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Jim Carrey The Un-Natural Act Stand-Up Comedy Show (1991) - Comedy Recess

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

I have always been a fan of Jim Carrey, not becuase he is Canadian, but he was always able to get a laugh out of me. His true name is James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) He is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, producer, author, and artist. Known for his energetic slapstick performances, Carrey first gained recognition in 1990 after landing a recurring role in the American sketch comedy television series In Living Color. His first leading roles in motion pictures came with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), The Mask (1994), Dumb and Dumber (1994), and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), as well portraying the Riddler in Batman Forever (1995), and the lead role in Liar Liar (1997).

In the 2000s, he gained further notice for his portrayal of the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and for the comedy Me, Myself & Irene (both in 2000), as well as Bruce Almighty (2003), Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), Yes Man (2008), Horton Hears a Who! (2008), and A Christmas Carol (2009). In the 2010s, Carrey starred in Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Kick-Ass 2 (2013), and reprised his role as Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber To (2014). He portrayed Dr. Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog (2020).

Although largely typecast as a comedic actor, Carrey has had success in dramatic roles. His first dramatic success was for starring in the Emmy-nominated made-for-television film Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992). Carrey gained attention for his leading roles in The Truman Show (1998) and Man on the Moon (1999), earning Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, respectively. He also starred in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), for which he was nominated for both the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and another Golden Globe Award. His recent dramatic roles include his portrayal of Jeff Piccirillo in the Showtime series Kidding. The Guardian named him one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.

In 2013, Carrey published his first book, a children's story, entitled How Roland Rolls; the book was awarded a 2013 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award. In 2020, Carrey published his first novel, Memoirs and Misinformation, which he co-authored with Dana Vachon.

However he started, like many comedians, as a stand-up comic. Above you will have his stand-up routine from 1991. After all these years, it still got me laughing away. The Un-Natural Act Stand-Up Comedy Show (1991) is our Comedy Recess segment of this week.

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