Personality is a big factor when it comes to being a good bartender. Knowing how to interact with customers, and communicating with them properly really shape the drinkers’ experience at the bar. With that being said, many famous comedians and actors have had “Bartender” on their resume at one point in their lives. It is a mystery whether these celebs’ martinis were sippable or not, but it is safe to say their communication skills earned them a few decent tips.
Shortly after Sandra Bullock moved to New York City to launch her acting career, she took up bartending to pay the bills. Bullock actually attributes bartending to helping her with acting because of the many customers’ accents. “I learned a lot of accents as a bartender,” she told the AP. “A lot of girls came in looking for rich husbands. I learned to imitate them.” After three years of bartending and practicing accents, she finally landed a major role in the hit film Speed.
Comedian Bill Cosby got a bartending job at a local cafe in Philadelphia to help pay for his Temple University education. Cosby never intended on becoming a comedian, but his job as bartender told him otherwise. Cosby’s bartending gig showed him he had a knack for making people laugh, and he became known as the “funny bartender” by customers. Thanks to bartending, he was able to discover he was a natural at entertaining people and making them laugh uncontrollably. Soon the “funny bartender” was no longer bartending, but rather performing stand-up comedy shows.
Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is also no stranger to the world of bartending. In fact, she spoke at the graduation ceremony for the National Bartender School in California. Starting off bartending in the city of New Orleans, DeGeneres used this as a way to support herself financially before making it big as a comedian.
Talk show host Jon Stewart was once a struggling bartender at legendary City Gardens in Trenton, New Jersey. When entertainment news site Vulture asked Stewart what inspired him to get out of Trenton, he replied with “…I was thinking, ‘Fuck, man. This could be it. This could be life.’” The crazy punk scene at City Gardens made him come to the realization that he wanted to do more with his life, which inspired him to pursue comedy. The success of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which has been airing on TV since 1996, shows Stewart’s drive to make a good life for himself.
Actress Maria Bello was in her natural habitat when she played the role of bartender owner in film Coyote Ugly because she already had previous bartending experience. Coyote Ugly, which was set in a New York City bar, was not a far stretch from the reality that Bello once lived. Bello started bartending in Manhattan to make a living, while she was trying to pursue her acting dreams.
These big shot celebrities sure found their calling, but that just goes to show you, you never know who your bartender could be!
by Brielle Silletti
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