List of famous comedians with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

There is nothing like a genuinely amusing scene in a film or television program to lighten up the mood of the audience and have them rolling with laughter in their seats! That is exactly what comedians do. Comedians are professional performers who make people laugh by relating jokes, acting out funny scenes, or by behaving in a silly manner. Comedy is not an easy genre to work in—comedians need to be genuinely creative and possess a great sense of humour in order to be able to grab the audience’s attention and amuse them. Comedians need to reinvent themselves frequently and improvise their technique of performance so that the audience never gets bored of them. Successful comedy is as much about body language, facial expressions and timings and it is about the verbal content of the jokes. Comedians perform in a variety of comedic genres that range from wordplay and satire to blue or black comedy. The field of comedy is forever evolving with newer genres being developed with time. Many world famous comedians started out as street performers before moving on to the stage, radio, television or films. Most comedians however are unable to achieve the iconic statuses often accorded to leading television or film actors though they do successfully achieve devoted cult followings. What follows is a collection of the biographies, timelines, trivia and other information about the professional and personal lives of some of the world’s most famous comedians.

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betty white Betty White
American

Nick Cannon Nick Cannon
American

Jamie Foxx Jamie Foxx
American

Trevor Noah Trevor Noah
South African
Eugene Levy Eugene Levy
Canadian

Mel Brooks Mel Brooks
American

Seth Rogen Seth Rogen
Canadian, American
Chevy Chase Chevy Chase
American

Pat Morita Pat Morita
American

Bill Murray Bill Murray
American

Judd Apatow Judd Apatow
American

John Candy John Candy
Canadian
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Ben Stiller Ben Stiller
American
Ken Jeong Ken Jeong
American, South Korean

Jack Black Jack Black
American

Gene Wilder Gene Wilder
American

Dean Martin Dean Martin
American
Joel McHale Joel McHale
Italian, American

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice
American

Phil Hartman Phil Hartman
Canadian, American
David Spade David Spade
American

Louis CK Louis C.K.
American

Bernie Mac Bernie Mac
American

Keith David Keith David
American

Seth Green Seth Green
American

Paul Hogan Paul Hogan
Australian

Jon Stewart Jon Stewart
American

Kevin James Kevin James
American

Jim Belushi Jim Belushi
American

Mike Myers Mike Myers
Canadian

Peter Falk Peter Falk
American

Eric Bana Eric Bana
Australian
Kathie Lee Gifford Kathie Lee Gifford
French, American

Tim Allen Tim Allen
American

Bill Nye Bill Nye
American

Leslie Nielsen Leslie Nielsen
Canadian, American

Bob Newhart Bob Newhart
American

Jemaine Clement Jemaine Clement
New Zealander

Steve-O Steve-O
Canadian, British, American

Adam DeVine Adam DeVine
American

Tommy Chong Tommy Chong
Canadian, American

Joan Rivers Joan Rivers
American
Lily Tomlin Lily Tomlin
American

James Douglas Muir Leno Jay Leno
American