Funniest People in Ascending Order

by Brian_McInnis | created - 04 Oct 2013 | updated - 13 Nov 2017 | Public

1. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...

2. Mike Starr

Actor | Ed Wood

Mike Starr was born on July 29, 1950 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Michael Edward Starr. He is an actor, known for Ed Wood (1994), Dumb and Dumber (1994) and Uncle Buck (1989). He has been married to Joanne since 1975. They have three children.

3. John Goodman

Actor | 10 Cloverfield Lane

John Stephen Goodman is a U.S. film, television, and stage actor. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Virginia Roos (Loosmore), a waitress and saleswoman, and Leslie Francis Goodman, a postal worker who died when John was a small child. He is of English, Welsh, and German ancestry. John is best ...

4. Robert Downey Jr.

Actor | Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business.

Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and ...

5. Wyatt Cenac

Writer | The Daily Show

Wyatt Cenac is a writer and actor, known for The Daily Show (1996), People of Earth (2016) and aka Wyatt Cenac (2017).

6. Jeff Bridges

Actor | The Big Lebowski

Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without ...

7. Harpo Marx

Actor | A Night at the Opera

With the big, poofy, curly red hair, a top hat, and a horn, the lovable mute was the favorite of the Marx Brothers. Though chasing woman was a favorite routine of his in the movies, Harpo was a devoted father and husband. He adopted the mute routine in vaudeville and carried it over to the films. ...

8. 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...

9. Chico Marx

Actor | A Night at the Opera

As a kid trying to negotiate his way through various gang territories to a floating crap game or a new pool hall where he was not yet known as a hustler, Leonard (Chico) Marx learned to fake several accents. Because he later employed an Italian accent in the Marx Brothers' act, people assumed his ...

10. Fred Willard

Actor | Best in Show

Fred Willard radiates a unique charm that has established him as one of the industry's most gifted comic actors, first coming to prominence as ambitious but dimwitted sidekick Jerry Hubbard to Martin Mull's smarmy talk-show host Barth Gimble in the devastating satirical series Fernwood Tonight (...

11. 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 ...

12. Richard Appel

Producer | The Simpsons

Richard Appel was born on May 21, 1963 in New York, USA as Richard James Appel. He is a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), King of the Hill (1997) and The Bernie Mac Show (2001). He is married to Mona Simpson. They have two children.

13. Hitoshi Matsumoto

Writer | Dai-Nihonjin

Hitoshi Matsumoto and his childhood friend Masatoshi Hamada teamed up as comedy duo Downtown. When they had their own TV shows in late 80s, they became phenomenal pop culture among young Japanese people. Unlike other comedy duos in Japan, they are still together, and they dominate prime time TV ...

14. Josh Fadem

Actor | Better Call Saul

Josh Fadem is an actor and comedian based in Los Angeles. He is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He trained at venues including The Upright Citizens Brigade LA and The Groundlings. He is a regular in the LA comedy scene, has written for Adult Swim, and is a frequent contributor to Funny or Die. As a stand-up,...

15. 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 ...

16. Michael Jai White

Actor | Black Dynamite

Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White ...

17. Eugene Levy

Actor | A Mighty Wind

Eugene Levy is an award-winning actor, writer, and producer. He has appeared in more than 60 motion pictures to date, eight of which having topped the $100M mark. The box office success of films such as Bringing Down The House, Cheaper By the Dozen 2, and Father Of The Bride Part II have ...

18. Kevin Michael Richardson

Actor | Mortal Kombat

Well-known, king-sized actor and voice artist Kevin Michael Richardson was born in Bronx, New York. He is, perhaps, mostly recognizable for his deep voice, which he uses in many of his works.

Richardson is a classically trained actor. He first gained recognition as one of only eight U.S. high school...

19. Tom Magliozzi

Actor | Cars

Tom Magliozzi was born on June 28, 1937 in East Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Thomas Louis Magliozzi. He was an actor and writer, known for Cars (2006), Cars 3 (2017) and Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns (2008). He was married to Joanne and Julia. He died on November 3, 2014 in Belmont, ...

20. Ray Magliozzi

Actor | Cars

Ray Magliozzi was born in 1950. He is an actor and writer, known for Cars (2006), Cars 3 (2017) and Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns (2008).

21. Mike Henry

Actor | Family Guy

Mike Henry is an actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Michael "Mike" Henry was born on November 7, 1965, in Pontiac, Michigan and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He is best known for his work on Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, American Dad, Ted, and The Orville. His most popular voice characters ...

22. David Wain

Writer | Wet Hot American Summer

David Wain was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

He met the other members of the comedy troupe The State while a film student at NYU, where he graduated from in 1991.

As part of The State, he co-created and co-starred on their self-titled MTV sketch comedy show in the mid 90's. He then ...

23. Guy Endore-Kaiser

Producer | Fam

Los Angeles, California: television screenwriter

24. Dave Hill

Actor | Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Dave Hill is a comedian, actor, writer, and musician know for Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt (2017), Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2016), King of Miami (2007), and Inside Amy Schumer (2013). Hill's song "Go" by his band Valley Lodge is the theme song to HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Hill ...

25. Matt Groening

Writer | The Simpsons

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Matt Groening did not particularly like school, which is what originally turned him towards drawing. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Los Angeles and started drawing a comic strip named "Life in Hell", which eventually became published in the newspaper where he worked. ...

26. Julius Sharpe

Writer | Dads

Julius Sharpe is a writer and producer, known for Dads (2013), Making History (2017) and Cristela (2014).

27. Julian Barratt

Actor | The Mighty Boosh

Julian Barratt was born on May 4, 1968 in Leeds, England as Julian Pettifer. He is an actor and writer, known for The Mighty Boosh (2003), Mindhorn (2016) and Nathan Barley (2005).

29. Nicolas Cage

Actor | Face/Off

Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (whose brother is director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and Polish, German, and English (mother) descent. Cage ...

30. Guy Maddin

Director | The Saddest Music in the World

Guy Maddin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Herdis Maddin (a hair-dresser) and Charles "Chas" Maddin (grain clerk and general manager of the Maroons, a Winnipeg hockey team). Maddin studied economics at the University of Winnipeg, working as a bank manager, house painter, and photographic...

32. 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.

33. Groucho Marx

Actor | A Night at the Opera

The bushy-browed, cigar-smoking wise-cracker with the painted-on moustache and stooped walk was the leader of The Marx Brothers. With one-liners that were often double entendres, Groucho never cursed in any of his performances and said he never wanted to be known as a dirty comic. With a great love...

34. Michael J. Nelson

Writer | Mystery Science Theater 3000

Michael J. Nelson is the former host and writer of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). Since that time, he has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, penned a regular column for TV Guide, and authored best-selling books for both HarperCollins and Abrams.

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35. Kevin Murphy

Writer | Mystery Science Theater 3000

Kevin Murphy was born on November 3, 1956 in River Forest, Illinois, USA as Kevin Patrick Murphy. He is a writer and actor, known for Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988), Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) and Assignment: Venezuela and Other Shorts (2000). He has been married to Jane ...

36. Trace Beaulieu

Writer | Mystery Science Theater 3000

Trace Beaulieu was born on November 6, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Tracy Jacques Beaulieu. He is a writer and actor, known for Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988), Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) and MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (1995). He was previously ...

37. Brandon Wardell

Producer | Shift

Brandon Wardell is a 5-time Tony Award and 4-time Grammy Award nominee and proud member of the Recording Academy who is equally at home in the spotlight or behind the scenes in film, on TV, on stage or in concert.

Brandon is a film, theatre and album Producer with his company, Johnny Roscoe ...

38. Billy Eichner

Actor | The Lion King

Billy Eichner was born on September 18, 1978 and raised in New York City. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School (NY) in 1996. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he majored in Theater.

He is the star, executive producer and creator of Billy on the Street (2011), a comedy game show ...

39. Doug Lussenhop

Writer | Story Pig

Doug Lussenhop is an editor and writer, known for Story Pig (2014), Pound House (2013) and The Pound Hole (2015).

40. 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 ...

41. Scott Chernoff

Writer | BoJack Horseman

Scott Chernoff is known for his work on BoJack Horseman (2014), Rick and Morty (2013) and School of Rock (2016).

42. Christopher Guest

Actor | This Is Spinal Tap

U.S.-born actor, director, writer, musician, and composer best known for his mockumentaries, poking fun at heavy metal music, small town theatre, dog shows, folk music and film-making itself, Christopher Haden-Guest was born February fifth, 1948, in New York City. His mother, Jean Pauline (Hindes),...

43. Douglas Adams

Writer | The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Born Douglas Noel Adams on March 11, 1952 in Cambridge. From 1959 until 1970 he went to Brentwood school in Essex, and his main interest was science. As a student in Cambridge he decided to hitch-hike through Europe to Istanbul, and in order to raise funds for this he took a lot of small jobs. In ...

44. Eric Wareheim

Writer | Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

Eric Wareheim was born on April 7, 1976 in Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007), Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories (2013) and Master of None (2015).

45. Gregg Turkington

Actor | Ant-Man

Gregg Turkington was born in Darwin, Australia in 1967, of American parents, and grew up in Arizona and California, founding the independent record label Amarillo Records in San Francisco in the 1990s. As the stand-up comic character Neil Hamburger, he has repeatedly headlined nightclub worldwide ...

46. Bill Corbett

Writer | Mystery Science Theater 3000

Bill Corbett was born on March 30, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as William Daniel Corbett. He is a writer and actor, known for Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988), Meet Dave (2008) and 1st Annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 Summer Blockbuster Review (1997). He has been married to Virginia ...

47. Jay London

Actor | Chronicles of a Madman

Jay London was born on September 12, 1966 in The Bronx, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Chronicles of a Madman (2002), Made in Brooklyn (2007) and The King of Queens (1998).

48. Mark Twain

Writer | Lionizing Murderers

Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri in 1835, grew up in Hannibal. He was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. Throughout his career, Twain served as a writer, lecturer, reporter, editor, printer, and prospector. Twain took his pen name from an alert cry used on his...

49. Patton Oswalt

Actor | Young Adult

Patton Oswalt has been headlining at comedy clubs all over the United States since 1996, as well as appearing in his own standup specials on Comedy Central and HBO. He was chosen as Entertainment Weekly's "It" comedian in 2002. He is a regular on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993). His other ...

50. Tommy Cooper

Actor | The Plank

After leaving the army Tommy Cooper took up show business in 1947 and so started his long career of comedy derived around visual humour, magic tricks that didn't work and his trademark red fez, a prop that started from his days in the army. The BBC described him as an "Unattractive young man with ...

51. Megan Amram

Producer | The Good Place

Megan Amram is a producer and writer, known for The Good Place (2016), Parks and Recreation (2009) and Silicon Valley (2014).

52. John C. Riley

Actor | The Maladjusted

John C. Riley is an actor, known for The Maladjusted (2013).

53. Scott Adams

Writer | Dilbert

Scott Adams, frustrated with the inanities of corporate America and its idiot bosses, created the comic strip "Dilbert" to lampoon all he considered repugnant-yet-funny in the workplace of cubicles. His title character Dilbert, the bespectacled MIT graduate with no mouth and flip-up tie, is part ...

54. A.D. Miles

Actor | Role Models

A.D. Miles was born on November 8, 1971 in North Carolina, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Role Models (2008), Wet Hot American Summer (2001) and Horrible People (2008).

55. Michael Showalter

Writer | Wet Hot American Summer

Michael Showalter is a director, writer, and producer who most recently directed the 2017 hit The Big Sick. Previously he directed and co-wrote the 2016 film Hello, My Name Is Doris starring Sally Field. Michael's first film was the The Baxter (2005) starring Michelle Williams and Justin Theroux. ...

56. Jeff Goldblum

Actor | Jurassic Park

Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum was born October 22, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of four children of Shirley (Temeles), a radio broadcaster who also ran an appliances firm, and Harold L. Goldblum, a doctor. His father was of Russian Jewish descent and his mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry.

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57. Zach Galifianakis

Actor | The Hangover

Zach Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to Mary Frances (Cashion), who owned a community arts center, and Harry Galifianakis, a heating oil vendor. His father is of Greek descent and his mother is of mostly English and Scottish ancestry. Zach moved to New York City after failing ...

58. Greg Benson

Actor | Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show

Greg Benson has established himself as one of the hardest-working commercial actors in the business, appearing in over 100 national commercials including memorable ads for McDonald's, Hertz, Michelob, Lean Pockets and Honda.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Benson relocated to Los Angeles to pursue...

59. Rob Delaney

Actor | Catastrophe

Rob Delaney was born on January 19, 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Robert Archer Delaney. He is an actor and writer, known for Catastrophe (2015), Deadpool 2 (2018) and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019).

60. Jon Glaser

Writer | Delocated

Jon Glaser was born on June 20, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Delocated (2009), Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) and Inside Amy Schumer (2013).

61. Branson Reese

Actor | Quantization Nation

Branson Reese is an actor, known for Quantization Nation (2014), Have Your Fill (2016) and The Pioneers (2015).

62. Bill Murray

Actor | Lost in Translation

Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, ...

63. 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 ...

64. Matthew Holness

Actor | Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

Matthew Holness is an actor and writer, known for Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004), Possum (2018) and Playhouse Presents (2012).

65. Dave Barry

Writer | Big Trouble

Dave Barry, author of numerous books and a weekly syndicated column with the Miami Herald, is well known for his scathing wit and deep insight into current political issues, exploding toilets, current economic trends, exploding whales, the future of America, exploding pop-tarts, and international ...

66. Mike Chapman

Writer | Strongbad_email.exe

Mike Chapman was born on September 20, 1973 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Strongbad_email.exe (2004), Homestar Runner (2000) and Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 1 (2005). He has been married to Missy Palmer since February 2003. They have one child.

67. Matt Chapman

Writer | Homestar Runner

Matt Chapman was born on November 1, 1976 in Indiana, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Homestar Runner (2000), Strongbad_email.exe (2004) and Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Six (2008). He is married to Jackie Chapman. They have one child.

69. 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 ...

70. Tim Heidecker

Writer | Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories

Tim Heidecker was born on February 3, 1976 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories (2013), Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007) and The Comedy (2012). He has been married to Marilyn Porayko since June 2, 2007. They have two ...

71. Peter Serafinowicz

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

Peter Serafinowicz was born on July 10, 1972 in Liverpool, England as Peter Szymon Serafinowicz. He is an actor and producer, known for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Spy (2015) and Shaun of the Dead (2004). He is married to Sarah Alexander. They have two children.

72. Jacy Catlin

Composer | The Found Footage Show

Jacy Catlin is known for his work on The Found Footage Show (2010), Shrek Retold (2018) and Breakdown (2006).

73. Gary Larson

War of the Worlds

Gary Larson was born on August 14, 1950 in Tacoma, Washington, USA. He is known for his work on War of the Worlds (1988), Tales from the Far Side (1994) and Tales from the Far Side II (1997). He has been married to Toni Carmichael since 1987.



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