05/19/2014 04:50 pm ET Updated May 20, 2014

11 Comedians Playing Comedians On Television



Stand-up comedians are taking over television! Comics, not all of them trained actors, are getting the opportunity to play the roles they were meant to play: comedians. The old stand-up-to-sitcom model was that maybe you’d get discovered at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal or a producer might see you headlining on the road and believe he could create an entire show around a few minutes of a comic’s act– or, at least, the comic’s presentation, look or attitude. Of course, the subsequent sitcoms would perform with wildly varying degrees of success. Comedians would mostly play fictional versions of themselves with random professions (George Carlin played a taxi driver on The George Carlin Show). Some would adapt the show around their act, having their character work the job they used to have, (like when Greg Giraldo played a lawyer on Common Law) or they were given a job they’d like to have (Ray Romano as a sports writer in Everybody Loves Raymond). More and more shows are now featuring comics playing comics. Here’s a list of shows from the present, past and near future that feature stand-up comedians acting like stand-up comedians.