Top 50 Stand-Up Comedians

by Garp-90 | created - 02 Apr 2012 | updated - 20 Jun 2012 | Public

1. 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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2. Snoop Dogg

Actor | Turbo

Snoop Dogg was born in Long Beach, California, to Beverly (Tate) and Vernell Varnado, who was a mail carrier and singer. His parents were both originally from Mississippi. He got his name from his mother, who jokingly remarked that he looked like the Peanuts character Snoopy. Snoop is known ...

3. 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 ...

4. 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 ...

5. Kevin Hart

Actor | Ride Along

Kevin Hart was born on July 6, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kevin Darnell Hart. He is a producer and actor, known for Ride Along (2014), Central Intelligence (2016) and Grudge Match (2013). He has been married to Eniko Parrish since August 13, 2016. They have one child. He was ...

6. Seth MacFarlane

Writer | Family Guy

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister, Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He ...

7. DeRay Davis

Actor | 21 Jump Street

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, comedian-turned-actor DeRay Davis can most recently be "scene" starring opposite Taraji P. Henson's "Cookie Lyons" as her go-to hitman/cousin "Jermel" in seasons 1 and 2 of the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, creative collaboration, Empire on the FOX ...

8. 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 ...

9. 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 ...

10. Adam Ferrara

Actor | Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Adam Ferrara is a stand-up comedian and actor who proudly played Chief Needles Nelson on the Emmy nominated FX drama series Rescue Me (2004) with Denis Leary and Frank Verelli on Showtime's hit series Nurse Jackie (2009) opposite Emmy Award winner Edie Falco. Ferrara has also costarred alongside ...

11. Steve Harvey

Producer | The Steve Harvey Show

Steve Harvey was born on January 17, 1957 in Welch, West Virginia, USA as Broderick Stephen Harvey. He is a producer and actor, known for The Steve Harvey Show (1996), Family Feud (1999) and You Got Served (2004). He has been married to Marjorie Harvey since June 25, 2007. They have one child. He ...

12. 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 ...

13. 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).

14. 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 ...

15. Bernie Mac

Actor | The Bernie Mac Show

Bernard Jeffrey McCollough was born in 1957 in Chicago, the son of Mary McCullough and Jeffery Harrison. He grew up in the city, in a rougher neighborhood than most others, with a large family living under one roof. This situation provided him with a great insight into his comedy, as his family, ...

16. 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 ...

17. 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 ...

18. Jeff Garlin

Actor | Curb Your Enthusiasm

As a multi-talented comedian who encompasses writing, producing, directing, acting and performing stand-up comedy, Jeff Garlin has honed a successful career that started at Second City in his hometown of Chicago. Influenced by the comedians of his childhood (such as Richard Pryor, Woody Allen, and ...

19. 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 ...

20. Lisa Lampanelli

Actress | Drillbit Taylor

Lisa Lampenelli is one of the most high-profile insult comics. Though actually born in Connecticut, she is identified as a New Yorker, where she built up her career on the stand-up comic circuit. She is known for her outrageous pot shots at celebrities as well as references to her own weight and ...

21. 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...

22. 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).

23. Larry the Cable Guy

Actor | Cars

Larry the Cable Guy was born in Pawnee City, Nebraska, as Daniel Lawrence Whitney. He is an actor and producer, known for Cars (2006), Cars 2 (2011) and Cars 3 (2017). He is also an original member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. He has been married to Cara Whitney since July 3, 2005. They have two...

24. Jeff Foxworthy

Actor | Racing Stripes

Foxworthy was born Jeffrey Marshall Foxworthy in Atlanta, Georgia on September 6, 1958.

He followed in his father's footsteps working for IBM in Georgia, but on a dare from friends, he did a few minutes of comedy at an Atlanta comedy club. A few months later, Foxworthy quit his job and started on ...

25. Bill Engvall

Actor | Delta Farce

Bill Engvall was born on July 27, 1957 in Galveston, Texas, USA as William Ray Engvall Jr. He is an actor and writer, known for Delta Farce (2007), Catching Faith (2015) and Last Man Standing (2011). He has been married to Mary Gail Watson since December 18, 1982. They have two children, Emily and ...

26. Ron White

Actor | Unforgiven

Ron White was born in 1953 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada. He was an actor, known for Unforgiven (1992), Screamers (1995) and Defendor (2009). He was married to Lisa Robertson. He died on April 4, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

27. Alex Reymundo

Actor | Una Noche En Mexico

Alex was born in Acapulco, Mexico, but moved to Texas when he was only two years old. He then moved to Kentucky and resided there for seven years where he met his future bride. He moved temporarily to Hollywood, but returned to Kentucky where he resides with his wife and two children.

Alex uses his ...

28. 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.

29. Kyle Kinane

Actor | Funny People

Kyle Kinane is an actor and writer, known for Funny People (2009), The House (2017) and Epic (2013).

30. 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).

31. Gary Owen

Actor | Ride Along

Gary Owen is an actor and writer, known for Ride Along (2014), Think Like a Man (2012) and Daddy Day Care (2003). He has been married to Kenya Duke since July 19, 2003. They have three children.



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