Joe Kohen/WireImageFrom The Lonely Island to Tenacious D to Flight Of The Conchords, the separate worlds of comedy and music continue to keep colliding but some funnymen and funnywomen prefer to keep their two distinctive talents separate. Here's a look at five comedians-turned-musicians who left the jokes behind when they stepped inside the recording studio.
Hugh LaurieWhile those outside the UK will know him best as grumpy doctor House or the father in Stuart Little, Hugh Laurie started his career as one half of a hugely popular comic partnership with Stephen Fry. After performing in charity covers outfit Band From TV, he then launched a surprisingly popular New Orleans blues-inspired solo career, reaching the US Top 30 with both 2011's Let Them Talk and 2013 follow-up Didn't It Rain.
Eddie MurphyDespite a debut produced by funk legend Rick James, a follow-up produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers and a third featuring a duet with none other than Michael Jackson, Eddie Murphy's pop career is only ever remembered for the enjoyably ridiculous US No.2 hit, "Party All The Time." Perhaps wisely giving the whole acting malarkey a rest having picked up four Razzie nominations in six years, he's now hoping to change all that with an equally baffling reggae-led collaboration with Snoop Dogg.
Steve MartinHaving showcased his banjo skills on his late '70s/early '80s comedy albums, Steve Martin then picked up a Grammy Award in 2009 when he released his first entirely musical studio effort, The Crow: New Songs For The 5-String Banjo. A recent joint effort with Edie Brickell, Love Has Come For You, almost cracked the US Top 20.
Tracey UllmanWhile there was undoubtedly a kitsch element to Tracey Ullman's retro pop covers, the British comedienne played her music career mostly straight, even reaching the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic with a rendition of Kirsty MacColl's "They Don’t Know" before packing in her singing ambitions following the commercial disappointment of 1984's You Caught Me Out.
Childish GambinoFormerly a writer on 30 Rock, Donald Glover then found fame in front of the camera as Troy Barnes on Community before defying all the odds and making that rare successful transition from TV to hip-hop with two acclaimed mixtapes and a nerd-embracing concept album, Camp, under the moniker of Childish Gambino.
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Wilson was asked to perform at the 25th anniversary gala benefit for the Children's Health Fund by gig organiser Paul Simon and he suggested Hanks join her at the gig.
The Oscar winner will play guitar as his talented wife sings Baby, I'm Yours - and he admits his participation in the charity event has made him a much more competent strummer.
Speaking to U.S. TV personality Katie Couric at Wednesday's (03Oct12) rehearsals, Hanks said, "I knew that I was gonna have trouble at home and then I would come here and all the experts would give me short cuts... I find that now I'm playing about twice as many chords as I was playing at home. I was laying off an awful lot of them."
Simon and his wife Edie Brickell will also perform at the show, as will James Taylor and his partner Kim and actor and banjo player Steve Martin.
The gig will raise funds for mobile healthcare units in America's poorest communities.