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Jim Carrey gives emotional commencement speech

Jim Carrey Tells Graduates Don't Fail At What You Don't Want

Some of the articles introduced him as funnyman Jim Carrey, so you knew he was going to get some jokes in. But Carrey got notably serious and philosophical during a college graduation speech over the weekend about being a comedian.

Carrey spoke to the graduates at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, a school perhaps best known for teaching meditation.

WHO-TV has the video of CARREY: "I want to thank the trustees, the administrators, the faculty of MUM ... as well as enabling the students through transcendental meditation and ancient Vedic knowledge to slack off twice a day for an hour-and-a-half." (Via )

Carrey's speech turned inspirational from there as he talked about his father - an incredibly funny, though not particularly adventurous man. Carrey told the students he chose comedy as a career path after watching his father shy away out of fear.

CARREY: "My father could've been a great comedian, but he didn't believe that that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job."

New York Daily News mentions with his father out of work, Carrey went on to describe his family doing whatever it took to survive. The New York Daily News quotes him saying, "I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love." (Via)

As you might imagine based on his remarks, Carrey is a big proponent of meditation.

The Hollywood Reporter mentions Maharishi University gave the comedian an honorary doctorate as part of the graduation ceremonies.

WHO-TV reports so many people showed up to hear Carrey's commencement speech the school had to set up overflow rooms and video feeds. We're assuming the 285 graduates will consider it a speech to remember.

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teeveequeen May 27 2014 at 11:37 AM

these liberal colleges amaze me ...

they want has-beens like Jim Carrey and reject Condi Rice !!!

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cla.connie May 27 2014 at 10:52 AM

A mental case giving a commencement speech. LMAO I guess Archie or Jughead was not available.

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toddpugz cla.connie May 27 2014 at 8:24 PM

Pee-dippy had a prior engagement.

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KATHE BROWN cla.connie May 27 2014 at 10:12 PM


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foxx1952 May 27 2014 at 11:12 AM

Hes about as Funny as a Dead Dog,He is a BIG ,OBAMA boy , And thats not funny at all .

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mshrug May 27 2014 at 11:16 AM

Can't say I agree with his message to young people that since no job is secure, you might as well do what ever you want, that's an entitlement mentality. And "take a chance" for how long? 5 years....10 years? How do you sustain yourself in the meantime? There are too many young people out there waiting tables, tending bar and parking cars waiting for their "big break" and never get it. Like a lot of Hollywood celebrities, I don't think he understands how lucky he is and that it's not just about having initiative.

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fullsrvlaw May 27 2014 at 11:34 AM

I can't get over how many unkind people are commenting about Jim Carrey.

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b_grossman1 May 27 2014 at 10:56 AM

No longer funny! Why would anyone take him seriously. Just another rich hollyweed nobody!

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Dr. Cal Harris May 27 2014 at 11:07 AM

I really enjoy Jim's very high energy, silly (sometimes annoying) and well timed humor; always get a good laugh out of his movies. I am proud of him for overcoming the many challenges that have plagued him and kept right on performing.

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LewTag May 27 2014 at 10:42 AM

I don't think Jim Carrey is funny....but then I don't think any modern comics are funny....

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manfrombighorn May 27 2014 at 12:09 PM

Light up. people. Is it wrong to be a comedian? Carrey feel honored to be invited for a speech. Chill out, cynics.

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write2chance May 27 2014 at 1:00 PM

Carrey is a washed up "has been" that believes Obamas BS. What a worthless subject on the news.

P.s. For all you whiners out there crying about the "haters"....get real.

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