Before They Were Stars: Rowan Atkinson in “Canned Laughter”

Well, this is a rare treat for Rowan Atkinson fans. In 1979, he made his first major television appearance in Canned Laugher, a one-off sitcom pilot where Atkinson played three different characters during the course of episode. Of course, you can some early seeds planted here for the Mr. Bean character, particularly during the opening scenes where Atkinson wakes up, starts shaving and frantically runs out of his apartment, which totally resemble the sketch where Mr. Bean visits the dentist.

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