Famous 20th Century Stand-up Comedians

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 1 Robin Williams

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Famous As: American stand-up comedian
Birthdate: July 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: August 11, 2014

One of the finest comedians of all time, Robin Williams began his career as a stand-up comedian and soon moved to act in television and films. Though widely recognised for his comedic skills, the immensely talented Williams proved his versatility by taking up and successfully performing more serious roles in films like Good Will Hunting and The Fisher King.

 2 Steve Martin

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waco

A man of many talents, Steve Martin is a successful comedian, actor, and musician. In 2004, he was ranked sixth in Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-up comics list. Despite achieving great fame and success as a comedian and actor, Steve decided to pursue a career in music and began appearing seldom in films to record and tour with bluegrass acts.

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 3 Kevin Hart

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

American comedian and actor, Kevin Hart attained fame as a stand-up comic and then established himself as a leading comedic actor on the big screen with films like Get Hard, About Last Night, Ride Along and The Wedding Ringer. He has also been part of two Jumanji films. He was critically acclaimed for the 2019 comedy-drama film The Upside.

 4 Larry David

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Birthdate: July 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn

Comedian, writer, actor, director, and television producer Larry David is best known as the co-creator of the television series Seinfeld. He discovered his talent for comedy as a college student and began his career as a stand-up performer. After a few years of struggle, he achieved success and went on to become an accomplished actor, director, and producer.

 5 Bill Cosby

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One of America’s most popular and beloved comedians, Bill Cosby’s reputation was totally shattered when he was accused of sexual assault, sexual battery and rape by multiple women in the 2010s. Subsequently, he was found guilty of sexual assault in two cases and was sentenced in September 2018 to a total of three to ten years in a state prison.

 6 Louis C.K.

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer
Birthdate: September 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Six-time Emmy-winning stand-up comedian Louis C.K. started with writing for shows such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His debut comedy album, Live in Houston, and his autobiographical series, Louie, were hits. He faced a temporary lull in his career in 2017 for his admittance to incidents of sexual misconduct.

 7 Billy Connolly

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: November 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Billy Connolly is a retired stand-up comedian, actor, and musician. Known for his observational and idiosyncratic comedy, Connolly is widely considered one of the most influential and greatest stand-up comedians of all time. He has also worked with the British charity, Comic Relief and has appeared in a documentary and a live stage show for the charity.

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 8 Rodney Dangerfield

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: November 22, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Deer Park, New York, United States
Died: October 5, 2004
Rodney Dangerfield began as a stand-up comedian in and around New York City and eventually became a regular on late-night talk shows. He was known for his catchphrase “I don't get no respect!” and his self-deprecating humor. He also appeared in movies such as Caddyshack and Natural Born Killers.

 9 Bill Hader

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Bill Hader is an American actor and comedian. He is credited with creating the popular HBO series Barry. A product of Saturday Night Live, Bill Hader's journey from being a below-average student at school to becoming a popular personality in the American film and TV industry continues to serve as an inspiration to many.

 10 Lenny Bruce

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Famous As: Standup Comedian
Birthdate: October 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mineola, New York
Died: August 3, 1966

Regarded as one of the best American stand-up comedians of all time, Lenny Bruce was renowned for his critical form of comedy. His conviction for obscenity played a major role in redefining freedom of speech in the US. He is also credited with inspiring several comedians of the counterculture era. His life and career have inspired several works of art.

 11 Phil Hartman

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Famous As: Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: September 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brantford
Died: May 28, 1998

Phil Hartman was a Canadian-American actor and comedian. He is credited with helping Paul Reubens develop his famous character, Pee-wee Herman, as part of his contribution to the popular comedy group The Groundlings. After he was murdered in 1998, Hartman was honored with several awards. In 2015, Rolling Stone named him one of the greatest Saturday Night Live cast members.

 12 Mitch Hedberg

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: February 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: March 29, 2005
Iconic stand-up comedian Mitch Hedberg is remembered for his one-liners and deadpan delivery. He gained attention with Comikaze, appeared on major comedy shows, and created the film Los Enchiladas! He released several comedy albums, one of which, Do You Believe in Gosh?, was released after his death.

 13 Bernie Mac

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: October 5, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 9, 2008
A well-known comedian and actor, Bernie Mac was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time list in 2017. In recognition of his contribution to arts, Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared November 14 as Bernie Mac Day in 2016. Bernie's alma mater Chicago Vocational High School renamed its CVS Auditorium as Bernie Mac Auditorium.

 14 Redd Foxx

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: October 11, 1991

 15 Samuel Burl Kinison

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yakima, Washington, United States
Died: April 10, 1992

 16 Garry Shandling

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: November 29, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: March 24, 2016

Garry Shandling was initially a sitcom writer and then performed as a stand-up comedian on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He later soared to fame with his own shows, It's Garry Shandling's Show and the Emmy-winning The Larry Sanders Show. He has also hosted the Grammy and Emmy Awards.

 17 Bob Hope

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 29, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Eltham, London, England
Died: July 27, 2003
Bob Hope began his career with vaudeville and Broadway, before plunging into radio and films. He is remembered for his comedy timing and trademark self-deprecating humor. He hosted the Academy Awards 19 times and authored 14 books, apart from performing for the U.S. military in 57 USO tours.

 18 Bill Hicks

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valdosta, Georgia, U.S
Died: February 26, 1994

Stand-up comedian Bill Hicks was known for his controversial themes, which included religion and politics. He was ranked fourth on Channel 4's 2010 list of the "100 Greatest Stand-Up Comics.” He had also experimented with music before his untimely death due to pancreatic cancer at age 32.

 19 Joan Rivers

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: September 4, 2014

Famous for her controversial comedic persona, Joan Rivers was a television host and comedian. She broke stereotypes by hosting a late-night television talk show titled The Late Show with Joan Rivers, becoming the first woman to do so. Also an author, Rivers wrote 12 best-selling books. In 2017, she was posthumously inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame

 20 Andy Kaufman

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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: January 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: May 16, 1984

Andy Kaufman was an American entertainer and wrestler. Considered an anti-comedian for his ability and willingness to provoke confused and negative reactions from audiences, Kaufman is revered for his counterintuitive approach to comedy. Apart from influencing comedians like Jim Carrey, Kaufman also inspired movies like Toni Erdmann. There are rumours that his death is believed to be a hoax and part of his prank.

 21 Bob Saget

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: May 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia

Bob Saget is an American actor, director, television host, and stand-up comedian. Renowned for his adult-oriented stand-up comedy routine, Saget has hosted popular TV shows, such as America's Funniest Home Videos. Also known for his charity work, Bob Saget is currently serving as one of the members of the board of the non-profit organization, Scleroderma Research Foundation.

 22 Jonathan Winters

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Famous As: Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, U.S
Died: April 11, 2013

Two-time Grammy-winning artist and comedian Jonathan Winters is best remembered for his comedy albums such as Crank(y) Calls. He won an Emmy for playing Gunny Davis in the sitcom Davis Rules and voiced Papa Smurf in The Smurfs franchise. He also wrote a bestselling short-story anthology and held painting exhibitions.

 23 Gilda Radner

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 20, 1989

 24 Freddie Prinze

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York
Died: January 29, 1977

Freddie Prinze, father of Freddie Prinze Jr., was best known as Chico Rodriguez from Chico and the Man. A trained ballet dancer, Freddie had dropped out of high school to become a stand-up comedian. He shot himself to death, though a jury later ruled it an accidental and medicine-induced death.

 25 T.J. Miller

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, USA

 26 Jeff Foxworthy

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Atlanta

 27 Brad Garrett

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: April 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

 28 Craig Robinson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 29 Andrew Dice Clay

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

 30 Benjamin Walker

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Famous As: film actor, stage actor, television actor
Birthdate: June 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Georgia

 31 Louie Anderson

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

 32 Richard Belzer

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Author
Birthdate: August 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Richard Belzer is best known as John Munch from the series Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: SVU. He continued to play the role in several other series and a TV movie. He has also written several books on conspiracy theories, of which two became bestsellers.

 33 Larry the Cable Guy

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian, Actor, Voice Actor
Birthdate: February 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pawnee City, Nebraska
Stand-up comedian Daniel Lawrence Whitney, better known as "Larry the Cable Guy," soared to fame with Blue Collar Comedy Tour. He has authored a book named Git-R-Done, which is also his signature catchphrase. He was the voice of Mater in the Cars film series and has appeared in several movies.

 34 Mike Epps

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: November 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.

Stand-up comedian, actor, and film producer, Mike Epps, is a man with multiple talents. He began his career performing stand-up comedy and branched out into acting soon after.  As an actor, he gained fame for playing Day-Day Jones in the film Next Friday and its sequels. He is a controversial person and has been accused of assaulting a fellow comedian.

 35 Harvey Korman

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 29, 2008

Harvey Korman gained recognition with his acts on The Danny Kaye Show. He then soared to fame with the sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show, partnering with Tim Conway and winning four Emmys. He has also been part of The Flintstones franchise and several Mel Brooks comedies.

 36 Kevin Pollak

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California

Kevin Pollak is an American actor, impressionist, comedian, and podcast host. He is best known for playing Moishe Maisel in the popular, Emmy Award-winning TV series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, for which he has received a couple of Screen Actors Guild Awards. Kevin Pollak is also an avid poker player who participated in the 2012 World Series of Poker.

 37 Carrot Top

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Birthdate: February 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rockledge, Florida, U.S.
Comedian Scott Thompson, better known as Carrot Top, due to his orange-red mop of hair, gained fame for his signature self-deprecating humor. He has appeared in series such as Gene Simmons Family Jewels and in films such as Chairman of the Board. He also announced for Cartoon Network.

 38 Alan Davies

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Loughton
Stand-up comedian Alan Davies is known for playing the titular role in the series Jonathan Creek. He has also been a panelist on the BBC panel show QI. Named Time Out's Best Young Comic in 1991, he has also been part of radio shows such as Alan's Big One.

 39 Jamie Kennedy

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA

 40 Krista Allen

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ventura, California, United States
Krista Allen is best known for playing Billie Reed in the series Days of Our Lives. She also played the titular role in the erotic movie series Emmanuelle in Space. She has also been part of films such as Liar Liar and series such as Significant Mother

 41 Phil LaMarr

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian, Actor, Film director, Television director, Film producer, Television producer, Screenwriter, Singer, Dancer, Voice actor, Comedian, Film actor, Television actor
Birthdate: January 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 42 Lou Costello

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 6, 1906
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 3, 1959

Lou Costello was a comedian best known for his comedy routine Who's on First?, which he performed alongside Bud Abbott. During the Second World War, the comedy duo was one of the highest-paid and most popular entertainers in the world. In 2009, he was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

 43 Nathan Fielder

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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A graduate of Humber College Comedy, Nathan Joseph Fielder is best known for his hit docu-realty television series, Nathan for You. Beginning his career in 2006 as the writer-director of a short film called Morris; he made his  acting debut with a television series called This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Today, he is considered an established writer, director and comedian.

 44 Charlotte Rae

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died: August 5, 2018

 45 Timothy Lee Reid

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia

Timothy Lee Reid, popularly known as Tim Reid, is an American actor and director. He is known for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as Venus Flytrap, Simon & Simon, and That '70s Show. The founder of Legacy Media Institute, Reid aims at bringing together leading professionals, young men and women, and outstanding actors through his non-profit organization.

 46 King Kong Bundy

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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: November 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Woodbury, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: March 4, 2019

 47 Nipsey Russell

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: September 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
Died: October 2, 2005

 48 Michael Blackson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ghana

Known as The African King of Comedy, the Ghanaian-Liberian-American comedian Michael Blackson considers Eddie Murphy one of his greatest inspirations. An encounter with Ice Cube at The Comedy Store, turned Blackson’s future around. He is also known for his hit films Next Friday and Meet the Blacks.

 49 Maurice LaMarche

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Famous As: Voice Actor
Birthdate: March 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 50 Karen Kilgariff

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Petaluma, California