And while he was, in fact, a runner-up in that competition (yeah, we can't believe it either), he parlayed his exposure into one of the most successful comedy careers in entertainment history, and currently has one of the longest-running residencies on the Las Vegas Strip. Not bad for second place!
Long before America's Got Talent began populating the Las Vegas Strip with world-class entertainers, the television show Star Search helped launch its fair share of entertainers, including comedian Scott Thompson, better known as Carrot Top.
In case you've never seen Carrot Top at work, expect plenty of visual gags that come at you at a breakneck pace, some of which work, some of which don't. But as you quickly discover, whether they work or not isn't the point. Objects by themselves aren't funny; the man wielding them definitely is.
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.
- Scott Thompson was born on February 25, 1965, in Rockledge, Florida, and grew up in nearby Cocoa, Florida.
- He is the youngest son of a NASA engineer.
- He went to Cocoa High School where he played drums in the marching and concert band. He graduated in 1983.
He got the nickname "Carrot Top" from a local swimming coach, a reference to his red hair
- In the late '80s, Thompson worked as a courier for a mortgage company.
- After high school he enrolled at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. While a freshman there, Thompson appeared in his first standup comedy routine.
During the early part of the 2000s, Carrot Top became interested in bodybuilding. He pursued his hobby with gusto, eventually looking more like a red-headed Mr. Universe contestant than the prop comic of old.
Given his massive musculature, there were whispers of steroid use. Confronted with the rumors during a 2014 interview with Penn & Teller's Penn Jillette, Carrot Top insisted he was steroid-free. "I just worked out like a crazy man," he told Jillette of how he managed to become so big. "... I also did all the supplements, all the creatines, glutamines, all that stuff," the comedian added. "I did everything but steroids. I did stuff that you could buy at GNC, but I ate tons of it."
Plastic Surgery? NO:
Over the years, Carrot Top's fans have noticed that his appearance has changed, and not just his buff bod. When rumors swirled of cosmetic surgery, however, Carrot Top consistently batted them away.
While discussing the plastic surgery rumors with Florida Today in 2015, Carrot Top conceded that "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." He added, "I can see why people would think that since I got really big for awhile, but I never had any work done. I mean, if I was going to have plastic surgery, I would look better than this!"
Carrot Top Net Worth? 70 Million:
Carrot Top is an American comedian and actor who has a net worth of $70 million. He is known for his use of props in comedy as well as his self-deprecating humor and his bright red hair. He is one of the highest-paid and most-successful comedians working in Las Vegas. Since 2005 he has headlined at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. In October 2019 he signed a contract extension that will keep him at the Luxor through 2025. At that point he will hold the record for longest-running comedy show in MGM resort history. He performs six nights a week and earns roughly $8 million pear year from his various endeavors.
Open Mic Night:
Carrot Top got his start as a student at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida during his freshman year, when he went to a club and saw live standup comedy for the first time. A few months later, his roommate convinced him to sign up at an open mic night, and after a handful of nerve-wracking first performances, he had caught the comedy bug.
Things changed for Carrot Top forever in 1992 with his first appearance on "The Tonight Show." That appearance exposed his unique brand of comedy to every home in America. After an impressive 31 appearances, Carrot Top had the distinct honor of appearing on the very last episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Carrot Top is at the Luxor: