My favorite stand up comedians

by srdikano | created - 11 Aug 2015 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

1. Eddie Izzard

Actor | Ocean's Thirteen

Best-known for his surreal and digressive stand-up, British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962, in Aden, Yemen, where his English parents -- Dorothy Ella, a nurse and midwife, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant -- worked for British Petroleum.

Izzard worked as a street ...

2. 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 ...

3. 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 ...

4. 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.

5. Daniel Tosh

Actor | The Love Guru

Daniel Tosh was born on May 29, 1975 in Germany. He is a producer and writer, known for The Love Guru (2008), Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts (2011) and Tosh.0 (2009). He has been married to Carly Hallam since April 15, 2016.

6. 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 ...

7. 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), The Jim Jefferies Show (2017) and The Librarians (2014).

8. 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 ...

9. 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 ...

10. 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, ...

11. 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).

12. 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 ...

13. 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 ...

14. 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.

15. 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 ...

16. 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).

17. 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 ...

18. Bill Maher

Writer | Politically Incorrect

Bill Maher was born William Maher in New York City, New York, and grew up in River Vale, New Jersey. His father, William Aloysius Maher, Jr., who was of Irish descent, was a radio announcer and news editor. His mother, Julie (Berman), was a nurse, who was from a Jewish family. Maher was raised in ...

19. 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.

20. Moshe Kasher

Writer | Another Period

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

21. Kumail Nanjiani

Actor | The Big Sick

Kumail Nanjiani was born on February 21, 1978 in Karachi, Pakistan. He is an actor and writer, known for The Big Sick (2017), Life as We Know It (2010) and Men in Black: International (2019). He has been married to Emily V. Gordon since July 14, 2007.

22. Tig Notaro

Actress | One Mississippi

Tig Notaro was born on March 24, 1971 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA as Mathilde O'Callaghan Notaro. She is an actress and writer, known for One Mississippi (2015), Instant Family (2018) and Walk of Shame (2014). She has been married to Stephanie Allynne since October 24, 2015. They have two children.

23. Daniel Sloss

Writer | Daniel Sloss: Live Shows

Daniel Sloss is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning Scottish comedian, who released 2 hour-long comedy specials for Netflix in 2018 ("DARK" and "Jigsaw") and in 2019 released "Daniel Sloss: X" on HBO in USA & Canada. He has appeared on 'Conan' a record* number of times (* 8 sets to date ...

24. Ryan Hamilton

Actor | The Comedian

Ryan Hamilton is an actor and writer, known for The Comedian (2016), Oblique (2008) and Blissed (2005).

25. Jen Kirkman

Writer | The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Jen Kirkman was born as Jennifer A. Kirkman. She is a writer and actress, known for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017), Home Again (2017) and Lez Chat (2010). She was previously married to Neil Mahoney.

26. 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).

27. Beth Stelling

Producer | Good Boys

Beth Stelling is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress based in Los Angeles who most recently wrote for season 3 of The Last O.G. on TBS, as an on-set writer for Good Boys, a feature film produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and Sarah Silverman's Hulu series, I Love You America. Beth tours ...

28. Garfunkel & Oates

Soundtrack | The Legend of Neil

Garfunkel & Oates are a Los Angeles, California-based comedic folk-rock duo consisting of Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates). Lindhome and Micucci initially met each other in the fifth grade at a Pennsylvannia music camp. They were reunited by comic Doug Benson at the Uptight ...

29. Cameron Esposito

Actress | Take My Wife

Cameron Esposito is a nationally touring stand-up comedian, actor and writer based in Los Angeles known for her appearances on CBS, NBC, Comedy Central, E!, TBS, IFC and the Cartoon Network.

Cameron is the host/creator of Buzzfeed's Ask A Lesbian series and the host of the popular Put Your Hands ...

30. Eric André

Writer | The Eric Andre Show

Eric André was born as Eric Samuel Andre. He is an actor and writer, known for The Eric Andre Show (2012), The Lion King (2019) and Disenchantment (2018).

31. Natasha Leggero

Actress | Let's Be Cops

Natasha Leggero was born on March 26, 1974 in Rockford, Illinois, USA as Natasha Terese Leggero. She is an actress and writer, known for Let's Be Cops (2014), He's Just Not That Into You (2009) and Another Period (2013). She has been married to Moshe Kasher since October 11, 2015. They have one ...

32. Tiffany Haddish

Actress | Girls Trip

Tiffany Haddish was born on December 3, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Tiffany Sarac Haddish. She is an actress and producer, known for Girls Trip (2017), Keanu (2016) and The Carmichael Show (2015). She was previously married to William Stewart.

33. Mary Lynn Rajskub

Actress | 24

Mary Lynn Rajskub is an American actress, comedienne and singer who is best known as a co-star of Kiefer Sutherland on the popular television series 24 (2001).

She was born on June 22, 1971, in Detroit, Michigan, into a family of Irish, Czech, and Polish ancestry. She was brought up in Trenton, ...

34. Kelsey Cook

Actress | Walk of Shame Shuttle

Kelsey Cook was born as Kelsey Evelyn Cook. She is a writer and actress, known for Walk of Shame Shuttle (2015), Sushi Burrito and The (206) (2013).

35. JC Coccoli

Actress | Tooken

JC Coccoli is a producer and actress, known for Tooken (2015), Key and Peele (2012) and Love 10 to 1 (2009).

36. Chelsea Peretti

Actress | Parks and Recreation

Chelsea Peretti is a stand-up comedian, actress and writer who currently appears in FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013). The show won two Golden Globe Awards in 2014 including one for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy.

Peretti stars alongside Andy Samberg, Terry Crews and Joe Lo Truglio as '...

37. Megan Gailey

Actress | Straight Up, Stand Up

Megan Gailey is an actress and writer, known for Straight Up, Stand Up (2018), Are We Ok? and The Last Job I Had (2014).

38. Annie Lederman

Actress | Grand Theft Auto V

Annie Lederman was born as Anne Frances Lederman. She is an actress and producer, known for Grand Theft Auto V (2013), Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship (2013) and The Long Dumb Road (2018).

39. Iliza Shlesinger

Actress | Instant Family

Iliza Shlesinger was born as Iliza Vie Shlesinger. She is a writer and producer, known for Instant Family (2018), Untitled Iliza Shlesinger Project and Forever 31 (2016). She has been married to Noah Galuten since May 12, 2018.



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