My Favourite Comedians

by DougWonnacott | created - 06 Mar 2012 | updated - 04 Oct 2015 | Public

I'm including comedy writers, actors, stand-ups and directors

1. Jesse Armstrong

Writer | Four Lions

Jesse Armstrong was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England. He is a writer and producer, known for Four Lions (2010), In the Loop (2009) and Fresh Meat (2011).

2. Dan Aykroyd

Writer | The Blues Brothers

Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Lorraine Hélène (Gougeon), a secretary from a French-Canadian family, and Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer who advised prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Aykroyd attended Carleton University in 1969, where...

3. Richard Ayoade

Writer | Submarine

Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty ...

4. Bill Bailey

Actor | Hot Fuzz

Bill Bailey is known for his sharp wit and classic sense of humor. he is most famous for being in Never Mind The Buzzcocks, celebrity game-show in which he is a team captain. Bill is a stand up comedian, and has also starred in cult comedies such as Spaced and of course Black Books. He was given ...

5. Sam Bain

Writer | Peep Show

Sam Bain was born on August 3, 1971 in West London, England as Samuel Christopher Bain. He is a writer and producer, known for Peep Show (2008), Four Lions (2010) and Fresh Meat (2011). He is married to Wendy Meredith.

7. Matt Berry

Actor | Toast of London

Matt Berry was born on May 2, 1974 in Bromham, Bedfordshire, England as Matthew Charles Berry. He is an actor and writer, known for Toast of London (2012), The IT Crowd (2006) and Snuff Box (2006).

8. Mel Blanc

Actor | Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Mel Blanc, known as "The Man of Thousand Voices" is regarded as the most prolific actor to ever work in Hollywood with over a thousand screen credits. He developed and performed nearly 400 distinct character voices with precision and a uniquely expressive vocal range. The legendary specialist from ...

9. Jo Brand

Writer | Getting On

Jo Brand was born on July 23, 1957 in Hastings, East Sussex, England as Josephine Grace Brand. She is a writer and actress, known for Getting On (2009), Horrid Henry: The Movie (2011) and Damned (2016). She has been married to Bernie Bourke since December 19, 1997. They have two children.

10. Charlie Brooker

Writer | Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker was born on March 3, 1971 in Reading, Berkshire, England. He is a writer and producer, known for Black Mirror (2011), Dead Set (2008) and Nathan Barley (2005). He has been married to Konnie Huq since July 26, 2010. They have two children.

11. Rob Brydon

Actor | Marion & Geoff

Rob Brydon was born on May 3, 1965 in Swansea, Wales as Robert Brydon Jones. He is an actor and writer, known for Marion & Geoff (2000), Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005) and Human Remains (2000). He has been married to Claire Holland since October 6, 2006. They have two children.

12. Louis C.K.

Writer | Louie

Louis C.K. was born on September 12, 1967 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Louis Szekely. He is a writer and producer, known for Louie (2010), American Hustle (2013) and Horace and Pete (2016). He was previously married to Alix Bailey.

13. Steve Carell

Actor | The Office

Steve Carell, one of America's most versatile comics, was born Steven John Carell on August 16, 1962, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is the son of Harriet Theresa (Koch), a psychiatric nurse, and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer. His mother was of Polish descent and his father, of Italian and...

14. Jackie Chan

Actor | Ngo si seoi

Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.

Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on Hong Kong's famous Victoria ...

15. John Cleese

Actor | A Fish Called Wanda

John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he ...

16. Steve Coogan

Actor | Philomena

Steve Coogan was born on October 14, 1965 in Middleton, Manchester, England as Stephen John Coogan. He is an actor and producer, known for Philomena (2013), 24 Hour Party People (2002) and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013). He was previously married to Caroline Hickman.

17. Peter Cook

Actor | The Princess Bride

One of four stars of the London and New York revues Beyond the Fringe and Beyond the Fringe (with Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, and Dudley Moore). Later created scatological comedy routine "Derek & Clive" with Moore.

18. Larry David

Writer | Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David was born on July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Lawrence Gene David. He is a writer and producer, known for Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), Whatever Works (2009) and Seinfeld (1989). He was previously married to Laurie Lennard.

19. Greg Davies

Actor | The Inbetweeners Movie

Greg is the writer and star of critically lauded Channel 4 sitcom "Man Down". After playing infamously psychotic Head of Sixth Form 'Mr Gilbert' in "The Inbetweeners" (Channel 4) and its two spin off feature films, Greg went on to appear in BBC Three's Cuckoo alongside Andy Samberg and Taylor ...

20. Julia Davis

Actress | Nighty Night

Julia Davis was born in 1966 in Bath, Somerset, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Nighty Night (2004), Love Actually (2003) and Camping (2016).

21. Jack Dee

Actor | Lead Balloon

Jack Dee was born on September 24, 1961 in Petts Wood, Kent, England as James Andrew Innes Dee. He is an actor and writer, known for Lead Balloon (2006), Bad Move (2017) and The Grimleys (1997). He has been married to Jane Dee since 1989. They have four children.

22. Adrian Edmondson

Actor | War & Peace

Adrian Edmondson was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. He went to Manchester University to study drama. Whilst he was there he met Rik Mayall, and the pair began performing as 20th Century Coyote. The act continued after university when Adrian & Rik moved to London, and they became two of the leading ...

23. Kevin Eldon

Actor | Hot Fuzz

Kevin Eldon was born in 1960 in Kent, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Hot Fuzz (2007), Four Lions (2010) and This Morning with Richard Not Judy (1998).

24. Bill Forsyth

Director | Local Hero

Bill Forsyth was born on July 29, 1946 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland as William David Forsyth. He is a director and writer, known for Local Hero (1983), Gregory's Girl (1980) and Housekeeping (1987).

25. Stephen Fry

Actor | Gosford Park

Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson has characterised her friend as "90 ...

26. Ricky Gervais

Writer | The Office

Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and ...

27. Dave Gorman

Actor | 24 Hour Party People

Dave Gorman was born on March 2, 1971 in Stafford, Staffordshire, England as David James Gorman. He is a writer and producer, known for 24 Hour Party People (2002), America Unchained (2007) and Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish (2013). He has been married to Bethan Gorman since October 8, 2010. ...

28. Christopher Guest

Actor | This Is Spinal Tap

U.S.-born actor, director, writer, musician, and composer best known for his mockumentaries, poking fun at heavy metal music, small town theatre, dog shows, folk music and film-making itself, Christopher Haden-Guest was born February fifth, 1948, in New York City. His mother, Jean Pauline (Hindes),...

29. Oliver Hardy

Actor | Sons of the Desert

Although his parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began ...

30. Charlie Higson

Actor | The Fast Show

Charlie Higson was born on July 3, 1958 in Frome, Somerset, England. He is an actor and writer, known for The Fast Show (1994), Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000) and King of the Ants (2003). He is married to Vicky. They have three children.

31. Matthew Holness

Actor | Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

Matthew Holness is an actor and writer, known for Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004), Possum and Man to Man with Dean Learner (2006).

32. Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Stunts | Yip Man

Born in Hong Kong, Sammo Hung's acting career began while he was training in acrobatics, martial arts and dance as a child at the China Drama Academy, and he received acclaim for his performance with a troupe called "The Seven Little Fortunes." He made his feature film debut as an actor at the age ...

33. Jessica Hynes

Actress | Spaced

As both a writer and performer, Jessica Hynes has worked prolifically in television, film and theatre. Born in Lewisham, South London in 1972, she was brought up in Brighton, Sussex. At school, she would write bizarre sci-fi stories. At age 15, she joined the National Youth Theatre and left home at...

34. Armando Iannucci

Writer | Veep

Armando Iannucci was born on November 28, 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland as Armando Giovanni Iannucci. He is a writer and producer, known for Veep (2012), In the Loop (2009) and The Thick of It (2005). He has been married to Rachel since August 25, 1990. They have two children.

35. Chuck Jones

Actor | Gremlins

Starting as a cel washer, Chuck Jones worked his way up to animator and then director at the animation division of Warner Bros. He is famous for creating such beloved cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Henery Hawk, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Ralph Wolf, Road Runner, Sam Sheepdog, Sniffles,...

36. Peter Kay

Actor | Phoenix Nights

He was taught metal work at school by the actor Steve Coogan's dad, and like Coogan he was an altar boy. He proposed to his wife Susan on one knee outside 'Andy's Records', because it was the first place where they kissed. He's worked everywhere, in a factory packing toilet rolls, in a supermarket,...

37. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...

38. John Landis

Director | The Blues Brothers

John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "...

39. Stan Laurel

Actor | Pardon Us

Stan Laurel came from a theatrical family, his father was an actor and theatre manager, and he made his stage debut at the age of 16 at Pickard's Museum, Glasgow. He traveled with Fred Karno's vaudeville company to the United States in 1910 and again in 1913. While with that company he was Charles ...

40. Hugh Laurie

Actor | House M.D.

Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for ...

41. Stewart Lee

Writer | Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

Stewart Lee was born on April 5, 1968 in Wellington, Shropshire, England. He is known for his work on Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (2009), This Morning with Richard Not Judy (1998) and Arthur Christmas (2011). He has been married to Bridget Christie since 2006. They have two children.

42. Graham Linehan

Writer | Father Ted

Graham Linehan was born in 1968 in Dublin, Ireland. He is a writer and director, known for Father Ted (1995), The IT Crowd (2006) and Black Books (2000). He has been married to Helen Linehan since 2004. They have two children.

43. Sean Lock

Writer | 15 Storeys High

Sean Lock was born on April 22, 1963 in Chertsey, Surrey, England as Sean M. Lock. He is a writer and actor, known for 15 Storeys High (2002), Ideal (2005) and This Filthy Earth (2001).

44. Lee Mack

Actor | Not Going Out

Lee Mack was born in 1968 in Southport, Lancashire, England as Lee Gordon McKillop. He is an actor and writer, known for Not Going Out (2006), The Sketch Show (2001) and Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show (2005). He has been married to Tara since 2005. They have three children.

45. The Marx Brothers

Actor | Duck Soup

The Marx Brothers, Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo are a group of actors known for Duck Soup (1933), Animal Crackers (1930) Horse Feathers (1932) A Night in Casablanca (1946) A Day at the Races (1937) and A Night at the Opera (1935). They began their careers in Vaudeville, before becoming stars in ...

46. Arthur Mathews

Writer | Father Ted

Arthur Mathews was born in 1959 in County Meath, Ireland. He is a writer and actor, known for Father Ted (1995), Val Falvey TD (2009) and Harry Enfield and Chums (1994).

47. Rik Mayall

Actor | The Young Ones

Rik Mayall, one of the first and foremost alternative comedians in the UK, was born in a village called Matching Tye, just outside Harlow in Essex. His parents, John and Gillian were both drama teachers. His acting debut was at the age of seven when he appeared in one of his father's stage plays. ...

48. Stephen Merchant

Writer | Extras

Stephen Merchant was born on November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England. He is a writer and producer, known for Extras (2005), The Office (2005) and Logan (2017).

49. David Mitchell

Writer | That Mitchell and Webb Look

David Mitchell was born on 14th July 1974 in Salisbury, England. His parents, Ian and Kathy Mitchell, worked as hotel managers in Salisbury. David also has a brother. In 1977 the family moved to Oxford, where his parents taught a course in hotel management at Oxford Brookes University. David was ...

50. Dudley Moore

Actor | Arthur

Dudley Moore, the gifted comedian who had at least three distinct career phases that brought him great acclaim and success, actually started out as a musical prodigy as a child. He was born in Dagenham, Essex, England, in 1935, to working class parents, Ada Francis (Hughes), an English secretary, ...

51. Dylan Moran

Actor | Black Books

Irish comedian Dylan Moran was born in Navan, County Meath in 1971. Leaving school without any qualifications at age 16, Moran quickly became attracted to stand-up comedy and debuted, in 1992, at a comedy club in Dublin, The Comedy Cellar. A year later, he won the Channel Four comedy newcomer's "So...

52. Christopher Morris

Writer | Four Lions

Morris, the oldest son of two GPs, was educated at Stonyhurst College and Bristol University, where he read Zoology. His upbringing, and in particular, his education, has been the source of much media speculation, especially after the post-Brass Eye Special tabloid backlash. The tabloids focused on...

54. Leslie Nielsen

Actor | Airplane!

Leslie William Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His mother, Mabel Elizabeth (Davies), was Welsh. His father, Ingvard Eversen Nielsen, was a Danish-born Mountie and a strict disciplinarian. Leslie studied at the Academy of ...

55. Simon Pegg

Actor | Shaun of the Dead

English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He later took his stepfather's surname, "Pegg". He was ...

56. Vicki Pepperdine

Actress | Getting On

Vicki Pepperdine is an actress and writer, known for Getting On (2009), Getting On (2013) and My Cousin Rachel (2017).

57. Karl Pilkington

Actor | Chingari

Karl Pilkington was born on September 23, 1972 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. He is a writer and producer, known for Chingari (2012), An Idiot Abroad (2010) and Derek (2012).

58. Robert Popper

Writer | Friday Night Dinner

Robert Popper was born on November 23, 1967 in St. Marylebone, London, England as Robert Darren Popper. He is known for his work on Friday Night Dinner (2012), Look Around You (2002) and Peep Show (2003).

59. Richard Pryor

Actor | Superman III

Highly influential, and always controversial, African-American actor/comedian who was equally well known for his colorful language during his live comedy shows, as for his fast paced life, multiple marriages and battles with drug addiction. He has been acknowledged by many modern comic artist's as ...

60. Peter Serafinowicz

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

Peter Serafinowicz was born on July 10, 1972 in Liverpool, England as Peter Szymon Serafinowicz. He is an actor and producer, known for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Spy (2015) and Shaun of the Dead (2004). He is married to Sarah Alexander. They have two children.

61. Peter Richardson

Actor | The Comic Strip Presents...

Peter Richardson was born on October 15, 1951 in Devon, England. He is an actor and writer, known for The Comic Strip Presents... (1982), Eat the Rich (1987) and The Glam Metal Detectives (1995). He is married to Marta.

62. Pete Richens

Writer | Eat the Rich

Pete Richens is a writer and assistant director, known for Eat the Rich (1987), Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004) and The Pope Must Diet (1991).

63. Jennifer Saunders

Actress | Absolutely Fabulous

Jennifer Saunders was born July 6th 1958 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, UK. She attended Central School of Speech and Drama where she met her comedy partner Dawn French. Like many of the early 80s groundbreaking "alternative" comedians she began her career as comedienne/actress/writer with Dawn French ...

64. Joanna Scanlan

Actress | Getting On

Joanna Scanlan was born on October 27, 1961 in West Kirby, Merseyside, England as Joanna Marion Scanlan. She is an actress and writer, known for Getting On (2009), Notes on a Scandal (2006) and Stardust (2007).

65. Jerry Seinfeld

Writer | Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Betty (Hesney) and Kalman Seinfeld. His father was of Hungarian Jewish descent, while Jerry's maternal grandparents, Salha and Selim Hosni, were Syrian Jewish immigrants (from Aleppo). He moved with his family, including sister Carolyn, to ...

66. Frank Skinner

Producer | Killing Clovis Dardentor

Frank Skinner was born on January 28, 1957 in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England as Christopher Graham Collins. He is a writer and actor, known for Killing Clovis Dardentor, The Frank Skinner Show (1995) and Cinderella (2000).

67. John Sullivan

Writer | Only Fools and Horses....

John Sullivan was born on December 23, 1946 in Balham, London, England as John Richard Thomas Sullivan. He is known for his work on Only Fools and Horses.... (1981), Dear John (1988) and The Green Green Grass (2005). He died on April 23, 2011 in Surrey, England.

68. Two Episodes of MASH

Actor | A Fishy Tale

Two Episodes of MASH is an actor, known for A Fishy Tale (2012) and Live at the Electric (2012).

69. Tim Vine

Actor | The Sketch Show

Tim Vine was born on March 4, 1967 in Cheam, Surrey, England. He is an actor and writer, known for The Sketch Show (2001), Not Going Out (2006) and Blandings (2013).

70. Robert Webb

Actor | That Mitchell and Webb Look

Robert Webb was born on September 29, 1972 in Lincolnshire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006), Peep Show (2003) and Magicians (2007). He has been married to Abigail Burdess since 2006. They have two children.

71. Paul Whitehouse

Actor | The Fast Show

Paul Whitehouse was born on May 17, 1958 in Stanleytown, Rhondda, Wales. He is an actor and writer, known for The Fast Show (1994), Corpse Bride (2005) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).

72. Edgar Wright

Director | Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...