Justin Gray rounds up the late bloomers of stand-up. On the late Ron Shock, who only took to the stage at the age of 40:
[His] accomplishments before starting his stand-up career include student of the priesthood, car thief, member of the chain gang, prison inmate, and vice president of a Fortune 500 company (MacMillan publishers). So, yeah, this guy had shit to say. Drawing upon this remarkable resume, Shock shot up the comedy ranks pretty quickly.