Before "The Daily Show": Small supporting roles in a few films ("Hannah and Her Sisters," "Jacob's Ladder") and an up-and-coming standup career.
What happened from there: Black has been a "Daily Show" presence from its very early days, beginning his contributor role during Craig Kilborn's tenure and continuing on to present day. The show served as the perfect launching pad for his politically-minded brand of angry humor, and he's now one of the most popular stand-ups around and a perennial "talking head" on cable talk shows. He also hosted his own Comedy Central series, "Lewis Black's The Root of All Evil," from 2006 to 2008, and made for the perfect "Anger" voice in Pixar's "Inside Out."
- Chris Eggertsen