Canadian Comedians

by JonnyCampo | created - 13 Oct 2011 | updated - 28 Nov 2014 | Public

in my own order

1. John Candy

Actor | Planes, Trains & Automobiles

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 (1989) and Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). His career has handed him some dry spells but Candy always rebounded.

Born in Newmarket, Ontario, in ...

2. Jim Carrey

Actor | Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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 (1990) but leading roles in Ace Ventura: ...

3. Martin Short

Actor | Inherent Vice

Martin Short was born on March 26, 1950 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as Martin Hayter Short. He is an actor and writer, known for Inherent Vice (2014), ¡Three Amigos! (1986) and Innerspace (1987). He was previously married to Nancy Dolman.

4. Mike Myers

Actor | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

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 ...

5. Dan Aykroyd

Writer | The Blues Brothers

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...

6. Dave Foley

Actor | The Wrong Guy

Dave Foley dropped out of an alternative high school to do stand-up comedy. He met Kevin McDonald at an improv class and, while employed as movie ushers, they began working as a comedy team. In 1984 they merged with another team to form "The Kids in the Hall". Foley made his film debut at 22 as the...

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7. Scott Thompson

Actor | The Kids in the Hall

Scott Thompson was raised in Brampton, Ontario. He is the second oldest of four boys (the others are Craig, Derek and Dean). At 19, Scott got involved in an educational program called "Canada World Youth", and spent some time in the Phillipines. After CWY, Scott enrolled in York University but, in ...

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8. Kevin McDonald

Actor | The Kids in the Hall

Born in Montreal Canada. Drama major at Humber College, but kicked out for only being good at comedy. Enrolled in an improv class and met Dave Foley. They began working as a comedy team while employed as movie ushers. In 1984 they merged with another comedy team and formed The Kids in the Hall.

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9. Bruce McCulloch

Actor | The Kids in the Hall

Bruce McCulloch was born on May 12, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada as Bruce Ian McCulloch. He is an actor and writer, known for The Kids in the Hall (1988), Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996) and Dog Park (1998). He has been married to Tracy Ryan since 2003. They have two children.

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10. Mark McKinney

Actor | The Kids in the Hall

Mark was born to Russell, a Canadian diplomat, and Chloe, an architectural writer, McKinney. Since his dad was a diplomat Mark and his siblings spent most of their childhood traveling with him. Mark's younger brother, Nick, is also a comedian and appeared on the short lived Comedy Central sketch ...

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11. Leslie Nielsen

Actor | Airplane!

Leslie William Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His mother, Mabel Elizabeth (Davies), was Welsh. His father, Ingvard Eversen Nielsen, was a Danish-born Mountie and a strict disciplinarian. Leslie studied at the Academy of ...

12. Tom Green

Actor | Freddy Got Fingered

Tom Green was born on July 30, 1971 in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada as Michael Thomas Green. He is a producer and actor, known for Freddy Got Fingered (2001), Road Trip (2000) and Charlie's Angels (2000). He was previously married to Drew Barrymore.

13. Phil Hartman

Actor | NewsRadio

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, ...

14. Seth Rogen

Actor | This Is the End

An actor, comedian and writer, Seth Rogen has come a long way from doing stand-up comedy as a teen.

Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Sandy (Belogus), a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who worked for non-profits. His father is American-born and his mother is Canadian. He is of Russian...

15. Russell Peters

Actor | Source Code

Russell Peters was born on September 29, 1970 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Russell Dominic Peters. He is an actor and producer, known for Source Code (2011), New Year's Eve (2011) and Chef (2014).

16. Will Arnett

Actor | Arrested Development

Will Arnett is a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, and comedian. He played George Oscar "Gob" Bluth II in the Fox series, Arrested Development (2003). He also appeared in films, such as The Lego Movie (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows ...

17. Brent Butt

Writer | Corner Gas

Born in the small farming town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada (population 3000) as the youngest of seven children. Brent began doing stand-up comedy in 1988. He was soon headlining top clubs and theatres across Canada, and has been selected to represent his country at both the Just For Laughs ...

18. Eugene Levy

Actor | A Mighty Wind

Eugene Levy is an award-winning actor, writer, and producer. He has appeared in more than 60 motion pictures to date, eight of which having topped the $100M mark. The box office success of films such as Bringing Down The House, Cheaper By the Dozen 2, and Father Of The Bride Part II have ...

19. Steve Smith

Writer | The Red Green Show

Steve Smith was born on December 24, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a writer and actor, known for The Red Green Show (1991), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and Duct Tape Forever (2002). He has been married to Morag Smith since 1966. They have two children.

the red green show

20. Dave Thomas

Writer | The Blacklist

Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, Dave was the eldest son of John and Moreen Thomas. John Thomas (deceased) was a PHD in Philosophy (Duke), noted medical ethicist, head of Philosophy Department at McMaster University, and author of several books including: "Matters of Life and Death," "Well ...

21. Rick Moranis

Actor | Spaceballs

Rick began his career as a radio DJ while he was still at high school which led to him writing, producing and being on air in his own show. He joined the Canadian TV series SCTV (1976) winning an Emmy for writing and portraying the character Bob McKenzie which became the basis for the film _Strange...

22. Michael Cera

Actor | Superbad

Canadian actor Michael Cera was born in Brampton, Ontario, to parents who worked for Xerox. His mother, Linda, who is from Quebec, has English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry, and his father, Luigi Cera, is Sicilian. Michael is the middle child between two sisters. He was educated at Conestoga...

23. 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 ...

24. Colin Mochrie

Actor | This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Colin Andrew Mochrie was on born Nov. 30, 1957, in Kilmarnock, Scotland. His father, an airline maintenance executive, moved the family to Montreal, Canada, in 1964, and finally to Vancouver in 1969. When asked about his childhood, he said he tended to be a bit of a loner because of moving around ...

25. Michael J. Fox

Actor | Back to the Future

Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis Fox (née Piper), a payroll clerk, and William Fox. His parents moved their ten-year-old son, his three sisters, Kelli Fox, Karen, and Jacki, and his brother, Steven, to Vancouver, British Columbia, ...

26. John Paul Tremblay

Actor | Trailer Park Boys

John Paul Tremblay was born in 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is an actor and writer, known for Trailer Park Boys (2001), Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2009) and Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park (2016). He is married to Andrea. They have three children.

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27. Robb Wells

Actor | Trailer Park Boys

Robb Wells was born on October 28, 1971 in Moncton, New Brunswick and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia since the age of 8. His father was a Forensic Expert with The RCMP. Robb later went to high school with Mike Clattenberg and John Paul Tremblay. The three were always pulling practical jokes on ...

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28. Mike Smith

Actor | Trailer Park Boys

Mike Smith was born and raised in Thorburn, Nova Scotia. He started playing hockey at the age of four but showed early signs of musical genius when he learned to play guitar at the age of seven. Continuing with both hobbies for the majority of his life, Mike eventually gave up hockey to concentrate...

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29. Catherine O'Hara

Actress | Best in Show

Born March 4, 1954 in Ontario, Canada. Attended Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute. Began career with starring on television series SCTV (1976). Notable films roles include: the over-dramatic and self-centered Delia Deetz in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice (1988), Kate McCallister, Macaulay Culkin's ...

30. Will Sasso

Actor | The Three Stooges

Will Sasso was born in Ladner, British Columbia (a suburb of Vancouver), to a family of Italian descent. He grew up respecting comedy of all styles, thanks in part to an unhealthy relationship with the family television that began when Will was around two or three. With his mind consequently bent, ...

31. Ryan Reynolds

Actor | Deadpool

Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the youngest of four children. His father, James Chester Reynolds, was a food wholesaler, and his mother, Tammy, worked as a retail-store saleswoman. Between 1991-93, Ryan appeared in Fifteen (1990), a ...

32. Jay Baruchel

Actor | Goon

Jay Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and was raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the son of Robyne (Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Victor Baruchel, an antiques dealer. He has a younger sister who also acts. He started acting in 1995 when he made his first of three appearances on ...

33. Rick Mercer

Writer | Made in Canada

Rick Mercer was born on October 17, 1969 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada as Rick Vincent Mercer. He is a writer and actor, known for The Industry (1998), This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1992) and Monday Report (2004).

the rick mercer report

34. 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 ...

35. Jonathan Lajoie

Actor | Let's Be Cops

Jonathan Lajoie was born in 1980 in Montreal, Québec, Canada. He is an actor, known for Let's Be Cops (2014), The League (2009) and Jon Lajoie: I Kill People (2009).

36. Harland Williams

Actor | Fudgy Wudgy Fudge Face

Comedian and actor Harland Williams is known the world over for his hilarious movie roles and outlandish stand-up and sketch comedy routines.

Wiliams was born in to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Lorraine Mary (O'Donnell), a social worker, and John Reesor Williams, a lawyer who served in the Ontario ...

37. Seán Cullen

Actor | The Love Guru

Seán Cullen was born in 1965 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He is an actor and writer, known for The Love Guru (2008), Phil the Alien (2004) and The Seán Cullen Show (2003).

38. Debra DiGiovanni

Actress | Straight Man

Debra DiGiovanni is a writer and producer, known for Straight Man (2013), Unlucky (2011) and Headlines on Trial (2006).

39. Fred Ewanuick

Actor | Just Friends

Fred Ewanuick was born on June 23, 1971 in Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada. He is an actor and producer, known for Just Friends (2005), Corner Gas (2004) and The Core (2003).

40. Matthew Perry

Actor | Friends

Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, to Suzanne Marie (Langford), a Canadian journalist, and John Bennett Perry, an American actor. His ancestry includes English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, and French-Canadian.

Perry was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, where he became a top-ranked ...

41. Roger Abbott

Actor | Royal Canadian Air Farce

Roger Abbott was born on July 10, 1946 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. He was an actor and writer, known for Royal Canadian Air Farce (1993), SketchCom (1998) and Royal Canadian Air Farce (1981). He died on March 26, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Royal Canadian Air Farce

42. Don Ferguson

Actor | Royal Canadian Air Farce

Don Ferguson was born on May 30, 1946 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is an actor and writer, known for Royal Canadian Air Farce (1993), SketchCom (1998) and Second Jen (2016).

Royal Canadian Air Farce

43. Luba Goy

Actress | Royal Canadian Air Farce

Luba Goy was born on November 8, 1945 in Germany. She is an actress and writer, known for Royal Canadian Air Farce (1993), The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland (1987) and The Care Bears Movie (1985).

Royal Canadian Air Farce

44. Eric Peterson

Actor | Corner Gas

Eric Peterson was born on October 2, 1946 in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is an actor and writer, known for Corner Gas (2004), Street Legal (1987) and Corner Gas: The Movie (2014). He is married to Annie Kidder.

45. Howie Mandel

Actor | Gremlins

The story goes that huggable stand-up comedian Howie Mandel, who ran a carpet business once upon a time, began his show biz career by chance while catching amateur night at the Comedy Store on the L.A. Sunset Strip during a vacation. Goaded on by friends to try out, a producer spotted him, hired ...

46. Jonathan Torrens

Actor | Trailer Park Boys

Jonathan Torrens has worked as a performer, writer and producer for 15 years. In 1989, he started a seven-year run as one of the hosts of Street Cents, an International Emmy award-winning consumer/sketch show for youth. In 1996, Torrens began a five year stint as the host of his own sketch/talk ...

47. Daryn Jones

Writer | Buzz

Daryn Jones was born on January 3, 1978 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He is an actor and writer, known for Buzz (2000), Beauty and the Beast (2012) and The Famous Jett Jackson (1998). He is married to Olivia Jones. He was previously married to Brenda McCloud III.

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48. Gerry Dee

Writer | Mr. D

Gerry Dee is the son of Scottish immigrant parents. Born in Scarborough and raised in Toronto. Former high school physical education teacher. He was the first Canadian ever to win the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition. Played Varsity hockey at St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, ...