Comedy isn’t pretty, said Steve Martin.  For living proof, check out these 12 accomplished celebrities who decided that “what I really want to do is tell jokes.”

EMMA THOMPSON Late Night showed Thompson's talk show host performing stand-up, which was actual an clip of Thompson yukking it up in 1983. Known for drama, Thompson wants to get back to her comedy roots. We're all suffering from existential despair ... I feel I should so put my best efforts

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ayOHN ay JOHN MAYER As a comedian, Mayer can play the sure guitar. After a set at the Comedy Cellar, blogger wrote that one Mayer proceeds to give the most awkward, offensive, unfunny 15 minute comedy act I've ever seen. And I've been to amateur night.

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