Favourite comedians

by RoxerJones | created - 13 Oct 2017 | updated - 22 Sep 2018 | 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. Ricky Gervais

Writer | The Office

Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and ...

3. Fern Brady

Actress | BBC Comedy Feeds

Fern Brady was born on May 26, 1986 in Scotland. She is an actress and writer, known for BBC Comedy Feeds (2012), BBC Teach: Invasion of the Book Readers (2018) and Melbourne International Comedy Festival (1992).

4. Dara O Briain

Self | Mock the Week

Dara O Briain was born on February 4, 1972 in Wicklow, Ireland. He is a producer and writer, known for Mock the Week (2005), The Panel (2003) and Dara O Briain: Craic Dealer Live (2012). He has been married to Susan since 2006. They have two children.

5. Frankie Boyle

Art_department | Hangar 10

Frankie Boyle was born on August 16, 1972 in Glasgow, Scotland as Francis Martin Patrick Boyle. He is a writer and actor, known for Hangar 10 (2014), Caledonian MacBrains (2002) and Distraction (2003).

6. Tim Vine

Actor | The Sketch Show

Tim Vine was born on March 4, 1967 in Cheam, Surrey, England. He is an actor and writer, known for The Sketch Show (2001), Not Going Out (2006) and Blandings (2013).

7. Roisin Conaty

Actress | GameFace

Roisin Conaty is an actress, comedian and writer from London. She is best known for GameFace (2017) which she created and stars in, Ricky Gervais' film David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) and Man Down (since 2013). A celebrated stand-up, Roisin won the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 for Best...

8. David Mitchell

Writer | That Mitchell and Webb Look

David Mitchell was born on 14th July 1974 in Salisbury, England. His parents, Ian and Kathy Mitchell, worked as hotel managers in Salisbury. David also has a brother. In 1977 the family moved to Oxford, where his parents taught a course in hotel management at Oxford Brookes University. David was ...

9. Richard Ayoade

Writer | Submarine

Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty ...

10. Aziz Ansari

Actor | Parks and Recreation

Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Fatima, a medical office worker, and Shoukath, a gastroenterologist. His family is from Tamil Nadu, India. He graduated from NYU as a business major in 2004. He graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science in ...

11. Lee Mack

Actor | Not Going Out

Lee Mack was born in 1968 in Southport, Lancashire, England as Lee Gordon McKillop. He is an actor and writer, known for Not Going Out (2006), The Sketch Show (2001) and Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show (2005). He has been married to Tara since 2005. They have three children.

12. Sean Lock

Writer | 15 Storeys High

Sean Lock was born on April 22, 1963 in Chertsey, Surrey, England as Sean M. Lock. He is a writer and actor, known for 15 Storeys High (2002), Ideal (2005) and This Filthy Earth (2001).

13. 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) ...

14. Sarah Millican

Writer | The Sarah Millican Television Programme

Sarah Millican was born on May 29, 1975 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England as Sarah Jane King. She is known for her work on The Sarah Millican Television Programme (2012), QI (2003) and Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast Live (2018). She has been married to Gary Delaney since December 2013. ...

15. 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...

16. Tim Minchin

Actor | Robin Hood

Tim Minchin was born on October, 1975, as Timothy David Minchin, and was brought up in Perth, Western Australia. He is an actor, comedian, musician, writer, and director known for Californication (2007), Larrikins (2018), and Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra (2011). He is the composer ...

17. Greg Davies

Actor | The Inbetweeners Movie

Greg is the writer and star of critically lauded Channel 4 sitcom "Man Down". After playing infamously psychotic Head of Sixth Form 'Mr Gilbert' in "The Inbetweeners" (Channel 4) and its two spin off feature films, Greg went on to appear in BBC Three's Cuckoo alongside Andy Samberg and Taylor ...

18. Rhod Gilbert

Producer | Rhod Gilbert vs. Kilimanjaro

Rhod Gilbert was born on October 18, 1968 in Carmarthen, Wales. He is a writer and producer, known for Rhod Gilbert vs. Kilimanjaro (2014), NeckFace (2018) and Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience (2010).

19. 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.

20. Steve Hughes

Actor | The Brothel

Steve Hughes was born in 1966 in Australia. He is an actor and writer, known for The Brothel (2013), Brainless Killers (2015) and Comedy Cuts (2007).

21. Charlie Brooker

Writer | Black Mirror

Charlton "Charlie" Brooker (born 3 March 1971) is an English humourist, critic, author, screenwriter, producer, and television presenter. He is the creator and co-showrunner of the anthology series Black Mirror and has written for programmes such as Brass Eye, The 11 O'Clock Show, and Nathan Barley...

22. Miranda Hart

Actress | Spy

Miranda Hart was born on December 14, 1972 in Torquay, Devon, England as Miranda Katherine Hart Dyke. She is an actress and writer, known for Spy (2015), Miranda (2009) and Call the Midwife (2012).

23. Michael McIntyre

Self | Michael McIntyre's Big Show

Michael McIntyre was born on February 21, 1976 in Merton, London, England as Michael Hazen James McIntyre. He is a writer and actor, known for Michael McIntyre's Big Show (2015), Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (2009) and MOBO Awards 2006 (2006). He has been married to Kitty Ward since 2003. ...

24. Milton Jones

Actor | Moon 44

Milton Jones was born in 1964 in London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Moon 44 (1990), Planet Mirth (1997) and Not Going Out (2006).

25. 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.

26. Bob Mortimer

Writer | House of Fools

Bob Mortimer was born on May 23, 1959 in Middlesbrough, Teesside, England as Robert Renwick Mortimer. He is a writer and actor, known for House of Fools (2014), Catterick (2004) and Bang, Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer (1999). He has been married to Lisa Matthews since October 2015. They have two ...

27. Aisling Bea

Actress | This Way Up

Aisling Bea is an actor, stand-up comedian and writer from Kildare in Ireland where she was born on March 16 1984. She won the 2014 British Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comedian. She trained at LAMDA (The London Academy for Music and Dramatic Art). In 2012 she won the Gilded Balloon So You Think...

28. 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 Contagion (2011). He has been married to Rachael Beame since June 1, 2012.

29. Micky Flanagan

Self | Jack Dee Live at the Apollo

Micky Flanagan is a writer and actor, known for Live at the Apollo (2004), Foxageddon (2014) and Mock the Week (2005).

30. Jim Jefferies

Writer | Legit

Jim Jefferies was born on February 4, 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Geoffrey James Nugent. He is a writer and producer, known for Legit (2013), Jim Jefferies: Freedumb (2016) and The Librarians (2014).

31. Stephen Fry

Actor | Gosford Park

Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson has characterised her friend as "90 ...

32. 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 ...

33. Zoe Lyons

Actress | SuperBob

Zoe Lyons is an actress, known for SuperBob (2015), Comedy at the Fringe (2011) and Utterly Outrageous Comedy (2019). She is married to Sindy De Jong.

34. Bill Bailey

Actor | Hot Fuzz

Bill Bailey is known for his sharp wit and classic sense of humor. he is most famous for being in Never Mind The Buzzcocks, celebrity game-show in which he is a team captain. Bill is a stand up comedian, and has also starred in cult comedies such as Spaced and of course Black Books. He was given ...

35. Hugh Dennis

Actor | My Hero

Hugh Dennis was born in 1962 as Peter Hugh Dennis. He is an actor and writer, known for My Hero (2000), Outnumbered (2007) and Mock the Week (2005). He was previously married to Catherine Louise (Kate) Abbot-Anderson and Miranda Carroll.

36. John Cleese

Actor | A Fish Called Wanda

John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he ...

37. Craig Ferguson

Writer | I'll Be There

By August of 1994, Craig Ferguson was established as one of Great Britain's leading comedians - he had just had huge success at the Edinburgh Festival. In January 1995 he moved to Los Angeles where he now works as an actor-writer-director-producer-creator.

38. Jon Richardson

Actor | Drunk History: UK

Jon Richardson was born on September 26, 1982 in Lancaster, Lancashire, England as Jon Joel Richardson. He is a writer and actor, known for Drunk History: UK (2015), Rob Delaney's Stand Up Central (2018) and Married to a celebrity: the survival guide (2017). He has been married to Lucy Beaumont ...

39. Stephen Merchant

Producer | Extras

Stephen Merchant was born on November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England. He is a producer and writer, known for Extras (2005), Fighting with My Family (2019) and The Office (2005).

40. Hugh Laurie

Actor | House M.D.

Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for ...

41. Diane Morgan

Actress | Me Before You

Diane Morgan was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Me Before You (2016), Alan Partridge (2013) and Cunk on Shakespeare (2016).

42. Mike Birbiglia

Actor | Don't Think Twice

Mike Birbiglia was born on June 20, 1978 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Sleepwalk with Me (2012), Mike Birbiglia: What I Should Have Said Was Nothing (2008) and Your Sister's Sister (2011). His 2013 special, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, was nominated for ...

43. 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 ...

44. Betty White

Actress | The Proposal

Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.

Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...

45. Alan Davies

Actor | Jonathan Creek

Alan lived in Loughton, Essex for most of his life, until he left to pursue a career in comedy. He now lives in Islington in north London. He is the second of three children, born in Essex, and has an older brother and a younger sister. He was raised by his father, an accountant when his mother ...

46. Jimmy Carr

Writer | 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Jimmy Carr is an award-winning comedian, writer and television host.

Among the most-respected and best-loved comedians working in Britain today, Jimmy is one of the biggest selling live acts in UK comedy, consistently performing to sell-out crowds across the country and around the world.

His ...

47. 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 ...

48. 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 ...

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. Ellen DeGeneres

Producer | Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb. She is the daughter of Betty DeGeneres (née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. Her brother is musician and producer Vance DeGeneres. ...

51. Tom Segura

Actor | Instant Family

Tom Segura is a writer and actor, known for Instant Family (2018), Cutman (2009) and 9 Inches (2013). He is married to Christina Pazsitzky.

52. Ed Byrne

Actor | Are You Ready for Love?

Ed Byrne was born on April 10, 1972 in Swords, Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor and writer, known for Are You Ready for Love? (2006), Sam's Game (2001) and Aladdin (2000). He has been married to Claire Walker since June 5, 2008. They have two children.

53. Jo Brand

Writer | Getting On

Jo Brand was born on July 23, 1957 in London, England as Josephine Grace Brand. She is a writer and actress, known for Getting On (2009), The More You Ignore Me (2018) and Damned (2016). She has been married to Bernie Bourke since December 19, 1997. They have two children.

54. Adam Hills

Writer | Spicks and Specks

Adam Hills was born in 1970 in Sydney, Australia. He is a writer and producer, known for Spicks and Specks (2005), Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight (2011) and Excess Baggage (2014). He has been married to Ali McGregor since December 2009. They have two children.

55. Katherine Ryan

Writer | The Duchess

Katherine Ryan is a Canadian comedian and TV personality, based in London England.

In her relatively short time as a professional stand-up, Katherine has performed at Yuk Yuks venues across Canada, clubs throughout England, the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles, and was featured on NBC's Last...

56. Noel Fielding

Actor | The Mighty Boosh

Noel Fielding was born to Dianne Fielding and Ray Fielding, on May 21 1973. He has once revealed on The Russell Brand Show, on Radio 2, that he has a French grandmother. Fielding once stated that he was never baptised, he hasn't got a middle name and he does not follow any religion. He was once ...

57. Karl Pilkington

Writer | The Ricky Gervais Show

Karl Pilkington is best known as the star of Sky 1 travel documentary series An Idiot Abroad and The Moaning of Life. Karl is also a Sunday Times best-selling author, having written seven books. Hist first scripted comedy series Sick of It debuted on Sky 1 in 2018 and series 2 will launch in 2019.

...

58. Rob Brydon

Actor | Marion & Geoff

Rob Brydon was born on May 3, 1965 in Swansea, Wales as Robert Brydon Jones. He is an actor and writer, known for Marion & Geoff (2000), The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) and The Trip (2010). He has been married to Claire Holland since October 6, 2006. They have two children.

59. Ellie Taylor

Actress | The Lodge

Stand up comedian, writer and actor Ellie Taylor has recently finished her debut stand-up tour in 2015 with her show Elliementary which was a smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer. Her TV work includes hosting BBC3's Snog Marry Avoid and being a team captain on ITV2's Fake Reaction as well ...

60. Josh Widdicombe

Writer | Josh

Joshy Michael Widdicombe was born in Hammersmith,. London on 8 April 1983 and has an elder brother Henry, who is a comedy promoter. Brought up in Devon Josh attended South Dartmoor Community College before reading linguistics at Manchester University and going into journalism. In 2008 whilst ...

61. James Acaster

Writer | We the Jury

James Acaster is a writer and actor, known for We the Jury (2016), Josh (2014) and James Acaster: Repertoire (2018).

62. Rob Beckett

Actor | Comedy Playhouse

Robert 'Rob' Beckett is an English comedian and presenter from South East London, best known for being a former co-host on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! Now! and for being a team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

Rob burst began doing stand-up comedy in 2009 and in 2012 had his first solo show, at ...

63. Andy Parsons

Writer | The Smith & Jones Sketchbook

Andy Parsons was born in 1967 in the UK as Andrew John Parsons. He is a writer and actor, known for The Smith & Jones Sketchbook (2006), Asylum (1996) and Hale and Pace (1986).

64. Jack Whitehall

Actor | The Bad Education Movie

Jack Whitehall was a child actor in various television dramas, but decided to pursue stand-up comedy after leaving school. He was a finalist in the So You Think You're Funny talent hunt at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, and was nominated for best newcomer at this year's Chortle Awards. In December ...

65. Sara Pascoe

Actress | The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

Sara Pascoe is an actress and writer, known for The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (2009), Twenty Twelve (2011) and W1A (2014).

66. Romesh Ranganathan

Actor | The Reluctant Landlord

Romesh Ranganathan is an actor and producer, known for The Reluctant Landlord (2018), Funny Valentines (2015) and Zeit der Kannibalen (2014).

67. Tiff Stevenson

Actress | Gaby & the Girls

Tiff Stevenson is a stand-up comedian, actor and writer. Her thought provoking and engaging style have seen her consistently play to packed audiences; Tiff's latest solo show 'Mad Man' was one of the best reviewed shows at the Edinburgh Festival 2015 receiving ten 4* and 5* reviews including 5 ...

68. Kerry Godliman

Actress | Our Girl

Kerry Godliman is an actress and writer, known for Our Girl (2014), After Life (2019) and Our Girl (2013).

70. Russell Howard

Writer | Russell Howard: Live

Russell Howard was born on March 23, 1980 in Bristol, England as Russell Joseph Howard. He is a writer and actor, known for Russell Howard: Live (2008), Russell Howard's Good News (2009) and Russell Howard: Recalibrate (2017).

71. Shappi Khorsandi

Actress | Splitting Cells

Shappi Khorsandi was born in 1972 in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress, known for Splitting Cells (2007), My Favourite Joke (2011) and Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (2010).

72. Anna Mann

Actress | Voyage of Galactic Space Dangler

Anna Mann is an actress, known for Voyage of Galactic Space Dangler (2017).



Recently Viewed