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25+ Comedians Who Were on Star Search

Updated June 14, 2019 47.0k views26 items

Long before there was American Idol, The X Factor, or America's Got Talent, there was Star Search, hosted by Ed McMahon. Some of today's biggest comedians like Adam Sandler, Drew Carey, Kevin James, Dave Chappelle, and Rosie O'Donnell were on Star Search as young comedians, using the appearance to help boost their careers. Which famous comedians were on Star Search? Were any of them Star Search winners?

Comedy greats like Ray Ramano, and even his Everybody Loves Raymond costar Brad Garrett appeared on Star Search (Garrett even won!). These comedians who were on Star Search include names you've heard of, and a few faces you likely recognize but maybe can't name (until now!). Star Search videos are included for each comedian, when available.

Wondering if your favorite comedian got his or her start on Star Search? Check out the list of funny people below and be sure to see which actors, musicians, and other famous people are among the many celebrities who were on Star Search.
  • Kevin James
    Video: YouTube
    We're as glad as he is that King of Queens funny man Kevin James got in shape for his 1983 Star Search appearance.
    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

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  • During the 1980s, in the early years of his career, Adam Sandler performed a stand-up set on Star Search.
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer

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  • Everybody Loves Raymond funny man Brad Garrett won $100,000 for his appearance of Star Search in 1984. 
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Poker Player, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting, Stand-up comedian

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  • Norm Macdonald
    Video: YouTube
    Comedian Norm Macdonald brought his rapid fire wit to a Star Search appearance in 1990.
    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Quebec City, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

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