My Favorite Comedians/Comedy Writers

Here are my all time heros of comedy.
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“ His stand-up is a perfect mix of toilet humor and thoughtful commentary on the human condition.

Louis CK show 'Louie' is as fantastic as his stand-up, every episode is wonderfully crafted.

I Hope he gets over to the UK sometime soon. ” - lesliehunter1983
 
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“ I thought Lee was the coolest guy on TV back in the 90's and it is a surprise to me that neither 'Fist of Fun' and 'This Morning with Richard not July' are rarely talked about.

Lee's comic delivery has changed over the years and his shows; '90's comedian', '41st Best Comedian' are brilliant.

Saw him do 1 joke for 20 minutes at the Kings Head and I could have filled up my pint glass with tears of laughter. ” - lesliehunter1983
 
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Richard Pryor
Highly influential, and always controversial, African-American actor/comedian who was equally well known for his colorful language during his live comedy shows, as for his fast paced life, multiple marriages and battles with drug addiction. He has been acknowledged by many modern comic artist's as a key influence on their careers...
“ Pryor's biography is unbelievable, and his life is layed bare in all his stand-up shows. His comic DNA is all over the last 2 generations of U.S. stand-ups. ” - lesliehunter1983
 
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“ Alan Partridge, The Day Today, Time Trumpet and The Thick of It. He's worked with Steve Coogan, Stewart Lee, Richard Herring and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. ” - lesliehunter1983
 
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Dave Chappelle
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...
 
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Steve Martin
Writer, The Jerk
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...
 
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Dave Allen
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...
 
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Lenny Bruce
Lenny Bruce was born Leonard Alfred Schneider on October 13, 1925, in Mineola, Long Island, New York. His British-born father, Myron, was a shoe clerk, his mother, Sadie, was a dancer. Lenny's parents were divorced when he was a child. To support herself and her son, Sadie Schneider persued a career in show business and sent Lenny to live with various aunts...
 
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Peter Sellers
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...
 
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Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
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...
 
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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...
 
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Bob Monkhouse
One of British TV's most popular performers with a career that spanned over four decades, funny-man Bob Monkhouse started off as a radio broadcaster (1947) and stand-up comic. He earned success early on as a gag writer, partnering with Denis Goodwin. In 1953, the duo won their own TV show called Fast and Loose...
 
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Robin Williams
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...
 
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Victoria Wood
Since the mid-1980s, Wood's appearances on stage and television were always eagerly anticipated, whether it was laugh-a-minute stand-up, a beautifully judged dramatic performance in the TV film Housewife, 49 or the canteen sitcom Dinnerladies. The care and craft she lavished on each look and line of dialogue was as meticulous as it was matchless...
 
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Jo Brand
Self, QI
 
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Eddie Izzard
Actor, Valkyrie
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...
 
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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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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...
 
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Chris Rock
Christopher Julius Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Rosalie (Tingman), a teacher and social worker for the mentally handicapped, and Julius Rock, a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman, whose own father was a preacher. Rock has been in stand-up comedy for several decades...
 
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Bill Hicks
Born in Georgia but raised in Houston since the age of 7, this self-described "Prince of Darkness" was compelled to use the comedy stage as his philosophic soapbox. At 13, he would sneak out of his suburban house to hustle his way onto open-mike night rosters. In two brief decades, Hicks worked his way up the sweat-stained comedy ladder to national exposure on The Tonight Show...
 
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“ Elton has become a hate figure in comedic circles, regarded as a sell-out and arrogant since he began producing musicals and writing novels.

Prior to that Elton did manage to create the 'Young Ones' and change the fortunes of the Blackadder stories, as well as writing for 'Spitting Image'.

Elton would later create 'The Thin Blue Line', which also starred Rowan Atkinson but the show lacked the bit of his previous efforts. His Stand-Up show also contributed to peoples low opinion of the once heralded comic icon of the 80's. ” - lesliehunter1983
 
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Stephen Fry
Self, QI
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...
 
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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...
“ Not the 9 O'Clock news made acted as a spring board for Rowan to go out and write 'The Black Adder', with Richard Curtis. The show at first didn't inspire and there was a 3 year gap before the second season.

Curtis and Atkinson began working with Ben Elton as well as cast member Fry and Laurie. The shows fortunes changed and a fantastic 3rd and 4th series followed.

Atkinson has since performed in many films that are frankly terrible. ” - lesliehunter1983
 
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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...
“ Monty Python and Fawlty Towers?

Fawlty Towers first aired over 35 years ago and the humour still appears fresh today. Written with then wife, Connie Booth, Cleese played the down trodden husband, with social climbing aspirations, perfectly. ” - lesliehunter1983
 
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John Sessions
Actor, Filth
Actor and comedian known for his various roles on film, TV and stage. He was born in Largs, Scotland, in 1953. He has an older brother and a twin sister. His debut film was The Sender, a horror feature in which he played a patient. His next film was The Bounty with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins...