The Funniest Comedians I saw Live

by ledzep29-2-231584 | created - 22 Aug 2011 | updated - 16 Apr 2015 | Public

1. George Carlin

Actor | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

George Denis Patrick Carlin was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City, to Mary (Bearey), a secretary, and Patrick John Carlin, an advertising manager for The Sun; they had met while working in marketing. His father was from Donegal, Ireland, and his mother was Irish-American. His parents ...

2. Robin Williams

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

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 ...

3. Lewis Black

Actor | Inside Out

Lewis Black was born on August 30, 1948 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA as Lewis Niles Black. He is an actor and producer, known for Inside Out (2015), Accepted (2006) and Man of the Year (2006).

4. Jerry Seinfeld

Writer | Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Betty (Hesney) and Kalman Seinfeld. His father was of Hungarian Jewish descent, while Jerry's maternal grandparents, Salha and Selim Hosni, were Syrian Jewish immigrants (from Aleppo). He moved with his family, including sister Carolyn, to ...

5. Ralphie May

Actor | For da Love of Money

Ralphie May was born on February 17, 1972 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA as Ralph Duren May. He was a writer and actor, known for For da Love of Money (2002), Whoopi (2003) and Cubed (2009). He was married to Lahna Turner. He died on October 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

6. Gabriel Iglesias

Actor | Magic Mike XXL

Gabriel Iglesias is one of America's most successful stand-up comedians performing to sold-out concerts around the world. Iglesias was featured in The Hollywood Reporter's Top 40 Comedy Players of 2018 issue alongside comedy giants Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Lorne Michaels. Unlike many in the ...

7. Jo Koy

Actor | Wake.

As one of today's premiere stand-up comics Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. The comedian, who pulls inspiration from his family, specifically his son, sells-out arenas and theaters across the world.

In 2017, Koy broke a record for the most...

8. Russell Peters

Actor | Source Code

Russell Peters was born on September 29, 1970 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Russell Dominic Peters. He is an actor and producer, known for Source Code (2011), New Year's Eve (2011) and Hip-Hop Evolution (2016).

9. Brian Regan

Actor | Top Five

Brian Regan was born as Brian Joseph Regan. He is an actor and writer, known for Top Five (2014), Loudermilk (2017) and Brian Regan: The Epitome of Hyperbole (2008).

10. Kevin James

Actor | Paul Blart: Mall Cop

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

11. Brad Garrett

Actor | Everybody Loves Raymond

Standing 6 feet 9 inches tall, Garrett grew up in Woodland Hills outside of Los Angeles. His father was a hearing aid specialist working in geriatrics and his mother was a housewife. Garrett spent a whopping six weeks at UCLA before going into stand-up comedy full time. He began performing his act ...

12. Jeff Dunham

Actor | Delta Farce

Jeff Dunham was born on April 18, 1962 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Jeffrey Dunham. He is an actor and writer, known for Delta Farce (2007), Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity (2007) and Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special (2008). He has been married to Audrey Dunham since October 12, 2012. They ...

13. Russell Brand

Actor | Arthur

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...

14. Penn Jillette

Writer | Penn & Teller Get Killed

Penn Jillette was born on March 5, 1955 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA as Penn Fraser Jillette. He is a writer and producer, known for Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989), Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). He has been married to Emily Zolten Jillette ...

15. Teller

Writer | Penn & Teller Get Killed

Teller was born on February 14, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Raymond Joseph Teller. He is a writer and producer, known for Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989), Tim's Vermeer (2013) and Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003).

16. The Amazing Johnathan

Self | USA Up All Night

The Amazing Johnathan was born on September 9, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as John Edward Szeles. He is an actor and writer, known for Up All Night (1989), The Litch (2018) and The Weird Al Show (1997).

17. Frank Caliendo

Actor | The Comebacks

Frank Caliendo was born on January 19, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Comebacks (2007), Frank TV (2007) and Cubed (2009). He has been married to Michele Vitale since August 9, 2003. They have two children.

18. Drew Carey

Producer | The Drew Carey Show

Drew Carey was born on May 23, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Drew Allison Carey. He is a producer and actor, known for The Drew Carey Show (1995), Robots (2005) and Jack and Jill (2011).

19. Colin Mochrie

Actor | Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Colin Andrew Mochrie was on born November 30, 1957, in Kilmarnock, Scotland. His father, an airline maintenance executive, moved the family to Montreal, Canada, in 1964, and finally to Vancouver in 1969. When asked about his childhood, Mochrie said he tended to be a bit of a loner because of moving...

20. Ryan Stiles

Actor | Hot Shots! Part Deux

It's not surprising that Ryan Stiles would feel comfortable doing a comedic turn in the role of Lewis, one of Drew Carey's ever-present friends in the new comedy The Drew Carey Show (1995). After all, the first job Stiles ever had was that of a stand-up comedian. Although he was a good student, ...

21. Rita Rudner

Actress | Peter's Friends

Rita Rudner was born on September 17, 1953 in Miami, Florida, USA as Rita Carol Rudner. She is an actress and writer, known for Peter's Friends (1992), Love Hurts (2009) and Tales from the Crypt (1989). She has been married to Martin Bergman since June 24, 1988. They have one child.

22. Jim David

Actor | Radioland Murders

Jim David is an actor and writer, known for Radioland Murders (1994), Twenty Gay Stereotypes Confirmed (2004) and Famika vs. The Tea Party.

23. Bob Golub

Actor | Goodfellas

Bob Golub was born as Robert Alan Golub. He is an actor and director, known for Goodfellas (1990), Die Laughing (2017) and EZ Streets (1996).



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