They're here all night, folks!Wow: these 19 stand-up comedians look super different now. Stand-up comedy -- as its name implies -- is when a performer stands up in front of an audience and tells jokes or humorous stories. Many of your favorite comedic actors sharpened their skills on the stand-up circuit before moving on to TV and movies. Others, such as Jerry Seinfeld, have gone back to stand-up after finding success elsewhere. Roseanne Barr, who had a successful sitcom, got her start doing stand-up before making her first TV appearance on The Tonight Show. Many stand-up stars got their big break on Saturday Night Live, including Eddie Murphy, Jay Mohr and Chris Rock. Dave Chappelle walked away from this successful sketch show on TV but has now signed a lucrative deal with Netflix to distribute his stand-up specials. Margaret Cho became a champion for the LGBTQ community with her politically charged stand-up concerts. The reputations of stand-up stars such as Louis C.K. and Bill Cosby have become tarnished recently due to allegations of inappropriate behavior by many women. Other stand-up comedians you'll come across in this slideshow include Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, Albert Brooks, Janeane Garofalo, Sandra Bernhard, Wanda Sykes and more.
Many of the stand-up comedians featured in this slideshow got their start in the '90s, '80s, '70s and earlier, so some of them look drastically different than they did in their heyday. Are they still funny or is it just their appearance that is something to laugh about now? Find out! Get Started