15 Comedy Legends Who Were Late Bloomers

15 Comedy Legends Who Were Late Bloomers

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They did it! It took a lot longer than expected, but by golly they did it! And think of how good it must’ve felt to finally achieve the success you always knew you could. Success must’ve felt pretty sweet to the prodigies as well, but in achieving something at an early age, they didn’t have to endure the life of a starving artist. The 8 adult roommates in a studio apartment, the balled up hoodie as a pillow on the kitchen floor because you were on the road and luckily found a place to sleep. Well, that’s the life of a late bloomer.

Most people don’t have their path figured out in their teens, and that’s okay! Some of our favorite comedians trudged through life for a while before finding their comedic passion. Some began their comedy path early on, but it just took time to find their voice and get plucked out of obscurity. Either way, these 15 now-famous funny folks were late bloomers in the comedy garden, and we’re thrilled that they never gave up.

No way Nick Offerman was 39 on 'Parks and Rec.'

Comedy Late Bloomers Nick Offerman finally made it at 39. Не had bit parts here and there, but he booked Parks and Recreation in 2009, at 39 years old. Не said, I sobbed for 30 minutes. It was from years and years and years of repressed feeling from never getting the big shot at something. CRACKED

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Daily Actor

Bryan Cranston was Malcolm in the Middle-aged.

CRACKED Experience Comedy Late Bloomers Bryan Cranston's big break came at 44. Не had acted in commercials and small roles since the early '80s, but he became widely known as Hal on Malcolm in the Middle. His world domination came from Breaking Bad at the age of 52.

Fox

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43 year old actor for the 40 year old virgin.

Comedy Late Bloomers Steve Carell hit it big in his 40s. With little wins like The Daily Show at 37, he didn't reach household name status until he landed The 40 Year-Old-Virgin, and The Office at 43 years old. CRACKED

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Leslie Jones proves that the SNL cast isn’t just young comedians.

CRACKED Comedy Late Bloomers Leslie Jones booked SNL at 47. Her first professional gig was opening for Jamie Foxx in 1987, but her big break came in 2014 when she joined SNL. Hired as a writer, she soon joined the cast as well.

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Melissa McCarthy went from The Groundlings to The Oscars.

CRACKED Comedy Late Bloomers Melissa McCarthy was 41 in Bridesmaids. She had been a working actress since the '90s, but she became a household name from her role in 2011's Bridesmaids, which earned her an Oscar nomination.

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One big break skyrocketed Tiffany Haddish to stardom.

CRACKED Comedy Late Bloomers Tiffany Haddish was a literal starving artist. Struggling in L.A for years, Kevin Hart once gave her $300 while she was living in her car. In 2017, at 37 years old she became a household name from her role in Girls Trip.

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