It is not every day that you get to see a red-haired man. Carrot Top, however, has managed to make it work for him. He is famous for his red curly hair and his prop use on stage that leaves his audiences in laughter every single time. Carrot Top has been a comedian all his life, and his comedic stunts and gigs have led him to amass an impressive net worth.
According to Wealthy Gorilla, Carrot Top is worth an impressive $75 million. This amount makes him one of the wealthiest stand-up comedians, and it seems Carrot Top has only but begun his journey. This article details how the red-haired comedian managed to achieve a net worth of $75 million. Read on.
Who Is Carrot Top?
Born Scott Thompson on February 25, 1965, Carrot Top is among the best comedians of his generation. Carrot Top was born in Cocoa Beach Florida to Larry Thompson, who was an engineer at NASA. His father worked on important missions such as the Gemini and Apollo. Carrot Top attended the Cocoa High School where he graduated in 1983.
While in school he played drums in the concert and marching band. The name Carrot Top came about after a local swimming coach called him referring to his significantly red hair. Unknown to him, the name and the red locks would become his trademark later on life. Thompson worked for a mortgage company in the late 80s as a courier.
He enrolled at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton after he finished high school. While a freshman at the university he appeared in his first-ever standup comedy routine.
His Career Life
To make his act unforgettable and memorable, Carrot Top decided to incorporate the use of props to his routine to be able to stand out from other comedians. He even used his red hair as a prop in his acts. Some of his most notable accessories include paper cups, heels with training wheels, string telephones and so on.
By 1992, Carrot Top had risen to fame, and his popularity grew so much that he earned a spot at the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The show was significant in widening his audience and exposing him to a broader fan base. In 1993, he became the first person to be voted for both Comedian Of The Year and Performer Of The Year simultaneously by The National Association Of Campus Activities.
According to Wikipedia, Carrot Top was the announcer for the Cartoon Network from 1995 to 1999 for which he also starred in and produced an early morning show titled
Carrot Top’s AM Mayhem.
In 2006, Carrot Top landed a role on the comedy show Reno 911. He played his usual self but an angry version who tore apart his hotel room and stole a police car. Carrot also played himself on the ‘Man Up’ episode in the crime show CSI. He has had regular appearances in comedy programs and talk shows such as Comedy Central’s Roast of Gene Simmons and Flavor Flav.
On the second season of the TV show 'Mind Freak,' he made a cameo as a guest star and has since then been a regular guest on the show. Carrot Top appeared in the live-action Cartoon Network show called 'The Space Ghost Coast To Coast' in 1996. He made an appearance at The Jay Leno Show in 2010 where he had Leno and Emma Roberts throw pies at him.
His music videos cameos have also been impressive over the years. He was a special guest in Selena Gomez’s tribute video by Tosh O called ‘Good For You’. In addition to that, he was also in the music video for country artist Toby Keith's ‘Red Solo Cup’ where he appeared alongside the star.
Additionally, he appeared alongside Keith in his entourage at the 2011 ACM Awards. On October 2011, Carrot Top became a first-time guest panelist on the show ‘Red Eye W/Greg Gutfield’. He also appeared on @midnight as a panelist on April 13, 2016. Carrot Top went on the show ‘Tom Green’s House Tonight’ to discuss his career and use of props. He also appeared as himself on the episode ‘Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis on the Bradley Cooper show. He is currently a regular feature at the Luxor Hotel.
How Did Carrot Top Achieve A Net Worth Of $75 Million?
Carrot Top’s primary source of income is comedy. According to the New York Times, comedians can make up to $15,000 for a half-hour special that takes more than a year to develop. Carrot Top’s contract with the Luxor Hotel was extended for another five years, thus making him one of the most consistent comedians in the industry.
The extension means that Carrot Top will be smiling all the way to the bank as it is one of the most lucrative deals for a comedian. Carrot Top has been the front runner of the show at the Luxor Hotel for an impressive ten years.
The ticket sales from the various shows that Carrot Top has headlined throughout his career have also amounted to his massive wealth. Additionally as mentioned above, Carrot Top has appeared in movies such as Reno 911, Scrubs, Larry the Cable Guy’s Christmas Spectacular, George Lopez, Tugger:
The Jeep 4×4 Who Wanted To Fly, Chairman of the Board to mention a few. Moreover, the ginger-haired comedian has served as the spokesman of commercials for 1-800-CALL-ATT. All these contribute to Carrot Top’s growing wealth.
Carrot Top is arguably one of the best comedians of his generations, and his use of various props allows him to stand out in an almost crowded field. His one-liner strategy seems to be working for him well as he has been in the industry for more than 30 years. With the extension of his contract with the Luxor Hotel, it seems the red-curly haired man is far from done.
His skill and artistry, coupled with the dedication to earning his audience's laughs, are what make this comedian fun to watch. This prowess continues to contribute to his ever-increasing wealth, thus making Carrot Top one of the wealthiest comedians.
You can also read:
Written by Allen Lee
Read more posts by Allen Lee