People that make me laugh, obviously. ;) Doesn't have to be stand-up.
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...
“ Have seen so much of his work. I like that he doesn't take things too seriously. ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ So glad he has done some acting roles, because he is outstandingly funny. ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ One of the best for unintentional humor! ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
“ One of the best joke writers the world has ever known! ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ Also one of the best joke writers the world has ever known! ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ When he's doing comedy, he absolutely steals the show! See "Kickin' it Old School," for example. Without him, barely worth seeing. With him, oh my word, HILARITY. ” - ripplinbuckethead
was born on Saturday, May 8th, 1926. After the Golden Era of Hollywood ended, Don Rickles is one man still living to tell his tales. One of the most respected talents in entertainment, Rickles got his start in the night clubs, toiling for over 20 years, until 1958, when Don made his film debut in Run Silent Run Deep
“ As razor sharp as ever. :) ” - ripplinbuckethead
Long acknowledged as one of the best "straight men" in the business, Bud Abbott was born William Alexander Abbott in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to Rae (Fisher) and Harry Abbott, who had both worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. He himself worked in carnivals while still a child and dropped out of school in 1909...
Lou Costello was born Louis Francis Cristillo in Paterson, New Jersey, to Helen (Rege) and Sebastiano Cristillo. His father was from Calabria, Italy, and his mother was an American of Italian, French, and Irish ancestry. Raised in Paterson, Costello dropped out of high school and headed west to break into the movies...
Moe Howard, the "Boss Stooge" and brother of Stooges Curly Howard
and Shemp Howard
, began his acting career in 1909 by playing bit roles in silent Vitagraph films. At 17 he joined a troupe working on a showboat and also appeared in several two-reel comedy shorts. In 1922 he, brother Shemp and Larry Fine
joined roughhouse vaudeville comic Ted Healy
Larry began performing as a violinist at a young age. During his teenage years, he earned his living as a singer and boxer. At 18, Larry began working vaudeville with "The Haney Sisters and Fine" and in 1925, he joined Ted Healy
and Moe Howard
in the act that would eventually become The Three Stooges
. Fine made more than 200 films before a stroke forced him to retire in 1970.
Jerome "Curly" Howard, the rotund, bald Stooge with the high voice was the most popular member of The Three Stooges
. His first stage experience was as a comedic conductor for the Orville Knapp Band in 1928. Curly joined The Three Stooges
in 1932, replacing his brother Shemp Howard
. He made more than...
“ Along with his comedy brothers, but especially in his own right, has inspired countless people. He made even the simplest mannerisms something to see! ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ Overshadowed by his brothers, but a great funny man in his own right. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Joe Besser was born on August 12, 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri. Short, chubby, balding, childish character actor who began his career on the vaudeville circuit before breaking into films in the early 1930s. He was a frequent foil of Bud Abbott
and Lou Costello
in their films and played Stinky on their 1950s situation comedy...
“ You gotta see him as a little kid on the Abbott & Costello shows. :D ” - ripplinbuckethead
William Claude Dukenfield was the eldest of five children born to Cockney immigrant James Dukenfield and Philadelphia native Kate Felton. He went to school for four years, then quit to work with his father selling vegetables from a horse cart. At eleven, after many fights with his alcoholic father (who hit him on the head with a shovel)...
“ Hilarious without being over the top. Made mundane actions and speech something special. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Born in Buchard, Nebraska, USA to Elizabeth Fraser and 'J. Darcie 'Foxy' Lloyd' who fought constantly and soon divorced (at the time a rare event), Harold Clayton Lloyd was nominally educated in Denver and San Diego high schools and received his stage training at the School of Dramatic Art (San Diego)...
Joseph Frank Keaton, was born in Piqua, Kansas, October 4, 1895 to Joe Keaton
and Myra Keaton
. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage they traveled with a medicine show that included family friend...
Christopher Crosby Farley was born on February 15, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Anne (Crosby) and Thomas Farley, who owned an oil company. Among his siblings are actors Kevin P. Farley
and John Farley
. He was of Irish heritage. Farley studied theatre and communications on Marquette University...
“ Loud, but in a very, very good way. ;) ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
'Weird Al' Yankovic
Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959, in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood, to Mary Elizabeth (Vivalda) and Nick Louis Yankovic. He is of Serbian, Italian, and English descent. He first took up the accordion when a salesman came around to solicit business for a music school. His parents decided on the accordion because of polka king Frankie Yankovic
“ Been enjoying his brand of humor for nearly 30 years. Keep up the great work, Al! ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ He really has a wonderful way with words. Check out his movies (especially "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" and "Trail of the Screaming Forehead") to see some very clever uses of the English language. ” - ripplinbuckethead
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 Radio Arts in Toronto before moving on to New York's Neighborhood Playhouse...
“ One of the best for those 'not what he said, but how he said it' type of jokes. He had TWO great careers. :) ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ Lots of clever ideas here! ” - ripplinbuckethead
Amy Meredith Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to high school teachers Eileen Frances (Milmore) and William Grinstead Poehler. Her brother is comedian Greg Poehler
. She is of Irish (from her mother) and English, German, and Portuguese (from her father) descent. Amy was first involved with sketch comedy when she joined the group My Mother's Flea Bag when she was attending Boston College...
“ Adorable. Lights up a room. (not that I've been in a room with her, but you know what I mean) ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ Haven't seen him in a whole lot yet, but his future looks very bright. Really likeable guy with a great enthusiasm. ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ Should be winning Emmys hand over fist. Saw him in American Body Shop as well. Similar character in that they're both quiet and level-headed...sorta. Love his style! ” - ripplinbuckethead
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 studied at the South Carolina governors school of science and mathematics. He previously attended the Bennetsville Academy which was in his home town...
“ Fairly one note guy from what I've seen so far, but it's a good note! ” - ripplinbuckethead
Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian known for her deadpan style. She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation
, and after appearing in supporting roles in several films, had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed
. Plaza began her career as an intern...
“ Great at the deadpan, stoneface comedy. Really makes it special when she smiles. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Rob Lowe was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Barbara Lynn (Hepler), a schoolteacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a lawyer. His brother is actor Chad Lowe
. He has German, as well as English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Lowe's family moved to Dayton, Ohio, when he was a child. Rob broke into acting in his teens...
“ Wouldn't have added him if he wasn't on Parks & Rec, but what an outstanding job he does on that show! ” - ripplinbuckethead
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 legislature...
“ Such a weirdo! :D I especially love his appearances on Conan O'Brien's different shows. ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
“ Excellent as a comedic and dramatic actor, and able to combine the two so well at times! ” - ripplinbuckethead
Paul Reubens was born Paul Rubenfeld on August 27, 1952 in Peekskill, New York, to Judy (Rosen), a teacher, and Milton Rubenfeld, a car salesman who had flown for the air forces of the U.S., U.K., and Israel, becoming one of the latter country's pioneering pilots. Paul grew up in Sarasota, Florida, where his parents owned a lamp store...
“ Even if he had ONLY done "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" and we never saw him again, he'd still be legendary. Heh. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born to a well-off English acting family in 1925. His mother and father worked in an acting company run by his grandmother. As a child, Sellers was spoiled, as his parents' first child had died at birth. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force and served during World War II...
“ Another guy who was, like Leslie Neilsen, never really over-the-top and gave us so many huge laughs. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular "Little Tramp" character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ Not often a belly laugh producer for me, but so clever and entertaining. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Fred Willard radiates a unique charm that has established him as one of the industry's most gifted comic actors, first coming to prominence as ambitious but dimwitted sidekick Jerry Hubbard to Martin Mull
's smarmy talk-show host Barth Gimble in the devastating satirical series Fernwood Tonight
. A master of sketch comedy...
“ The ultimate in understated comedy. He'll be going on about something fairly normal, then right at the end, POW!, he just made it crazy. ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ He was funny even as a Klingon! ;) ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
“ It's all about the situations he's in and the reactions he gets. He was a trailblazer for sure. One of the most original people ever! ” - ripplinbuckethead
Graham Chapman was born on January 8, 1941 in Leicester, England while a German 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...
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...
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...
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising....
is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python. After the Monty Python television series ended in 1974, the Palin/Jones team worked on Ripping Yarns, an intermittent television comedy series broadcast over three years from 1976...
"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)...
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His father had English, and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ Another who doesn't have to be over-the-top to make me laugh. A dependable veteran, if you will. ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
James Albert Varney, Jr. was born in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nancy Louise (Howard) and James Albert Varney, Sr. He became interested in theater as a teenager, winning state titles in drama competitions while a student at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky. At age 15 he played Ebeneezer Scrooge in a local children's theater production of "A Christmas Carol"...
“ Such a shame to lose him. His future was getting brighter all the time, as he was beginning to show people he wasn't just Ernest P. Worell. Even if he had just been Ernest, though, what a career! ” - ripplinbuckethead
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
“ He just has a way of being able to be funny so naturally. ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
Danny DeVito has amassed a formidable and versatile body of work as an actor, producer and director that spans the stage, television and film. Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. was born on November 17, 1944, in Neptune, New Jersey, to Italian-American parents. His mother, Julia (Moccello), was a homemaker...
Born in Orange, California in 1970, Jason Lee is an American actor and film photographer. Well known for his professional skateboarding career in the very pivotal late 80s and early 90s, Lee would go on to pursue acting in 1993. He has worked in film, television, and voiceover, and with such directors as Kevin Smith...
Ethan Suplee has established himself over the past decade as an actor of considerable talent and accomplishment. His diverse and eclectic resume ranges from hilarious roles in such comedies as Mallrats
and Without a Paddle
to hauntingly dramatic performances in intense features such as American History X
“ Should have won an Emmy for playing Randy Hickey. ” - ripplinbuckethead
After growing up in North Carolina, Jaime spent almost 11 years training in gymnastics and eventually entered the modeling world. Jaime can be seen on the cover of an older Teen Magazine, and has modeled throughout the United States, Italy, and Japan.
John William Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay (Overman), a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell
, Jr., a musician. His parents were both originally from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine...
“ Like Bill Murray and Jim Carrey, his comedy feels natural. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Steve Carell, one of America's most versatile comics, was born Steven John Carell on August 16, 1962, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is the son of Harriet T. (Koch), a psychiatric nurse, and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer. His mother is of Polish descent and his father is of Italian and German ancestry (Steve's grandfather had changed the surname from "Caroselli" to "Carrell")...
“ Really good at getting the audience to feel a whole range of emotions. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Tall, handsome American film and television star John Krasinski is probably best known for his role as sardonic nice guy "Jim Halpert" on NBC's popular TV series, The Office
, for which he won a 2007 and 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series...
Rainn Wilson lives in Los Angeles with his wife, fiction writer Holiday Reinhorn
(Big Cats), and his son, Walter McKenzie Wilson who was born in 2004. He grew up in Seattle, Washington but graduated from New Trier H.S. in Winnetka, Illinois. After attending both Tufts University and the University of Washington...
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...
“ Of his big trio of characters, I still like Ali G the best. ;) ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
“ A little hit-and-miss, but when I like his work, such as "Zoolander", I really, really ridiculously like it. ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
Nick Frost is an English actor, screenwriter and comedian. He is known for his work in the series of British comedic genre films The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). He also co-starred in Paul (2011), with frequent collaborator and friend Simon Pegg
“ Another who is fairly quiet compared to others, but says things in such a way (and sometimes out of nowhere) that it makes me laugh quite heartily. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the child of two actors, Pete Rockwell
and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents split up, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco...
“ I get a feeling of real confidence with him, much like some of Michael Rosenbaum's work. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Mackenzie Crook, one of British comedy's best-known faces, who collected Star Wars figurines as a child, is now immortalized in plastic as a six-inch-high pirate action figure. He was born Paul Mackenzie Crook on September 29, 1971, in Maidstone, Kent, England, UK. His father worked for British Airways...
Ashley Jensen (born on 11 August 1969) is a Scottish actress and narrator. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role on the television series Extras
, on which she appeared from 2005-2007. She was also a cast member on the ABC show Ugly Betty
and the brief-lived CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose
“ She was amazing on "Extras." Gave us the whole range of emotions. ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ Barry off EastEnders!
Sorry. ;) ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
“ Similar quick-witted, off-the-cuff style, like Robin Williams. Incredibly good with the mannerisms, too! ” - ripplinbuckethead
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
winning an Emmy for writing and portraying the character Bob McKenzie which became the basis for the film _Strange Brew_ which he co-wrote...
Dave Thomas is a founding partner and President of Animax Entertainment, an animation company based in Van Nuys with an office in Toronto. Animax does a lot of work for Disney and won a broadband animation Emmy for "Off Mikes" (ESPN) in 2006. Animax animated a show called "Slacker Cats" for ABC Family and is currently working on the animated series "Bob & Doug" for Global TV...
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 established him as one of Hollywood's most popular comedic actors...
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...
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...
“ Not only hilarious in his wordplay and delivery, but also a very likeable sort. Nice that has stuck with his banjo playing, too! ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
“ Great comedic character actor. ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
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 crazy about all his stuff, but I have quite enjoyed some of it. ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ That button-down mind is amazing. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Keanu Charles Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the son of Patricia Taylor
, a showgirl and costume designer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, Portuguese...
“ From the Bill & Ted movies only, of course. ;) ” - ripplinbuckethead
Alex Winter was born in London, to an American mother, Gregg Mayer, and an Australian father, Ross Albert Winter, both of whom were modern dancers and dance teachers, with his mother also having founded a dance troupe. His mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, while his father had English, German, and Irish ancestry...
“ Loved him on The Idiot Box, too. Real enthusiasm in his work. :) ” - ripplinbuckethead
Conan O'Brien grew up in a large, Irish Catholic family in Massachusetts. At an early age, he began a love of comedy and goofing off, this carried on when he entered the prestigious Harvard University, acting out many pranks in his time, as well as become the president of the Harvard humor magazine...
“ One of the all-time best at self-effacing humor. An excellent writer and all around good guy. ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ I love that he doesn't take things too seriously and has a smile on his face so often. One of the best at misleading comedy and sticktoitiveness, if you will. ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
“ Insane. ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ Some of his humor is not my cup of tea, but most of the time, I find him incredibly entertaining, clever and interesting. The three series of "The Tom Green Show" (Rogers Cable, Comedy Network and MTV) are among my favorite shows ever. ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ Real likeable sort who's great with wordplay. Always found him to be one of the most 'professional' of the SNL cast, too. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Best known for his three-year run on Fox's MADtv
, Pat Kilbane made his mark on the show with outrageous physical comedy and uncanny celebrity impressions. Among his more memorable characters were Stan the Java Man, the shady Spishak spokesman, and the floppy superhero "Rubberman. Kilbane's impressions are too numerous to list...
“ Like Kevin Nealon, he was one of the most 'professional' cast members on MadTV. Really wish I'd see him more often! ” - ripplinbuckethead
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, Sasso decided at an early age to become an actor...
“ Very confident and versatile. A real 'steal the show' kind of guy. :) ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
“ Not a traditional comedian, but a very funny and supremely likeable man. :) ” - ripplinbuckethead
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Born in Hong Kong, Sammo Hung's acting career began while he was training in acrobatics, martial arts and dance as a child at the China Drama Academy, and he received acclaim for his performance with a troupe called "The Seven Little Fortunes." He made his feature film debut as an actor at the age of 12...
“ Another excellent kung fu funnyman, and like Jackie, can be quite versatile as well. :) ” - ripplinbuckethead
Born Chow Sing-Chi in Hong Kong on June twenty-second, 1962, Stephen Chow spent his youth days with three sisters in Shanghai, China. He developed an interest in the martial arts after witnessing the talent of Bruce Lee, where he began training in the style of Wing Chun, which was one of Bruce Lee's specialties...
“ His films can be hit-and-miss, but when they're right, they're very right. ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
“ Like Jacques Tati before him, he is so excellent at making mannerisms and movement part of the comedy. One of the best in physical comedy without resorting to slapstick. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Raven-haired, suavely handsome and prolific actor Alec Baldwin was born on April 3, 1958 in Massapequa, New York, and is the oldest, and easily the best-known, of the four Baldwin brothers in the acting business (the others are Stephen Baldwin
, William Baldwin
and Daniel Baldwin
). Alexander Rae Baldwin III is the son of Carol Newcomb (Martineau) and Alexander Rae Baldwin...
“ Versatile and has the willingness to do things others might not. ” - ripplinbuckethead
“ Have seen him in several roles, but it always goes back to Napoleon Dynamite, in which he was outstanding. ” - ripplinbuckethead
Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter
, and has been seen in mostly supporting roles, often portraying psychologically unstable characters...
“ One of the best at not taking things too seriously. His stilted style is really something special. ” - ripplinbuckethead
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, Nova Scotia. Gerry is a two handicap in golf.
“ Like his stand-up stuff, LOVE him as a sports reporter for The Score. He's like two different guys! Be sure and check out his fun new series Mr. D. :) ” - ripplinbuckethead
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...
“ Amazing. ” - ripplinbuckethead