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Carrot Top celebrates 10 years at Luxor

Carrot Top celebrates 10 years at Luxor
Carrot Top celebrates 10 years at Luxor
Posted at 11:46 AM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 14:46:04-05

Carrot Top's 10th anniversary celebration on Sunday night at the Luxor was topped off by the announcement that he has signed a new 5-year contract with the hotel-casino.

The anniversary celebration began with a star-studded red carpet in front of Rice & Company next door to the Atrium Showroom at the Luxor.

Guests enjoyed a variety of sashimi, Carrot Top sushi rolls, noodles and cocktails before attending the 8 p.m. show.

The show was attended by Carrot Top's mother, brother, nephew and other family members; his doctor and his agent; comedians Louie Anderson and Ron White; drummer Vinnie Paul; Rio headliner Penn Jillette; cast members from "Absinthe"; the ladies of "Fantasy" and hunks from "Thunder From Down Under"; and many more.

After a standing ovation from the crowd following the performance, Carrot Top was presented a bottle of Crown Royal and congratulated on his 10th anniversary. It was also announced that he had recently signed a new 5-year contract.

Carrot Top, whose real name is Scott Thompson, has been performing for 30 years. Top, who grew up in Florida (the state ends up being the butt of several of his jokes during his routine), performed on stage for the first time when he was a freshman in college. It wasn't exactly a success.

After graduating with a degree in marketing from Florida Atlantic University, Top began working as a bank courier. However, he never gave up on being a comedian.

Top added props to his routine while till in college to make himself stand out from the other comedians. During his anniversary show on Sunday night, he pulled out some of those original props for the audience, including heels with training wheels and paper cup and string telephones.

Top began performing as a comedian full time in 1990 and first appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in 1992. By the late 1990's, he was the highest-grossing touring act.

He has also appeared in a variety of other shows (usually as himself) and feature films ("Chairman of the Board" was his first) over the years. But, it was really his appearances in the TV commercials for AT&T's "1-800-Call-ATT" that made him a household name.

Top made his move to Las Vegas in the early 2000's and began performing at the MGM Grand for 15 weeks out of the year. In 2005, he signed an exclusive deal with the Luxor and performs 300 shows a year.