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Carrot Top bringing his show to IP on Dec. 11

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BILOXI -- For more than 20 years, comic Scott "Carrot Top" Thompson has been entertaining audiences through various residencies in Las Vegas. Thompson has been doing shows six nights a week at the Luxor Hotel for the past decade.

In December, the prop comic will forgo a weeklong vacation from the Luxor and get back to his comedy roots by playing five shows on the road.

The first of those shows will touch down at the IP Resort and Casino on Dec.11.

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"I didn't know what touring again would be like until we started dabbling in it and doing it,"Thompson said. "I feel like the Vegas gig is a desk job -- I get there at 6:30 and do my show and go home at 10:30. This changes up the routine. I think on the road, people are familiar with what I do and they know what to expect."

A native of Florida, Thompson began performing while he was a freshman at Florida Atlantic University. He made his first appearance on "The Tonight Show" in 1992 and he was on Jay Leno's final night as the host of the "Tonight Show" in 2014.

Although he has become well-known for his comedic antics on television and in movies, Thompson also is an advocate against bullying, and he works closely with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.

"I understand bullying," he said."There wouldn't be a Carrot Top if I hadn't been bullied as a child."

Thompson said he became interested in bullying prevention when his road manager disclosed that his child was being bullied

at school.

"Bullying is getting worse, because they aren't just doing it at school," Thompson said. "Now they are being bullied on social media, as well."

Having helped with children's charities such as the Ronald McDonald House for years, Thompson said he was no stranger to helping others. To help bring more awareness to bullying, he started the Together Against Bullying (TAG) campaign through PACER.

"Since I was always around celebrities, I came up with this idea of "tagging" people with stickers," he said. "We started putting the tags at different venues or in dressing rooms and on celebrities. It's really cool. We're just trying to raise some awareness and people can donate to it as well."

Thompson would not say who or what will be getting "tagged" in Biloxi, but he did say that he enjoys performing on the Coast.

"We always have some great shows in Biloxi" he said."I've always enjoyed that part of the country, because I think it's so beautiful. The whole Coast from Mississippi to Florida is always fun to play."

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