He calls himself the “wackiest comedian since I Love Lucy.” You may know him from his elaborate use of props, confetti canons, and fog machines. He brought the world Junk in the Trunk and was the highest grossing touring comedian in the '90s. His real name may be Scott Thompson, but to the world he’s Carrot Top.
We’ve all heard Carrot Top stories. Carrot Top’s flaming red locks graced the Tonight Show, and the famous ginger even had his own series on Cartoon Network. For a decade, Carrot Top’s career looked as bright as his mane of hair. But where is Carrot Top today?
Is he underground, as his root-vegetable moniker might suggest? Is he spreading beta-carotene throughout America? Is he hiding in a compost heap somewhere? Where did Carrot Top go?
According to him, he's at the top of the world! Today, Carrot Top is living his ginger-headed dreams: he’s hosting a long-term residency at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Vegas. What's even more impressive is that before his current residency, he headlined a 16-year run at the MGM Grand. That’s a whole lot of stand-up. In fact, the "King of Props" performs over 300 shows a year in Las Vegas, with only Tuesdays off. In case you’re curious, here are some more things you probably didn’t know about Carrot Top.
Carrot Top isn't just known for his trademark hair, but also especially for his jacked appearance. Other comedians have even notoriously mocked the stand-up entertainer for his muscular build. While it is true that Carrot Top was once swole AF, the man has traded dumbbells for track shoes. Apparently, Carrot Top has started running, which has left him with a leaner physique.
Carrot Top has also sworn off lifting super heavy weights. As Carrot Top puts it himself: "Maybe five years ago, I decided I worked out enough. I quit cold turkey."
According to his website, Carrot Top signed an uber lucrative, long-term deal to perform at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Sin City. The 52-year-old comedian performs about 300 shows a year and has his own posse of fans, including several celebs. Recently Amy Schumer popped by his set, posting: "We laughed so hard the whole show! Our faces hurt." Shania Twain and Jerry Lewis have also reportedly seen his set.
The building company that built Celine's Dion's palatial desert abode also happened to build Carrot Top's house in Vegas. In fact, the company re-purposed many of the materials leftover from the larger job, which means Carrot Top's house has some of Dion's leftover parts in it. These may or may not include the floor tile and kitchen beams.
Apparently, Dion and Carrot Top share home building supplies as well as real estate on the strip: Dion has a critically-acclaimed Las Vegas Residency at The Colosseum at Caesars' Palace.
Carrot Top has been accused by more than one fellow comic, blogger, or fashionista of having had plastic surgery. His response: "I'm sorry that I look good."
Carrot Top denies ever having gone under the knife. On his episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?, he discusses how comedians who are in good physical shape endure unfair critique: “I get a lot of grief because I’ve always been in shape and I think for comedy in general, they don’t expect comics to be in shape."
He does however, like to use make-up and has declared his blow dryer to be his "best friend."