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Top 50 Most Popular Funny Celebrities
Aishwarya-Posted Dec 29, 2022
The world of celebrities is filled with many talented people. We have musicians, singers, businessmen, actors, sports personalities, TV presenters, and more.
Out of them, not all can claim fame for a long time. A sportsperson can lose his edge over his competitors, a businessman can miss a market trend and fall out of public memory, an actor can take a sabbatical, and people forget them, etc.
They all have a shelf life that will expire sooner or later. However, funny celebrities seem to have a longer life span compared to other celebrities.
Their superpower is comedy, which will never go out of fashion. They can make a bad joke but make a comeback with another good comedy tour.
Comedians have the ability to turn controversies into comedy fodder and stay for longer. So, to celebrate such famous people, ENTOIN brings you a list of popular celebrities with a funny bone.
This list might have more stand-up comedians, but we have considered only those celebrities who have consistently used humor across as many avenues as they can.
So here is the list of the 50 best funny celebrities.
50. David Letterman
David Letterman is a television host, director, and producer. His most famous shows are Late Night With David Letterman on NBC and Late Show With David Letterman on CBS.
He is well-known for his witty humor, top-10 lists, and acerbic political jokes. He is currently hosting My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman on Netflix.
David Letterman started on television as a weatherman and TV announcer and also wrote for other TV shows. He got his break after meeting Johnny Carson, who considered Letterman his true successor.
Letterman would fill in for Carson on The Tonight Show on NBC. Letterman also started a production company called Worldwide Pants that produced shows like Everybody Loves Raymond, The Late Late Show, Ed, The Fundamentals of Caring, etc.
Letterman is considered an inspiration for Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Seth Myers, etc.
49. Bill Murray
Bill Murray is an actor, comedian, and writer. He started his comedy journey with National Lampoon Radio Hour. He met his fellow comedian and future co-stars Dan Akyroyd, Jim Belushi, and Gilda Radner, with whom he worked on Saturday Night Live.
He wrote as a writer for many comedy skits and comedy specials with SNL. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for his writing work.
In his early days, he was known for playing rude, brash, and acerbic characters who get humiliated. Later, he developed a style for playing lonely and depressed characters.
Despite the nature of the characters he played, his mellow voice, deadpan delivery, and sarcastic comments made all his roles lovable.
48. Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black was born Michael Ian Schwartz, but changed it to Black, as Schwartz is Black in German.
When asked why he changed it, he jokingly quipped that his last name did not go with his Jewishness.
Black quit NYU Tisch School of Art to join the comedy group, The State, which also had its own TV show.
With the group, he tried to create a new show, but it failed, and he took up other acting assignments in Viva Variety, Stella, Michael & Michael Have Issues, Another Period, etc.
He garnered fame as the voice of the sock puppet in the TV series, Pets.com. He also wrote a couple of children’s books and four adult books.
47. Paul F. Tompkins
Paul F. Tompkins is an actor, stand-up comic, and writer. He began his stand-up career in 1986 at the Comedy Works and also worked on the live sketch comedy show The Skates.
Currently, he is more known for his improv comedy podcasts like The Dead Authors Podcast, Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins, etc. The other popular shows of Paul F. Tompkins were Mr. Show with Bob and David, Real Time with Bill Maher, Best Week Ever, and Comedy Bang! Bang!, No, You Shut Up!, BoJack Horseman, There Will Be Blood, The Informant!, etc. Tompkins is often listed among the best comedy podcasts.
He was also listed as one of the best Twitter accounts of 2014
46. James Blunt
James Blunt is a British singer, songwriter, and musician. He has also acted in a few films, including P. S. I Love You, Happy Death Day 2U, and It's a Boy Girl Thing, in minor roles. He also serves in the British Army in the Life Guard regiment.
He served in the Kosovo War as part of the peacekeeping force. Blunt’s music career took off after he was discharged from the Army.
He released his debut album Back To Bedlam. He has practiced music since his school days when his emotional lyrics and voice were not appreciated but he persevered.
James Blunt is also known for his sarcastic wit and humor. Despite receiving multiple awards for his music, he was heavily trolled on Twitter and social media.
Blunt’s sarcasm was on full display in the way he handled his trollers.
45. Anna Kendrick
Anna Cooke Kendrick is an actress and singer. She is known for playing awkward girls in comedy films or light-hearted dramas.
She is known for her dry and sarcastic wit. In an interview, Kendrick said that she connected easily with elements of humor in any script, be it comedy or serious.
Anna Kendrick made her debut on stage with her role as Dinah in High Society. She was twelve at the time of her debut.
She continued to act and perform in stage plays and musicals throughout her career. Anna Kendrick is famous for her roles in the Twilight film series, the Pitch Perfect film series, the Trolls animation films, etc.
She is also the youngest actress to be nominated for the triple crown of acting with her nominations for the Academy Award, Tony Award, and Primetime Emmy award.
44. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is an actress of the high regard in Hollywood. She has three Oscar nominations, out of which she won once.
Jennifer Lawrence is known for playing a wide range of characters and genres, from superhero films, comedy roles, offbeat indie films, dramas, etc.
Lawrence has a witty and self-deprecating sense of humor that comes out during her interviews. She often has several embarrassing personal stories as a way to lighten the mood, making her more relatable and approachable.
Her most famous running gag is how she trips and falls while walking. Most famously, she tripped on the steps after winning her Oscar.
43. Will Smith
Will Smith is a highly successful rapper, songwriter, actor, comedian, and film producer. He began his career in high school as a rapper and achieved overnight success.
However, he also lost it all after an IRS case. As a comeback vehicle, Will Smith took up the role in the comedy series Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
This role shot him to stardom and gave him an opportunity to work in bigger comedies, action, and dramatic roles like the Bad Boys franchise, the Men In Black franchise, Ali, I, Robot, King Richard, In Pursuit of Happiness, etc.
Will Smith has built a reputation for his clean rap songs, goofy roles, wise-cracking dialogues, and more that are not limited to just his movies but in real life too.
42. Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling was born Vera Mindy Chokalingam. She is an actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She shot to fame as Kelly Kapoor of the comedy series The Office.
She was also a writer and producer on the show. Kaling is known for her witty humor that is relatable to modern working women.
Mindy Kaling has created many TV series like The Mindy Project, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Champions, Never Have I Ever, etc.
She has acted in many of the top comedy shows and movies like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Innside Out, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Wreck-It Ralph, Five-Year Engagement, etc.
41. Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie is a British comedian, actor, and musician. He achieved worldwide acclaim for his role as Dr. House, the unsociable, genius doctor in House.
However, the British audience was well aware of Laurie’s talent long before. Hugh Laurie is an exponent of the improv theater company Footlights, based out of Cambridge University.
He worked along with comedy greats like Stephan Fry, Robbie Coltrane, Rowan Atkinson, etc., in Jeeves and Wooster, A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Blackadder, etc.
He has also starred in other TV series like Veep, The Night Manager, etc. After the series House ended, Hugh Laurie displayed his hidden talent for jazz piano and released his blues album titled Let Them Talk.
40. John Mulaney
John Mulaney is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. His work on the stand-up specials Comeback Kid, Kid Gorgeous, etc. was widely acknowledged.
He also wrote comedy plays for Broadway like John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch, Oh, Hello on Broadway, etc.
John Mulaney began his career with SNL as a writer when he created the famous sketch of Stefon with Bill Hader.
He worked with Seth Myers, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and the group on the mockumentary, Documentary Now. John Mulaney is a college buddy of Nick Kroll, and they both have worked in and created parodies for comedy shows.
Currently, he is doing voice acting in animated films and TV series.
39. Marc Maron
Marc Maron is a stand-up comedian, writer, podcaster, and actor. He is highly regarded for his comedic style and humor.
Maron hosted comedy shows on TV, radio, and comedy specials and also wrote books. Marc Maron has a straightforward, thought-provoking, and honest comedic style.
His work on shows like Short Attention Span Theater, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the American version of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, GLOW, Maron, etc.
His hit radio shows and podcasts include Air America, The Marc Maron Show, Breakroom Live, WTF with Marc Maron, etc.
38. David Cross
David Cross is an actor, comedian, writer, and director. He is most famous for his role as Tobias Funke from Arrested Development.
Apart from that, he also acted in the Men in Black film series, Mr. Show, Freak show, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Modern Family, etc.
Cross is known for portraying clueless and oblivious characters with aplomb. He also does a lot of voice work for animated films and series like the KungFu Panda franchise, Megamind, Alvin, and the Chipmunks, Futurama, Curious George, etc.
While in college, David Cross formed the sketch comedy group called Cross Comedy. He performed in comedy clubs like Catch a Rising Star, Un-Cabaret, etc.
He is known for alternative comedy, black comedy, and observational comedy styles.
37. Jimmy Fallon
James Thomas Fallon, or Jimmy Fallon, is a comedian, actor, writer, and TV host. He gained immense popularity for his stint on Saturday Night Live, where he performed sketch comedy in various formats and later worked on the Weekend Update with writer Tina Fey.
Fallon is best known for his impressions and impersonations. He famously did impressions of Mick Jagger, Barry Gibb, Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern, Robert De Niro, John Lennon, etc.
He also did great characters like Nick Burns, the IT guy, Jarret, Sully, etc. He also has a talent for musical impersonations, where he parodied the songs of Eminem, Avril Lavigne, The White Stripes, Enrique Iglesias, Dave Matthews Band, etc.
He is currently the host of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
36. Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, writer, TV host, and actor. He began stand-up comedy after accepting a dare from his cousin.
He did many stand-up comedy shows and hosted television and radio shows in South Africa before he took up the role of international special correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
Trevor Noah’s comedy is filled with political satire, media, and news satire. His topics range from cultural issues, race relations, current events, politics, social commentary, etc.
He uses his grasp of accents and language to make his jokes more impactful. In 2015, Trevor Noah took over as the host of The Daily Show. He also hosted the Grammy Awards ceremony for two years.
35. Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman is an actor, comedian, and writer. He also does carpentry in his spare time, making wood furniture.
Offerman is known for his overt machismo and deadpan delivery in all his roles. His most famous role was in Parks and Recreation.
He also starred in The Founder, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, We Are The Millers, Fargo, etc. Offerman has done extensive voice acting in animated films like The Lego Movie franchise, Hotel Transylvania 2, Ice Age: Collision Course, the Sing film franchise, Gravity Falls, etc.
He also did comedy tours, including the Full Bush Tour and the All Rise Tour. He is also known for his four books that were authored between 2013 and 2021.
34. Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, comedian, and magician. He is best known for his role as Barney Stinson in the television series "How I Met Your Mother," for which he received four Emmy Awards nominations.
Harris has also hosted several award shows, including the Tony Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards. In addition to his acting and hosting career, Harris is also a successful stage actor, having performed in several Broadway productions.
He has also appeared in films where he played larger-than-life characters that often displayed a goofball streak. Some of his memorable roles were Uncoupled, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, etc.
Harris is known for his versatile range and ability to perform in a variety of genres, including comedy, drama, and musical theater.
He has received widespread acclaim for his performances and has won numerous awards for his work in the entertainment industry.
33. Maria Bamford
Maria Bamford is an American actress and comedian. She is known for her unconventional style and comedic storytelling. She began her career in the late 1990s and has since released several comedy albums and appeared on numerous television shows and specials.
Bamford is known for her ability to portray a wide range of characters in animated shows like American Dad!, CatDog, Ugly Americans, BoJack Horseman, Arrested Development, Barnyard, Heckler, Hell and Back, etc.
Bamford often tackles difficult and personal subjects with a unique blend of vulnerability and humor. She has won critical acclaim for her work and has been praised for her honesty and bravery in tackling difficult subjects such as mental health, relationships, and family.
32. Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan is an actor, comedian, and writer best known for his work on the sketch comedy television show Saturday Night Live and the sitcom 30 Rock.
He first gained fame as a cast member on SNL in 1996, where he was known for his impressions and original characters.
Morgan overcame hardship using his ability to tell jokes. His usual topics revolve around race relations, current events, African-American culture, drug use, etc.
He released several stand-up comedy specials, and he is known for his energetic stage presence and his ability to connect with audiences.
Morgan starred in and served as a producer on 30 Rock, which aired on NBC, and The Last O. G. on TBS. In addition to his work on television, Morgan has appeared in numerous films too.
31. Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson is a British actor, comedian, and writer best known for his work in the Mr. Bean film series and animated series.
He started his career with the sketch comedy television show Not the Nine O'Clock News. His British sitcom Blackadder cemented his popularity.
Atkinson began comedy as a member of the Oxford University revue group and also worked with The Footlights comedy troupe, where he developed his comedic style and abilities as a performer.
He is known for his physical comedy and his ability to bring characters to life through his expressive facial expressions and body language.
Apart from his work in television and on the stage, he also starred in films like the Johnny English franchise, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Maigret, etc.
He is widely regarded as one of the most talented and influential comedians of his generation.
30. Bill Maher
Bill Maher is a comedian, political commentator, and television host known for his irreverent and often controversial style of comedy.
He is the host of the talk show Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO and the late-night show, Politically Incorrect on Comedy Central and ABC.
He is known for his sharp wit and satirical commentary on current events and political issues. Maher holds liberal views and is not afraid to speak his mind or make fun of controversial figures.
He often uses sarcasm and irony to make his points, and his comedic style can be irreverent and confrontational.
Maher's humor can be divisive, as he is known to offend some people with his jokes and commentary. However, he has a large following and is widely regarded as an important and influential figure in the world of comedy and political commentary.
29. Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt is a comedian, actor, and writer. He has done many stand-up comedy specials as well as roles on television shows and in films.
Oswalt's comedy often centers on his personal experiences and observational comedy. He often uses irony and self-deprecation, and his comedic style is often described as smart and clever.
He has a large and loyal following and is widely regarded as one of the most talented and influential comedians of his generation.
Patton Oswalt has worked in many acclaimed comedy shows like King of Queens, The Goldbergs, Parks and Recreation, Community, Two and a Half Men, Reno 911!, Veep, Justified, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, 22 Jump Street, etc.
28. Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy is an American actress, writer, and comedian who has had a successful career in film, television, and stand-up comedy.
She first gained fame for her role on the television show Gilmore Girls, followed by Samantha Who? and Mike & Molly.
Later, she gained critical acclaim for her roles in films such as Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, and Ghostbusters. In addition to her acting career, McCarthy has also performed stand-up comedy and has hosted several award shows, including the Primetime Emmy Awards.
She is known for her energetic and improvisational comedy style and has received numerous awards and nominations for her work in comedy.
27. Howard Stern
Howard Stern is primarily a radio host but has also worked as a television personality and author. He first gained fame as a radio host in the 1980s with morning radio shows till he was fired.
His work at WNBC New York made him the leading radio host, with over 20 million people tuning in for his shows.
He became one of the most popular and influential figures in the media industry. Stern is known for his irreverent and often outrageous sense of humor as well as his willingness to push the boundaries of what is acceptable in the world of comedy.
He has a controversial style of comedy. He also released several best-selling books, hosted numerous television shows, and performed stand-up comedy.
This earned him eight consecutive awards from Billboard's Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year.
26. Seth Meyers
Seth Meyers is a comedian, writer, actor, and television host known for his work on the sketch comedy television show Saturday Night Live and the late-night talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Seth Myers also hosted award ceremonies like ESPY Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, White House Correspondents Dinner, etc.
He began his career as a writer on SNL in 2001 and later served as a cast member and head writer for the show.
Meyers has won numerous awards for his work on SNL, including several Writers Guild of America Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award.
In 2014, he began hosting Late Night with Seth Meyers, which has become known for its political satire and sharp wit.
In addition to his work on television, Meyers has also appeared in films and has released several stand-up comedy specials.
25. Zach Galifianakis
Zach Galifianakis is an actor, comedian, and writer known for his unique sense of humor and unconventional style. He first gained fame as a stand-up comedian in the late 1990s and has since become one of the most popular and respected comedians.
Galifianakis is known for his deadpan delivery and his ability to bring absurd characters to life. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including The Hangover trilogy, Between Two Ferns, Baskets, Puss in Boots, The Lego Batman Movie, Missing Link, etc.
In addition to his work as a performer, Galifianakis has also written and produced several projects, including the television show Bored to Death and the film Masterminds.
He has been nominated for several awards, including Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
24. Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari is an actor, comedian, and writer known for his work on the television show Parks and Recreation and the Netflix series Master of None.
He began his career as a stand-up comedian in the early 2000s and has since become one of the most popular and influential comedians of his generation.
Ansari is known for his sharp wit, relatable humor, and ability to tackle complex and controversial subjects with wit and sensitivity.
In addition to his work on television, he has also released several stand-up comedy specials and has appeared in films.
Ansari has won numerous awards for his work, including a Golden Globe Award for Master of None. He has also been nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards.
23. Tig Notaro
Tig Notaro is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer known for her unconventional style and ability to find humor in difficult and personal subjects.
She began her career as a stand-up comedian in the late 1990s and steadily rose in fame and followership.
Notaro is known for her deadpan delivery and her ability to connect with audiences through her honesty and vulnerability.
She has released several stand-up comedy albums, including Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted, Live, etc. She appeared on numerous television shows and specials and toured internationally.
Notaro has also acted in films and television shows and has written for television. She has won critical acclaim for her work and has been nominated for several awards, including Primetime Emmy Awards.
22. Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson is a British television presenter, journalist, and writer. He garnered international fame with his shows Top Gear and The Grand Tour.
He began his career as a journalist working in Northern England and later became a presenter on Top Gear, which aired on the BBC from 2002 to 2015.
Clarkson is known for his cheeky, sometimes brash, and opinionated style and his love of cars and motor racing.
He has often courted controversy from the public, pressure groups, and politicians for his comments. He has also hosted several other television shows, including Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Clarkson has also written several books and has worked as a newspaper columnist. He has won numerous awards and has been nominated for a BAFTA Television Award.
21. Michael Che
Michael Che is a comedian, actor, and writer known for his work on the sketch comedy television show Saturday Night Live and the late-night talk show The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
He first gained fame as a stand-up comedian in the late 2000s, and Che is known for his sharp wit and ability to tackle difficult and controversial subjects with humor and sensitivity.
He is also known for his activism and advocacy for social and political causes. His style of humor includes political satire, sketch comedy, and insult comedy.
He has won critical acclaim for his work and has been nominated for several awards, including Primetime Emmy Awards.
In addition to his work on television, Che has also appeared in films and has released several stand-up comedy specials.
20. Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert is a comedian, writer, actor, and television host known for his work on The Colbert Report and the late-night talk show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
He began his career as a member of the Second City improv troupe in Chicago and worked as the understudy of Steve Carrell.
Later, he became a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2005, he started hosting The Colbert Report, which became known for its political satire and Colbert's parody of conservative political pundits.
In addition to his work on television, Colbert has also appeared in films and has released several stand-up comedy specials.
He has won numerous work awards, including Primetime Emmy Awards.
19. Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel is a comedian, television host, writer, and producer known for hosting the late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC.
He is the longest-serving late-night show host after Conan O’Brien retired. Kimmel began his career as a stand-up comedian and has since become one of the most popular and influential figures in the entertainment industry.
Kimmel is known for his irreverent sense of humor and his ability to connect with audiences through his storytelling and comedic sketches.
Jimmy Kimmel has also served as the host and executive producer of several awards shows, including the Emmy Awards and the Oscars.
Kimmel has won numerous Daytime Emmy Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award. He has also been nominated for a Grammy Award.
18. Bill Hader
Bill Hader is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director, who is best known for his work on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.
He was a cast member on the show from 2005 to 2013 and received critical acclaim for his impressions of various celebrities and politicians.
He also created and starred in the HBO series Barry, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Hader has appeared in numerous films, including Superbad, Pineapple Express, The Night Before, and The Skeleton Twins. He has also lent his voice to several animated films, including Inside Out and The Lego Batman Movie.
Hader is known for his versatility and range as a performer, and he continues to be a popular and influential figure in the world of comedy.
17. Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart is a comedian, actor, writer, and television host known for his intelligent and satirical style of comedy.
He is best known for his work as the host of the Daily Show, a satirical news program that aired on Comedy Central from 1999 to 2015.
Stewart's comedic style is characterized by his sharp wit, political savvy, and ability to find humor in current events and political issues.
He often used irony, satire, and self-deprecation in his jokes and was known for his ability to skewer politicians and other public figures with his humor.
Stewart has also released several stand-up comedy specials and has acted in a number of films and television shows.
His shows include Short Attention Span Theater, You Wrote It, You Watch It, The Jon Stewart Show, Death to Smoochy, Big Daddy, etc.
16. Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson is an Australian actress, comedian, and writer known for her roles in films such as Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect, and How to Be Single.
She began her career as a stand-up comedian in Australia, performing at clubs and festivals around the country. In Australia, she worked in comedy shows like Pizza, Bogan Pride, The Wedge, etc.
In 2011, she moved to the US to pursue her career in comedy and acting. Wilson is known for her energetic and irreverent comedic style and has won critical acclaim for her performances in both comedic and dramatic roles.
Wilson has also released several stand-up comedy specials and has written and produced several comedic projects. She has a large and devoted fan base due to her films like What to Expect When You're Expecting, Struck by Lightning, Bachelorette, How to be Single, The Hustle, etc.
15. Hannibal Buress
Hannibal Buress is a comedian, actor, and writer known for his observational and often absurdist style of comedy. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in 2002 with The Awkward Comedy Show and later followed it up with Louie, The Eric Andre Show, etc.
Buress quickly gained a following with his unique brand of humor, which often tackles controversial or taboo subjects with a mix of wit and absurdity.
His brand of comedy includes simple themes like black culture, everyday life, politics, and also sensitive issues like abuse, sexual assault, etc.
Buress has also acted in a number of television shows and films, including his own The Hannibal Buress Show, Neighbors, its sequel, The Secret Life of Pets, Tag, etc. He has written for TV shows, including SNL and 30 Rock.
14. Fred Armisen
Fred Armisen is an actor, comedian, and musician famous through his work in Saturday Night Live and as the co-creator and star of the IFC sketch comedy series Portlandia.
Armisen began his career as a musician and later transitioned into comedy, performing stand-up and sketch comedy in clubs and theaters around the country.
He first gained widespread recognition for his work as a cast member on SNL, where he was known for his versatile and often absurdist comedic style.
Armisen has also acted in a number of films and television shows and has released several comedy specials. He is known for his ability to play a wide range of characters and his talent for improv and sketch comedy.
Armisen’s filmography includes Portlandia, Documentary Now!, Moonbase 8, The Looney Tunes Show, Melvin Goes to Dinner, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, The Ex, The Dictator, etc.
13. Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry is a British actor, comedian, writer, and presenter. He debuted into stardom with Alfresco, and followed it up with A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder, etc.
As a comedian, he is acclaimed for his wit, intelligence, and versatility. He began his career as a member of the Cambridge Footlights, a prestigious comedy troupe, and has since established himself as one of the most respected and influential figures in the world of comedy.
Fry has worked in a number of TV and film projects like QI, The Hobbit, Wilde, Gosford Park, Chariots of Fire, A Fish Called Wanda, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, etc.
He is also a prolific writer and has published several books, including memoirs and novels. He has appeared on the panel of multiple radio shows like Just a Minute, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, etc. He is also active on stage with many stage plays to his credit.
12. Louis C.K.
Louis C. K. is a comedian, actor, writer, and director. He began his career in the 1990s when he wrote for other reputed late-night shows, sketch comedy shows, etc., like David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Dana Carvey, Chris Rock, and Saturday Night Live.
C. K. gained widespread recognition in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He performed many stand-up specials and his work as a writer and producer.
For The Chris Rock Show, he won an Emmy award. In 2006. He created and starred in his own television show, Louie, which aired on FX for five seasons and was widely praised for its innovative and unconventional approach to comedy.
C. K. has released a number of stand-up specials and has acted in a number of films and television shows.
However, he was accused of sexual misconduct in 2017. This resulted in his being canceled, but he came back with comedy tours in 2018.
11. Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers was an American comedian, actress, and television host. She was a pioneer in women’s stand-up comedy. She used her quick wit, sharp tongue, and blunt nature to build a unique style of insult comedy or shock comedy filled with deprecating humor toward herself and other celebrities.
She began her career as a stand-up comedian in the 1960s and quickly gained popularity with her edgy and often controversial jokes.
Rivers became a household name with her own TV show The Joan Rivers Show, which aired on the Fox network.
She was also known for her work as the host of the E! network's Fashion Police, a show that critiqued celebrity fashion.
Rivers also released several comedy albums and acted in a number of films and television shows. She died in 2014 at the age of 81.
10. John Oliver
John Oliver is a British comedian, writer, and television host. He is a political commentator who has had a huge impact on US culture, legislation, and policymaking.
His impact is often referred to as The John Oliver Effect. Oliver is the host of the HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, a weekly news and current affairs show that combines in-depth reporting with humorous sketches and satirical segments.
Oliver's comedic style is characterized by his intelligence, wit, and ability to take complex or controversial subjects and present them in a way that is both informative and entertaining.
He often uses irony, satire, and absurdity to make his points. Oliver has a large and devoted following and is widely regarded as one of the most talented and influential comedians and commentators of his generation.
9. Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart is a stand-up comic, actor, and producer with an energetic stage presence and often loud style with jokes about his personal life, black culture, and current events.
He began his career as a stand-up comedian and performed at all kinds of clubs and events. Hart quickly gained a following with his unique brand of humor, which often tackles controversial or taboo subjects with a mix of wit and absurdity.
Hart has also acted in a number of films and television shows. They include his own series, The Kevin Hart Show, The Eric Andre Show, Little Fockers, Think Like a Man, Ride Along, About Last Night, Get Hard, Central Intelligence, the Jumanji franchise, etc.
He has released several stand-up comedy specials and has written and produced several comedic projects.
8. Kristen Wiig
Kristen Wiig is an actress, comedian, and writer known for her work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for her roles in films such as Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters, Wonder Woman 1984, etc.
Wiig began her comedy journey as a member of the LA-based sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings and later joined the cast of SNL.
She was known for her versatile and often absurdist comedic style in her sketches. Wiig has also acted in a number of films and TV shows and has released several stand-up comedy specials.
Some of her most memorable performances were in Unaccompanied Minors, Knocked Up, Adventureland, Whip It, the How to Train Your Dragon, and Despicable Me franchises, etc.
7. Chris Rock
Chris Rock is a comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He gained notoriety for his irreverent and often controversial style of comedy.
He started out as a stand-up comedian, performing at minor clubs and did supporting roles in films. Rock gained widespread recognition with his stand-up specials and his work as a writer and producer on Saturday Night Live.
In the 2000s, he became one of the most popular and influential comedians in the world, appearing in several comedy films.
Some of them are Nurse Betty, Down to Earth, Pootie Tang, Head of State, the Madagascar film series, etc.
Rock's comedic style is characterized by his sharp wit, social commentary, and ability to tackle controversial subjects with a mix of humor and insight.
6. Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler is an actress, comedian, writer, and producer known for her work in Saturday Night Live, the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, Welcome to Sweden, Broad City, Difficult People, Duncanville, etc.
Poehler joined the sketch comedy troupe The Second City and later created the Upright Citizen’s Brigade theater. Later, she joined the cast of SNL, where she was known for her versatile and often absurdist comedic style.
Apart from that, Poehler has also acted in a number of films such as Shrek the Third, Horton Hears a Who!, Monsters vs. Aliens, Mean Girls, Baby Mama, Sisters, Wine Country, Inside Out, etc.
5. Larry David
Larry David is a comedian, actor, writer, and producer known for his work as the co-creator and star of the HBO series Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Fridays, SNL, etc.
David started as a stand-up comedian in the 1970s but moved to write for TV shows. He later gained widespread recognition as a writer and producer on Saturday Night Live and went on to create and star in Seinfeld, one of the most popular and influential television shows of all time.
In the 2000s, he returned to television with Curb Your Enthusiasm, a semi-autobiographical sitcom that aired on HBO for ten seasons.
David's comedic style is characterized by his sharp wit, social awkwardness, and ability to find humor in everyday situations.
4. Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, and writer who has had a successful career in film, television, and stage.
He first gained widespread recognition as a cast member on the sketch comedy TV show Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2002.
He has since gone on to star in a number of popular films, including Old School, Elf, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
Ferrell is known for his comedic roles and ability to bring a unique and absurdist perspective to his performances.
Ferrell has also acted in more serious roles, including in the films Stranger than Fiction and The Producers. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including a Primetime Emmy Award and several nominations for the Golden Globe Awards.
3. Tina Fey
Tina Fey is an actress, comedian, writer, and playwright. She has gained recognition for her work in Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Tina Fey joined the Second City improv comedy troupe, where she met Amy Pohler, her longtime collaborator. After gaining experience at Second City, Tina Fey joined SNL as a writer and became a head writer.
She also hosted the Weekend Update segment of SNL before she quit it. Fey went on to co-create and work in 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
She also worked in films like Mean Girls, Baby Mama, Date Night, Megamind, Sisters, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Wine Country, etc. Tina Fey also authored the book Bossypants.
2. Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld is often listed among the top 5 stand-up comedians in America. He is also a writer, producer, and actor.
His most famous work has been his self-titled comedy series, Seinfeld. It was a series that he created with Larry David, about a fictionalized version of himself and three of his friends.
Later, Seinfeld got back to stand-up comedy and also wrote for films. His works include Bee Movie, The Marriage Ref, Comedians in Car Getting Coffee, etc.
Seinfeld won several awards and nominations for his work. Apart from these, Seinfeld released his specials on Netflix like Jerry Before Seinfeld, etc. He also wrote a book titled SeinLanguage.
1. Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais is a British comedian, writer, actor, and director. He is one of the most prominent stand-up comedians who rose to fame with his comedy series The Office.
It was later recreated in America with Steve Carrell as the office manager. Gervais went on to create much more entertaining TV series, films, and comedy specials.
After The Office, Gervais created more TV comedies like Extras, Dereck, After Life, An Idiot Abroad, etc. He also wrote, directed, and starred in films like Stardust, Ghost Town, the Night at the Museum trilogy, For Your Consideration, Special Correspondents, etc.
Ricky Gervais got back to his comedy tours and is currently on Netflix. He also hosted the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, and 2020.
He has a special brand of insult comedy that is cheeky, witty, and honest.
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