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A list of notable comedians from Canada, ranked by comedy fans. Many of these comic actors, stand-ups and humorists, originally from Canada, have found fame outside of their native land and are now international stars, while some have largely remained well-known to their fellow citizens. But all have proven themselves to be lasting performances making a considerable impact in the entertainment industry.

Several notable comedians and funny people who have gained prominence in Hollywood are originally from Canada. These include Will Arnett, best known for his work on "Arrested Development" and the 2011 fall debut "Up All Night," "Daily Show" correspondent Samantha Bee, "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels and "SCTV" alum Catherine O'Hara. As well, the late, great Leslie Nielsen, one of the most beloved comic actors of the '70s, '80s and '90s, hailed from Canada, as does game show host Howie Mandel, stand-up and SNL vet Norm MacDonald and the entire cast of "The Kids in the Hall."

Who are the funniest Canadian comedians? This list is by no means 100% complete, but is a good starting guide to the best Canadian comics and comedy performers.
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John Candy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
John Candy SCTV, Spaceballs, Planes

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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Jim Carrey Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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Leslie Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Leslie Nielsen The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult

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+ - 444 169
Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Dan Aykroyd Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters II

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Eugene Levy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Eugene Levy Best in Show, SCTV, A Mighty Wind

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Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Mike Myers Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Shrek

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Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Phil Hartman Saturday Night Live, Jingle All the Way, The Simpsons

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Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Rick Moranis Ghostbusters^!Honey^! I Shrunk the Kids^!Spaceballs^!Strange Brew

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Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Michael J. Fox Family Ties, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II

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Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Martin Short The Martin Short Show, Frankenweenie, Mars Attacks!

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Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Seth Rogen This Is the End, Pineapple Express, Superbad Superbad

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Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Norm Macdonald Dirty Work, Billy Madison, Saturday Night Live

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+ - 251 166
Tommy Chong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Tommy Chong Up in Smoke, After Hours, Cheech and Chong's Next Movie

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+ - 278 125
Colin Mochrie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Colin Mochrie Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Lucky Numbers

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Will Arnett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Will Arnett The Lego Movie, Despicable Me, Ratatouille

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Catherine O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Catherine O'Hara The Nightmare Before Christmas^! Frankenweenie^! Home Alone^! Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Ryan Reynolds Deadpool, Green Lantern, The Proposal

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Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Howie Mandel Deal or No Deal, America's Got Talent, Howie

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Russell Peters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Russell Peters Source Code, Russell Peters: The Green Card Tour - Live from The O2 Arena, A Russell Peters Christmas Special

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Dave Foley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Dave Foley A Bug's Life, The Kids in the Hall, NewsRadio

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Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Dave Thomas Stripes, Brother Bear, Rat Race

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Rich Little is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Rich Little One Crazy Summer, The Pink Panther Show, Trail of the Pink Panther

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Matthew Perry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Matthew Perry Friends, The Whole Nine Yards, 17 Again

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Michael Cera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Michael Cera Juno, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Superbad

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Rick Mercer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Rick Mercer Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Rick Mercer Report

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Rachel McAdams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Rachel McAdams Midnight in Paris, Sherlock Holmes, Mean Girls

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+ - 137 123
Lorne Michaels is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Lorne Michaels Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live

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+ - 134 109
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
William Shatner Star Trek, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

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Jay Baruchel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Jay Baruchel How to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Million Dollar Baby

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Harland Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Harland Williams There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

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+ - 108 143
Jeremy Hotz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Jeremy Hotz Speed 2: Cruise Control, My Favorite Martian, Just for Laughs

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+ - 127 174
Tom Green is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Tom Green The Tom Green Show, Subway Monkey Hour, Tom Green: Something Smells Funny

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Will Sasso is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Will Sasso Happy Gilmore, Best in Show, Movie 43

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Samantha Bee is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Samantha Bee The Daily Show, Date Night, Underdog

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Mark McKinney is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Mark McKinney A Night at the Roxbury, The Kids in the Hall, Superstar

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+ - 77 91
Cobie Smulders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Cobie Smulders How I Met Your Mother, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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+ - 105 116
Brent Butt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Brent Butt Corner Gas, Screwed, Duets

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+ - 81 125
Scott Thompson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Scott Thompson Hannibal, The Larry Sanders Show, The Kids in the Hall

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+ - 82 124
David Steinberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time

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+ - 63 21
Lynda Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Lynda Montgomery

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Caroline Rhea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Caroline Rhea Phineas and Ferb, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

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+ - 84 112
Bruce McCulloch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Bruce McCulloch Dick, The Kids in the Hall, Superstar

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+ - 94 76
Ellen Page is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Ellen Page Inception, Juno, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Robb Wells is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Robb Wells Goon, Trailer Park Boys, Hobo with a Shotgun

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Mike MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Mike MacDonald Three Fugitives, The Ripping Friends, The Nutcracker Prince

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+ - 76 110
Mary Walsh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Mary Walsh Mambo Italiano, The Wind in the Willows, New Waterford Girl

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+ - 44 130
Kenny Hotz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Kenny Hotz Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Testees, Kenny vs. Spenny

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+ - 72 84
Nathan Fillion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Nathan Fillion Castle, Serenity, Slither

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+ - 13 38
Stewart Francis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Stewart Francis Mock the Week, An American in Canada

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+ - 83 104
Kevin McDonald is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Kevin McDonald Galaxy Quest, Lilo & Stitch, Invader Zim