Funniest people I know

by Zorlach | created - 04 Jan 2012 | updated - 04 Jan 2012 | Public

Not in a particular order. These are the funniest actors and comedians I know. (Still under construction)

1. Jim Carrey

Actor | Bruce Almighty

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: ...

Good ol' Jim Carrey. One of the first actors I started to love when I was a little kid. Liar Liar, The Mask, Ace Ventura etc.

2. Steve Carell

Actor | The Office

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 Theresa (Koch), a psychiatric nurse, and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer. His mother was of Polish descent and his father of Italian and ...

Show me the 'Joyless Laughing Guy' and I'll be laughing every time. Steve Carell is great in 'The Office' and I'm sure he'll bring many more funny performances.

3. Jeroen van Koningsbrugge

Actor | Riphagen

Jeroen van Koningsbrugge was born on September 3, 1973 in Roosendaal, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands as Jeroen Bernardus Jozef Nicolaas van Koningsbrugge. He is an actor and writer, known for Riphagen (2017), Force (2014) and The Surprise (2015). He has been married to Marie-Claire Witlox since August ...

De Lama's, Nieuw Dier, Draadstaal, Ik Hou Van Holland. He was chosen as funniest person of The Netherlands. And he's well worthy of that title.

4. Dennis van de Ven

Actor | Smeris

Dennis van de Ven is an actor, writer, director, singer and stand-up comedian.

Van de Ven was born in Limburg, The Netherlands as the son of a snack bar holder. He graduated in 1996 as stage director at the Theatre Academy in Maastricht. After that he started a career on stage and on television.

On ...

Works a lot together with Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, in sketchshows like Nieuw Dier, Draadstaal and Neonletters. Very funny when it comes to playing different characters.

5. Ruben van der Meer

Actor | Plan C

Ruben van der Meer was born on June 2, 1970 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. He is an actor and writer, known for Plan C (2012), The Delivery (1999) and 6Pack (2003).

Main participant in De Lama's together with Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Ruben Nicolai and Tijl Beckand.

Also well-known from the videoclips of Hakkuhbar.

6. Ruben Nicolai

Actor | Walhalla

Ruben Nicolai was born on May 8, 1975 in Lanaken, Belgium as Ruben Iskander Nicolai. He is an actor, known for Walhalla (2011), As the World Turns (1956) and Koppels (2006).

Main participant in De Lama's together with Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Ruben van der Meer and Tijl Beckand.

7. Tijl Beckand

Actor | Sinterklaasjournaal

Tijl Beckand was born on July 30, 1974 in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands as Tijl Maria Theresia Beckand. He is an actor, known for Sinterklaasjournaal (2001), De grote improvisatieshow (2013) and De lama's (2004).

Main participant in De Lama's together with Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Ruben Nicolai and Ruben van der Meer.

8. John Cleese

Actor | A Fish Called Wanda

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 ...

My favorite of the Monthy Pyton group. Also very funny in Ratrace and Fawlty Towers.

9. Eric Idle

Actor | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, playwright, director, and songwriter. Co-creator of Monty Python on TV, stage, and five films, including The Life of Brian and The Holy Grail, which he later adapted for the stage with John Du Prez as Monty Python's Spamalot, winning the Tony...

'Always look on the bright side of life'; The song that we love to sing in a group.

10. Graham Chapman

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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 ...

R.I.P. Graham Chapman. Monthy Pyton wouldn't be the same without you.

11. Michael Palin

Actor | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Michael Palin 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 ...

12. Terry Jones

Writer | The Meaning of Life

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 (1966) for television, ...

13. Terry Gilliam

Writer | Brazil

Terry Gilliam was born near Medicine Lake, Minnesota. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of MAD magazine. In his early twenties he was often stopped by the police who suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising. In ...

14. Marty Feldman

Actor | Young Frankenstein

"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 ...

Haven't seen that much of his performances, but his performance in Young Frankenstein gives him a spot on this list.

15. Nick Frost

Actor | Paul

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 ...

16. Simon Pegg

Actor | Shaun of the Dead

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 ...

17. Bert Visscher

Editor | Vandaag of morgen

Bert Visscher was born on October 26, 1960 in Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands as Albertus Visscher. He is an actor and writer, known for Vandaag of morgen (1976), Veranderend Nederland (1988) and Psalm 13 (2005).

18. Jochem Myjer

Actor | Intocht van Sinterklaas

Jochem Myjer was born on April 22, 1977 in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. He is an actor and writer, known for Intocht van Sinterklaas (1967), Sinterklaasjournaal (2001) and Collector (2009).

19. Hans Teeuwen

Writer | Masterclass

Hans Teeuwen was born on March 3, 1967 in Budel, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands as Hans Eduard Marie Teeuwen. He is a writer and actor, known for Masterclass (2005), Jesus Is a Palestinian (1999) and Interview (2007).

20. Theo Maassen

Actor | TBS

Theo Maassen was born on December 8, 1966 in Oegstgeest, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands as Theodorus Wilhelmus Maassen. He is an actor and writer, known for Nothing to Lose (2008), Miss Minoes (2001) and Black Book (2006).

21. Ronald Goedemondt

Actor | The Way To Paradise

Ronald Goedemondt was born on June 12, 1975 in Tegelen, Limburg, Netherlands. He is an actor and writer, known for The Way To Paradise, Sluipschutters (2013) and Het leven volgens Nino (2014).

22. Mel Brooks

Actor | Spaceballs

Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to ...

23. André van Duin

Actor | De Dik Voormekaar show

André van Duin was born as Adrianus Marinus Kyvon on February 20th, 1947. At the age of 15 he sent letters to several TV networks, requesting an audition. He's always had the talent of amusing people, imitating celebrities and singing. Unfortunately every network turned him down, because he was too...

24. Jack Nicholson

Actor | Chinatown

Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the...

25. Woody Harrelson

Actor | True Detective

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Woodrow Tracy Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas, to Diane Lou (Oswald) and Charles Harrelson. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, where his mother was from. After receiving degrees in theater arts and English from Hanover College, he...

26. 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 ...

27. Rowan Atkinson

Actor | Johnny English

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 ...

28. Michael Kessler

Actor | Switch: Reloaded

Michael Kessler was born on June 24, 1967 in Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany. He is an actor, known for Switch: Reloaded (2007), Look Who's Back (2015) and Little Sharks (1992).

29. Rémi Gaillard

Actor | Par l'odeur alléché...

Rémi Gaillard is known for his work on Par l'odeur alléché... (2004), WTF (2014) and Ridere: Una personale visione cinematografica (2018).

30. Gene Wilder

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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 ...

31. Bill Murray

Actor | Lost in Translation

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, ...

32. Will Ferrell

Producer | Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

John William Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay (Overman), a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician. His parents were originally from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrell became interested in performing while a student ...

33. Dave Chappelle

Writer | Chappelle's Show

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 ...

34. Jack Black

Actor | The School of Rock

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 ...

35. Paul de Leeuw

Actor | Filmpje!

Paul de Leeuw was born on March 26, 1962 in IJsselmonde, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands as Paul Henri de Leeuw. He is an actor and writer, known for Filmpje! (1995), Het Club van Sinterklaas Feest (2009) and Zeeuws meisje (1997).

36. Lloyd Bridges

Actor | Airplane!

The star of many land and underwater adventures, Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. was born on January 15, 1913 in San Leandro, California, to Harriet Evelyn (Brown) and Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Sr., who owned a movie theater and also worked in the hotel business. He grew up in various Northern California ...

37. Stan Laurel

Actor | Sons of the Desert

Stan Laurel came from a theatrical family, his father was an actor and theatre manager, and he made his stage debut at the age of 16 at Pickard's Museum, Glasgow. He traveled with Fred Karno's vaudeville company to the United States in 1910 and again in 1913. While with that company he was Charles ...

38. Oliver Hardy

Actor | Sons of the Desert

Although his parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began ...

39. Harvey Korman

Actor | Blazing Saddles

Harvey Korman was a lanky, popular TV comedy veteran with a flair for broad comic characterizations, who shone for a decade as leading man and second banana par excellence on The Carol Burnett Show (1967).

Harvey Herschel Korman was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ellen (Blecher) and Cyril Raymond ...

40. Lou Costello

Actor | Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

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 ...

41. Bud Abbott

Actor | Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

Long acknowledged as one of the best "straight men" in the business, Bud Abbott was born William Alexander Abbott in Reading, Pennsylvania to Rae (Fisher) and Harry Abbott, who had both worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. When Bud was three his family moved to Asbury Park, New Jersey, which he...

42. Cloris Leachman

Actress | The Last Picture Show

The legendary actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars (2005). Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company, Leachman Lumber Co. She ...

43. Charlie Sheen

Actor | Two and a Half Men

Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez on September 3, 1965, in New York City. His father, actor Martin Sheen (born Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez), was at the time just breaking into the business, with performances on Broadway. His mother, Janet Sheen (née Templeton), was a former New York art ...

44. 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 ...

45. Will Smith

Music_department | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden ...

46. Jon Lovitz

Actor | Happiness

Jon Lovitz was born on July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, California, USA as Jonathan Michael Lovitz. He is an actor, known for Happiness (1998), A League of Their Own (1992) and Loaded Weapon 1 (1993).

47. Jerry Stiller

Actor | Hairspray

As the short, hypertensive male counterpart of the stellar husband-and-wife comedy team "Stiller & Meara", Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara were on top of the comedy game in the 1960s, a steady and hilarious presence on television variety, notably The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), on which they ...

48. Ben Stiller

Producer | Tropic Thunder

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 Catholic descent (she converted to Judaism).

His parents made no real ...

49. Ray Romano

Actor | Everybody Loves Raymond

Ray Romano grew up in Forest Hills, Queens. He performed in the NYC comedy club circuit before landing a guest spot on The Letterman Show. It was here that he propelled his TV show Everybody Loves Raymond.

He was also the voice of the Mammoth in the extremely successful Ice Age Series Movies.

He is ...

50. Kevin James

Actor | Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Kevin James was born Kevin George Knipfing on April 26, 1965, in Mineola, New York, to Janet (Klein), an office worker, and Joseph Valentine Knipfing, Jr., an insurance agency owner. He attended SUNY Cortland where he played fullback on the football team while majoring in sports management. He ...

51. Christopher Lloyd

Actor | Back to the Future

Christopher Lloyd was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA as Christopher Allen Lloyd. He is an actor, known for Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Clue (1985). He has been married to Lisa Loiacono since November 23, 2016. He was previously married to ...

52. Moe Howard

Actor | The Three Stooges Meet Hercules

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...

53. Curly Howard

Actor | Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise

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 ...

54. Larry Fine

Actor | The Three Stooges Meet Hercules

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 ...

55. Christopher Walken

Actor | Hairspray

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 (1978), and has been seen in mostly character roles, often ...

56. John Malkovich

Actor | Being John Malkovich

John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary ...



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