My Favorite Comediansby FlameAxelVIII | created - 01 Mar 2011 | updated - 20 Mar 2012 | Public
Actress | Wreck-It Ralph
Sarah Silverman was most recently the host of the two-time Emmy-nominated weekly topical series, I Love You America, which streamed on Hulu and also received a Writers Guild Awards nomination.
Silverman is currently working on a musical adaptation of her 2010 memoir and New York Times Bestseller ...
Actress | Barnyard
Maria was born in Port Hueneme, California at the Naval Base. Her parents are Joel (dermatologist) and Marilyn (therapist) of Duluth, MN. She attended Chester Park Elementary and Marshall High School in Duluth MN and went on to attend Bates College (Lewiston, ME), University of Edinburgh (Scotland)...
Actor | Young Adult
Patton Oswalt has been headlining at comedy clubs all over the United States since 1996, as well as appearing in his own standup specials on Comedy Central and HBO. He was chosen as Entertainment Weekly's "It" comedian in 2002. He is a regular on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993). His other ...
4. Tig Notaro
Actress | One Mississippi
Tig Notaro was born on March 24, 1971 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA as Mathilde O'Callaghan Notaro. She is an actress and writer, known for One Mississippi (2015), Instant Family (2018) and Walk of Shame (2014). She has been married to Stephanie Allynne since October 24, 2015. They have two children.
6. John Mulaney
John Mulaney was born on August 26, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Edmund Mulaney. He is a writer and actor, known for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), Saturday Night Live (1975) and John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018). He has been married to Annamarie Tendler since ...
Actress | Suddenly Susan
Kathy Griffin was raised in the near-west Chicago suburbs, in an Irish-American family. She has three older brothers and an older sister. When her parents retired to California, Kathy moved west with them after graduating from Oak Park River Forest High School and began trying to break into show ...
8. Margaret Cho
Producer | Margaret Cho: PsyCHO
Margaret Cho was born Dec. 5, 1968 and raised in San Francisco. Her grandfather was a Methodist minister who ran an orphanage in Seoul during the Korean War. Ignoring the traditions of her patriarchal culture, her mother bravely resisted an arranged marriage in Korea and married Margaret's father ...
10. Andrew Daly
Actor | Semi-Pro
Andy Daly was born in New York, raised in New Jersey and graduated from Ithaca College. He studied long form improvisation at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and performed in numerous shows there, including The Real Real World and "The Swarm". Daly also appeared at the 1999 Aspen Comedy...
13. Natasha Leggero
Actress | Let's Be Cops
Natasha Leggero was born on March 26, 1974 in Rockford, Illinois, USA as Natasha Terese Leggero. She is an actress and writer, known for Let's Be Cops (2014), He's Just Not That Into You (2009) and Another Period (2013). She has been married to Moshe Kasher since October 11, 2015. They have one ...
15. Paul F. Tompkins
Actor | There Will Be Blood
Started out in stand-up comedy in 1986 at The Comedy Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was half of a duo with the late Rick Roman. Dropped out of Temple University. Moved to Los Angeles in 1994. Met actor Jay Johnston through their mutual friend, Adam McKay, and created a live sketch show...
18. David Cross
Actor | Arrested Development
David Cross was born on April 4, 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Arrested Development (2003), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Megamind (2010). He has been married to Amber Tamblyn since October 6, 2012. They have one child.
19. Bob Odenkirk
Actor | Better Call Saul
Robert John Odenkirk was born in Berwyn, Illinois, to Barbara (Baier) and Walter Odenkirk, who worked in printing. His ancestry includes German and Irish. He grew up in Naperville, IL, the second of seven children. He worked as a DJ for WIDB, his college radio station at Southern Illinois ...
20. Chelsea Handler
Actress | This Means War
Chelsea Handler was born in Livingston, New Jersey, to a Mormon mother, Rita (Stoecker), who was born in Germany, and an American-born Jewish father, Seymour Handler. She was the youngest of six children. In 2002, Chelsea was one of the stars of Oxygen's Girls Behaving Badly (2002). Chelsea got her...
21. Joel McHale
Actor | Community
Joel Edward McHale was born in Rome, Italy, to a Canadian-born mother, Laurie (Jackson), and an American-born father, Jack McHale. His father, from Chicago, is of Irish descent, and his mother, from Vancouver, has Norwegian, Finnish, and English ancestry. Joel was raised in Seattle, Washington, and...
22. Tina Fey
Writer | 30 Rock
Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish,...
Actor | Stella
Michael Ian Black was born in Chicago, Illinois, but his family moved to Hillsborough, New Jersey, when he was young. His parents divorced when he was 3. When he was 12, his father died during neurological surgery following a mysterious assault.
Michael attended New York University's Tisch School of...
25. Harris Wittels
Producer | Parks and Recreation
Harris Wittels was born on April 20, 1984 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA as Harris Lee Wittels. He was a producer and writer, known for Parks and Recreation (2009), Master of None (2015) and Eastbound & Down (2009). He died on February 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
26. Todd Glass
Actor | Rebound
Solidly ensconced in the 30-40 demographic, comedian Todd Glass may now be considered ineligible to be labeled a wunderkind-but he certainly was one, having launched his career in comedy at age 16. Since that precocious start, the Philadelphia native has developed into a polished performer with a ...
27. Chris Fairbanks
Actor | Punching the Clown
Originally from Montana's Big Sky Country residing in Los Angeles, Chris Fairbanks headlines comedy venues internationally. His fast paced, quirky, and constantly improvised act has been showcased on Comedy Central, Conan, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Seeso. Fairbanks has been cast on...
28. Chris Hardwick
Producer | Talking Dead
Chris Hardwick was born on November 23, 1971 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Christopher Ryan Hardwick. He is a producer and actor, known for Talking Dead (2011), @midnight (2013) and The Wall (2016). He has been married to Lydia Hearst since August 20, 2016.
Writer | Wet Hot American Summer
Michael Showalter is a director, writer, and producer who most recently directed the 2017 hit The Big Sick. Previously he directed and co-wrote the 2016 film Hello, My Name Is Doris starring Sally Field. Michael's first film was the The Baxter (2005) starring Michelle Williams and Justin Theroux. ...
34. Kulap Vilaysack
Actress | Bajillion Dollar Propertie$
Kulap Vilaysack was born on May 11, 1980 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Kulap Tukta Vilaysack. She is an actress and writer, known for Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ (2016), The Office (2005) and Parks and Recreation (2009). She has been married to Scott Aukerman since 2008.
35. Greg Proops
Greg Proops was born on October 3, 1959 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Gregory Everett Proops. He is an actor and writer, known for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Brother Bear (2003). He has been married to Jennifer Canaga since February 14,...