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1A comedian makes it big with a [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up act]] or a SketchShow, so naturally the executives make him or her the star of a standard SitCom, a rather different style of comedy. Sometimes it works; sometimes it fails badly.께A lot of it depends on the effort put into recreating what made the comedian famous in the first place. Many comics have quite a bit of vulgarity and bite in their routine, and when translated to prime-time TV a lot of that can be lost. Other times, the sitcom plot was decided upon long before the comic arrived and it has little resemblance to the routine.께And sometimes the sit com character will be more well liked than the comedian. This can lead to disappointment if a fan of the show watches the standup routine.께Very often, the comedian's character will share his first name. Expect a [[TheDanza Danza]] or two. Sometimes the show will be named after the comedian's ''last'' name despite it not matching the main character's.께May involve one of a DoubleAct or ComicTroupe going solo.께Almost all Dawn of Television Era sitcoms evolved from similar programs on the radio (many including much if not all of the original cast) who got their employ on radio from successful careers on Vaudeville. The others were borderline sketch shows in which the bits became progressively longer, usually produced by having Vaudevillians do their acts in front of a camera. It seems to be pretty well split between American sitcoms and a BritishSeries.께A title the likes of TheEponymousShow is probable, but by no means the rule.----!!Examples께[[foldercontrol]]께[[folder:Real Examples]]* The Creator/AbbottAndCostello show was produced by having the film and Vaudeville stars give their performances in camera-equipped area.* ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'', starring Creator/JenniferSaunders -- expanded from the ''Series/FrenchAndSaunders'' sketch "Modern Mother and Daughter".* ''Series/AllAmericanGirl'', starred Creator/MargaretCho.* Paul Rodriguez's short-lived ''AKA Pablo''.* ''The Bill Engvall Show'', starred Creator/BillEngvall. Another short-lived example. You'd think they would've learned from ''The Jeff Foxworthy Show'', considering both are in the same comedy troupe.* Both Music/BillBailey and Creator/DylanMoran moved into ''Series/BlackBooks'' from successful comedy careers.* ''Series/BlueHeaven'' was an early sitcom vehicle for Creator/FrankSkinner, who started out as stand-up and is now best known as a TV host/presenter/affable bloke.* Creator/BobNewhart: ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', ''Series/{{Newhart}}'', ''Series/{{Bob}}'', ''Series/GeorgeAndLeo''* Creator/GregGiraldo's short-lived ABC show ''Common Law'' ([[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant NOT]] the 2012 USA Network show of the same name.)* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'', ''Series/TheBillCosbyShow'' and ''Cosby'', all starring Creator/BillCosby.* Creator/SteveCoogan's stand up character Alan Partridge was spun off into ''Series/KnowingMeKnowingYouWithAlanPartridge'' and ''Series/ImAlanPartridge''.* ''Series/{{Crashing|US}}'', starring Creator/PeteHolmes, very loosely based on his life getting into comedy* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', an animated prime time series starring Creator/JonLovitz* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', as Creator/LarryDavid was a standup comic before he became known as a TV writer.* Creator/DonRickles: ''C.P.O. Sharkey''* ''The Detectives'', starred Jasper Carrott. [[SpinOff Expanded sketch]] from his Stand-up and Sketch Shows.* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''* Ellen [=DeGeneres=] had two sitcoms on different networks, ''These Friends of Mine / Series/{{Ellen}}'' and the short-lived ''The Ellen Show''.* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', starring Ray Romano.* ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'', featuring Chris Rock. Unusually, the show is a fictionalized account of Rock's teenage years, and so Rock is played by a younger actor: Rock himself only provides narration.* Creator/SeanLock's ''Series/FifteenStoreysHigh''.* ''Series/FullHouse'' did so well that it singlehandedly destroyed Creator/BobSaget's reputation for working blue; afterwards, it was kind of jarring watching Danny Tanner make a cameo in ''Film/HalfBaked'' talking about how he sucked dick for coke.[[labelnote:*]]I seen him![[/labelnote]]* Creator/GeorgeCarlin had a sitcom called ''Series/TheGeorgeCarlinShow''. It was a surprisingly mainstream affair compared to Carlin's subversive comedy, which probably caused its early cancellation.* Creator/GeorgeLopez's eponymous series.* ''Series/GraceUnderFire'', based on Brett Butler's stand-up routine.* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' evolved out of Creator/TimAllen's stand-up routine. It wouldn't be surprising if fans of the family-friendly sitcom who weren't familiar with his stand up were shocked at how dirty his routine actually is.* ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', starred Jackie Gleason. An expanded sketch from his VarietyShow.* ''Series/TheHughleys'', starred Creator/DLHughley.* ''Series/TheJeffFoxworthyShow'' is a shorter-lived American example.* ''Series/TheJimGaffiganShow'', starring stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan AsHimself.* ''Series/KenanAndKel'', with Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, previously of sketch show ''Series/AllThat''. * ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'' stars stand-up comic Kevin James.* ''Series/LeadBalloon'' converted Creator/JackDee's miserable stand-up persona into a sitcom.* Creator/LouisCK briefly starred in ''Series/LuckyLouie''. More recently, he starred in ''Series/{{Louie}}'' where he plays himself. * ''Series/{{Martin}}'', starring Creator/MartinLawrence.* ''Series/MasterOfNone'': Creator/AzizAnsari plays a fictionalized version of himself who is an actor and TV show host rather than a comedian. * ''Series/{{Mulaney}}'' has Creator/JohnMulaney as a fictionalized version of himself performing standup as part of the show.* Joel Hodgson had a fairly successful career as a prop comic and magician before creating ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.* ''Series/NotGoingOut'' starring Lee Mack. Also starring Creator/TimVine, who continues the bad puns from his stand-up act.* Hugh Dennis went on to feature in ''Series/{{Outnumbered}}''.* ''Series/PleaseLikeMe'', starring (and written by) Josh Thomas.* ''Series/{{Porridge}}'' and ''Series/OpenAllHours'', both starred Ronnie Barker from ''Series/TheTwoRonnies''.* Chris Barrie, Norman Lovett and Robert Llewellyn of ''Series/RedDwarf''. Though Barrie had done a bit of TV before this show, including sketch/puppet show ''Series/SpittingImage''.* ''Rodney'', starring Southern comedian/singer (and ''Radio/TheBobAndTomShow'' fixture) Rodney Carrington.* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', one of the biggest examples (no fat joke intended). Come on!* ''Series/SanfordAndSon'' was the first of several of these for Redd Foxx, including ''The Redd Foxx Show'' and ''The Royal Family''.* ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram'' is basically Sarah's stand-up persona converted in to a sitcom.* ''Sean's Show'' was a NoFourthWall sitcom vehicle for Creator/SeanHughes.* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' is one of the first shows to keep the main character's profession as a comedian. The original premise for the show was to examine how a comedian gets his material. The early seasons included clips of Jerry doing his stand-up as segues between scenes as if his character had written a bit based on his experience during the episode.* ''Sorry!'', starred Ronnie Corbett from ''The Two Ronnies''.* ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow'' was Steve Harvey's second, and better-known sitcom. His first, ''Series/MeAndTheBoys'' aired on ABC and was cancelled after a few episodes. It also featured another Sit Comic, Cedric the Entertainer.* ''Series/TerryAndJulian'' takes camp comic Creator/JulianClary and puts him in an apartment with a straight bloke. HilarityEnsues.* ''Series/{{Titus}}'', based on Creator/ChristopherTitus' one-man show, ''Norman Rockwell is Bleeding'' (his first comedy special, which touched on living with a highly DysfunctionalFamily and his life as a screwed-up person living in a world of "normal" people). Is considered one of the more successful examples of this trope as far as translating a one-man show into an ensemble comedy (even though it was canceled due to ExecutiveMeddling).* ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'', starring Dawn French of ''Series/FrenchAndSaunders''.* ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'', featuring the kids Gabe Kaplin talked about in his stand up routine.* ''Series/{{Whitney}}'', starring Whitney Cummings.* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' partially evolved from writer/performer Creator/RikMayall's stand-up character and the acts of the other performers. Although it's so busting with skit-based digressions and defiant of continuity, the non-sitcom backgrounds of the writers is very much embraced.* Creator/PaulReubens is an odd example, having turned his unexpectedly successful ''adult'' stage parody of children's television shows into an actual Saturday morning kid's show.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Fictional Examples]]* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had Francine given one of these shows after her successful stand up revival.* This ''almost'' happens to the protagonist (a radio shock jock) in ''Film/TheFisherKing''. Twice.* On the above-mentioned ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', the boys are developing a sitcom based on Jerry's routine.[[/folder]]께----

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