Heard it mentioned on a tv program about the history of comedy that there must've been something in the water in the 1970s as Sarah Silverman, Adam Sandler and Seth Meyers are all close in age, all grew up in the Granite State and all have had/are having major careers in comedy.

BUT, it got me thinking, while these folks are fairly well-known New Hamshirites, are there some other famous folks we might not all know are from NH?

So in order of my personal surprise here are 9 from the Granite State (either born or lived in), with many on the list found through Famous Birthdays:

9. Director Brian De Palma, whose films include the often quoted 1983 picture "Scarface."

8. Stephanie Birkitt, who was a long-time assistant to David Letterman, often appeared as a comic muse on camera for the "Late Show" on CBS and eventually left the program when a 2009 extortion attempt on Letterman occurred.

7. Earl Tupper, the chemist who's plastics work led to "Tupperware"

6. Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States from 1853 to 1857

5. Author Dan Brown, whose credits include the best selling "Da Vinci Code"

4. Journalist PJ O'Rourke, who has been a well-known long-time political satirist and opinion maker

3. Actress Perrey Reeves, who memorably appeared as "Mrs Ari" in the HBO series "Entourage"

2. Tom Bergeron, longtime TV host, whose credits include "Dancing with the Stars" and "America's Funniest Home Videos"

1. Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut in space

For an even more comprehensive list and to learn more about these folks, check out Famous Birthdays here.

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