Top 78 daily show actors of all time

by Mokun0810 | created - 21 May 2015 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

1. 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 ...

2. Stephen Colbert

Writer | The Daily Show

Stephen Tyrone Colbert (pronounced "col-BEAR") was born on May 13, 1964 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. He is the son of Lorna Elizabeth (Tuck) and James William Colbert, Jr., a doctor and medical school dean at Yale, Saint Louis University, and MUSC. He is the ...

3. John Oliver

Writer | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver was born on April 23, 1977 in Birmingham, England as John William Oliver. He is a writer and producer, known for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014), The Lion King (2019) and The Smurfs (2011). He has been married to Kate Norley since October 2011. They have two children.

4. Samantha Bee

Actress | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Studied at George Brown Theatre School in Toronto. She waited tables for five years, did some theatre work and the odd commercial. Even kept her comedic bent alive in the Toronto sketch comedy group, the Atomic Fireballs, she formed with three other women.

5. 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 ...

6. Aasif Mandvi

Actor | Million Dollar Arm

Aasif Mandvi was born on March 5, 1966 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India as Aasif Mandviwala. He is an actor and producer, known for Million Dollar Arm (2014), Evil (2019) and The Proposal (2009). He has been married to Shaifali Puri since August 26, 2017.

7. Jessica Williams

Actress | The Incredible Jessica James

Jessica Williams was born on July 31, 1989 in California, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Incredible Jessica James (2017), Booksmart (2019) and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015).

8. Jason Jones

Actor | The Detour

Jason Jones was born on June 3, 1973 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is an actor and producer, known for The Detour (2016), Ham & Cheese (2004) and All About Steve (2009). He has been married to Samantha Bee since October 13, 2001. They have three children.

9. Rob Riggle

Actor | The Daily Show

Comedian, actor and United States Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Robert Allen Riggle, Jr. was born April 21, 1970 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Sandra (Shrout) and Robert Allen Riggle, who worked in insurance. Riggle has amassed notable television credits and has also earned roles in many ...

10. Wyatt Cenac

Writer | The Daily Show

Wyatt Cenac is a writer and actor, known for The Daily Show (1996), People of Earth (2016) and aka Wyatt Cenac (2017).

11. Ed Helms

Actor | The Hangover

Ed Helms was born on January 24, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Edward Parker Helms. He is an actor, known for The Hangover (2009), The Office (2005) and Vacation (2015).

12. 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).

13. Rob Corddry

Actor | Warm Bodies

Rob Corddry was born on February 4, 1971 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA as Robert William Corddry. He is an actor and writer, known for Warm Bodies (2013), Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) and Childrens Hospital (2008). He has been married to Sandra Beth Leftowits since 2002. They have two children.

14. Kristen Schaal

Actress | Gravity Falls

Kristen Schaal is an American actress, voice artist, writer, and comedian. She is best known for her roles as Mel on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, Louise Belcher on FOX animated comedy Bob's Burgers, and Mabel Pines on Gravity Falls. Other notable roles include her appearances as a ...

15. Patrick Stewart

Actor | Logan

Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he ...

16. Al Madrigal

Actor | Night School

Al Madrigal is an actor and producer, known for Night School (2018), About a Boy (2014) and The Daily Show (1996).

17. John Hodgman

Actor | Coraline

John Hodgman was born in June 1971 in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA as John Kellogg Hodgman. He is an actor and writer, known for Coraline (2009), Baby Mama (2008) and Movie 43 (2013). He has been married to Katherine Fletcher since 1999. They have two children.

18. Olivia Munn

Actress | The Newsroom

Lisa Olivia Munn was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her mother, Kimberly Schmid, lived in Vietnam, and is of Chinese ancestry, while her father, Winston Barrett Munn, is from a family with deep roots in the American South. Olivia's parents divorced when she was two years old, and she was raised ...

19. Larry Wilmore

Writer | The Bernie Mac Show

Larry Wilmore was born in Los Angeles and grew up in suburban Pomona. He graduated from Damien High School in La Verne in 1979. He studied theatre at California State Polytechnic University but dropped out because he wanted to get his Actors' Equity Association card and begin his career as a ...

20. Hasan Minhaj

Actor | The Daily Show

Hasan Minhaj was born on September 23, 1985 in Davis, California, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Daily Show (1996), 2017 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (2017) and Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King (2017). He has been married to Beena Patel since January 2015.

21. Roy Wood Jr.

Actor | The Daily Show

Currently a correspondent on 'The Daily Show w/ Trevor Noah', Roy has been described by the Hollywood Reporter as "A Standout", and Entertainment Weekly called his brand of thought provoking comedy as "charismatic crankiness". In 2016 'Variety' magazine named him one of 10 Comics to watch.

Prior to ...

22. Jordan Klepper

Writer | Klepper

Jordan Klepper was born on March 9, 1979 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Klepper (2019), Bone Dry (2011) and Tmi (2011). He has been married to Laura Grey since September 22, 2013.

23. Beth Littleford

Actress | Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Beth Littleford is an actress and television personality, known for Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011), Dog with a Blog (2012) Drillbit Taylor (2008), and The Daily Show With Trevor Noah. Dog With A Blog (2012) was nominated for an Emmy three years in a row for Best Children's Program. She won a Peabody ...

24. Ronny Chieng

Actor | Crazy Rich Asians

Ronny Chieng is a stand-up comedian. Ronny is a Chinese guy, born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. and Singapore. He went to Australia to attend the University of Melbourne, and he graduated with a Degree in Commerce and a Degree in Law in 2009.

In 2012 Ronny ...

25. Desi Lydic

Actress | The Daily Show

Desi Lydic was born on June 30, 1981 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Lani Desmonet Lydic. She is an actress and producer, known for The Daily Show (1996), Awkward. (2011) and We Bought a Zoo (2011). She has been married to Gannon Brousseau since September 13, 2014. They have one child.

26. Mo Rocca

Writer | The 64th Annual Tony Awards

Mo Rocca was born on January 28, 1969 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Maurice Alberto Rocca. He is an actor and writer, known for The 64th Annual Tony Awards (2010), Bewitched (2005) and Wishbone (1995).

27. 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).

28. Josh Gad

Actor | Frozen

Josh Gad was born on February 23, 1981 in Hollywood, Florida, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Frozen (2013), Pixels (2015) and Beauty and the Beast (2017). He has been married to Ida Darvish since May 10, 2008. They have two children.

29. 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.

30. Jeffrey Ross

Actor | The Wedding Ringer

Jeff Ross is an actor, writer, director, producer, and comedian, originally from Newark, New Jersey. Despite being a shlub, Ross has accomplished a lot in his life. He's done everything from roasting almost dead guys at the Friars Club, to playing a dead guy on a 2003 episode of the smash hit TV ...

31. Matt Walsh

Actor | Veep

Matt Walsh was born on October 13, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Veep (2012), Into the Storm (2014) and Ted (2012). He has been married to Morgan Walsh since March 21, 2009. They have three children.

32. Rachael Harris

Actress | The Hangover

Rachael Harris was born in Worthington, Ohio, where she spend most of her early life. In 1986, she graduated from Worthington High School. She then attended Otterbein College, a liberal arts college located in Westerville, Ohio. She graduated in 1989, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Harris joined the ...

33. Demetri Martin

Writer | (Dean)

Demetri Martin was born on May 25, 1973 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Dean (2016), Take Me Home Tonight (2011) and In a World... (2013). He has been married to Rachael Beame since June 1, 2012.

34. Trevor Noah

Producer | The Daily Show

Trevor Noah was born on February 20, 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a producer and writer, known for The Daily Show (1996), Black Panther (2018) and Born a Crime.

35. Brian Unger

Actor | Fired Up!

Brian Unger was born in Dayton, Ohio, USA. He is an actor, writer, and producer, known for Comedy Central's The Daily Show (1996), Discovery's Some Assembly Required (2009), History's How the States Got Their Shapes (2011), Travel Channel's Time Traveling with Brian Unger (2015) and F/X's It's ...

36. Jon Glaser

Writer | Delocated

Jon Glaser was born on June 20, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Delocated (2009), Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) and Inside Amy Schumer (2013).

37. Susie Essman

Actress | Curb Your Enthusiasm

Susie Essman was born on May 31, 1955 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA as Susan Essman. She is an actress and writer, known for Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), Bolt (2008) and Cop Out (2010). She has been married to Jim Harder since September 13, 2008.

38. Sarah Vowell

Actress | The Incredibles

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Montana, Sarah Vowell is best known for her bits on public radio's This American Life. A contributing editor for the program since 1996, she has been a staple of TAL's popular live shows around the country, for which The New York Times has commended her "funny ...

39. Laura Kightlinger

Actress | PEN15

Laura Kightlinger is a writer, stand-up comic, and actor. Her comedic roles include self-obsessed mom, Deb Taylor, in "PEN15" on Hulu, and Nurse Shelia in the re-upped "Will&Grace", (which she played in the original series). She's been a consulting producer on "Will&Grace" since its inception. ...

40. Paul F. Tompkins

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Started out in stand-up comedy in 1986 at The Comedy Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was half of a duo with the late Rick Roman. Dropped out of Temple University. Moved to Los Angeles in 1994. Met actor Jay Johnston through their mutual friend, Adam McKay, and created a live sketch show...

41. Michelle Wolf

Actress | Horace and Pete

Michelle Wolf is a writer and actress, known for Horace and Pete (2016), The Oscars (2016) and Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014).

42. Ed Lover

Actor | Undisputed

Ed Lover was born on February 12, 1963 in Hollis, New York, USA as James Roberts. He is an actor, known for Undisputed (2002), Who's the Man? (1993) and Juice (1992).

43. Caroline Rhea

Actress | The Perfect Man

Caroline Rhea was born on April 13, 1964 in Westmount, Québec, Canada as Caroline Gilchrist Rhea. She is an actress and producer, known for The Perfect Man (2005), Christmas with the Kranks (2004) and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996).

44. Dan Bakkedahl

Actor | Veep

Dan Bakkedahl was born on November 18, 1969 in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. He is an actor, known for Veep (2012), The Heat (2013) and Life in Pieces (2015). He is married to Irene.

45. A. Whitney Brown

Writer | Saturday Night Live

A. Whitney Brown was born on July 8, 1952 in Charlotte, Michigan, USA as Alan Whitney Brown. He is a writer and actor, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Tales from the Crypt (1989) and Exit 57 (1995). He has been married to Carolyn Wonderland since March 4, 2011. He was previously married to ...

46. Stacey Woods

Actress | Arrested Development

Stacey Woods, resides in Los Angeles, California, USA also credited as Stacey Dee Grenrock. She is a producer, writer and actress, known for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Arrested Development (2003), Root of All Evil (2008) and Fat Actress (2005). The is the author of the memoir, I California (...

47. Nancy Carell

Actress | The 40 Year Old Virgin

Nancy Carell was born on July 19, 1966 in Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA as Nancy Ellen Walls. She is an actress and writer, known for The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) and Bridesmaids (2011). She has been married to Steve Carell since August 5, 1995. ...

48. Frank DeCaro

Actor | Run

Frank DeCaro was born on November 6, 1962 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Run, 2001 MTV Video Music Awards (2001) and VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards (2000). He has been married to Jim Colucci since August 16, 2011.

49. John Bloom

Actor | Casino

John Bloom is an investigative reporter, essayist and actor who was born in Dallas, raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and attended Vanderbilt University on a sports-writing scholarship. Bloom began his writing career in Texas, earning two National Magazine Award nominations for his work with Texas ...

50. Craig Kilborn

Actor | Old School

Craig Kilborn was born on August 24, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Old School (2003), The Benchwarmers (2006) and Cursed (2005).

51. Nate Corddry

Actor | The Circle

Nate Corddry was born on September 8, 1977 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Circle (2017), The Ugly Truth (2009) and St. Vincent (2014).

52. Vance DeGeneres

Producer | Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Vance DeGeneres was born on September 2, 1954 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Vance Elliott DeGeneres. He is a producer and writer, known for Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011), Bull Durham (1988) and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013).

53. Jeff Stilson

Writer | Good Hair

Jeff Stilson was born in 1959. He is a writer and producer, known for Good Hair (2009), The Chris Rock Show (1997) and The Osbournes (2002).

54. Lauren Weedman

Actress | Date Night

Lauren is an award winning comedic actress, playwright and author. Her first show, HOMECOMING began as a 15 minute performance art piece at Seattle's On the Boards and went on to go off-Broadway in NYC. BUST, about her work in the LA county jail was awarded a Macdowell fellowship for playwriting by...

55. Bob Wiltfong

Self | The Daily Show

Bob Wiltfong was born on November 26, 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. He is known for his work on The Daily Show (1996), Modern Family (2009) and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005).

56. Lizz Winstead

Writer | Wake Up World

As a co-creator and former head writer of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," and Co-founder of Air America Radio; Lizz Winstead has emerged as a critically acclaimed political writer and producer. As a performer, Winstead brought her political wit to "The Daily Show" as a Correspondent and later to...

57. Molly Pesce

Actress | Clean This House

Molly Pesce was born on February 11, 1963 in Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA. She is an actress, known for Clean This House (2007), Total Panic (1989) and Backyard Habitat (2005).

58. 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.

59. Tom Shillue

Only Lovers Left Alive

Tom Shillue was born on June 13, 1966 as Thomas A. Shillue. He is an actor, known for Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), The Drop (2014) and Law & Order (1990). He has been married to Denise Ann Belvedere since February 23, 2003. They have two children.

60. Mary Birdsong

Actress | The Descendants

Mary grew up in the small beach community of Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Mary graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she earned her BFA in acting, and was also awarded the Stella Adler Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting.

Mary made her Broadway debut in "Martin Short: Fame ...

61. Michael Showalter

Writer | Wet Hot American Summer

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

62. Denny Siegel

Actress | Curb Your Enthusiasm

Denny Siegel is an actress and writer, known for Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998) and The Daily Show (1996).

63. David Wain

Writer | Wet Hot American Summer

David Wain was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

He met the other members of the comedy troupe The State while a film student at NYU, where he graduated from in 1991.

As part of The State, he co-created and co-starred on their self-titled MTV sketch comedy show in the mid 90's. He then ...

64. Amy Atkins

Actress | It Could Happen to You

Amy Atkins is an actress, known for It Could Happen to You (1994), City Hall (1996) and The Opposite of Sex (1997).

65. Adrianne Frost

Actress | Nurse Jackie

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska. Grew up in Louisiana, attended University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Adrianne Frost's first book, "I Hate Other People's Kids" (Simon and Schuster) was released in 2006. She is in "The 2004 Signet Book of American Humor" (Signet, 2004) and "Rejected, Tales of The Failed, ...

66. Eric Drysdale

Writer | The Colbert Report

Eric Drysdale was born on March 20, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for The Colbert Report (2005), Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2016) and The Daily Show (1996).

67. Buck Henry

Writer | The Graduate

Buck Henry was born on December 9, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Buck Henry Zuckerman. He is a writer and actor, known for The Graduate (1967), Get Smart (1965) and Catch-22 (1970). He is married to Sally.

68. Dave Gorman

Actor | 24 Hour Party People

Dave Gorman was born on March 2, 1971 in Stafford, Staffordshire, England as David James Gorman. He is a writer and producer, known for 24 Hour Party People (2002), America Unchained (2007) and Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish (2013). He has been married to Bethan Gorman since October 8, 2010. ...

69. Jerry Minor

Actor | Melvin Goes to Dinner

Jerry Minor was born on October 4, 1969 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and Drillbit Taylor (2008).

70. Mick Foley

Self | Mick Foley's Greatest Hits & Misses: A Life in Wrestling

Michael Francis Foley was born on June 7th, 1965, in Long Island, New York. Nicknamed Mick by his father, a lifelong Yankees and Mickey Mantle fan, he attended college in upstate New York, he hitchiked to New York City to see a wrestling match between Jimmy Snuka (Jimmy Snuka) and Don Muraco that ...

71. Neal Brennan

Writer | Chappelle's Show

Neal Brennan is a writer and producer, known for Chappelle's Show (2003), Half Baked (1998) and Get Him to the Greek (2010).

72. Gina Yashere

Actress | Married Single Other

This dynamic young comedienne hailing from London via Nigeria has taken the comedy world by storm since her debut. In a few short years, she has become one of the most sought after comics in the country, making numerous appearances on Television, radio and the big screen.

This former lift engineer's...

73. Michael Kosta

Actor | The Daily Show

Michael Kosta is an actor and writer, known for The Daily Show (1996), This Week at the Comedy Cellar (2018) and This Is Not Happening (2015).

74. Dulcé Sloan

Actress | Baby Mama's Club

Dulcé Sloan is an actress, known for Baby Mama's Club (2010), The Ignored (2006) and The Sadie Special (2009).

75. Adam Lowitt

Producer | The Daily Show

Adam Lowitt is a producer and writer, known for The Daily Show (1996), Who Is America? (2018) and The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear (2010).

76. Jaboukie Young-White

Actor | Rough Night

Jaboukie Young-White is an actor and writer, known for Rough Night (2017), Set It Up (2018) and American Vandal (2017).

77. Eliza Cossio

Writer | La Bruja

Eliza Cossio is a writer and actress, known for La Bruja (2019), Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas (2018) and The Daily Show (1996).

78. Bassem Youssef

Writer | Untitled Larry Wilmore/Bassem Youssef Project

Bassem Ra'fat Mohamed Youssef is an Egyptian cardiac surgeon, satirist, and the host of El Bernameg ("The Program"), a satirical news program broad casted by Egyptian television station Capital Broadcast Center (CBC). The press has compared Youssef with American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire ...



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