Spoiled Children of Divorce


Exemplary Comedians From Divorced Families

I expected a longer list here but I suppose Quality counts over Quantity.

As far as I can tell there are 5 Comedians on Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People list. I think it’s from 2006. This doesn’t mean that the other 20 people didn’t have crappy childhoods and have nothing to whine about, it just means that these 5 get to be featured on my blog.  20 percent.  That’s slightly lower than the 25-30 percent who grow up to have psych problems.  I do remember that the famous psychologist R.D. Laing based his career on the trauma he experienced at Age 5 in discovering that Santa Claus doesn’t exist.  That’s actually funnier than anything I’ve ever heard Jon Stewart say.

Jon Stewart – Age 9. Lived with Mom.

Dave Chappelle – Age 2. Winters with Mom. Summers with Dad.

Ellen Degeneres – Age 13?. Lived with Mom.

Jack Black – Age 10. Lived with Father.

Bernie Mac – Raised by Single Mother who died at Age 16.

That’s that list.

Here are some other Comedians I can think of. Will have to add to the list.

George Carlin – Age 2. Mother left Father.

Jonathan Winters – Age 7. Raised by Maternal Grandmother.

Lenny Bruce – Age 5. Shuffled around. Lived with Relatives.

Rodney Dangerfield – Age Young.  Father left.

I wrote about Richard Pryor and a couple of the others.

Who else?


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