What can you tell me about the comedian Carrot Top? I loved his commercials for AT&T.
—Anna R., Fairmont, W.Va.
Born in Florida, where his NASA-scientist father worked at Cape Canaveral teaching moon-bound astronauts to drive the lunar exploration craft, Scott Thompson first took up surfing, then stand-up comedy, as a student at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He eventually adopted his colorful stage name "because it was the only thing people used to call me that you can say on TV." After working his way up the comedy-circuit ladder, Carrot Top became a household name through his goofy spots for 1-800-CALL-ATT. He says his famously unruly coif, his trademark, is easy to style. "It's just wake and shake," he says.