Famous American Comedians

Who do you think are the LOL-merchants of America? Well, it is the goofy, zany lot of rib-ticklers who have cracked up America with their crazy antics, witty one-liners, and really vile humor time and again (We love you, Chris Rock! We bow down before you, Danny McBride!). They are America's best comedians, the boundary-breakers, who got the entire country rolling in humor. No wonder the world is sitting up and taking notice of these merry minds. Thanks to them, comedy today is one of the fastest growing business in showbiz (And channels like Comedy Central is a testimony too that). Bill Burr, Amy Schumer, Louis C.K., Anthony Jeselnik, Ricky Gervais, Jim Jeffries, Jim Norton are just some of the oft laughed at comedians whose gags are counted among the legendary ones in America. Let us explore the lives of these funny men, America's most famous comedians in the timeline, trivia, and interesting in the biographies below.

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 1 Danny DeVito

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Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

An award-winning actor, Danny DeVito overcame a rare genetic disorder called Fairbank's disease to become an influential figure in the American film industry. Along with Michael Shamberg, he founded a production company called Jersey Films, which went on to produce films like Pulp Fiction. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.

 2 Dean Martin

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Singer
Birthdate: June 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 1995

An actor, singer, and comedian, Dean Martin earned the nickname The King of Cool for his effortless self-assurance and charisma. One of the most popular entertainers of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, Dean performed in nightclubs and concert stages and appeared in film and TV productions. Such is his popularity that his songs continue to be featured across popular culture.

 3 Nick Offerman

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: June 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Nick Offerman, best known for his award-winning performance as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation, is also a professional wood craftsman. He has voiced characters in films such as Hotel Transylvania 2 and Ice Age: Collision Course, hosted a Netflix documentary and a reality series, and written three semi-autobiographical books.

 4 Robin Williams

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Famous As: American stand-up comedian
Birthdate: July 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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.

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 5 Jerry Lewis

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Famous As: Comedian, Actor, Singer, Film Director
Birthdate: March 16, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: August 20, 2017

One half of the popular American comedy duo Martin & Lewis, Jerry Lewis was nicknamed The King of Comedy for his comedic skills. Also a filmmaker, Jerry Lewis helped develop video assist and went on to popularize the system, which is widely used today. Also a humanitarian, Lewis worked closely with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, raising awareness about muscular dystrophy.

 6 Keegan-Michael Key

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 7 Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: January 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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.

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 8 Adam Sandler

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Actor, comedian, and filmmaker, Adam Sandler, is best known for his comedic roles in Hollywood movies. Despite being a popular actor he also has the ignominious distinction of having appeared in numerous widely panned movies and is the holder of three Golden Raspberry Awards! He has released a few comedy albums as well.

 9 Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin
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Famous As: Actor, Producer, Comedian
Birthdate: April 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

A member of the prominent Baldwin family, Alec Baldwin is an actor, comedian, and producer. Beginning his career in the 1980s, he has appeared in many TV shows, theater productions, and films. He also started hosting podcasts in the 2000s. A generous philanthropist, he has donated millions of dollars to various causes.

 10 Steve Carell

Steve Carell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Recognized as "America's Funniest Man" by Life magazine, Steve Carell is an actor, comedian, and writer. He has starred in several hit comedy films and has received numerous awards, including a Golden Globe. Also popular as a comedic TV actor, he has ventured into production and direction as well. Besides comedy, he also plays dramatic roles.

 11 Betty White

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Betty White, American actress and comedian, is considered as the pioneer of television and has had the longest television career of any entertainer, straddling more than 80 years. She’s known for her award-winning performances in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland

 12 Chevy Chase

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 8, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Chevy Chase is often credited with the overall success of Saturday Night Live as he played a major role as the show's key cast member in the show's first season, thereby setting the pace for the show's eventual success. Apart from being an actor, he is also a popular comedian, producer, and screenwriter.

 13 Jerry Stiller

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Veteran actor Jerry Stiller had an extensive six-decade-long career in the entertainment industry. He began performing comedy with his wife, Anne Meara, in the 1960s and soon started acting in films and TV shows as well. His son, Ben Stiller, is also an actor, and the two had appeared in many films together.

 14 Will Ferrell

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Will Ferrell rose to fame in the mid-1990s when he acted in a comedy show Saturday Night Live. He then went on to act in a series of comedy films such as Talladega Nights, Step Brothers and The Other Guys.  He’s considered part of the ‘Frat Pack’, essentially meaning Hollywood comic actors who emerged in the late 1990s and 2000s.

 15 Jamie Foxx

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Actor, singer-songwriter, and comedian, Jamie Foxx became internationally famous for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biographical film Ray, a role that earned him an Academy Award. He is also known for hosting his own television sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show. Besides acting, he is also a Grammy Award-winning musician who has released four albums.

 16 Martin Lawrence

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: April 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Martin Lawrence is a German born-American actor and comedian. Despite being traumatized after witnessing his parents' divorce at the age of eight, Lawrence went on to succeed as a comedian and later as a leading Hollywood actor. After a problematic 1990s, which included episodes of arrests, lawsuits, and health problems, he bounced back with several hit films.

 17 Bill Murray

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Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: September 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Famous American actor, Bill Murray, began as a comedic performer and gained fame with the variety show, Saturday Night Live, and movies, Caddyshack and Ghostbusters. Later, his seriocomic roles in movies like Rushmore, Lost in Translation and St. Vincent earned him rave reviews. The actor has also lent his voice to many animation movies like Garfield and The Jungle Book.

 18 Joe Rogan

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedians
Birthdate: August 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 19 John Belushi

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 5, 1982

One of the original cast members of the popular TV show Saturday Night Live, John Belushi was known for his great comic skills. Unfortunately, he struggled in his personal life with drug addiction and eventually died of combined drug intoxication at the age of 33. He posthumously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 20 Kate McKinnon

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Kate McKinnon is a popular American actress and comedian known for her work in sketch comedy series, such as Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show. She is also famous for co-creating a web-series called Notary Publix and an audio series titled Heads Will Roll. An openly gay actress, McKinnon serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community.

 21 Gene Wilder

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Birthdate: June 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: August 29, 2016

Perhaps the most loved Willy Wonka of them all, Gene Wilder was one of the main reasons for the popularity of the iconic character, which he played in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Apart from acting and writing, Gene was also instrumental in promoting cancer awareness through his organization Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center.

 22 Jack Black

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

American Actor, Jack Black is known for his comedic performances. His notable films include High Fidelity, Shallow Hal, School of Rock and Bernie. His voice acting in animated film series Kung Fu Panda and video game Brütal Legend have also earned him accolades. Additionally, he has co-founded Grammy Award winning rock band, Tenacious D and launched his You Tube channel.

 23 Ben Stiller

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

One of the most popular comedic actors of his generation, Ben Stiller is part of the famous group The Frat Pack – he has been described as the leader of the group, which involves names like Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson and Steve Carell. A popular and successful actor, his movies have grossed over $2.6 billion in the USA and Canada.

 24 Andy Samberg

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

The actor, comedian, writer and musician, Andy Samberg, is a member of the comedy music group The Lonely Island and has also acted in several films like Hot Rod, That's My Boy and Palm Springs. Plus, he has starred in television sitcoms like the Brooklyn Nine-Nine and has been part of Saturday Night Live as a featured player.

 25 Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 16, 1990

 26 Whoopi Goldberg

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Birthdate: November 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Accomplished American comedian, actress, singer and Broadway star, Whoopi Goldberg is amongst the select few who have won all the four awards—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Moreover, she is also a political activist, author and talk show host. Her notable work include films Ghost, Sister Act and The Color Purple; Broadway show Thoroughly Modern Millie and talk show The View.

 27 Jordan Peele

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 28 Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Carol Burnett inspired a lot of women and set off a chain reaction by hosting her groundbreaking show The Carol Burnett Show. Regarded as one of USA's most cherished entertainers, Carol continues to enhance the lives of millions, for which she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She has also won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

 29 Ed O’Neill

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Footballer-turned-actor Ed O'Neill is best known for his Golden Globe-nominated role of Al Bundy in Married... with Children and his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Jay Pritchett in Modern Family. He was seen in the Wayne's World films and did voice-work in Finding Dory. He has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

 30 Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

An actress and comedian, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won more Screen Actors Guild Awards and more Emmy Awards than any other artist in American television history. In 2016, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list. In 2018, she was presented with America's highest comedy honor - The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

 31 Steve Harvey

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Comedian, businessman and entertainer Steve Harvey has been active in the entertainment world since 1985. Born to parents who were avid movie lovers, he developed an early love for performing. He began his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian and soon started performing in TV shows and films. Also an entrepreneur, he founded Steve Harvey Global (SHG).

 32 Peter Falk

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 23, 2011
Best known for his Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning performance in Columbo, Peter Falk was one of TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. He also held art exhibitions and loved chess. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease before death. His plight inspired the passage of the Peter Falk's Law.

 33 Nick Cannon

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Nicholas Cannon is a comedian, rapper and television host. The Nick Cannon Show, America's Got Talent and The Masked Singer are some of his popular TV shows. He has also acted in films like Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing and Roll Bounce. Cannon has been accused of making racist and anti-Semitic remarks. He has called White people ‘savages’.

 34 Tiffany Haddish

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Famous As: Actress, Comedian
Birthdate: December 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

African-American comedian and actress, Tiffany Haddish, gained fame with the ensemble comedy film Girls Trip. Earlier, a difficult childhood turned her towards comedy. After appearing in a comedy competition, sketch comedies and numerous minor roles in films and television, she made the heads turn with her brilliant performance in television series, Real Husbands of Hollywood, If Loving You Is Wrong and The Carmichael Show.

 35 Tina Fey

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Emmy-winning comedian Tina Fey became the first female head writer of SNL. She wrote the series 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the film Mean Girls. Her impersonation of Sarah Palin on SNL won her the AP Entertainer of the Year award. She has also written a bestselling memoir.

 36 Jason Sudeikis

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Saturday Night Live (SNL) has been a great platform for many exceptional comedians and actors, including Jason Sudeikis. Born with anosmia, Jason Sudeikis does not have the ability to detect smells. Nevertheless, one can say that he is blessed with the ability to smell out good scripts as many of his films have been major box office hits.

 37 Rodney Dangerfield

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: November 22, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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.

 38 Chris Tucker

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: August 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Chris Tucker is an American stand-up comedian and actor best known for playing Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series alongside Jackie Chan. Also a humanitarian, Tucker joined the likes of Bill Clinton, Jeffrey Epstein, Kevin Spacey, and Ghislaine Maxwell on a trip to Africa in an attempt to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

 39 Mel Brooks

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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: June 28, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Mel Brooks is the director of iconic comedy films and spoofs like The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety and Spaceballs. He is also an actor and a writer and has written for many films. He has received many awards and accolades and won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the film. The Producers, in 1969.

 40 Roseanne Barr

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Famous As: Comedian, Actor, TV Producer
Birthdate: November 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Roseanne Barr was initially a stand-up comedian in Colorado clubs. She shot to fame with her Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning sitcom Roseanne and The Roseanne Show. Roseanne was canceled in 2018, due to a racist tweet posted by her. She was earlier criticized for singing the national anthem disrespectfully.

 41 Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 20, 2010
Gary Coleman, who topped VHI’s list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars, was best known to fans as Arnold Jackson from the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and for The Gary Coleman Show. A congenital kidney disease and hormonal issues led to his short 4’8” frame. He struggled with financial issues later.

 42 George Carlin

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 22, 2008

Counted amongst the most influential stand-up comedians, George Carlin was known for his dark comedy. His comedy routine, Seven Dirty Words, was hugely controversial and played a critical role in Supreme Court’s ruling to censor offensive material on broadcast media. In his career, he released many comedy albums, starred in 14 HBO special, authored books and acted in numerous films.

 43 Kathryn Hahn

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 44 Marlon Wayans

Marlon Wayans
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Marlon Wayans is best known for his roles in the series In Living Color and The Wayans Bros. Fans loved him in comedies such as Scary Movie and its sequel, and the drama Requiem for a Dream. He also launched his own sitcom, Marlon, and a comedy-oriented digital media company.

 45 Megan Mullally

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Megan Mullally is best known as Karen Walker from Will & Grace, a role that earned her two Emmys and three SAG Awards. She has also hosted The Megan Mullally Show and been part of series such as Childrens Hospital. She and her husband wrote a bestselling book, too.

 46 Beetlejuice

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Despite being born with conditions like microcephaly and dwarfism, Beetlejuice went on to become a popular film, radio, and TV personality. A prominent member of Wack Pack, which is part of The Howard Stern Show, Beetlejuice was named the greatest Wack Packer ever by Howard Stern in 2015.

 47 Lily Tomlin

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Famous As: Comedienne & Actress
Birthdate: September 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Lily Tomlin is an American comedian, actress, singer, and writer. Tomlin has earned several award nominations for her performance in films and TV series, such as Nashville and Grace and Frankie. An openly lesbian actress, Lily Tomlin serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community.

 48 Bernie Mac

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: October 5, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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.

 49 Verne Troyer

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Famous As: Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Nationality: American
Verne Troyer gained fame as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films and Griphook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Born with cartilage-hair hypoplasia-induced dwarfism, Verne had also performed as a stunt double in films such as Baby's Day Out. He died of suicide by alcohol poisoning at age 49.

 50 Adam DeVine

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Adam DeVine created the sketch-comedy group Mail Order Comedy. He appeared as Adam DeMamp in the sitcom Workaholics, co-created by him, and as Andy Bailey in Modern Family. He has also appeared in the Pitch Perfect movies and voiced characters in Ice Age: Collision Course and other animation films.