Quick Star Search Search

Jason English

In the comments under yesterday's post on Real Reality Stars, reader Dawn wisely mentioned Star Search. Here's a quick and dirty list of a few careers launched with help from Ed McMahon's talent show:

  • Rosie O'Donnell
  • Dave Chappelle
  • Justin Timberlake (according to Chappelle, he and Timberlake appeared on the show together)
  • Ray Romano
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Usher
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Drew Carey
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Britney Spears
  • Marc Summers (former Double Dare host)

I also remember an episode of Full House where Uncle Joey competed and lost. His opponent was Steve Oedekerk, who played himself and went on to write Bruce Almighty, Patch Adams, The Nutty Professor and Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls.