The funniest stand-up comedians

by Zahi7 | created - 22 Aug 2014 | updated - 29 Apr 2015 | 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. 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. 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 ...

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. 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 ...

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. 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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8. 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.

9. 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).

10. 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 ...

11. Dylan Moran

Actor | Black Books

Irish comedian Dylan Moran was born in Navan, County Meath in 1971. Leaving school without any qualifications at age 16, Moran quickly became attracted to stand-up comedy and debuted, in 1992, at a comedy club in Dublin, The Comedy Cellar. A year later, he won the Channel Four comedy newcomer's "So...

12. 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. ...

13. 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 The Joe Rogan Experience (2009). He has been married to Jessica Rogan since 2009. They have two children.

14. 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).

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. Bill Burr

Actor | Stand Up Guys

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 ...

17. 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).

18. Stewart Francis

Actor | Gilda Radner: It's Always Something

Stewart Francis is an actor and writer, known for Gilda Radner: It's Always Something (2002), An American in Canada (2002) and You Bet Your Ass (2006).

19. 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. ...

20. 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 ...

21. 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.



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