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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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2
897 305
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

3
676 250
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

4
593 302
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

5
675 263
Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
519 286
Eugene Levy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Eugene Levy Best in Show, SCTV, A Mighty Wind

7
465 268
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Rick Moranis Ghostbusters, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

8
492 279
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Phil Hartman Saturday Night Live, Jingle All the Way, The Simpsons

9
691 339
Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Seth Rogen This Is the End, Pineapple Express, Superbad Superbad

10
1,028 194
Kenny Hotz is listed (or ranked) 10 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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528 291
Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Norm Macdonald Dirty Work, Billy Madison, Saturday Night Live

12
471 314
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
429 298
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Martin Short The Martin Short Show, Frankenweenie, Mars Attacks!

14
393 264
Tommy Chong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Tommy Chong Up in Smoke^! After Hours^! Cheech and Chong's Next Movie^! That 70's Show

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407 252
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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499 198
Colin Mochrie is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
518 237
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

18
332 232
Catherine O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Catherine O'Hara The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Home Alone

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321 85
Robb Wells is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
RodrigoJavierNuñez added Robb Wells Goon, Trailer Park Boys, Hobo with a Shotgun

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223 345
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 20 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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350 245
Michael Cera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Michael Cera Juno, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Superbad

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283 226
Dave Foley is listed (or ranked) 22 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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311 258
Russell Peters is listed (or ranked) 23 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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240 219
Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Dave Thomas Stripes, Brother Bear, Rat Race

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310 62
Mike Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
cyclone290 added Mike Smith

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292 234
Tom Green is listed (or ranked) 26 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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259 267
Matthew Perry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Matthew Perry Friends, The Whole Nine Yards, 17 Again

28
264 194
Rick Mercer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Rick Mercer Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Rick Mercer Report

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133 8
John Dunsworth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Steve Shepard added John Dunsworth Haven, Trailer Park Boys, Take This Waltz

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211 158
Jay Baruchel is listed (or ranked) 30 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^!This Is the End

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188 260
Rich Little is listed (or ranked) 31 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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175 194
Harland Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 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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190 174
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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170 222
Jeremy Hotz is listed (or ranked) 34 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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187 194
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 35 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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176 208
Lorne Michaels is listed (or ranked) 36 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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183 185
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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143 189
Rachel McAdams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Rachel McAdams Midnight in Paris, Sherlock Holmes, Mean Girls

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125 183
Mark McKinney is listed (or ranked) 39 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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146 62
John Paul Tremblay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
RodrigoJavierNuñez added John Paul Tremblay Goon, Trailer Park Boys, Trailer Park Boys: The Movie

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115 169
Nathan Fielder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time

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133 224
Samantha Bee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Samantha Bee The Daily Show, Date Night, Underdog

43
113 167
Cobie Smulders is listed (or ranked) 43 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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107 186
Scott Thompson is listed (or ranked) 44 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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133 169
Bruce McCulloch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Bruce McCulloch Dick, The Kids in the Hall, Superstar

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181 124
Spencer Rice is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
StevenLaviolette added Spencer Rice Kenny vs. Spenny, Pitch, Confessions of a Porn Addict

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160 153
Jon Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Jon Lajoie The League, Let's Be Cops

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91 194
David Steinberg is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
LaurieM added David Steinberg

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103 169
Mike MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
chicosh added Mike MacDonald Three Fugitives, The Ripping Friends, The Nutcracker Prince

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108 185
Caroline Rhea is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Caroline Rhea Phineas and Ferb, Sabrina^! the Teenage Witch, Man on the Moon