Stand Up Comedians

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Dan Ahdoot
Actor, Kickin' It
Dan Ahdoot is a stand-up comic, actor, writer and producer based out of New York City and Los Angeles. Dan is a national headliner who has been a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, and is an actor on the NBC series Bajillion Dollar Properties, airing in March of 2016. He has been on ABC's Super Fun Night with Rebel Wilson...
 
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Ahmed Ahmed
Actor, Iron Man
Ahmed Ahmed, born in Helwan, Egypt, June 27, 1970. Parents immigrated to the US when he was one-month old, and he grew up in Riverside, California. Moved to Hollywood when he was 19 years old to pursue a career as an actor and stand-up comedian. Attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts for one year and studied with various acting coaches such as Cliff Osmond...
 
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Rory Albanese
Rory Albanese is a multi-Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer and Writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has been a key part of The Daily Show since 1999, including Co-Authoring "Earth The Book" with Jon Stewart and the Daily Show writers. Outside The Daily Show Rory is an accomplished stand-up comedian; he has toured the country with Lewis Black as well as on his own...
 
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Tim Allen
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...
 
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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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Max Amini
Actor, Heroes
Max Amini was born in Tucson Arizona, from an Iranian heritage. He was raised on the East Coast and graduated from UCLA's school of Theater, Film and Television in 2004. As an actor, Max has numerous film and television credits including NBC's Heroes, regular appearances on Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia, and a leading role in the upcoming film Beer Pong...
 
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Simon Amstell
Amstell was born on 29 November 1979 and was raised in Gants Hill, London. The lively and determined chap made his first television appearance in 1993 when he appeared as a contestant on the Channel 4 game show GamesMaster (1992-1998), which he unfortunately lost, but this did not falter him on his climb to fame...
 
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Louie Anderson
Iconic comedian Louie Anderson, the two-time Emmy award winner, is one of the country's most recognized and adored comics; named by Comedy Central as "One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time." His career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a best selling author, star of his own stand up specials and sitcoms...
 
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Aziz Ansari
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...
 
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Ant
Celebrity comedian ANT was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor, comedian , host, producer and writer. In July 1993, he legally changed his name to ANT from Anthony Steven Kalloniatis. The correct orthography is ANT, spelled in all caps. Born to Greek immigrant parents (Lee and Maria - whom he talks about frequently in his stand-up routines)...
 
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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...
 
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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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Maria Bamford
Maria was born in Port Hueneme, California at the Naval Base. Her parents are Joel (dermatologist) and Marilyn (therapist) of Duluth, MN. She attended Chester Park Elementary and Marshall High School in Duluth MN and went on to attend Bates College (Lewiston, ME), University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and received a degree in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis...
 
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Roseanne Barr
Producer, Roseanne
Roseanne Barr's story is one of the most controversial of any actresses. She dropped out of high school when she was 17 years old. After a car accident, she was admitted to a mental institution, claiming she was having nightmares and memory loss. She left the institute less than a year later. Soon after...
 
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Richard Belzer
A social misfit, was kicked out of every school he ever attended, due to his uncontrollable wit. His mother (Frances) died of breast cancer when Richard was 18. His father (Charles) committed suicide when he was 22. A dedication is written to him in Richard Belzer's "UFO's, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have To Be Crazy To Believe" (Ballantine Books, 1999).
 
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Jack Benny
The son of a saloonkeeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study the violin at the age six, and his "ineptness" at it later become his trademark (in reality, he was a very accomplished player). When given the opportunity to play in live theatre professionally, Benny quit school and joined vaudeville...
 
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Doug Benson
Miscellaneous Crew, Good Will Hunting
 
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Milton Berle
Milton Berle was born Milton Berlinger on July 12, 1908, in New York City. He was educated at New York Professional Children's School and began performing at age 5. His first stage appearance was in "Florodora" in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He appeared at the Palace Theater in New York in 1931, then in nightclubs and theaters...
 
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Shelley Berman
Shelley Berman began studying acting shortly after he was honorably discharged from the US navy. He enrolled as a drama student at Chicago's Goodman Theater, where he met Sarah Herman, another aspiring thespian. They fell in love and were married in 1947. After graduating from the Goodman Theater, Shelley joined the Woodstock Players...
 
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Sandra Bernhard
Love her or hate her, this comic diva is a one-of-a-kind, in-your-face, take-no-prisoners artiste. Racy, confrontational, offensive, cynical, off-putting and angst-ridden to a T, this flinty stand-up from Flint, Michigan was born on June 6, 1955, the daughter of Jerome Bernhard, a proctologist, and his wife Jeanette...
 
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Mike Birbiglia
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 comedy special of the year at the American Comedy Awards...
 
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Joey Bishop
Perpetually glum standup comedian Joey Bishop was born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb on February 3, 1918, in the Bronx, New York. He was the youngest of five children of Chana "Anna" (Siegel) and Jacob Gottlieb, a bicycle repairman. His father was an Austrian Jewish immigrant and his mother was a Romanian Jew...
 
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Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black was born in Chicago, Illinois, but his family moved to Hillsborough, New Jersey, when he was young. His parents divorced when he was 3. When he was 12, his father died during neurological surgery following a mysterious assault. Michael attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts but left before graduation...
 
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Josh Blue
Actor, Blue
Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in cerebral palsy, Josh Blue exploded onto the national comedy scene capturing the laughter and admiration of millions as the winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Most recently, Josh debuted a new one-hour Showtime special Josh Blue: Sticky Change, and a 2009 outing of Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue, receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike...
 
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Russell Brand
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...
 
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Kurt Braunohler
Writer, Bunk
Kurt Braunohler is an "adult" male comedian. In the spring of 2012 he was measured at 6'4'', weighing 204 lbs and tagged with a radio transmitter. He was recently named one of Time Out NY's "50 Funniest New Yorkers", as well as a "Comic to Watch" by Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival....
 
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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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Red Buttons
Although Red Buttons is best known as a stand-up comic, he is also a successful songwriter, an Academy Award-winning actor (and has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards) and an accomplished singer. Born Aaron Chwatt in New York City's Lower East Side, Buttons (who got his name from a uniform he...
 
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Godfrey Cambridge
Cambridge won a four-year scholarship to study medicine but decided, instead, to become an actor, leaving college in his third year. He acted in many off-Broadway productions, winning the Village Voice's Obie Award in Jean Genet's "The Blacks"; and, on Broadway, he gained a Tony Award Nomination in "Purlie's Victorious"...
 
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John Caparulo
Comedian John Caparulo is perhaps best known as the under-dressed everyman on the E! hit show, Chelsea Lately. Cap, as he's known by his friends and fans, has also made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Next Generation of Blue Collar...
 
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George Carlin
Actor, Dogma
Born and raised by his mother in Manhattan, New York City. His parents divorced when he was two months. His mother (as well as his father) worked in marketing, where they met. The long hours the mother worked left the young George by himself for long hours every day, providing him (in his own words)...
 
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Jim Carrey
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...
 
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Jimmy Carr
Miscellaneous Crew, 8 Out of 10 Cats
 
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Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson, the legendary "King of Late Night TV" who dominated the medium's nether hours for three decades, was born in Corning, Iowa, but moved with his family to nearby Norfolk, Nebraska when he was eight years old. It was in Norfolk, where he lived until he was inducted into the US Navy in 1943...
 
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Kyle Cease
At age 18, Kyle Cease became the youngest headlining comedian in the Pacific Northwest, where he performed at numerous colleges, clubs and corporate events. At 20, he won the Giggles Comedy Competition and placed in the finals in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. In 1998, he landed his first movie role as Bogey Lowenstein in the hit Touchstone feature 10 Things I Hate About You...
 
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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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Dana Carvey
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...
 
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Kyle Cease
At age 18, Kyle Cease became the youngest headlining comedian in the Pacific Northwest, where he performed at numerous colleges, clubs and corporate events. At 20, he won the Giggles Comedy Competition and placed in the finals in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. In 1998, he landed his first movie role as Bogey Lowenstein in the hit Touchstone feature 10 Things I Hate About You...
 
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Margaret Cho
Actress, 30 Rock
Margaret Cho was born Dec. 5, 1968 and raised in San Francisco. Her grandfather was a Methodist minister who ran an orphanage in Seoul during the Korean War. Ignoring the traditions of her patriarchal culture, her mother bravely resisted an arranged marriage in Korea and married Margaret's father who writes joke books - in Korean...
 
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Deon Cole
Writer, Conan
 
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Reno Collier
Reno is a native of West Virginia and a former teacher. He began stand up comedy in Atlanta, Georgia during an open mike night. Reno often tours with Larry the Cable Guy and the two can be seen in the movie Witless Protection. Reno has a half hour stand up show that can be seen on Comedy Central.
 
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Billy Connolly
Actor, Brave
Billy Connolly was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He left school to work in the shipyards becoming a welder and joined the Territorial Army (in the parachute regiment) at around the same time. He developed an interest in folk music, eventually becoming an accomplished banjo player and a member of the band Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty (later of Baker Street fame)...
 
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Pat Cooper
Pat Cooper has been married twice. He has 2 biological children with his first wife named, Michael and Louise Caputo. He has an adopted daughter with his second wife named Patti Jo Cooper. His son Michael Caputo wrote a book entitled, "Dear Pat Cooper," What Happened To My Father Pasquale Caputo? (in 2009).
 
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Rebecca Corry
Actress, Yes Man
Rebecca Corry stars as Leisha in the NBC comedy "One Big Happy." In addition to "One Big Happy," Corry's multiple television credits include "The Bernie Mac Show," "Rules of Engagement" and CBS's "The King of Queens" which lead her to become the face of a national Gallo wine campaign and more recently, the face of an international Hertz campaign...
 
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Bill Cosby
Music Department, Bill Cosby: Himself
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...
 
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Nate Craig
Miscellaneous Crew, Ridiculousness
 
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Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal was born on March 14, 1948 in Long Beach, Long Island, New York. He is the youngest of three sons born to Helen (Gabler) and Jack Crystal. His father was a well-known concert promoter who co-founded Commodore Records and his mother was a homemaker. His family were Jewish immigrants from Russia...
 
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Dan Cummins
Dan's unusual observations and unique autobiographical stand-up have earned him numerous television performances on The Tonight Show (both Conan and Leno have invited him over to the couch!), Showtime's "Live from Amsterdam", Conan, Comedy Central Presents, a one-hour Comedy Central special - "Crazy with A Capital F"...
 
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Andrew Daly
Actor, Semi-Pro
Andy Daly was born in New York, raised in New Jersey and graduated from Ithaca College. He studied long form improvisation at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and performed in numerous shows there, including The Real Real World and "The Swarm". Daly also appeared at the 1999 Aspen Comedy Festival as one-half of the sketch duo "The Two Andys"...
 
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Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield was born Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921 in Deer Park, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. He was the son of Dorothy "Dotty" (Teitelbaum) and Phillip Cohen, who performed in vaudeville under the name Phil Roy. His father was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, and his mother was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant...