Famous Canadian Comedians

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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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Eugene Levy
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Film ‘A Mighty Wind’ and the Sitcom 'Schitt's Creek')
Eugene Levy
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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.

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Will Arnett
(Canadian Actor, Comedian and Producer Known for His Role as ‘Gob Bluth’ in the TV Series ‘Arrested Development’)
Will Arnett
7
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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Catherine O'Hara
(Actress Known for Her Comedy Series 'Second City Television' and 'Schitt's Creek')
Catherine O'Hara
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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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Mike Myers
(Actor, Comedian and Screenwriter Best Known for His Performance in ‘Saturday Night Live’)
Mike Myers
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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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Phil Hartman
(Former Member of the Comedy Group 'The Groundlings' and 'Saturday Night Live', Co-writer of 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure')
Phil Hartman
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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.

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Dan Aykroyd
(Actor & Comedian)
Dan Aykroyd
5
Birthdate: July 1, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian comedian, actor, musician, and filmmaker. He is credited with co-founding the popular blues and soul revivalist band The Blues Brothers along with legendary comedian John Belushi. The Blues Brothers was conceived as a musical sketch for Saturday Night Live; its popularity turned it into an actual band and was later made into a film.

 7 
Seth Rogen
(Actor and Comedian Popular for Starring in Films Like ‘Neighbors,’ and ‘Knocked Up’)
Seth Rogen
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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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Rick Moranis
(Actor & Comedian)
Rick Moranis
5
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.

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John Candy
(Canadian Actor and Comedian Known Mainly for His Work in Hollywood Films)
John Candy
3
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.

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Tommy Chong
(Known for His Role in TV Series ‘That '70s Show’ and Part of the Comedy Duo 'Cheech & Chong')
Tommy Chong
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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.
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Martin Short
(Canadian-American Actor, Comedian and Singer)
Martin Short
5
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.
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Katherine Ryan
(Comedian, Best Known for her Stand-up Specials)
Katherine Ryan
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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.

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Leslie Nielsen
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Films: ‘Forbidden Planet’, ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ and ‘Airplane!’)
Leslie Nielsen
2
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.

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Thomas Middleditch
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Birthdate: March 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
 15 
Lorne Michaels
(Creator and Producer of 'Saturday Night Live')
Lorne Michaels
4
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.

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Tom Green
(Actor, Television presenter, Blogger, Radio personality, Screenwriter)
Tom Green
14
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.

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Cree Summer
(Actress)
Cree Summer
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Birthdate: July 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Samantha Bee
(Comedienne, Actress, Writer and Television Host)
Samantha Bee
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Birthdate: October 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Samantha Bee is a Canadian-American political commentator, television host, comedienne, producer, and writer. Bee achieved international recognition for her 12-year tenure as a correspondent on the late-night talk and satirical news program The Daily Show. In 2017, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list. In 2017, she also won a Primetime Emmy Award.

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Nathan Fielder
(Best Known for Co-creating, Directing, and Starring in the Comedy Central Parody Reality Show 'Nathan for You')
Nathan Fielder
3
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.

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Chris Diamantopoulos
(Actor known for his roles as Russ Hanneman in the HBO series Silicon Valley, Moe Howard in the 2012 film The Three Stooges)
Chris Diamantopoulos
3
Birthdate: May 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
 21 
Andrea Martin
(Played Aunt Voula in the Comedy Hit 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding')
Andrea Martin
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Birthdate: January 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States

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.

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Colin Mochrie
(Best Known as a Cast Member on the Hit Improvisational Comedy Show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?')
Colin Mochrie
3
Birthdate: November 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland

Colin Mochrie is a Scottish-born Canadian actor, comedian, and producer. He is best known for his appearances on the improvisational TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? He has appeared in numerous TV shows and films and is also active in theatrical productions. He co-wrote and co-produced the sitcom Getting Along Famously with his wife. 

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Dave Foley
(Actor, Comedian and Co-founder of the Comedy Group 'The Kids in the Hall')
Dave Foley
4
Birthdate: January 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada

A high-school dropout, Dave Foley started his career with stand-up comedy. After meeting Kevin McDonald, he formed the iconic sketch-comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall with him and others. He later appeared in movies such as The Wrong Guy and voiced for animated characters, such as Flik from A Bug's Life.

 24 
Mike Smith
(Actor, Comedian)
Mike Smith
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Birthdate: August 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
 25 
King Bach
(Canadian-American Actor and Internet Personality)
King Bach
3
Birthdate: June 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Canadian-American internet sensation King Bach soared too fame with his content on his YouTube channel BachelorsPadTv and had over 11 million followers on Vine before it went defunct. He has also appeared in The Mindy Project, Rim of the World, and To All the Boys I've Loved Before.
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Will Sasso
(Actor)
Will Sasso
4
Birthdate: May 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ladner, Delta, Canada
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Caroline Rhea
(Actor, Model)
Caroline Rhea
3
Birthdate: April 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
 28 
Robb Wells
(Actor, Screenwriter)
Robb Wells
3
Birthdate: March 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moncton, Canada
 29 
Tyler Labine
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Roles in the TV Series: ‘Breaker High,’ ‘Invasion’ and ‘Reaper’)
Tyler Labine
5
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.

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Harland Williams
(Actor, Comedian & Writer)
Harland Williams
3
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.

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Mark McKinney
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Birthdate: June 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ottawa
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Jason Jones
2
Birthdate: June 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
 33 
John Paul Tremblay
(For his role as Julian in the TV series Trailer Park Boys)
John Paul Tremblay
1
Birthdate: May 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
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Kevin McDonald
3
Birthdate: May 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal
 35 
Jon Lajoie
(Musical comedian who rose to fame through his YouTube channel, where he posted music videos for original songs)
Jon Lajoie
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Birthdate: August 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
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David Dave Thomas
(Actor, Comedian best known for being one half of the duo Bob and Doug McKenzie with Rick Moranis.)
David Dave Thomas
2
Birthdate: May 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Catharines, Canada
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Selma Diamond
(Actress)
Selma Diamond
1
Birthdate: August 5, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: May 13, 1985
 38 
Scott Thompson
(Television Actor)
Scott Thompson
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Birthdate: June 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: North Bay, Canada
 39 
Raymond Ablack
(Actor, Comedian)
Raymond Ablack
1
Birthdate: November 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Ennis Esmer
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Birthdate: December 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey
 41 
Peter Aykroyd
(Actor, Comedian)
Peter Aykroyd
1
Birthdate: November 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
 42 
Marie Dressler
(Actress, Comedian and Early Silent Film and Depression-Era Film Star)
Marie Dressler
2
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.

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Rick Mercer
(Television presenter, Blogger, Screenwriter, Television producer, Actor, Writer, Author)
Rick Mercer
2
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.

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K. Trevor Wilson
(Comedian, Actor)
K. Trevor Wilson
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Birthdate: March 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

K. Trevor Wilson is a Canadian actor and comedian best known for playing Squirrely Dan in Letterkenny. As a stand-up comedian, Wilson has performed in Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival where he was honored with the Irwin Barker Home Grown Award in 2012. In 2021, he appeared as one of the judges in a TV show titled Roast Battle Canada.

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David Steinberg
(comedian, actor and director who appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson more than 130 times)
David Steinberg
2
Birthdate: August 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
 46 
Brent Butt
(Actor, Writer, Comedian)
Brent Butt
2
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.

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Robin Duke
(Actor)
Robin Duke
2
Birthdate: March 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto
 48 
Bruce McCulloch
(Film director, Actor, Screenwriter)
Bruce McCulloch
1
Birthdate: May 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edmonton
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Tony Rosato
1
Birthdate: December 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Naples, Campania, Italy
Died: January 10, 2017
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Bonnie McFarlane
1
Birthdate: March 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cold Lake, Canada

Bonnie McFarlane is a Canadian-American writer and comedian best known for her participation in a reality TV talent competition show called Last Comic Standing, where she was the first comedian to be eliminated. McFarlane has appeared in popular TV shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and Late Show with David Letterman.