Funny Side of Fame: 30 Facts About Your Beloved Comedians

11Lisa Lampanelli

Lisa Lampanelli

Comedian Lisa Lampanelli once pledged to donate $1,000 to gay charity in the name of the Waterboro Baptist Church for each of its members that showed up to protest her show. She ended up donating $50,000.


12Hattie Jacques

Hattie Jacques

1950s British comedian Hattie Jacques, famous for pioneering 'fat humor' (female), had an affair with her driver and, with her husband's consent, moved him into their home. When she finally got a divorce, her husband lied that he was the adulterer to save her public reputation.


13Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld offered to voice a character on South Park, but later declined after Matt Stone and Trey Parker had only offered him the part of "turkey #2."


14Dana Carvey

Dana Carvey

In 1997, comedian Dana Carvey underwent heart bypass surgery for a blocked coronary artery, but the surgeon operated on the wrong artery. Carvey, later suffering from angina pectoris, sued for medical malpractice and was awarded millions in damages. He donated the money to charity.


15Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

Comedian-actress Janeane Garofalo didn't know she was married for 20 years to her writer ex-boyfriend, now a TV exec producer, believing their drunken Las Vegas wedding wasn't official since they didn't file any papers at a courthouse. Her "husband" discovered the truth before his real wedding.


16Craig Gass

Craig Gass

A comedian named Craig Gass attributes his ability to do impersonations to the fact that his family is deaf, so he learned how to talk from the television.


17Ron White

Ron White

Comedian Ron White regularly smoked so much weed on his private jet that the pilots had to wear oxygen masks.


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18Mitch Hedberg

Mitch Hedberg

Comedian Mitch Hedberg never passed on a job, having been told “no” so often early in his career that he felt like if he didn’t say “yes,” he might not be given the opportunity to perform again.


19Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton

Silent film comedian Buster Keaton got his start in his father's vaudeville act at the age of 3. His act would be to goad his father into throwing him across the stage, and he became so good at falling that he rarely got bruises. He was eventually billed as "The Little Boy Who Can't Be Damaged."


20Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman

Comedian Andy Kaufman once played a show at Carnegie Hall. After the show, he loaded the entire audience into twenty-four buses and took them all out for milk and cookies.

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