Famous Canadian Comedians

If you think comedy is just about cracking a few jokes or contracting and expanding facial muscles to look funny and elicit a smile, just try doing the same with your friends or even your partner and watch out for the results. The last you would end up doing is tickling their funny bone to elicit forced laughter! Comedy is not just about acting funny or saying something hilarious. Wittiness also requires wisdom else it could turn insipid. Having said that, next time when you watch a comedy show, movie or even come across anyone with comedic abilities; pay your respect for he/she has a talent for making people smile and laugh. The genre of comedy is vast and varied – you have plain comedy, sarcastic ones, slapstick comedy, or even sex comedy. Canada has given the world some of the hilariously funny guys who have time and again helped crack up our smiles. Some of them include Leslie Nielsen, Phil Hartman, Russell Peters, Catherine O’Hara, John Candy, Mike Myers, Lorne Michaels and so on. But no list of Canadian comedians can be complete without the mention of the legendary Jim Carrey – the ace comedian who became a household name for his funny antics and pranks. Check this section to know the life and works of famous Canadian comedians.

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 1 Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: April 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Canadian actor Seth Rogen established himself as a bankable and popular comic actor when he starred in Hollywood films Knocked Up in 2007 and Funny People in 2009. His other notable films are Steve Jobs, The Interview, Like Father, Long Shot and An American Pickle. He is active in raising awareness about Alzheimer's disease and is an open marijuana user.

 2 Eugene Levy

Eugene Levy
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: December 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

Mainly known for his comic roles, Canadian actor Eugene Levy has had a career spanning over six decades, with Splash, Father of the Bride, Waiting for Guffman, American Pie and American Pie 2 being some of his memorable films. He has also acted in television and found success with the hit series, Schitt's Creek. He is also a writer and director.

 3 Mike Myers

Mike Myers
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada
Canadian actor Mike Myers is best known for his American Comedy Award-winning performance as Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Fat Bastard, and Goldmember in the Austin Powers franchise. Mike, an Officer of the Order of Canada, is also known as the voice of Shrek and has directed an award-winning documentary.  
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 4 Will Arnett

Will Arnett
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Will Arnett is widely regarded as one of the most handsome and best-looking comedians of all time; he has been named in lists like Top 15 Sexiest Nerd Boys and The 20 Hottest New Faces in Comedy. Famous for his smooth baritone voice, Will is also a popular voice actor. In 2019, he became a Canada Walk of Fame inductee.

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 5 Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: September 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brantford, Canada
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.

 6 Rick Moranis

Rick Moranis
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: April 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Rick Moranis is one of the most popular Canadian artists to make it big in the American film industry. Best known for playing father characters in children's films like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Rick proved to be a great father off-screen as he took a long break from his career to take care of his children, after the death of his wife.

 7 Catherine O'Hara

Catherine O'Hara
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 4, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Primetime Emmy-winning Canadian-American actor and comedian Catherine O'Hara soared to fame with the sketch-comedy show SCTV. She is known for her frequent appearances in the films of Tim Burton and Christopher Guest. She is the sister of singer Mary Margaret O'Hara and is herself a fairly decent singer.

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 8 John Candy

John Candy
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: October 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada
Died: March 4, 1994

John Candy was an important Canadian comedian and actor. In 2006, he was honored by Canada Post as he was featured on a postage stamp. Also a sports enthusiast, Candy was the co-owner of Toronto Argonauts, a football team that participates in the Canadian Football League. Under his ownership, the team won the 1991 Grey Cup.

 9 Tommy Chong

Tommy Chong
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Tommy Chong is best known for his marijuana-themed comedy albums and films of the Cheech & Chong series, in collaboration with Cheech Marin. He was seen as Leo on That '70s Show. He supports legalization of cannabis and is a NORML board member. He has faced many legal issues, too.

 10 Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Regina, Canada
Died: November 28, 2010

Leslie Nielsen was a Canadian actor who played more than 220 characters, appearing in over 150 television programs and 100 films in a career that spanned 60 years. In the latter part of his career, he gained recognition as a comedian and went on to become one of the most popular Canadian comedians of his generation.

 11 Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Willowdale, Toronto, Canada

Howie Mandel is a Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter, entrepreneur, and television personality. He is known for hosting popular TV shows, such as Deal or No Deal. In 2008, Comedy Central named him on its 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all-time list. Mandel serves as an inspiration to those suffering from ADHD and OCD as he himself suffers from these conditions.

 12 Martin Short

Martin Short
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
Actor/comedian Martin Short is best known for his work on the shows SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He has also appeared in movies such as Father of the Bride and voiced characters in films such as Madagascar 3. He earned a Tony for his performance in the play Little Me.

 13 Mena Massoud

Mena Massoud
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

 14 Katherine Ryan

Katherine Ryan
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Famous As: Comedian, Actress
Birthdate: June 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan initially worked at a restaurant to support her education and then stepped into open mic and comedy nights. She has performed across Canada and the UK and even at the LA-based Comedy Store. Now an actor, too, she is also a 2-time skin cancer survivor.

 15 Steven Crowder

Steven Crowder
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Famous As: Actor, Political Commentator
Birthdate: July 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States

Steven Crowder is an American-Canadian comedian, media host, and conservative political commentator. His YouTube channel, which has more than five million subscribers, was demonetized following repeated use of homophobic and racist slurs to describe Carlos Maza. Crowder contributed to the origin of the popular Internet meme, Change My Mind.

 16 Thomas Middleditch

Thomas Middleditch
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

 17 Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Producer
Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Lorne Michaels is a Canadian-American television producer, comedian, and screenwriter. He is credited with creating and producing one of the most popular American TV sketch comedy and variety shows, Saturday Night Live. With 91 nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards under his belt, Lorne Michaels holds the record for having the most nominations by an individual in the award show's history.

 18 Ryan Stiles

Ryan Stiles
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Ryan Stiles is an American-Canadian comedian and actor. Stiles, whose forte is improvisational comedy, is known for his work in the TV series Whose Line Is It Anyway? Also known for his charity work, Stiles has been working hard to raise fund for children with burn injuries. Since 2009, he has raised over $500,000 for a foundation called the Burned Children Recovery Center.

 19 Tom Green

Tom Green
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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Blogger, Radio personality, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pembroke, Canada

Known for his shock comedy and his hit MTV show The Tom Green Show, Canadian comedian Tom Green had started performing stand-up comedy at age 15. A testicular cancer survivor, he had also once been married to Drew Barrymore. In 2021, he announced he would move back from LA to Canada permanently.

 20 Cree Summer

Cree Summer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 21 Matt Frewer

Matt Frewer
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Matt Frewer is a Canadian-American actor, singer, and comedian. He rose to fame in the 1980s for playing the iconic character Max Headroom in the TV movie of the same name. Interested in acting from a young age, he received training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School before starting his career. He is regarded as a brilliant character actor.

 22 Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, USA

American-Canadian actor Andrea Martin is best known for her roles in movies such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She has also won Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performances in plays such as My Favorite Year and Pippin. Her one-woman show Nude, Nude, Totally Nude was a hit.

 23 Chris Diamantopoulos

Chris Diamantopoulos
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Famous As: Actor known for his roles as Russ Hanneman in the HBO series Silicon Valley, Moe Howard in the 2012 film The Three Stooges
Birthdate: May 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

 24 Paul Shaffer

Paul Shaffer
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Best known as the band leader in Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman, Paul Shaffer is a Grammy Award-winning Canadian multi-instrumentalist and singer. He co-wrote the 1980s’ hit It's Raining Men sung by the Weather Girls and later revived by Geri Halliwell.

 25 Mike Smith

Mike Smith
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: August 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada

 26 Will Sasso

Will Sasso
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ladner, Delta, Canada

 27 Caroline Rhea

Caroline Rhea
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: April 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

 28 Evan Goldberg

Evan Goldberg
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Evan Goldberg is a Canadian screenwriter, comedian, and film and TV producer, and director.  He attended Point Grey Secondary School, where he befriended future actor Seth Rogen. The two men often collaborate and have worked together on projects, such as Superbad, Pineapple Express, and This Is the End. They won a Canadian Comedy Award for Superbad. 

 

 29 Tyler Labine

Tyler Labine
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Canadian actor and comedian Tyler Labine gained international fame with his appearance in the medical drama TV series New Amsterdam. Active in the entertainment industry for three decades, he began his career playing minor roles in TV series. After a period of struggles, he became a successful actor and has since appeared in many hit TV shows and films.

 30 Robb Wells

Robb Wells
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: March 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moncton, Canada

 31 Jason Jones

Jason Jones
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

 32 Harland Williams

Harland Williams
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Canadian-American actor and stand-up comedian Harland Williams was initially interested in drawing, painting, and poetry and had also worked briefly as a forest ranger. Apart from appearing in minor roles in movies such as Dumb and Dumber, he has been a voice actor and a children’s book author, too.

 33 John Paul Tremblay

John Paul Tremblay
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Famous As: For his role as Julian in the TV series Trailer Park Boys
Birthdate: May 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

 34 Mark McKinney

Mark McKinney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ottawa

 35 Jon Lajoie

Jon Lajoie
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Famous As: Musical comedian who rose to fame through his YouTube channel, where he posted music videos for original songs
Birthdate: August 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

 36 Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal

 37 Raymond Ablack

Raymond Ablack
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: November 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 38 David Dave Thomas

David Dave Thomas
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian best known for being one half of the duo Bob and Doug McKenzie with Rick Moranis.
Birthdate: May 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Catharines, Canada

 39 Selma Diamond

Selma Diamond
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: May 13, 1985

 40 Ennis Esmer

Ennis Esmer
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey

 41 Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson
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Famous As: Television Actor
Birthdate: June 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: North Bay, Canada

 42 Peter Aykroyd

Peter Aykroyd
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: November 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 43 Marie Dressler

Marie Dressler
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 9, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cobourg, Canada
Died: July 28, 1934

Marie Dressler was a Canadian comedian and actress. A major film star during the Depression-era, Dressler received the 1931 Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Min Divot in the 1930 American comedy-drama film, Min and Bill. Her life and career inspired a play titled Queen Marie, which was written by Shirley Barrie.

 44 Mort Sahl

Mort Sahl
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 11, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Legendary Canadian-American comedian and satirist Mort Sahl was the first comedian to have a cover story in Time magazine. Known for performing in casual clothes and throwing his satire at everyone from Eisenhower to JFK, he also had a signature style of entering the stage with a newspaper.

 45 Bruce McCulloch

Bruce McCulloch
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edmonton

 46 Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer
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Famous As: Television presenter, Blogger, Screenwriter, Television producer, Actor, Writer, Author
Birthdate: October 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. John's

Rick Mercer has almost become a Canadian national icon with his satire and comedy on Canadian politics. Known for his hit shows such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made in Canada, and Rick Mercer Report, he has also earned over 25 Gemini Awards and the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award.

 47 Robin Duke

Robin Duke
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto

 48 Brent Butt

Brent Butt
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Famous As: Actor, Writer, Comedian
Birthdate: August 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tisdale, Canada

Best known as Brent Leroy from the Canadian sitcom Corner Gas, Brent Butt had initially worked as a drywaller and had also owned a publishing company. He then tasted success with stand-up comedy and later formed his own production company. He is also a 4-time Canadian Comedy Award winner.

 49 David Steinberg

David Steinberg
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Famous As: comedian, actor and director who appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson more than 130 times
Birthdate: August 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

 50 Patrick McKenna

Patrick McKenna
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: May 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamilton