The 20 Funniest People Alive

I know comedy is very subjective, but this list, i think, displays the funniest minds in the world.
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Ricky Gervais
Writer, The Office
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...
“ An amazing comic. Not just for his stand up, but for TV shows and films such as The Office (UK), Extras, Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying. ” - Jark13
 
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Rowan Atkinson
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...
“ Legend of comedy since the mid 1980's and still going strong. Known for Blackadder, Mr Bean, Johnny English and an amazing stand up routine. ” - Jark13
 
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“ Funniest Australian on the planet. The only Person in this list for just their stand up comedy. ” - Jark13
 
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John Cleese
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...
“ Absolute veteran of comedy. Monty Python, Faulty Towers etc. ” - Jark13
 
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Seth MacFarlane
Writer, Ted
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister, Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He is of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and descends from Mayflower passengers...
“ Writer/Creator/Producer of Family guy, nuff said. ” - Jark13
 
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Simon Pegg
English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He later took his stepfather's surname, "Pegg". He was educated...
“ There isnt much simon Pegg hasnt done. Written a successful sit-com (Spaced), acted in so many others, Written films such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul. And was recently in Mission Impossible 4. ” - Jark13
 
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Mike Myers
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...
“ Would have been in the Top five if he had done anything in the last 4 or 5 years. ” - Jark13
 
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Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders was born July 6th 1958 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, UK. She attended Central School of Speech and Drama where she met her comedy partner Dawn French. Like many of the early 80s groundbreaking "alternative" comedians she began her career as comedienne/actress/writer with Dawn French at "The Comedy Store" in London...
“ Absolutely Fabulous ” - Jark13
 
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“ Angry Boys, Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes ” - Jark13
 
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Ben Stiller
Producer, Zoolander
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...
 
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“ Won the Perrier award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1994 with a double act with Colin Lane. The two created an outstanding stand up act as well as two stage shows - 'The Island' and 'Goodbye' - as well as a sitcom - Adventures of Lano and Woodley - The two split up and now frank has toured the world with shows such as 'Possessed' and "Bemusment Park" ” - Jark13
 
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Matt Groening
Writer, The Simpsons
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Matt Groening did not particularly like school, which is what originally turned him towards drawing. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Los Angeles and started drawing a comic strip named "Life in Hell", which eventually became published in the newspaper where he worked. In 1988...
“ Simpsons ” - Jark13
 
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Dylan Moran
Irish comedian Dylan Moran was born in Navan, County Meath in 1971. Leaving school without any qualifications at age 16, Moran quickly became attracted to stand-up comedy and debuted, in 1992, at a comedy club in Dublin, The Comedy Cellar. A year later, he won the Channel Four comedy newcomer's "So You Think You're Funny" award at the Edinburgh Festival...
 
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Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey is known for his sharp wit and classic sense of humor. he is most famous for being in Never Mind The Buzzcocks, celebrity game-show in which he is a team captain. Bill is a stand up comedian, and has also starred in cult comedies such as Spaced and of course Black Books. He was given the award for the "best stand-up" at the British comedy awards.
 
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“ The IT Crowd, Black Books, Father Ted ” - Jark13