Stand-up Comedians

Stand-up comedians are the professional performers who tell jokes and perform comical acts in front of a live audience, usually speaking directly to them. These comedians usually recite humorous stories, jokes and one-liners to the audience, pausing in between for a few seconds to allow for audience reaction. Stand-up comedy is very popular in comedy clubs, bars, colleges and theaters, and the comedians may use props, music, and magic tricks to make their routines more interesting. Being a stand-up comedian is a high pressure job as the comedians are expected to keep the audience laughing steadily throughout the performance. Eric and Ernie, a British comic double act who worked in variety, radio, film and television were considered "the most illustrious, and the best-loved, double-act that Britain has ever produced". Peter Sellers and Tommy Cooper followed in their footsteps to establish themselves as hilarious stand-ups who were much loved by the audiences. Their American counterparts like Jackie "Moms" Mabley and Jack Benny touched the heights of popularity with their excellent comic timing and delivery of jokes. Chris Rock, Joe Rogan, and David Cross are popular stand-up comedians of the contemporary time. This section provides you information about the life and works of various Stand-up comedians from all over the world.

 1 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.

 2 Joe Rogan

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

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian, American

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.

 4 Rowan Atkinson

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Famous As: Actor & Comedian
Birthdate: January 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

British comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson has entertained audience globally with his brilliant performance as the eponymous character in the Mr. Bean series and its film adaptations. Earlier, he established himself as a fine comedy actor with Blackadder and then went on to work in movies like Never Say Never Again, The Witches and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

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 5 Pete Davidson

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: November 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
A popular American comedian and actor, Pete Davidson, is best known for his work in comedy show Saturday Night Live. His personal life experiences and observations have inspired his routine and earned him numerous fans. The young film and television actor is also known for his unusual tattoos, love life and openness about his physical and mental health issues.

 6 Bill Burr

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: June 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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 7 Bill Cosby

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

One of America’s most popular and beloved comedians, Bill Cosby’s reputation was totally shattered when he was accused of sexual assault, sexual battery and rape by multiple women in the 2010s. Subsequently, he was found guilty of sexual assault in two cases and was sentenced in September 2018 to a total of three to ten years in a state prison.

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 8 Patton Oswalt

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: January 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Best known for his role in the sitcom The King of Queens, comedian and actor, Patton Oswalt, has been active in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. From appearing in his own TV show in the 1990s to making it big as a film actor, he has had a fulfilling career. He loves dogs and has worked with PETA.

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 9 Seth Rogen

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Producer, Director
Birthdate: April 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian, American

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.

 10 Kevin Hart

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

American comedian and actor, Kevin Hart attained fame as a stand-up comic and then established himself as a leading comedic actor on the big screen with films like Get Hard, About Last Night, Ride Along and The Wedding Ringer. He has also been part of two Jumanji films. He was critically acclaimed for the 2019 comedy-drama film The Upside.

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 11 Chris Rock

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Famous As: Standup Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

A high-school drop-out, Chris Rock worked at restaurants before stepping into stand-up comedy. He gained fame with SNL and earned his first role through Eddie Murphy. Known for voicing Marty in the Madagascar franchise, Chris also created the series Everybody Hates Chris and was voted Comedy Central’s fifth-greatest stand-up comedian.

 12 Jerry Seinfeld

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Birthdate: April 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Jerry Seinfeld was responsible for creating one of the most popular and acclaimed American sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld. Apart from being a comedian and actor, Jerry Seinfeld is also an automobile enthusiast and collector; he owns about 150 cars. Also a coffee and espresso machine lover, he owns several espresso machines. Jerry is also known for his charity work.

 13 Richard Pryor

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 10, 2005

Considered one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time, Richard Pryor entertained his audience and influenced generations of stand-up comedians with his pointed observations and skilful art of storytelling. He began by performing at clubs and gained immense fame with his third comedy album, That Nigger’s Crazy. He also became an acclaimed actor and an award winning writer.

 14 Amy Schumer

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actress
Birthdate: June 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

American actor and stand-up comedian Amy Schumer is best known for the comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, which ran from 2013 to 2016. She was the creator and co-writer of the television show and also starred in it. She has also acted in films and has worked on the Broadway. She is known to address various social issues through comedy.

 15 Steve Martin

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

A man of many talents, Steve Martin is a successful comedian, actor, and musician. In 2004, he was ranked sixth in Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-up comics list. Despite achieving great fame and success as a comedian and actor, Steve decided to pursue a career in music and began appearing seldom in films to record and tour with bluegrass acts.

 16 Bill Hader

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Bill Hader is an American actor and comedian. He is credited with creating the popular HBO series Barry. A product of Saturday Night Live, Bill Hader's journey from being a below-average student at school to becoming a popular personality in the American film and TV industry continues to serve as an inspiration to many.

 17 Louis C.K.

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer
Birthdate: September 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Six-time Emmy-winning stand-up comedian Louis C.K. started with writing for shows such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His debut comedy album, Live in Houston, and his autobiographical series, Louie, were hits. He faced a temporary lull in his career in 2017 for his admittance to incidents of sexual misconduct.

 18 Tim Allen

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Tim Allen is an actor who has had a major impact on the lives of many children because of his work on The Santa Clause and the Toy Story franchises, for which he was named a Disney Legend in 1999. He is also a respected comedian who deals with subjects, such as social awkwardness, politics, gender differences, and everyday life.

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 19 Freddie Prinze

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: January 29, 1977

Freddie Prinze, father of Freddie Prinze Jr., was best known as Chico Rodriguez from Chico and the Man. A trained ballet dancer, Freddie had dropped out of high school to become a stand-up comedian. He shot himself to death, though a jury later ruled it an accidental and medicine-induced death.

 20 Steve-O

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, British, American

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.

 21 George Wallace

George Wallace
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 22 Nikki Glaser

Nikki Glaser
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: June 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 23 Martin Lawrence

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

 24 Brad Garrett

Brad Garrett
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: April 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 25 Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Greek, American

 26 Joan Rivers

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 4, 2014

 27 Aisling Bea

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Famous As: Actress, Stand up Comedian
Birthdate: March 16, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Irish

 28 Lenny Bruce

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Famous As: Standup Comedian
Birthdate: October 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: August 3, 1966

 29 Rodney Dangerfield

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: November 22, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: October 5, 2004

 30 Michael Richards

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 31 Joey Diaz

Joey Diaz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Cuban, American

 32 Paul Walter Hauser

Paul Walter Hauser
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 33 Jim Gaffigan

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: July 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 34 Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 35 Chris Tucker

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

 36 Bryan Callen

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Filipino, American

 37 Billy Connolly

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: November 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Scottish

 38 Chris D'Elia

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 39 T.J. Miller

T.J. Miller
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 40 Michael McIntyre

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 41 Cecily Strong

Cecily Strong
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 42 Retta

Retta
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: April 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 43 Tig Notaro

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Famous As: screenwriter, actor, podcaster
Birthdate: March 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
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 44 Bob Mortimer

Bob Mortimer
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 45 Ant

Ant
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 46 Patrice O'Neal

Patrice O'Neal
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: December 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 29, 2011

 47 Bert Kreischer

Bert Kreischer
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: November 3, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 48 Ralphie May

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 6, 2017

 49 Redd Foxx

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 11, 1991

 50 Bill Hicks

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 26, 1994
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