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 Jim Carrey

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada

Canadian American actor, Jim Carrey worked as a janitor and a stand-up comedian at club and on stage before entering films and television. His big Hollywood break came with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective which catapulted him to comedy star status. His later films like The Truman Show and Bruce Almighty proved his versatility and won him critical and commercial success.

 2 Seth Rogen

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Producer, Director
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.

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 3 Eugene Levy

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Producer, Director
Birthdate: December 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamilton

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.

 4 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.

 5 Rick Moranis

Rick Moranis.
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter & Musician
Birthdate: April 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, 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.

 6 Howie Mandel

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: November 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Willowdale, Toronto, Ontario, 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.

 7 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

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newmarket, Ontario
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 Norm MacDonald

Norm MacDonald.
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Famous As: Canadian stand-up comedian
Birthdate: October 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Norm Macdonald began by writing for Roseanne. He then soared to fame as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and became famous for his deadpan style of comedy. His other ventures include the podcast Norm Macdonald Live and the shows The Norm Show and Norm Macdonald Has a Show.

 10 Leslie Nielsen

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Birthdate: February 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Regina
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 Steve-O

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London

British-born American comedian and TV personality, Steve-O, gained international fame with his performance stunts in the TV series Jackass. Following a nomadic childhood, he graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and began his career as a clown. He eventually started appearing on TV shows and became popular.

 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
Birthdate: June 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sarnia, Canada

 15 Russell Peters

Russell Peters.
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor and Producer
Birthdate: September 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
The first comedian to get a Netflix stand-up special, Russell Peters started his career by performing in Toronto's stand-up circuit. He gained prominence for his accents and humorous cultural observations. For producing Hip-Hop Evolution, he bagged in the International Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. He also earned a Gemini Award for his performance in Comics!

 16 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.

 17 Thomas Middleditch

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

 18 Lorne Michaels

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, 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.

 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

 20 Ryan Stiles

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

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.

 21 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.

 22 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 Cree Summer

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

 24 Colin Mochrie

Colin Mochrie
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: November 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kilmarnock, Scotland

 25 Chris Diamantopoulos

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Famous As: Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Voice actor
Birthdate: May 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto

 26 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.

 27 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. 

 

 28 Dave Foley

Dave Foley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Etobicoke

 29 Caroline Rhea

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

 30 Jason Jones

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

 31 Harland Williams

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

 32 Mark McKinney

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

 33 Jon Lajoie

Jon Lajoie
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Famous As: Actor, Guitarist, Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer, Music video director, Film actor
Birthdate: August 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal

 34 Kevin McDonald

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

 35 Ennis Esmer

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

 36 Selma Diamond

Selma Diamond
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Famous As: actor, screenwriter, television actor
Birthdate: August 5, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Quebec
Died: May 13, 1985

 37 Scott Thompson

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

 38 Mort Sahl

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

 39 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

 40 David Steinberg

David Steinberg
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

 41 Robin Duke

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

 42 Brent Butt

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

 43 Bruce McCulloch

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

 44 Tony Rosato

Tony Rosato
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Naples, Campania, Italy
Died: January 10, 2017

 45 Gerry Dee

Gerry Dee
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Famous As: Ice hockey player, Actor
Birthdate: December 31, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scarborough

 46 Patrick McKenna

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

 47 Kathy Greenwood

Kathy Greenwood
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: March 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Scarborough

 48 Shaun Majumder

Shaun Majumder
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: January 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Burlington, Newfoundland and Labrador

 49 Beatrice Lillie

Beatrice Lillie
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: January 20, 1989

 50 Mary Walsh

Mary Walsh
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Famous As: actor, comedian, screenwriter
Birthdate: May 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. John's