Top 40 Current Stand-Up Comedians

by mason-pipes | last updated - 04 May 2013 | Public

1. 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 ...

2. Louis C.K.

Writer | Louie

Louis C.K. was born on September 12, 1967 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Louis Szekely. He is a writer and producer, known for Louie (2010), American Hustle (2013) and Horace and Pete (2016). He was previously married to Alix Bailey.

3. Bill Burr

Actor | Stand Up Guys

Bill Burr is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and podcaster. He is best known for playing Patrick Kuby in the crime drama series Breaking Bad, and creating and starring in the Netflix animated sitcom F Is for Family.

In 2008, Burr's voice was featured in the game Grand Theft Auto IV as ...

4. Pete Holmes

Writer | Crashing

Pete Holmes is a writer and actor, known for Crashing (2017), Don't Think Twice (2016) and CollegeHumor Originals (2006).

5. Hannibal Buress

Actor | Neighbors

Hannibal Buress was born on February 4, 1983 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Neighbors (2014), The Secret Life of Pets (2016) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).

6. Rory Scovel

Actor | (Dean)

Rory Scovel is an actor and writer, known for Dean (2016), Those Who Can't (2016) and Ground Floor (2013).

7. Zach Galifianakis

Actor | The Hangover

Zach Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to Mary Frances (Cashion), who owned a community arts center, and Harry Galifianakis, a heating oil vendor. His father is of Greek descent and his mother is of mostly English and Scottish ancestry. Zach moved to New York City after failing ...

8. John Mulaney

Writer | Saturday Night Live

John Mulaney is a writer and actor, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Documentary Now! (2015) and Mulaney (2014). He has been married to Annamarie Tendler since July 5, 2014.

10. Aziz Ansari

Actor | Parks and Recreation

Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Fatima, a medical office worker, and Shoukath, a gastroenterologist. His family is from Tamil Nadu, India. He graduated from NYU as a business major in 2004. He graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science in ...

11. Mike Birbiglia

Actor | Sleepwalk with Me

Mike Birbiglia was born on June 20, 1978 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Sleepwalk with Me (2012), Mike Birbiglia: What I Should Have Said Was Nothing (2008) and Your Sister's Sister (2011). His 2013 special, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, was nominated for ...

12. Eugene Mirman

Actor | Delocated

Eugene Mirman is an actor, known for Delocated (2009), Eugene! (2012) and Flight of the Conchords (2007). He has been married to Katie Tharp since 2015.

13. David Cross

Actor | Arrested Development

David Cross was born on April 4, 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Arrested Development (2003), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Megamind (2010). He has been married to Amber Tamblyn since October 6, 2012. They have one child.

14. Tommy Johnagin

Producer | Man with a Plan

Tommy Johnagin is a producer and writer, known for Man with a Plan (2016), The Very Funny Show (2009) and Tosh.0 (2009).

15. Kyle Kinane

Actor | Funny People

Kyle Kinane is an actor and writer, known for Funny People (2009), Those Who Can't (2016) and Random Tropical Paradise (2017).

16. Jerry Seinfeld

Writer | Seinfeld

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 ...

17. Patton Oswalt

Actor | Young Adult

Patton Oswalt has been headlining at comedy clubs all over the United States since 1996, as well as appearing in his own standup specials on Comedy Central and HBO. He was chosen as Entertainment Weekly's "It" comedian in 2002. He is a regular on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993). His other ...

18. Demetri Martin

Writer | (Dean)

Demetri Martin was born on May 25, 1973 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Dean (2016), Take Me Home Tonight (2011) and In a World... (2013). He has been married to Rachael Beame since June 1, 2012.

19. Paul F. Tompkins

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Started out in stand-up comedy in 1986 at The Comedy Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was half of a duo with the late Rick Roman. Dropped out of Temple University. Moved to Los Angeles in 1994. Met actor Jay Johnston through their mutual friend, Adam McKay, and created a live sketch show...

20. Jon Dore

Writer | The Jon Dore Television Show

Jon Dore was born on November 2, 1975 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is a writer and actor, known for The Jon Dore Television Show (2007), Stag (2013) and Hart of Dixie (2011).

21. Nick Swardson

Actor | Grandma's Boy

Nick Swardson was born on October 9, 1976 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Nicholas Swardson. He is an actor and writer, known for Grandma's Boy (2006), The Benchwarmers (2006) and Just Go with It (2011).

22. Daniel Tosh

Actor | The Love Guru

Daniel Tosh was born on May 29, 1975 in Germany. He is a producer and writer, known for The Love Guru (2008), Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts (2011) and Tosh.0 (2009).

23. Brian Regan

Writer | Brian Regan: The Epitome of Hyperbole

Brian Regan was born as Brian Joseph Regan. He is an actor and writer, known for Brian Regan: The Epitome of Hyperbole (2008), Top Five (2014) and Loudermilk (2017). He was previously married to Kathleen.

24. Doug Stanhope

Actor | Louie

Doug Stanhope was born on March 25, 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA as Douglas Gene Stanhope. He is an actor and writer, known for Louie (2010), Punching Henry (2016) and Doug Stanhope's the Unbookables (2012). He has been married to Renee Morrison since March 26, 2002.

25. Brian Posehn

Actor | Run Ronnie Run

Brian Posehn was born on July 6, 1966 in Sacramento, California, USA as Brian Edmund Posehn. He is an actor and writer, known for Run Ronnie Run (2002), The Sarah Silverman Program. (2007) and Sex Drive (2008). He has been married to Melanie Truhett since September 4, 2004.

26. Marc Maron

Actor | Maron

For over fifteen years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio and television. A legend in the stand-up community, he has appeared on HBO, Conan, Letterman, his two Comedy Central Presents specials and almost every show that ...

27. Eddie Pepitone

Actor | Old School

Eddie Pepitone was born on November 5, 1958 in Staten Island, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Old School (2003), The Muppets (2011) and Trunk'd (2014).

28. Nick Thune

Actor | Extract

Nick Thune was born in Seattle and lived there until he was 24, when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his comedy career. He has been getting steadily more popular over the past few years, appearing at the Laugh Factory, on Letterman and in several short comedy films. He has also had cameo ...

29. Dave Attell

Actor | Pootie Tang

Dave Attell was born on January 18, 1965 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Pootie Tang (2001), Trainwreck (2015) and Funny People (2009).

30. Dov Davidoff

Actor | Invincible

Dov Davidoff is an actor and writer, known for Invincible (2006), Across the Hall (2009) and The Punisher (2017).

31. Bo Burnham

Actor | The Big Sick

Bo Burnham was born on August 21, 1990 in Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA as Robert Burnham. He is an actor and writer, known for The Big Sick (2017), Bo Burnham: what. (2013) and Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous (2013).

32. Sarah Silverman

Actress | Wreck-It Ralph

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 ...

33. 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).

34. Ron Funches

Actor | Trolls

Ron Funches is an actor and writer, known for Trolls (2016), Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) and Get Hard (2015).

35. T.J. Miller

Actor | Silicon Valley

A comedian. Improvisation, Sketch and Stand-up comedy are his forte.

Todd Joseph Miller was born in Denver, Colorado, to Leslie, a clinical psychologist, and Kent Miller, an attorney. He went to East High School, and college in Washington, D.C. There, he performed with the group receSs for 4 years, ...

36. 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 ...

37. Russell Brand

Actor | Arthur

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...

38. Steven Wright

Actor | Natural Born Killers

Steven Wright was born on December 6, 1955 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Steven Alexander Wright. He is an actor and producer, known for Natural Born Killers (1994), Reservoir Dogs (1992) and So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993).

39. Craig Ferguson

Writer | I'll Be There

By August of 1994, Craig Ferguson was established as one of Great Britain's leading comedians - he had just had huge success at the Edinburgh Festival. In January 1995 he moved to Los Angeles where he now works as an actor-writer-director-producer-creator.

40. Ron White

Actor | Horrible Bosses

Ron White was born on December 18, 1956 in Fritch, Texas, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Horrible Bosses (2011), Sex and the City 2 (2010) and Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie (2003). He has been married to Margo Rey since October 13, 2013. He was previously married to Barbara Dobbs ...