My Favourite Stand-Up Comedians

by filipgherard | created - 05 Apr 2016 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

1. 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.

2. Steven Wright

Actor | Natural Born Killers

Steven Wright was born on December 6, 1955 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Steven Alexander Wright. He is an actor and producer, known for Natural Born Killers (1994), Reservoir Dogs (1992) and So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993).

3. 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...

4. 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.

6. 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 ...

7. 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 ...

8. 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...

9. 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.

10. Marc Maron

Actor | Maron

For over fifteen years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio and television. A legend in the stand-up community, he has appeared on HBO, Conan, Letterman, his two Comedy Central Presents specials and almost every show that ...

11. Hannibal Buress

Actor | Neighbors

Hannibal Buress was born on February 4, 1983 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Neighbors (2014), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016).

12. 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 ...

13. 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 ...

14. 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) ...

15. 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 ...

16. 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 ...

17. Andy Kaufman

Actor | Taxi

Referred to by some as a dadaistic comedian, Andy Kaufman took comedy and performance art to the edges of irrationality and blurred the dividing line between reality and imagination. Born in New York City on January 17, 1949, the first son of Stanley and Janice Kaufman, Andy grew up on New York in ...

18. 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 ...

19. 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 ...

20. 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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21. 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 ...

22. Kyle Kinane

Actor | Funny People

Kyle Kinane is an actor and writer, known for Funny People (2009), The House (2017) and Epic (2013).

23. 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 ...

24. 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 ...

25. Jemaine Clement

Actor | Flight of the Conchords

Jemaine Clement was born and raised in Masterton, New Zealand, the oldest of three brothers. His mother is Maori. Clement was educated at Makoura College in Masterton, NZ. He went on to study drama and film at Victoria University of Wellington. Whilst there he met Taika Waititi, and they formed ...

26. Brett McKenzie

Art_director | Unbelievable

Brett McKenzie was born on March 27, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on Unbelievable (2019), I Am the Night (2019) and American Crime (2015).



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