Jim Carrey: Comic Debut

One day when he was 15 years old, Jim Carrey visited a Yuk Yuk's comedy club in Toronto with his father. "Why don't you get up and do something?" the older man said. "You do it all the time at home." Jim sat with his father, put together a routine (including an impression of Jimmy Stewart), and got up on the stage. Things did not go as well as they did at home. "They were looking at me like I was from the planet Zeptar," he recalled.

When fans began booing, Yuk Yuk's owner Mark Breslin rubbed salt in the wound by playing some music: the chorus from Jesus Christ Superstar.

[The chorus? "Crucify him! Crucify him! Crucify him! Crucify him! We must crucify him." It was so traumatic, Carrey recalled, that he did not return for another two years.]

[During an episode of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in December 1999, the Masturbating Bear (a recurring character) ran up and down the aisles fondling his diaper; Conan then pulled the bear's head off -- revealing Jim Carrey.]

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