After years of cameo appearances in movies ("Bad Santa") and on television ("My Name is Earl"), Billy Gardell has finally made it big while starring in the CBS smash hit "Mike & Molly."

After years of cameo appearances in movies ("Bad Santa") and on television ("My Name is Earl"), Billy Gardell has finally made it big while starring in the CBS smash hit "Mike & Molly."

But, in addition to practicing his acting skills, Gardell has also been a dedicated stand-up comedian, working venues across the country for more than two decades. He has even opened for the legendary George Carlin.

It's really no surprise his down-to-Earth routine is now selling out theaters, as it's the crux of his character's charm on "Mike & Molly." As with most stand-up stars, it seems Americans just needed to see him regularly on their televisions before they realized how funny he could be in person.