Top 100 Stand-Up Comics

by flippp | created - 17 Jul 2014 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

1. Richard Pryor

Actor | Superman III

Highly influential, and always controversial, African-American actor/comedian who was equally well known for his colorful language during his live comedy shows, as for his fast paced life, multiple marriages and battles with drug addiction. He has been acknowledged by many modern comic artist's as ...

2. 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 ...

3. Bill Hicks

Producer | Ninja Bachelor Party

Born in Georgia but raised in Houston since the age of 7, this self-described "Prince of Darkness" was compelled to use the comedy stage as his philosophic soapbox. At 13, he would sneak out of his suburban house to hustle his way onto open-mike night rosters. In two brief decades, Hicks worked his...

4. Lenny Bruce

Writer | Dance Hall Racket

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 pursued a ...

5. 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 ...

6. Norm MacDonald

Actor | Billy Madison

MacDonald was born Norman Gene MacDonald in Québec City, Québec on October 17, 1959. He began his career in stand-up comedy. MacDonald's first job was writing for The Dennis Miller Show (1992) and then Roseanne (1988). While writing for Roseanne (1988), he was noticed by Lorne Michaels, who liked ...

7. Patrice O'Neal

Actor | 25th Hour

O'Neal was born in New York in 1969, but moved to Boston when he was just 1 year old. He was educated at West Roxbury High School and went on to attend Northeastern University, both in Boston. After this, various jobs followed including a sausage cart vendor at a train station, flower seller and ...

8. Colin Quinn

Actor | Trainwreck

Colin Quinn was born on June 6, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Colin Edward Quinn. He is an actor and writer, known for Trainwreck (2015), A Night at the Roxbury (1998) and Grown Ups (2010).

9. 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.

10. Jim Norton

Actor | Spider-Man

Jim Norton was born on July 19, 1968 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA as James Norton. He is an actor and writer, known for Spider-Man (2002), Cop Out (2010) and Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008).

11. Joan Rivers

Actress | Spaceballs

Joan Rivers was born on June 8, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joan Alexandra Molinsky. She was a writer and actress, known for Spaceballs (1987), Iron Man 3 (2013) and Rabbit Test (1978). She was married to Edgar Rosenberg and James Bennat Sanger. She died on September 4, 2014 ...

12. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

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...

13. Dick Gregory

Actor | The Hot Chick

Dick Gregory was born on October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Richard Claxton Gregory. He was an actor and writer, known for The Hot Chick (2002), ABC Stage 67 (1966) and Reno 911! (2003). He was married to Lillian Gregory. He died on August 19, 2017 in Washington, District of Columbia, ...

14. Barry Crimmins

Self | Call Me Lucky

Barry Crimmins was born on July 3, 1953 in Kingston, New York, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Call Me Lucky (2015), The New Adventures of Beans Baxter (1987) and Lenny Clarke's Late Show (1980). He was married to Helen Lysen. He died on February 28, 2018 in Syracuse, New York.

15. Steven Wright

Actor | Natural Born Killers

Steven Wright was born on December 6, 1955 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Steven Alexander Wright. He is an actor and producer, known for Natural Born Killers (1994), Reservoir Dogs (1992) and So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993).

16. Garry Shandling

Writer | The Larry Sanders Show

Garry Shandling was born on November 29, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Garry Emmanuel Shandling. He was a writer and actor, known for The Larry Sanders Show (1992), It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). He died on March 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, ...

17. Kurt Metzger

Writer | Inside Amy Schumer

Kurt Metzger is a writer and actor, known for Inside Amy Schumer (2013), Horace and Pete (2016) and Who Is America? (2018).

18. Todd Barry

Actor | The Wrestler

Todd Barry was born on March 26, 1964 in The Bronx, New York, USA as Todd Andrew Barry. He is an actor and writer, known for The Wrestler (2008), Road Trip (2000) and Wanderlust (2012).

19. Bill Burr

Actor | Date Night

Bill Burr is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and podcaster. He is best known for playing Patrick Kuby in the crime drama series Breaking Bad, and creating and starring in the Netflix animated sitcom F Is for Family.

In 2008, Burr's voice was featured in the game Grand Theft Auto IV as ...

20. Dennis Miller

Actor | Joe Dirt

Dennis Miller was born on November 3, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Joe Dirt (2001), The Net (1995) and Murder at 1600 (1997). He has been married to Ali Espley since April 10, 1988. They have two children.

21. Chris Rock

Actor | Top Five

Christopher Julius Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Rosalie (Tingman), a teacher and social worker for the mentally handicapped, and Julius Rock, a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman, whose own father was a preacher.

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22. 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 ...

23. Eddie Murphy

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Edward Regan Murphy was born April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian Lynch (born: Lillian Laney), a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer who was also an amateur comedian and actor. After his father died, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at a ...

24. Dave Attell

Actor | Pootie Tang

Dave Attell was born on January 18, 1965 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Pootie Tang (2001), Trainwreck (2015) and I Feel Pretty (2018).

25. Greg Giraldo

Actor | Common Law

Greg Giraldo was born on December 10, 1965 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Gregory C. Giraldo. He was a writer and actor, known for Common Law (1996), Z Rock (2008) and Greg Giraldo: Midlife Vices (2009). He was married to MaryAnne McAlpin-Giraldo. He died on September 29, 2010 in New ...

26. Sam Kinison

Actor | Back to School

Sam Kinison was born on December 8, 1953 in Yakima, Washington, USA as Samuel Burl Kinison. He was an actor and writer, known for Back to School (1986), Married... with Children (1987) and Savage Dawn (1985). He was married to Malika Kinison, Terry Marze and Patricia Adkins. He died on April 10, ...

27. Rodney Dangerfield

Actor | Back to School

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 ...

28. 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).

29. Ron Bennington

Actor | L.A. Noire

Ron Bennington is an actor, known for L.A. Noire (2011), Red Dead Redemption (2010) and What's Your F@#King Deal?! (2016).

30. Lee Camp

Actor | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Lee Camp is a writer and actor, known for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Inside the Cinema (2009) and Redacted Tonight (2014).

31. Gilbert Gottfried

Actor | Aladdin

At the young age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City and, after a few short years, became known around town as "the comedian's comedian". After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late-night ...

32. 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...

33. Bonnie McFarlane

Writer | Anything Boys Can Do

Bonnie McFarlane was born on March 28, 1969 in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada. She is an actress and writer, known for Anything Boys Can Do (2018), Social Studies (1997) and Scare Tactics (2003). She has been married to Rich Vos since September 17, 2005. They have one child.

34. Bobcat Goldthwait

Director | God Bless America

Robert Francis 'Bobcat' Goldthwait, born May 26, 1962, is an American comedian, and writer, producer, director, and star of films and television shows. He is most widely known for his at times screechy voice and scattergun delivery during his standup comedy performances and some film roles.

He was ...

35. Don Rickles

Actor | Kelly's Heroes

Donald Jay Rickles was born May 8, 1926 in New York. Following the Golden Era of Hollywood, he remained active until early 2017. He got his start in night clubs, toiling for over 20 years, until 1958, when he made his film debut in Run Silent Run Deep (1958). The movie was a big hit. Afterward, ...

36. Dana Carvey

Actor | Wayne's World

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 ...

37. Mitch Hedberg

Actor | Almost Famous

Mitch Hedberg was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 24, 1968. He began his stand-up career in Florida, and after a period of honing his skills there he moved to Seattle and began touring. He soon appeared on MTV's "Comikaze", then a 1996 appearance on Late Night with David Letterman (1982) ...

38. Emo Philips

Actor | UHF

Emo Philips was born on February 7, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Phil Soltanek. He is an actor and writer, known for UHF (1989), Meet the Parents (2000) and The Weird Al Show (1997). He has been married to Kipleigh Brown since November 5, 2011. He was previously married to Carmi Lynn Raynsford...

39. Judah Friedlander

Actor | Feast

Judah Friedlander was born on March 16, 1969 in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Feast (2005), 30 Rock (2006) and American Splendor (2003).

40. Marc Maron

Actor | Maron

For over fifteen years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio and television. A legend in the stand-up community, he has appeared on HBO, Conan, Letterman, his two Comedy Central Presents specials and almost every show that ...

41. Rich Vos

Actor | Rock Bottom

Rich Vos was born on June 30, 1957 in Plainfield, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Rock Bottom (2002), Chappelle's Show (2003) and American Dreams (2002). He has been married to Bonnie McFarlane since September 17, 2005. They have one child. He was previously married to Kelly.

42. 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.

43. Bob Newhart

Actor | The Rescuers

Bob Newhart is an American actor and stand-up comedian. His comedic style involves deadpan delivery of dialogue, a slight stammer when talking, and comedic monologues. He has cited earlier comedians George Gobel (1919-1991), Ray Goulding (1920-1990), and Bob Elliott (1923-2016) as his main ...

44. Robert Klein

Actor | One Fine Day

Robert Klein was born on February 8, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for One Fine Day (1996), Two Weeks Notice (2002) and The Back-up Plan (2010). He was previously married to Brenda Boozer.

45. 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 ...

46. Paul Mooney

Brewster's Millions

Paul Mooney was born on August 4, 1941 in Louisiana, USA as Paul Gladney. He is a writer and actor, known for Brewster's Millions (1985), Meet the Blacks (2016) and The Buddy Holly Story (1978).

47. Doug Stanhope

Actor | Louie

Doug Stanhope was born on March 25, 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA as Douglas Gene Stanhope. He is a writer and actor, known for Louie (2010), Roseanne (1988) and Punching Henry (2016). He has been married to Renee Morrison since March 26, 2002.

48. 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).

49. 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 ...

50. Kevin Nealon

Actor | Weeds

Kevin Nealon was born on November 18, 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Weeds (2005), Happy Gilmore (1996) and The Wedding Singer (1998). He has been married to Susan Yeagley since September 3, 2005. They have one child. He was previously married to Linda Dupree.

51. Sarah Silverman

Actress | Wreck-It Ralph

Sarah Silverman was most recently the host of the two-time Emmy-nominated weekly topical series, I Love You America, which streamed on Hulu and also received a Writers Guild Awards nomination.

Silverman is currently working on a musical adaptation of her 2010 memoir and New York Times Bestseller ...

52. Michael Che

Writer | Saturday Night Live

Michael Che was born as Michael Che Campbell. He is a writer and actor, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), War (2007) and I Am Maurice.

53. Andrew Dice Clay

Actor | The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

Andrew Dice Clay was born on September 29, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Andrew Clay Silverstein. He is an actor and producer, known for The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990), Blue Jasmine (2013) and A Star Is Born (2018). He has been married to Valerie Silverstein since February 14, 2010. He...

54. Steve Martin

Writer | Roxanne

Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, USA as Stephen Glenn Martin to Mary Lee (née Stewart; 1913-2002) and Glenn Vernon Martin (1914-1997), a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. He was raised in Inglewood and Garden Grove in California. In 1960, he got a job at the Magic ...

55. Gary Gulman

Actor | Joker

Boston's Gary Gulman has appeared on just about every television show a young stand-up comedian can appear on, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. His brand of clever, original comedy has delighted audiences of all ages all over America. While Gary has ...

56. 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 ...

57. Jonathan Katz

Actor | Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist

Jonathan Katz was born on December 1, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA as Jonathan Paul Katz. He is an actor and writer, known for Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (1995), State and Main (2000) and Raising Dad (2001).

58. Seaton Smith

Actor | Mulaney

Seaton Smith is known for his work on Mulaney (2014), Treasure Trouble and Private Life (2018).

59. Jimmy Dore

Actor | Janeane from Des Moines

Jimmy Dore was born on July 26, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as James Patrick Anthony Dore. He is an actor and writer, known for Janeane from Des Moines (2012), Sham (2000) and Bernie Sand Wars (2016). He is married to Stef Zamorano.

60. Bob Saget

Actor | Full House

Bob Saget was born on May 17, 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert Lane Saget. He is an actor and writer, known for Full House (1987), Entourage (2015) and Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003). He has been married to Kelly Rizzo since October 30, 2018. He was previously ...

61. David Spade

Actor | Joe Dirt

Comic brat extraordinaire David Spade was born on July 22, 1964, in Birmingham, Michigan, the youngest of three brothers. He is the son of Judith J. (Meek), a writer and editor, and Wayne M. Spade, a sales rep, and is of German, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. Raised in both Scottsdale (from ...

62. Joe Rogan

Actor | NewsRadio

Joe Rogan was born on August 11, 1967 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Joseph J. Rogan. He is a writer and actor, known for NewsRadio (1995), Zookeeper (2011) and Here Comes the Boom (2012). He has been married to Jessica Rogan since 2009. They have two children.

63. Rory Scovel

Actor | I Feel Pretty

Rory Scovel is an actor and writer, known for I Feel Pretty (2018), The House (2017) and Those Who Can't (2016).

64. Artie Lange

Actor | MADtv

Arthur Steven Lange grew up a child of a middle class family in Union, New Jersey. At Union High School, Lange excelled in baseball, becoming an All County third baseman. Working long afternoons with his loving contractor father, Artie developed a comical view of social classes, and his place in ...

65. Robert Kelly

Actor | Unsane

Robert Kelly, Boston native, now resides in New York City. Stand-Up comedian that tours the country Nationwide performing at Clubs and colleges. Has been doing stand-up comedy for over 10 years now. Went on a USO Tour with Colin Quinn in Kuwait and Afganastan to peform for our troops. Can be heard ...

66. Aamer Rahman

Writer | Salam Cafe

Aamer Rahman is a writer, known for Salam Cafe (2008), Fear of a Brown Planet Returns (2011) and The Dury's Out (2013).

67. Pat Cooper

Actor | Analyze This

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? (...

68. Martin Lawrence

Actor | Martin

Martin Lawrence was born on April 16, 1965 in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany as Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence. He is an actor and writer, known for Martin (1992), Bad Boys II (2003) and Bad Boys (1995). He has been married to Shamicka Gibbs since July 10, 2010. They have two children. He was ...

69. Greg Fitzsimmons

Writer | Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Greg is a stand-up comedian and television writer/producer. A regular guest on The Howard Stern Show, Chelsea Lately, The Adam Carolla Show, and The Joe Rogan Experience. His 2011 book, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons received critical praise from NPR and Vanity Fair.

Since 2006, Greg has hosted a radio show ...

70. Jon Stewart

Writer | The Daily Show

Jon Stewart was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz in New York City, New York, to Marian (Laskin), a teacher, and Donald Leibowitz, a physics professor. His family is Ashkenazi Jewish (from Austria, Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus). Stewart moved to Lawrenceville, New Jersey during his childhood. He ...

71. J.B. Smoove

Actor | Hall Pass

J.B. Smoove was born on December 16, 1965 in Plymouth, North Carolina, USA as Jerry Brooks. He is an actor and writer, known for Hall Pass (2011), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) and Mr. Deeds (2002). He is married to Shahidah Omar.

72. Eddie Pepitone

Actor | Old School

Eddie Pepitone was born on November 5, 1958 in Staten Island, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Old School (2003), The Muppets (2011) and Trunk'd (2014).

73. John F. O'Donnell

Actor | King Kelly

John F. O'Donnell is an actor and writer, known for King Kelly (2012), Who the F#ck Is Chip Seinfeld? (2011) and Redacted Tonight (2014).

74. Ari Shaffir

Writer | InAPPropriate Comedy

Ari Shaffir is a writer and producer, known for InAPPropriate Comedy (2013), Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016) and This Is Not Happening (2013).

75. Randy Credico

Actor | Mutt & Stuff

Randy Credico is an actor and producer, known for Mutt & Stuff (2015), Tulia, Texas: Scenes from the Drug War (2003) and Call Me Lucky (2015).

76. 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), How I Met Your Mother (2005) and You're the Worst (2014).

77. Nick Di Paolo

Writer | Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn

Nick was born in Danvers, Massachusetts and attended Danvers High. He went on to be a marketing major at the University of Maine. Nick honed his seething, sarcastic style in New York City. His range has allowed him to perform on shows as tame as The Tonight Show, yet as edgy as HBO's Young ...

78. Andy Kindler

Actor | Raising Dad

Andy Kindler is an actor and writer, known for Raising Dad (2001), Skins (1997) and Who's the Caboose? (1999). He has been married to Susan Maljan since May 26, 2002.

79. Jim Florentine

Actor | Secret War

Jim Florentine was born on August 18, 1964 in the USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Secret War (2003), Trainwreck (2015) and White Chicks, Incorporated (1998). He was previously married to Samantha Warner Florentine.

80. Tom Papa

Actor | The Informant!

Tom Papa starred opposite Matt Damon in the Steven Soderbergh film, The Informant! (2009), and stars opposite Paul Giamatti in the animated feature, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009), as the voice of "El Super Beasto". He additionally had a voiceover role in the DreamWorks animated feature,...

81. Redd Foxx

Actor | Sanford and Son

Redd Foxx began doing stand-up comedy on the infamous "Chitlin' Circuit" in the 1940s and 1950s. Foxx was one of the premier "blue humor" comedians. Blue humor was very dirty, too dirty for white audiences. For years his party albums were not available in white record stores. In the 1960s his ...

82. John Mulaney

Actor | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

John Mulaney was born as John Edmund Mulaney. He is a writer and actor, known for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), Saturday Night Live (1975) and Documentary Now! (2015). He has been married to Annamarie Tendler since July 5, 2014.

83. Tom Rhodes

Actor | Harold

Tom Rhodes has been a stand-up comedian since he was 17 years old.

Early years

At the age of 12 Tom's father, a decorated Vietnam war hero with a great sense of humor and a love of stand-up comedy, took Tom to see his uncle Bob perform at a comedy show. The entrance to the room was right next to the ...

84. Whitney Cummings

Actress | Made of Honor

Whitney Cummings was born on September 4, 1982 in Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Whitney Ann Cummings. She is a writer and actress, known for Made of Honor (2008), Whitney (2011) and The Wedding Ringer (2015).

85. Richard Lewis

Actor | Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Richard Philip Lewis was born on June 29, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Englewood, New Jersey. He went to Dwight Morrow High School and Ohio State University, graduating in 1969 with a degree in marketing and communications. Lewis wrote ad copy in New Jersey while also writing jokes for ...

86. Dan Soder

Actor | Trainwreck

Dan Soder is an actor and writer, known for Trainwreck (2015), Billions (2016) and It Had to Be You (2015).

87. Roseanne Barr

Producer | Roseanne

Firebrand Roseanne Barr has long been one of America's funniest and most controversial comedians.

She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Helen (Davis), a cashier and bookkeeper, and Jerome Hershel "Jerry" Barr, a salesman. Her family was Jewish, and had moved to the U.S. from Russia, Lithuania, ...

88. Jackie Mason

Actor | The Jerk

Jackie Mason was born on June 9, 1928 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA as Jacob Moshe Maza. He is an actor and writer, known for The Jerk (1979), Caddyshack II (1988) and History of the World: Part I (1981). He has been married to Jyll Rosenfeld since August 14, 1991.

89. Sheryl Underwood

Actress | Bulworth

Sheryl Underwood was born on October 28, 1963 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA as Sheryl Patrice Underwood. She is an actress and writer, known for Bulworth (1998), I Got the Hook Up (1998) and Supergirl (2015). She was previously married to Michael.

90. Taylor Negron

Actor | Alienated

Taylor Negron was born Brad Stephen Negron in Glendale, California, to Lucy (Rosario) and Conrad Negron, who was mayor of Indian Wells, CA. His parents were both of Puerto Rican descent. Negron attended UCLA, studied acting with Lee Strasberg, and studied comedy at a private seminar taught by ...

91. David Brenner

Actor | Worth Winning

David Brenner was born on February 4, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as David Norris Brenner. He was an actor and writer, known for Worth Winning (1989), Snip (1976) and Theory of a Deadman: Not Meant to Be (2009). He was married to Ruth Davey, Elizabeth Slater and Geraldine (Geri) Judith ...

92. Mort Sahl

Actor | Johnny Cool

Crowned as leading the new breed of modern comedians by Time magazine in 1960, Mort Sahl is the first entertainer ever to appear on its cover. Before comedy clubs existed, Sahl began performing at the hungry i music club in San Francisco in the early 1950s. He differed from other comedians, ...

93. Richard Belzer

Actor | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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: ...

94. Robin Harris

Actor | House Party

Best remembered for his raunchy humor, Robin Harris became famous in supporting roles in movies such as Do The Right Thing as Sweet Dick Willie and House Party. He has left a legacy that fans and actors will truly miss due to his career which was cut by a massive heart attack at the age of 36. ...

95. Mark Normand

Actor | Horace and Pete

Mark Normand is known for his "relentlessly punchy writing and expert delivery" (The Laugh Button) that has made him an internationally known touring comedian. 2016 has included multiple appearances on Louis CK's "Horace and Pete", an appearance on Seeso's "What's Your F@%king Deal?!", a stand-up ...

96. Moshe Kasher

Writer | Another Period

Moshe Kasher is a writer and actor, known for Another Period (2013), Zoolander 2 (2016) and Transparent (2014). He has been married to Natasha Leggero since October 11, 2015. They have one child.

97. Clare O'Kane

Actress | Top Dog

Clare O'Kane is an actress and writer, known for Top Dog (2008), Casey Tries His Best (2018) and Semi-Famous (2014).

98. 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,...

99. Eddie Griffin

Actor | A Star Is Born

Eddie Griffin was born on July 15, 1968 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He is known for his work on A Star Is Born (2018), Def Comedy Jam 25 (2017) and The Comedy Get Down (2017).

100. Jay Oakerson

Actor | Isn't It Romantic

Jay Oakerson was born in 1977 in New Jersey, USA as Jason Oakerson. He is a writer and actor, known for Isn't It Romantic (2019), Hustlers (2019) and Louie (2010).



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