Carrey was allowed to do stand-up routines in class at the end of the school day, assuming he kept quiet prior to then. He made his stand-up debut at the Yuk-Yuk's comedy club in Toronto. According to him, it was awful. He would quickly improve, however.
In 1979 Carrey moved to Los Angeles. In no time at all he became a regular at the world famous Comedy Store, and was an opening act for legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield. He would soon transition into acting.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was Carrey's breakthrough role, but he had many other acting parts before landing the film. He appeared in the sitcom The Duck Factory as well as films Once Bitten, Peggy Sue Got Married, and Earth Girls Are Easy. He impressed his costar on the last film, Damon Wayans, so much he helped him land a role on In Living Color, which boosted his profile.
After Ace Ventura, Carrey was in high demand. He appeared in Liar, Liar, The Mask and Dumb & Dumber all within a little over a year. Due to the smashing success of each film, he was paid $20 million to appear in The Cable Guy. He was the first actor in Hollywood to be paid this much.
Jim Carrey is known for bringing smiles to children's faces, but he has excellent range. He is the only actor to ever play both The Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge. He can be as villainous as he is charming.
It's always fascinating to learn which famous people are friends with each other. Here's one that might blow your mind: Jim Carrey was friends with Tupac Shakur. When Tupac was in prison, Carrey would send him funny letters to try to cheer him up.
Finally, Carrey isn't just a goofball onscreen. He once donned Jenny McCarthy's bathing suit to the delight (and horror) of photographers. He's definitely one of the good ones. Meeting him won't ruin your day.