My Favorite Comedians/Comedy Writers

by lesliehunter1983 | created - 11 Jul 2012 | updated - 29 Jul 2013 | Public

Here are my all time heros of comedy.

1. 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.

His stand-up is a perfect mix of toilet humor and thoughtful commentary on the human condition.

Louis CK show 'Louie' is as fantastic as his stand-up, every episode is wonderfully crafted.

I Hope he gets over to the UK sometime soon.

2. Stewart Lee

Writer | Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

Stewart Lee was born on April 5, 1968 in Wellington, Shropshire, England. He is known for his work on Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (2009), This Morning with Richard Not Judy (1998) and Arthur Christmas (2011). He has been married to Bridget Christie since 2006. They have two children.

I thought Lee was the coolest guy on TV back in the 90's and it is a surprise to me that neither 'Fist of Fun' and 'This Morning with Richard not July' are rarely talked about.

Lee's comic delivery has changed over the years and his shows; '90's comedian', '41st Best Comedian' are brilliant.

Saw him do 1 joke for 20 minutes at the Kings Head and I could have filled up my pint glass with tears of laughter.

3. 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 ...

Pryor's biography is unbelievable, and his life is layed bare in all his stand-up shows. His comic DNA is all over the last 2 generations of U.S. stand-ups.

4. Armando Iannucci

Writer | The Death of Stalin

Armando Iannucci was born on November 28, 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland as Armando Giovanni Iannucci. He is a writer and producer, known for The Death of Stalin (2017), Veep (2012) and In the Loop (2009). He has been married to Rachel since August 25, 1990. They have two children.

Alan Partridge, The Day Today, Time Trumpet and The Thick of It. He's worked with Steve Coogan, Stewart Lee, Richard Herring and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

5. 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 ...

6. Larry David

Writer | Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David was born on July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Lawrence Gene David. He is a writer and producer, known for Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), Whatever Works (2009) and Seinfeld (1989). He was previously married to Laurie Lennard.

7. Graham Linehan

Writer | Father Ted

Graham Linehan was born on May 22, 1968 in Dublin, Ireland. He is a writer and director, known for Father Ted (1995), The IT Crowd (2006) and Motherland (2016). He has been married to Helen Linehan since 2004. They have two children.

8. Steve Martin

Writer | Roxanne

Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, USA as Stephen Glenn Martin to Mary Lee (née Stewart; 1913-2002) and Glenn Vernon Martin (1914-1997), a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. He was raised in Inglewood and Garden Grove in California. In 1960, he got a job at the Magic ...

9. Dave Allen

Writer | Dave Allen at Large

Born of a prominent Irish journalist in Dublin, Ireland, Dave Allen started out working and touring through English theatres and night clubs. Only occasionally working on radio, he made his first TV appearance on the BBC's "New Faces." He managed to tour with The Beatles while they were still ...

10. Lenny Bruce

Writer | Dance Hall Racket

Lenny Bruce was born Leonard Alfred Schneider on October 13, 1925, in Mineola, Long Island, New York. His British-born father, Myron, was a shoe clerk, his mother, Sadie, was a dancer. Lenny's parents were divorced when he was a child. To support herself and her son, Sadie Schneider pursued a ...

11. 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.

12. Peter Sellers

Actor | Being There

Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born Richard Henry Sellers to a well-off acting family in 1925 in Southsea, a suburb of Portsmouth. He was the son of Agnes Doreen "Peg" (Marks) and William "Bill" Sellers. His parents worked in an acting company run by his ...

13. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

14. Johnny Vegas

Actor | Bleak House

Johnny Vegas was born on September 11, 1971 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England as Michael Joseph Pennington. He is an actor and producer, known for Bleak House (2005), The Libertine (2004) and Happiness (2001). He has been married to Maia Dunphy since March 2011. He was previously married to ...

15. Frank Skinner

Producer | Killing Clovis Dardentor

Frank Skinner was born on January 28, 1957 in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England as Christopher Graham Collins. He is a writer, known for Killing Clovis Dardentor, Cinderella (2000) and The Frank Skinner Show (1995).

16. Steve Coogan

Actor | Philomena

Steve Coogan was born on October 14, 1965 in Middleton, Manchester, England as Stephen John Coogan. He is an actor and producer, known for Philomena (2013), Alan Partridge (2013) and 24 Hour Party People (2002). He was previously married to Caroline Hickman.

17. Paul Merton

Self | Have I Got News for You

Paul Merton was born on July 9, 1957 in Parsons Green, London, England as Paul Martin. He is known for his work on Have I Got News for You (1990), Rex the Runt (1991) and The Suicidal Dog (2000). He has been married to Suki Webster since 2009. He was previously married to Sarah Parkinson and ...

18. Harry Hill

Writer | TV Burp

Harry Hill was born on October 1, 1964 in Woking, Surrey, England as Matthew Hall. He is a writer and producer, known for TV Burp (2001), The Harry Hill Movie (2013) and She's Not Dead (2007). He is married to Magda Archer. They have two children.

19. Sacha Baron Cohen

Actor | Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born...

20. Bob Monkhouse

Writer | Dentist in the Chair

One of British TV's most popular performers with a career that spanned over four decades, funny-man Bob Monkhouse started off as a radio broadcaster (1947) and stand-up comic. He earned success early on as a gag writer, partnering with Denis Goodwin.

In 1953, the duo won their own TV show called ...

21. 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 ...

22. Joan Rivers

Actress | Spaceballs

Joan Rivers was born on June 8, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joan Alexandra Molinsky. She was a writer and actress, known for Spaceballs (1987), Iron Man 3 (2013) and Rabbit Test (1978). She was married to Edgar Rosenberg and James Bennat Sanger. She died on September 4, 2014 ...

23. Victoria Wood

Writer | Dinnerladies

From the mid-1980s right up until her premature death in April 2016, Victoria Wood's appearances on stage and television were always eagerly anticipated, whether it was laugh-a-minute stand-up, a beautifully judged dramatic performance in the TV film Housewife, 49 (2006) or the canteen sitcom ...

24. 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.

25. 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 ...

26. 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...

27. 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 ...

28. 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), The Office (2005) and Logan (2017).

29. 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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30. 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...

31. Richard Herring

Writer | Time Gentlemen Please

Richard Herring was born on July 12, 1967 in Yorkshire, England as Richard Keith Herring. He is a writer and producer, known for Time Gentlemen Please (2000), You Can Choose Your Friends (2007) and This Morning with Richard Not Judy (1998).

32. 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...

33. Ben Elton

Writer | The Young Ones

Ben Elton was born on May 3, 1959 in London, England as Benjamin Charles Elton. He is a writer and actor, known for The Young Ones (1982), Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and Maybe Baby (2000). He is married to Sophie Gare. They have three children.

Elton has become a hate figure in comedic circles, regarded as a sell-out and arrogant since he began producing musicals and writing novels.

Prior to that Elton did manage to create the 'Young Ones' and change the fortunes of the Blackadder stories, as well as writing for 'Spitting Image'.

Elton would later create 'The Thin Blue Line', which also starred Rowan Atkinson but the show lacked the bit of his previous efforts. His Stand-Up show also contributed to peoples low opinion of the once heralded comic icon of the 80's.

34. 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 ...

35. Rowan Atkinson

Actor | Johnny English

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees ...

Not the 9 O'Clock news made acted as a spring board for Rowan to go out and write 'The Black Adder', with Richard Curtis. The show at first didn't inspire and there was a 3 year gap before the second season.

Curtis and Atkinson began working with Ben Elton as well as cast member Fry and Laurie. The shows fortunes changed and a fantastic 3rd and 4th series followed.

Atkinson has since performed in many films that are frankly terrible.

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 ...

Monty Python and Fawlty Towers?

Fawlty Towers first aired over 35 years ago and the humour still appears fresh today. Written with then wife, Connie Booth, Cleese played the down trodden husband, with social climbing aspirations, perfectly.

37. John Sessions

Actor | The Good Shepherd

Actor and comedian known for his various roles on film, TV and stage. He was born in Largs, Scotland, in 1953. He has an older brother and a twin sister. His debut film was The Sender (1982), a horror feature in which he played a patient. His next film was The Bounty (1984) with Mel Gibson and ...

38. Jackie Mason

Actor | The Jerk

Jackie Mason was born on June 9, 1928 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA as Jacob Moshe Maza. He is an actor and writer, known for The Jerk (1979), Caddyshack II (1988) and History of the World: Part I (1981). He has been married to Jyll Rosenfeld since August 14, 1991.



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