The Late Movies: Comedians Before They Were Stars

Everyone likes to see celebrities before they were famous, but comedians are a special breed. It's fun to see how jokes and comedy styles (and let's face it: hair and fashion) evolve over a few decades. Here's a roundup of now-famous comedians before they were stars.

Jerry Seinfeld

In 1977, Seinfeld appeared on Celebrity Cabaret.

Norm MacDonald

Though we can't find the exact year, check out how young Norm looks!

Ray Romano

The future star of Everybody Loves Raymond appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman in 1989.

Woody Allen

Everyone's favorite nebbish comedian appeared on British television in 1965—still got those signature specs!

Seth Rogan

Based on this 1996 performance, who ever would've guessed that Seth Rogan would go on to be the Green Hornet?

Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard as we've rarely seen him before—dressed as a man!

Lewis Black

Check out the hair on Lewis Black in 1992.

Ellen Degeneres

Speaking of great hair, please enjoy Ellen's epic mullet.

David Cross

In 1993, years before he would gain fame for being NeverNude Tobias Funke on Arrested Development, David Cross wore a stupid hat and said funny things.


A Very Brief History of Chamber Pots

Some of the oldest chamber pots found by archeologists have been discovered in ancient Greece, but portable toilets have come a long way since then. Whether referred to as "the Jordan" (possibly a reference to the river), "Oliver's Skull" (maybe a nod to Oliver Cromwell's perambulating cranium), or "the Looking Glass" (because doctors would examine urine for diagnosis), they were an essential fact of life in houses and on the road for centuries. In this video from the Wellcome Collection, Visitor Experience Assistant Rob Bidder discusses two 19th century chamber pots in the museum while offering a brief survey of the use of chamber pots in Britain (including why they were particularly useful in wartime).

A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room

The Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine documents the evolution of our medical knowledge. Its books and artifacts are as bizarre as they are fascinating. Read more here.


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