Favorite Comedians

by FullMoonHowl | created - 23 Apr 2011 | updated - 23 Apr 2011 | Public

1. George Carlin

Actor | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Born and raised by his mother in Manhattan, New York City. His parents divorced when he was two months. His mother (as well as his father) worked in marketing, where they met. The long hours the mother worked left the young George by himself for long hours every day, providing him (in his own words...

2. Richard Pryor

Actor | Superman III

Highly influential, and always controversial, African-American actor/comedian who was equally well known for his colorful language during his live comedy shows, as for his fast paced life, multiple marriages and battles with drug addiction. He has been acknowledged by many modern comic artist's as ...

3. Lewis Black

Actor | Inside Out

Lewis Black was born on August 30, 1948 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA as Lewis Niles Black. He is an actor and producer, known for Inside Out (2015), Accepted (2006) and Man of the Year (2006).

4. Redd Foxx

Actor | Sanford and Son

Redd Foxx began doing stand-up comedy on the infamous "Chitlin' Circuit" in the 1940s and 1950s. Foxx was one of the premier "blue humor" comedians. Blue humor was very dirty, too dirty for white audiences. For years his party albums were not available in white record stores. In the 1960s his ...

5. Stephen Lynch

Actor | The Survivalist

Stephen Lynch was born on July 28, 1971 in Abington, Pennsylvania, USA as Stephen Andrew Lynch. He has been married to Erin Dwight since September 6, 2003.

6. Dave Chappelle

Writer | Chappelle's Show

Dave Chappelle's career started while he was in high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC where he studied theatre arts. At the age of 14, he began performing stand-up comedy in nightclubs. Shortly after graduation, he moved to New York City where he quickly established ...

7. Sam Kinison

Actor | Back to School

Sam Kinison was born on December 8, 1953 in Yakima, Washington, USA as Samuel Burl Kinison. He was an actor and writer, known for Back to School (1986), Married with Children (1986) and Savage Dawn (1985). He was married to Malika Kinison, Terry Marze and Patricia Adkins. He died on April 10, 1992 ...

8. Bo Burnham

Writer | Bo Burnham: what.

Bo Burnham was born on August 21, 1990 in Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA as Robert Burnham. He is an actor and writer, known for Bo Burnham: what. (2013), The Big Sick (2017) and Eighth Grade (2018).

9. Greg Giraldo

Actor | Common Law

Greg Giraldo was born on December 10, 1965 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Gregory C. Giraldo. He was a writer and actor, known for Common Law (1996), Z Rock (2008) and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn (2002). He was married to MaryAnne McAlpin-Giraldo. He died on September 29, 2010 in New ...

10. Norm MacDonald

Actor | Billy Madison

MacDonald was born Norman Gene MacDonald in Québec City, Québec on October 17, 1959. He began his career in stand-up comedy. MacDonald's first job was writing for The Dennis Miller Show (1992) and then Roseanne (1988). While writing for Roseanne (1988), he was noticed by Lorne Michaels, who liked ...

11. Doug Benson

Actor | The LEGO Batman Movie

Doug Benson was born on July 2, 1962 in San Diego, California, USA as Douglas Steven Benson. He is an actor and producer, known for The LEGO Batman Movie (2017), You're the Worst (2014) and How I Met Your Mother (2005).

12. Josh Blue

Actor | Feast III: The Happy Finish

Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in cerebral palsy, Josh Blue exploded onto the national comedy scene capturing the laughter and admiration of millions as the winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing (2003). Most recently, Josh debuted a new one-hour Showtime special Josh Blue: ...

13. Chris Rock

Actor | Top Five

Christopher Julius Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Rosalie (Tingman), a teacher and social worker for the mentally handicapped, and Julius Rock, a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman, whose own father was a preacher.


14. Cheech Marin

Actor | Born in East L.A.

Cheech Marin was born on July 13, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Anthony Marin. He is an actor, known for Born in East L.A. (1987), Tin Cup (1996) and Up in Smoke (1978). He has been married to Natasha Rubin since August 8, 2009. He was previously married to Patti Heid and Rikki ...

15. Tommy Chong

Actor | Up in Smoke

Tommy Chong was born on May 24, 1938 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada as Thomas B. Kin Chong. He is an actor, known for Up in Smoke (1978), Zootopia (2016) and Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980). He has been married to Shelby Chong since 1975. They have four children. He was previously married to ...

16. Rodney Carrington

Actor | Beer for My Horses

Rodney Carrington was born on October 19, 1968 in Longview, Texas, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Beer for My Horses (2008), Rodney (2004) and AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (2005). He was previously married to Terri.