For all the nit-pickers out there, I didn't place only "full-time" comedians on this list. Most comedians have anyway done dramatic roles as well. Anyone who has done sitcoms and/or at least a few comedies is eligible.
Not listed in any particular order.
“ Very funny.
Especially when he wrestles with lions. ” - fedor8
Bill Cosby is one of the world's most well-known entertainers and comedians. William Henry Cosby, Jr. was born on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Anna Pearl (Hite), a maid, and William Henry Cosby, Sr., a U.S. Navy sailor. After tenth grade, Cosby joined the Navy and completed high school through a correspondence course...
“ Totally unfunny.
That awful sugary "sitcom" was the worst thing ever until "Friends" shut up from Hollywood's ever-productive sewers. ” - fedor8
Roseanne Barr's story is one of the most controversial of any actresses. She dropped out of high school when she was 17 years old. After a car accident, she was admitted to a mental institution, claiming she was having nightmares and memory loss. She left the institute less than a year later. Soon after...
“ Not funny, but not terrible either. The annoying high-pitched whine doesn't help matters. ” - fedor8
Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway...
“ Very rarely funny.
Tries to be "smart-ass" but there's just one problem with that: she isn't smart enough. ” - fedor8
Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, USA as Stephen Glenn Martin to Mary Lee (née Stewart; 1913-2002) and Glenn Vernon Martin (1914-1997), a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. He was raised in Inglewood and Garden Grove in California. In 1960, he got a job at the Magic shop of Disney's Fantasyland...
“ Used to be funny, not anymore. You can tell he is trying to be taken seriously as an "artist".
Steve, you're taking this business way too seriously. Loosen up and let go. ” - fedor8
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ Somewhat funny. Sometimes embarrassingly unfunny.
The extreme effort (the over-acting) with which he approaches some scenes makes me suspect that he doubts his own funniness, hence overdoes it. ” - fedor8
Chevy Chase was born Cornelius Crane Chase in Lower Manhattan, New York, to Cathalene Parker (Browning), a concert pianist and librettist, and Edward Tinsley "Ned" Chase, an editor and writer. His parents both came from prominent families, and his grandfathers were artist and illustrator Edward Leigh Chase and admiral Miles Browning...
“ Funny, in spite of the duds he was in. ” - fedor8
A very imaginative mind. ” - fedor8
Jon Stewart was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz in New York City, New York, to Marian (Laskin), a teacher, and Donald Leibowitz, a physics professor. His family is Ashkenazi Jewish (from Austria, Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus). Stewart moved to Lawrenceville, New Jersey during his childhood. He graduated from the College Of William And Mary in Williamsburg...
“ Terminally unfunny.
The speech problem doesn't help either.
Insiders know exactly how and why he made it from an irrelevant MTV clown to where he is now. ” - fedor8
“ Mildly funny monologues, sometimes funny in the sketch bits, quite unfunny and dull during the guest segments. ” - fedor8
Television would never be the same after David Letterman made his second attempt at a television show in 1982. But his career before becoming host of the show was quite an interesting and long one. Letterman was born in Broad Ripple, a neighborhood in Indianapolis. His childhood was relatively unremarkable...
“ Occasionally funny. Better with guests than in the sketch bits and monologues. ” - fedor8
Sacha Baron Cohen
British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born in Israel...
“ Very funny. One of the best on the list. ” - fedor8
Adam Richard Sandler was born September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith (Levine), a teacher at a nursery school, and Stanley Alan Sandler, an electrical engineer. He is of Russian Jewish descent. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club...
“ Rarely funny. One of those commercial comedians who'd make any garbage as long as it makes money. As a result nobody will remember him in 50 years. ” - fedor8
Jack Black was born Thomas Jacob Black in Santa Monica, California, to Judith Love (Cohen) and Thomas William Black, both satellite engineers. He is of British-German (father) and Russian Jewish (mother) ancestry. Black attended the University of California at Los Angeles. While at UCLA, he was a member...
“ Not funny at all. Milking one's obesity for laughs can only get you so far.
Or very far, as is the case with modern comedians. It's embarrassing to watch this clown struggle so much to be funny, but without actually succeeding. Still, it's good enough for the increasingly easy-to-please masses, luckily for him. ” - fedor8
Billy Crystal was born on March 14, 1948 in Long Beach, Long Island, New York. He is the youngest of three sons born to Helen (Gabler) and Jack Crystal. His father was a well-known concert promoter who co-founded Commodore Records and his mother was a homemaker. His family were Jewish immigrants from Russia...
“ Funny. He doesn't have to try very hard, it comes naturally to him. ” - fedor8
Edward Regan Murphy was born April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian, a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer who was also an amateur comedian and actor. After his father died, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at a Breyer's Ice Cream plant. His siblings are Charlie Murphy
and Vernon Lynch
“ Used to be funny. ” - fedor8
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards...
“ Totally unfunny. Perpetual grinning might work with 3 year-olds, not with me.
Possibly the most untalented mega-star along with Affleck, Cage, Ashton, and Schwarzenegger. It's scary to think all of them get hired to do comedy. ” - fedor8
Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color
but leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
, Dumb & Dumber
and The Mask
established him as a bankable comedy actor...
“ Funny. One of very few buffooneric comics that make it work. ” - fedor8
I don't understand how he manages to be so funny while barely changing what APPEARS to be one continuous facial expression. ” - fedor8
Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Betty (Hesney) and Kalman Seinfeld. His father was of Hungarian Jewish descent, while Jerry's maternal grandparents, Salha and Selim Hosni, were Syrian Jewish immigrants (from Aleppo). He moved with his family, including sister Carolyn, to suburban Massepequa...
“ Funny. ” - fedor8
“ Not funny. ” - fedor8
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ Funny, in spite of not being the best actor out there. That's because he basically plays himself. The good dialogue he gives himself covers up for his acting flaws. ” - fedor8
John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he was often tormented for his height...
“ Very funny before, but less now. This is partly due to now accepting any roles that offer decent sums of cash, regardless of how badly written they are. He has become a little too greedy. ” - fedor8
Howard Allan Stern was born on January 12, 1954, in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, to Rae (Schiffman), an inhalation therapist, and Bernard Stern, who co-owned a cartoon/commercial production studio. His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Stern's first radio experience was at Boston University...
“ Funny, but his best days are over. ” - fedor8
Comic brat extraordinaire David Spade was born on July 22, 1964, in Birmingham, Michigan, the youngest of three brothers. He is the son of Judith J. (Meek), a writer and editor, and Wayne M. Spade, a sales rep, and is of German, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. Raised in both Scottsdale (from age four) and Casa Grande...
“ Not particularly funny. ” - fedor8
John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was six...
“ Usually unfunny. ” - fedor8
Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Wilder caught his first big break playing...
“ Very funny. The face and the voice certainly help. One of the best voices in comedy. ” - fedor8
Referred to by some as a dadaistic comedian, Andy Kaufman took comedy and performance art to the edges of irrationality and blurred the dividing line between reality and imagination. Born in New York City on January 17, 1949, the first son of Stanley and Janice Kaufman, Andy grew up on New York in the town of Great Neck...
“ Sometimes funny, sometimes merely interesting. ” - fedor8
Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb. She is the daughter of Betty DeGeneres
(née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. Her brother is musician and producer Vance DeGeneres
. Her parents divorced when she was sixteen years old...
“ Unfunny. That is why she got a talk show.
She tries her best, but sometimes even the best isn't nearly enough. ” - fedor8
“ Never once funny.
If you gave one million Arsenios 500,000 years each to live, you'd still be waiting for any one of them to say something funny. A roll of toilet paper is funnier than those 500,000 Arsenios. ” - fedor8
“ Rarely funny. Too broad for my taste. ” - fedor8
Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born in Washington D.C., to Laura Hawn
(née Steinhoff), a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Rut Hawn
(Edward Rutledge Hawn), a band musician. She has a sister, Patti Hawn
, and a brother, Edward, who died before she was born. She was raised in the Jewish religion...
“ Funny. The best comedienne, possibly. ” - fedor8
“ Very funny. His TV shows are superior to his movie appearances, though. ” - fedor8
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller
and Anne Meara
. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism). It's not surprising that...
“ Rarely funny.
Writer and director, too; that's quite a stretch of his very limited abilities. Spearheads the new generation of weak comedians. ” - fedor8
Self-proclaimed troublemaker Owen Wilson was born in Dallas, to Irish-American parents originally from Massachusetts. He grew up in Texas with his mother, Laura (Cunningham), a photographer; his father, Robert Andrew Wilson, an ad exec; and his brothers, Andrew Wilson
(the eldest) and Luke Wilson
“ Rarely funny. Stiller teams up with Owen and Vaugn so that no-one upstages him. Great for him, not so great for the viewer. ” - fedor8
John Stephen Goodman is a U.S. film, television, and stage actor. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Virginia Roos (Loosmore), a waitress and saleswoman, and Leslie Francis Goodman, a postal worker who died when John was a small child. He is of English, Welsh, and German ancestry. John is best known for his role as Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne (1988-1997)...
“ Funny. ” - fedor8
Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winner Woody Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas, to Diane Lou (Oswald) and Charles Harrelson
. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, and, after receiving degrees in theater arts and English from Hanover College, had a brief stint in New York theater. He was soon cast as Woody on TV series Cheers
“ Funny. Seems to get funnier with age. ” - fedor8
Two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman is one of the most versatile talents in entertainment, with credits including that of actress, creator, writer, executive producer, comedian, and author. Silverman will next be seen in both The Book of Henry and The Lonely Island's Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping...
“ In order to be funny, one has to be at least a little likable. Not the case here.
Unfunny. The poor man's female Stern, all these pathetic attempts at being "shocking". So transparent, and rather lame. The harder she tries the more I cringe.
All comedians need to be at least somewhat exhibitionist and narcissistic, but she takes it to a whole other unacceptable level, and is unable to hide her less savoury personality traits. ” - fedor8
“ Usually funny. One of very few nepotists with some quality. ” - fedor8
Candy was one of Canada's greatest and funniest character actors. His well-known role as the big hearted buffoon earned him classics in Uncle Buck
and Planes, Trains & Automobiles
. His career has handed him some dry spells but Candy always rebounded. Born in Newmarket, Ontario, in the year 1950, Candy was the son of Evangeline (Aker) and Sidney James Candy...
“ Sometimes funny. ” - fedor8
One of SNL's most talented alumni, comedian Dana Carvey reigned supreme during his six-season run creating some of the show's most memorable characters, including "Church Lady", "Garth" of Wayne & Garth fame, Grumpy Old Man and bodybuilding "Hans" of Hans & Franz notoriety. So it is quite bewildering that this sharp and witty writer...
“ Very funny. One of the best stand-up comedians. The movies are a different story. ” - fedor8
Michael John Myers was born in 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario, to Alice E. (Hind), an officer supervisor, and Eric Myers, an insurance agent. His parents were both English, and had served in the Royal Air Force and British Army, respectively. Myers' television career really started in 1988, when he joined Saturday Night Live
“ Sometimes funny, usually when he isn't clowning around too much. ” - fedor8
“ Not funny. The lame Elvis imitations don't help, either. ” - fedor8
If "born to the theater" has meaning in determining a person's life path, then John Lithgow is a prime example of this truth. He was born in Rochester, New York, to Sarah Jane (Price), an actress, and Arthur Washington Lithgow III, who was both a theatrical producer and director. John's father was born in Puerto Plata...
“ Usually funny. ” - fedor8
“ Occasionally funny. ” - fedor8
Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry. Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on Hong Kong's famous Victoria Peak on April 7...
“ Totally unfunny. He uses the Will Smith "perpetual-grinning-so-they-won't-notice-I'm-not-funny" shtick. But that just serves to make him annoying in addition to being unfunny. ” - fedor8
Kevin Pollak was born in San Francisco in 1957, to Elaine (Klein) and Robert Pollak. A stand-up comedy performer at age 10, he turned professional comedian a decade later and was puttering around from city to city when film roles beckoned. Pollak refocused thereafter on acting in what would be a wise and profitable career move...
“ Usually unfunny. A few good imitations, that's about it. ” - fedor8
"I am too old to die young, and too young to grow up," Marty Feldman told a reporter -- a week before he died. This beloved comedian, who poked fun at himself, as well as others, was born Martin Alan Feldman on July 8, 1934, in London, England. His parents were of Ukrainian Jewish heritage (from Kiev)...
“ Sometimes very funny, sometimes totally unfunny. ” - fedor8
Charles Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years...
“ Usually funny.
Proof that comedians don't have to be nice people. ” - fedor8
Timothy Allen Dick was born on June 13, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, USA, to Martha Katherine (Fox) and Gerald M. Dick. His father, a real-estate salesman, was killed in a collision with a drunk driver while driving his family home from a University of Colorado football game, when Tim was eleven years old...
“ Mostly unfunny but not unlikable. ” - fedor8
Hanks climbed back to the top again with his portrayal of a washed-up baseball legend turned manager in A League of Their Own (1992). Hanks has stated that his acting in earlier roles was not great, but that he subsequently improved. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hanks noted his "modern era of movie making ...
“ Unfunny. He makes it look forced - and that's because it is. He is the anti-natural for comedy.
Some of you might have forgotten that he used to be just a bad comedian before he became a bad dramatic actor, with two Oscars honouring his lack of talent. ” - fedor8
Born of a prominent Irish journalist in Dublin, Ireland, Dave Allen started out working and touring through English theatres and night clubs. Only occasionally working on radio, he made his first TV appearance on the BBC's "New Faces." He managed to tour with The Beatles
while they were still starting out and soon managed to get an eight-month TV engagement called Tonight with Dave Allen
“ Funny. ” - fedor8
Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Lorraine Hélène (Gougeon), a secretary from a French-Canadian family, and Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer who advised prime minister Pierre Trudeau
. Aykroyd attended Carleton University in 1969, where he majored in Criminology and Sociology...
“ Used to be funny. Now he just seems grumpy, and he seems to take himself too seriously, which is annoying and only contributes to the weak humour. ” - fedor8
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees in electrical engineering...
“ As Mr. Bean utterly unfunny, whereas in "Black Adder" (2 to 4) funny. John Cleese is quite clearly a huge influence for him, this is abundantly clear whenever he plays sarcastic (i.e. non-goofy) characters, during which he often imitates him. ” - fedor8
James Belushi was born June 15, 1954, in Chicago, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. The third of four children - his brother was John Belushi
- he grew up in Wheaton...
“ Usually unfunny, but he does try very hard. ” - fedor8
“ Very funny. One of the best. ” - fedor8
Melvin James Kaminsky was born on June 28th, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to television...
“ Rarely funny. Milked the utmost out of his almost non-existent talents. A good example of a savvy businessman making it in show-biz as a (bad) actor. ” - fedor8
Graham Chapman was born on January 8, 1941 in Leicester, England while a Germain air raid was in progress. Graham's father was a chief police inspector and probably inspired the constables Graham often portrayed later in comedy sketches. Graham studied medicine in college and earned an M.D., but he practiced medicine for only a few years...
“ Funny. ” - fedor8
Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. His father was a bank clerk, mother - mistress of the house. He has an older brother, Nigel Jones
(1940-). He studied at St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford University. In 1965, with his friend Michael Palin
, he made The Late Show
for television, which was his first success...
“ Very funny.
Especially when he plays pushovers. ” - fedor8
Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, playwright, director and songwriter. Co-creator of Monty Python on TV, stage and five films, including The Life of Brian and The Holy Grail, which latter he adapted for the stage with John Du Prez as Monty Python's Spamalot, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005...
“ Funny. ” - fedor8
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 himself as a major young talent...
“ Sometimes funny. ” - fedor8
“ Very rarely funny. Strictly blue-collar, white trash humour. Takes cheap shots at invalids and the like. ” - fedor8
Rodney Dangerfield was born Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921 in Deer Park, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. He was the son of Dorothy "Dotty" (Teitelbaum) and Phillip Cohen, who performed in vaudeville under the name Phil Roy. His father was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, and his mother was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant...
“ Usually funny. ” - fedor8
The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who conducted his business in the fashionable Rue de Castellane and had taken a Dutch-Italian woman...
“ Unfunny (French humour). ” - fedor8
“ Rarely funny. ” - fedor8
“ Extremely unfunny. Hence the talk show.
Unfunny - and he knows it. You can sometimes sense when crap comedians are aware or at least suspect they aren't being funny, and are relying on people with no sense of humour to carry their careers through. Fortunately for them, most of the movie-goers and TV couch potatoes fall into that category. ” - fedor8
Jimmy Fallon was born in 1974 in Brooklyn, New York, to Gloria (Feeley) and Jimmy Fallon. He is of Irish, German, and Norwegian descent. He was raised in Saugerties, New York, which is in upstate New York. He has performed stand up, impressions and characters across the country, in some of the biggest comedy clubs...
“ Unfunny. Perhaps a tad too cheerful. That gets kind of annoying when you're not funny. ” - fedor8
Al Franken is best known for nearly two decades of work on Saturday Night Live
. During that time he wrote, performed in and produced hundreds of sketches, including "Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley" and "The Final Days," a piece about the last days of Richard Nixon
's presidency. A noted political commentator and satirist...
“ Rarely funny. He should have stayed in that "Trading Places" gorilla suit. ” - fedor8
Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson
has characterised her friend as "90 percent gay...
“ Only mildly funny.
Fry tries to milk his unusual face for comedic effect, but that can get you only so far. ” - fedor8
Janeane, the petite woman with the acerbic wit, was born in Newton, New Jersey, in 1964, to Joan, a secretary, and Carmine Garofalo, an Exxon executive. She is of Italian and Irish descent. Janeane had many jobs before breaking into show biz. She worked as a bike messenger, a shoe salesperson, waitress and temp secretary...
“ Only funny in the "Larry Sanders Show". Otherwise hopeless, especially her stand-up routine which is third-rate. ” - fedor8
Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and went on to study at University College, London, where he gained a degree in Philosophy...
“ Funny in his TV series, but much funnier in stand-up. Not to mention when he's prodding Karl Pilkington.
One of the very best stand-ups. A natural. ” - fedor8
At the young age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City and, after a few short years, became known around town as "the comedian's comedian". After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late-night comedy show...
“ Occasionally funny. I've rarely been drawn to shouting humour. ” - fedor8
Comedian Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England, the fifth of seven sons of Avis (Townes), light opera singer, and William Henry Hope, a stonemason from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. His maternal grandmother was Welsh. Hope moved to Bristol before emigrating with his parents to the US in 1908...
“ Unfunny. Old-school comedy stinks usually. ” - fedor8
Russell Brand was born on June 4, 1975, in Grays, Essex, England, the son of Barbara Elizabeth (Nichols) and Ronald Henry Brand, a photographer. An only child, his parents divorced when he was only six months old, and he was subsequently raised by his mother. Enduring a difficult childhood that saw...
“ Unfunny, sometimes to the point of being embarrassingly bad.
Having funny hair, an affected voice, or silly clothes doesn't necessarily make one funny. In fact, those all act as distractions to cover up for his fairly mediocre talents. He is different though; at least that's something. ” - fedor8
U.S.-born actor, director, writer, musician, and composer best known for his mockumentaries, poking fun at heavy metal music, small town theatre, dog shows, folk music and film-making itself, Christopher Haden-Guest was born February fifth, 1948, in New York City. His mother, Jean Pauline (Hindes), was a vice president of casting at CBS...
“ Funny. The antidote to scream humour. ” - fedor8
Although his parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began appearing in a long series of shorts; his debut film was Outwitting Dad
“ Funny. ” - fedor8
Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson on the 16th of June in Ulverston, Cumbria in England, 1890. His father was a vaudeville performer and this led Arthur to being a stage performer too. He didn't get much schooling and this led to the joining of Fred Karno
's Troupe where Arthur understudied the future star...
“ Funny. ” - fedor8
Phil Hartman was born Philip Edward Hartmann on September 24, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His surname was originally "Hartmann", but he later dropped the second "n". He was one of eight children of Doris Marguerite (Wardell) and Rupert Loebig Hartmann, a salesman. He was of German, Irish, and English descent...
“ Funny. ” - fedor8
He was born Alfred Hawthorn Hill. It was his grandfather who introduced him to Burlesque Shows and the theatre from where the young Benny Hill was to draw much of his comic inspiration. After his national service with the army during WW2, Benny came to London, adopted the stage name Benny Hill (in homage to his all time favourite comedian Jack Benny
) and began appearing in variety shows...
“ Usually funny. ” - fedor8
Seth was born Seth Benjamin Gesshel-Green in Overbrook Park, Philadelphia, to teachers Barbara (Gesshel) and Herbert Green. He has worked non-stop as an actor in film and television since he was seven. Seth and Matthew Senreich
created/executive produced/wrote and directed the Emmy-winning, Robot Chicken
I have no idea how this guy made it.
Actually, I do, but I'll keep quiet about it. ” - fedor8
Best-known for his surreal and digressive stand-up, British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962, in Aden, Yemen, where his English parents -- Dorothy Ella, a nurse and midwife, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant -- worked for British Petroleum. Izzard worked as a street...
“ Usually not funny, but occasionally hilarious. ” - fedor8
Vincent Anthony Vaughn was born on March 28, 1970, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and was raised in Lake Forest, Illinois. His parents are Vernon Vaughn
, a salesman, and Sharon Vaughn
(née Sharon Eileen DePalmo), a real-estate agent and stockbroker. They divorced in 1991. He has two older sisters...
“ Rarely funny. But likable.
But is being likable enough? Not really, but it's better than being unlikable AND unfunny - as is the case with all the Schwimmers of the movie and TV world. ” - fedor8
“ Somewhat funny. ” - fedor8
“ Sometimes funny. ” - fedor8
Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray
, Joel Murray
“ Very funny.
Or used to be. Now he wastes his time on "meaningful", pseudo-artistic dramas that nobody will remember in a few decades. The "comic's complex" is something Bill has been afflicted with since the 80s. He even tried to make "Groundhog Day" more dramatic than comedic, but was prevented from doing this by director Ramis. This is why some actors should just do their job and not argue with the director. ” - fedor8
Adam Carolla was born in Los Angeles but raised in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and later North Hollywood. His mother was a recipient of welfare with a degree in Chicano studies, his dad was a psychologist, and he got where he is today, he says, in spite of them. After Adam graduated from North Hollywood High School...
“ Funny. One of the intelligent few. ” - fedor8
Don Knotts, the legendary television character actor, was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to William Jesse Knotts and the former Elsie L. Moore. He was the youngest of four sons in a family that had been in America since the 17th century. His first stint as an entertainer was as a ventriloquist...
“ Unfunny. ” - fedor8
Christopher Ashton Kutcher was born on February 7, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Diane (Finnegan), who was employed at Procter & Gamble, and Larry Kutcher, a factory worker. He has a fraternal twin brother, Michael, and a sister, Tausha. He is of Czech (father) and Irish, German, and Czech (mother) descent...
“ Abysmally unfunny.
Ashton seems to firmly believe that shouting and yelling can make up for a total and utter lack of talent. He just makes it even worse that way.
Possibly the absolute worst on this list. But it's a close call, because Schwimmer is here too. I am amazed that he is a leading "comic" these days - but then again I'm not; the current crop of movie comedian A-listers is fairly bad.
Next to him, Ben Stiller is a giant of comedy. ” - fedor8
“ A great example of how vegans struggle with comedy.
Unfunny. ” - fedor8
“ Occasionally funny. ” - fedor8
Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for Cambridge (1980)...
“ Usually unfunny. Too much cheesy buffoonery. Much better when he's subtle. ” - fedor8
Rik Mayall, one of the first and foremost alternative comedians in the UK, was born in a village called Matching Tye, just outside Harlow in Essex. His parents, John and Gillian were both drama teachers. His acting debut was at the age of seven when he appeared in one of his father's stage plays. He met his comedy partner and best friend Adrian "Ade" Edmondson at Manchester University in 1975...
“ Sometimes funny, sometimes totally unfunny. ” - fedor8
“ Unfunny. ” - fedor8
Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers Country Day School...
“ Needed Walter Matthau to be funny, otherwise a hit-and-miss affair. ” - fedor8
A comedian actor and writer, born in Belgrade 1962, where he studied law, but he didn't graduate. A regular member of Indexovo Pozoriste (Index Theater), the theater shows in which he and his crew make jokes about Serbian politicians. He is also one of the founders of agency "Tim Talenata". He played leads in such shows with his Indexovo Pozoriste...
“ One of the funniest people on this list, this Serbian comic. Ironically, also quite possibly the least known - at least to international audiences.
If Micko (the nickname he is known by) had been born an American or a Brit, he would have been one of the most well-known comedians of all time. ” - fedor8
Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis. In addition to the duo's popular nightclub work...
“ Only funny in 2-3 movies. In the rest, a third-rate clown. ” - fedor8