My Favorite Comedians

by FlameAxelVIII | created - 01 Mar 2011 | updated - 20 Mar 2012 | Public

1. 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 ...

2. Maria Bamford

Actress | The Legend of Korra

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)...

3. 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 ...

4. Tig Notaro

Actress | One Mississippi

Tig Notaro was born on March 24, 1971 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA as Mathilde Notaro. She is an actress and writer, known for One Mississippi (2015), Walk of Shame (2014) and Clown Service (2015). She has been married to Stephanie Allynne since October 24, 2015. They have two children.

5. 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.

6. John Mulaney

Writer | Documentary Now!

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

7. Kathy Griffin

Actress | Suddenly Susan

Kathy Griffin was raised in the near-west Chicago suburbs, in an Irish-American family. She has three older brothers and an older sister. When her parents retired to California, Kathy moved west with them after graduating from Oak Park River Forest High School and began trying to break into show ...

8. 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 ...

9. Kyle Dunnigan

Actor | Inside Amy Schumer

Kyle Dunnigan is an actor and writer, known for Inside Amy Schumer (2013), Reno 911! (2003) and Trainwreck (2015).

10. 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...

11. James Adomian

Actor | Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

James Adomian was born on January 31, 1980 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA as James Haig Adomian. He is an actor and writer, known for Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008), Trunk'd (2014) and California's Lost Gold (2012).

12. Matt Besser

Actor | Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Matt Besser was born on September 22, 1967 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA as Matthew Gregory Besser. He is a writer and actor, known for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), Year One (2009) and Drillbit Taylor (2008).

13. Natasha Leggero

Actress | He's Just Not That Into You

Natasha Leggero was born on March 26, 1974 in Rockford, Illinois, USA as Natasha Terese Leggero. She is an actress and writer, known for He's Just Not That Into You (2009), Another Period (2013) and Let's Be Cops (2014). She has been married to Moshe Kasher since October 11, 2015.

14. Scott Aukerman

Writer | Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

Scott Aukerman was born on July 2, 1970 in Savannah, Georgia, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis (2008), Run Ronnie Run (2002) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).

15. 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...

16. Howard Kremer

Actor | Melvin Goes to Dinner

Howard Kremer was born in 1971 in Matawan, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003), Comedy Gumbo (2008) and Lopez (2016).

17. Steve Agee

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Steve Agee was born on February 26, 1969 in Riverside, California, USA as Steven Douglas Agee. He is a writer and actor, known for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), New Girl (2011) and The Sarah Silverman Program: Animated Webisodes (2007).

18. 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.

19. Bob Odenkirk

Actor | Better Call Saul

Robert John Odenkirk was born in Berwyn, Illinois, to Barbara (Baier) and Walter Odenkirk, who worked in printing. His ancestry includes German and Irish. He grew up in Naperville, IL, the second of seven children. He worked as a DJ for WIDB, his college radio station at Southern Illinois ...

20. Chelsea Handler

Actress | This Means War

Chelsea Handler was born in Livingston, New Jersey, to a Mormon mother, Rita (Stoecker), who was born in Germany, and an American-born Jewish father, Seymour Handler. She was the youngest of six children. In 2002, Chelsea was one of the stars of Oxygen's Girls Behaving Badly (2002). Chelsea got her...

21. Joel McHale

Actor | Community

Joel Edward McHale was born in Rome, Italy, to a Canadian-born mother, Laurie (Jackson), and an American-born father, Jack McHale. His father, from Chicago, is of Irish descent, and his mother, from Vancouver, has Norwegian, Finnish, and English ancestry. Joel was raised in Seattle, Washington, and...

22. Tina Fey

Writer | 30 Rock

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish,...

23. Jen Kirkman

Actress | Home Again

Jen Kirkman was born as Jennifer A. Kirkman. She is a writer and actress, known for Home Again (2017), Lez Chat (2010) and Perfect Couples (2010). She was previously married to Neil Mahoney.

24. Michael Ian Black

Actor | Stella

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...

25. Harris Wittels

Producer | Parks and Recreation

Harris Wittels was born on April 20, 1984 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA as Harris Lee Wittels. He was a producer and writer, known for Parks and Recreation (2009), Master of None (2015) and Eastbound & Down (2009). He died on February 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

26. Todd Glass

Actor | Rebound

Solidly ensconced in the 30-40 demographic, comedian Todd Glass may now be considered ineligible to be labeled a wunderkind-but he certainly was one, having launched his career in comedy at age 16. Since that precocious start, the Philadelphia native has developed into a polished performer with a ...

27. Chris Fairbanks

Actor | Punching the Clown

Chris Fairbanks was born as Christopher James Fairbanks. He is an actor and writer, known for Punching the Clown (2009), Punching Henry (2016) and One-Headed Beast (2015).

28. Chris Hardwick

Producer | Talking Dead

Chris Hardwick was born on November 23, 1971 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Christopher Ryan Hardwick. He is a producer and actor, known for Talking Dead (2011), @midnight (2013) and The Wall (2016). He has been married to Lydia Hearst since August 20, 2016.

29. 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).

30. Seth Morris

Actor | The Dictator

Seth Morris is an actor and writer, known for The Dictator (2012), Cedar Rapids (2011) and Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ (2016).

31. Rob Huebel

Actor | The Descendants

Rob Huebel was born on June 4, 1969 in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Descendants (2011), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) and I Love You, Man (2009).

32. Michael Showalter

Writer | Wet Hot American Summer

Michael Showalter is a director, writer, and producer who most recently directed the 2017 hit The Big Sick. Previously he directed and co-wrote the 2016 film Hello, My Name Is Doris starring Sally Field. Michael's first film was the The Baxter (2005) starring Michelle Williams and Justin Theroux. ...

33. 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).

34. Kulap Vilaysack

Actress | Bajillion Dollar Propertie$

Kulap Vilaysack was born on May 11, 1980 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ (2016), The Office (2005) and Parks and Recreation (2009).

35. Greg Proops

Actor | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Greg Proops was born on October 3, 1959 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Gregory Everett Proops. He is an actor and writer, known for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Brother Bear (2003). He has been married to Jennifer Canaga since February 14,...

36. Brody Stevens

Actor | The Hangover

Brody Stevens was born on May 22, 1970 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA as Steven Brody. He is known for his work on The Hangover (2009), Due Date (2010) and The Hangover Part II (2011).