The 20 Funniest People Alive

by Jark13 | created - 25 Feb 2012 | updated - 15 Jun 2012 | Public

I know comedy is very subjective, but this list, i think, displays the funniest minds in the world.

1. 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 ...

An amazing comic. Not just for his stand up, but for TV shows and films such as The Office (UK), Extras, Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying.

2. Rowan Atkinson

Actor | Johnny English

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees ...

Legend of comedy since the mid 1980's and still going strong. Known for Blackadder, Mr Bean, Johnny English and an amazing stand up routine.

3. Carl Barron

Writer | Manny Lewis

Carl Barron was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is a writer and director, known for Manny Lewis (2015), Carl Barron: Whatever Comes Next (2005) and Carl Barron: LIVE (2003).

Funniest Australian on the planet. The only Person in this list for just their stand up comedy.

4. 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 ...

Absolute veteran of comedy. Monty Python, Faulty Towers etc.

5. Seth MacFarlane

Writer | Family Guy

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister, Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He ...

Writer/Creator/Producer of Family guy, nuff said.

6. 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 ...

There isnt much simon Pegg hasnt done. Written a successful sit-com (Spaced), acted in so many others, Written films such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul. And was recently in Mission Impossible 4.

7. Mike Myers

Actor | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Michael John Myers was born in 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario, to Alice E. (Hind), an officer supervisor, and Eric Myers, an insurance agent. His parents were both English, and had served in the Royal Air Force and British Army, respectively.

Myers' television career really started in 1988, when he ...

Would have been in the Top five if he had done anything in the last 4 or 5 years.

8. 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 ...

Absolutely Fabulous

9. Chris Lilley

Writer | Angry Boys

Chris Lilley was born on November 10, 1974 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Christopher Daniel Lilley. He is a writer and actor, known for Angry Boys (2011), Summer Heights High (2007) and We Can Be Heroes (2005).

Angry Boys, Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes

10. Dawn French

Actress | French and Saunders

Dawn French was born on October 11, 1957 in Holyhead, Wales as Dawn Roma French. She is an actress and writer, known for French and Saunders (1987), The Vicar of Dibley (1994) and Coraline (2009). She has been married to Mark Bignell since April 20, 2013. She was previously married to Lenny Henry.

11. Ben Stiller

Producer | Zoolander

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism).

It's not surprising that Ben has ...

12. 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), Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013) and 24 Hour Party People (2002). He was previously married to Caroline Hickman.

13. Judd Apatow

Producer | Girls

Judd Apatow was born on December 6, 1967 in Syosset, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Girls (2012), Knocked Up (2007) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005). He has been married to Leslie Mann since June 9, 1997. They have two children.

14. Frank Woodley

Writer | The Adventures of Lano & Woodley

Frank Woodley was born as Frank Wood. He is a writer and actor, known for The Adventures of Lano & Woodley (1997), Woodley (2012) and Lano & Woodley: The Island (2005).

Won the Perrier award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1994 with a double act with Colin Lane. The two created an outstanding stand up act as well as two stage shows - 'The Island' and 'Goodbye' - as well as a sitcom - Adventures of Lano and Woodley - The two split up and now frank has toured the world with shows such as 'Possessed' and "Bemusment Park"

15. 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).

16. Matt Groening

Writer | The Simpsons

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Matt Groening did not particularly like school, which is what originally turned him towards drawing. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Los Angeles and started drawing a comic strip named "Life in Hell", which eventually became published in the newspaper where he worked. ...

Simpsons

17. 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...

18. Catherine Tate

Actress | The Catherine Tate Show

Catherine Tate was born on May 12, 1968 in Bloomsbury, London, England as Catherine Ford. She is an actress and writer, known for The Catherine Tate Show (2004), Doctor Who (2005) and Starter for 10 (2006).

19. 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 ...

20. 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.

The IT Crowd, Black Books, Father Ted