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The Embarrassing Early TV Commercials of Your Favorite Comic Actors

Last week, the folks at Gawker did a bit of celebrity archaeology, discovering a 1993 TV ad for the NRA that featured a very young Molly Shannon. The soon-to-be Mary Catherine reached out to the site, emphasizing that she appeared in the spot when she was — direct quote, with emphasis — “A STRUGGLING ACTRESS,” and while we understand her taking pains to separate the spot from her own views, she’s hardly the first future famous funny person whose early work was only humorous in retrospect, and unintentionally. After the jump, we’ve got early commercials by several of our favorite comic actors — all equally embarrassing.

Tina Fey

Still our all-time favorite, this 1995 ad for Mutual Savings Bank reappeared back in 2010 to remind us that much of 30 Rock’s funniest material was culled from real life.

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