Carrot Top on January 10, 2009
|Birth name||Scott Thompson|
February 25, 1965 |
Rockledge, Florida, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up comedy, television, film|
|Genres||Prop comedy, satire|
|Subject(s)||Self-deprecation, American culture|
Thompson was born on February 25, 1965 in Rockledge, Florida, and grew up in nearby Cocoa. He graduated from Cocoa High School in 1983. A local swim coach began calling him "Carrot Top" when he was a young boy. After high school he enrolled at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. While a freshman there, Thompson appeared in his first standup comedy routine.
Carrot Top has appeared in Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Criss Angel Mindfreak, Scrubs (2001), George Lopez, and Tugger: The Jeep 4x4 Who Wanted to Fly (2005). His film roles include Chairman of the Board, and he also served as a spokesman in commercials for 1-800-CALL-ATT. In 2002, he recorded a commentary track for The Rules of Attraction. In 2006, Carrot Top appeared in the Reno 911! episode "Weigel's Pregnant" as an enraged version of himself who trashes his hotel room and steals a police car. In 2008, he was a guest judge for Last Comic Standing.
As of 2005,[needs update] he headlines at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas and performs various comedy engagements when his show is not playing. His comedy routine incorporates dozens of props stored in large trunks on stage; his prop jokes commonly consist simply of his pulling out a prop, describing it in a one-liner, and tossing it away.
On January 16, 2010, Carrot Top appeared on Don't Forget The Lyrics!, wherein he assisted illusionists Penn & Teller in their quest for the million-dollar grand prize. He was one of the roasters at the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav and Gene Simmons Roast. Carrot Top appeared on a second season episode of the TV series Mind Freak and has been a regular guest on the show every season since. Carrot Top also appeared in an episode of the reality series The Bad Girls Club. He appeared as himself in "Man Up," an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which was originally broadcast January 6, 2011, in Family Guy in 2006, in the episode "Petergeist", and Scrubs. He also briefly appeared in Holly's World. He appeared alongside country artist Toby Keith in the music video for Keith's song Red Solo Cup and also appeared alongside Keith as he performed the song in the audience as a member of Keith's entourage at the 2011 ACM Awards.
He has appeared on numerous nighttime television talk shows. In 1996, he appeared on the animated/live action Cartoon Network talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast. On February 8, 2010, he appeared on an episode of The Jay Leno Show, wherein he had pies thrown at him by Leno and guest Emma Roberts.
On October 22, 2011, Carrot Top appeared as a first-time guest panelist on Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld.
On April 13, 2016, Carrot Top appeared as a panelist on @midnight.
Carrot Top appeared as himself on the Bradley Cooper episode of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. He also appeared as himself on the show Tom Green's House Tonight to discuss his props and career.
Carrot Top has also been frequently parodied; examples include Mr. Show (in which David Cross appears as "Blueberry Head"), King of the Hill ("Celery Head," whom Hank referred to as "Broccoli Neck"), Family Guy ("Carrot Scalp"; he also made a guest appearance on the show as himself in "Petergeist"), South Park ("Carrot Ass", "Ginger Kids"), MADtv, Phineas and Ferb ("Broccoli Top"), The Wayans Bros. ("Cabbage Head"), and The Suite Life on Deck ("Parsnip Top").
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