a possible brow lift to raise his eyebrows. Some even speculate that he turned to steroids to build muscle, which is yet another allegation that Carrot Top has vehemently denied.
Luckily, the rumors have died down in the last year allowing Carrot Top to focus on his career after making the move to Las Vegas where he’s been putting on a series of comedy shows at the Luxor Las Vegas Hotel and Casino six nights a week. Now making bank and worth $75 million thanks to Sin City, Carrot Top can certainly afford to splurge as his work on the stage gives him the luxury of looking however he chooses. We just hope he doesn’t change his signature red locks!