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Zach Braff goes to Bristol University - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 4th 2008 1:01PM
Zach Braff on ESPN adOne of the things that helps me keep my cool when I meet or speak to celebrities is the knowledge that at one time, they were just another person struggling to keep his or her head above water, just like everyone else. Take Zach Braff, for example: it wasn't too long ago that Zach was just another struggling actor and not one of the highest-paid stars on TV. And, thanks to the fun that is the interwebs, we can find evidence of that very easily.

The video after the jump is from a commercial for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown show, which looks like it was from 1998 or so. At the time, those wacky guys at the Worldwide Leader were referring to themselves as "Bristol University" (the network is located in Bristol, CT), and this particular ad shows student registration for classes like "History of the AFC Central Division 1994-1997," taught by Chris Berman. But the most popular class is the one taught by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (of course), and Braff is one of the students who get to ask the cheerleaders about the class' content. You can see some elements here of what made him a good choice to play J.D. on Scrubs three years later. It's just too bad that class doesn't exist ...

[Thanks to Adam C. for the tip.]

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is that kevin connolly next to Braff?

June 05 2008 at 6:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ESPN had done a lot of funny promos/ads, but I always thought the Bristol U stuff was a little subpar.

Forget Braff though, that guy asking if he can buy the cheerleader's used uniform is the highlight of this spot.

June 04 2008 at 7:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this commercial was actually filmed at my high school Bristol Eastern

June 04 2008 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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