08/27/2012 10:55 am ET Updated Aug 27, 2012

Comedy Internships: 25 Interesting Places Comedians Have Interned (PHOTOS)

Chances are, future generations will look back on the era of unpaid internships and compare it to slave labor, but for now, interning is still the most popular way to jumpstart a career -- even for comedians.

Many of our favorite funny people started out as a lot of us do, fetching coffee and making coffees for people whose jobs they ultimately wanted. While some got their start working for free for comedy institutions like "Saturday Night Live" and "The Onion," some comedians' internships had very little to do with making people laugh (and more to do with Post-its).

You also might be surprised at how many future household names interned on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," including several members of "The Office" cast. Click through the slideshow below and tell us what surprised you the most in the comments.

Comedy Internships