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The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time 

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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
SCTV, Spaceballs, Planes

Age: Dec. at 44 (1950-1994)

Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada

John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian, known mainly for his work in Hollywood films. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of ...more

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

Age: 57

Birthplace: Canada, Newmarket

James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, musician, and artist. He is known for his energetic slapstick performances.Carrey first gained ...more

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Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters II

Age: 66

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Daniel Edward Aykroyd, ( AK-royd; born July 1, 1952) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, musician and filmmaker who was an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" ...more

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Leslie Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
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

Age: Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

Birthplace: Regina, Canada

Leslie William Nielsen (11 February 1926 – 28 November 2010) was a Canadian actor, comedian, and producer. He appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, portraying more than ...more

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

Age: 72

Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

Eugene Levy, (born December 17, 1946) is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, director, and writer. He is the only actor to have appeared in all eight of the American Pie films, in his role as ...more

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

Age: 55

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Michael John Myers (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer who holds Canadian, British, and American citizenship. He is known for his run as a performer on ...more

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

Age: Dec. at 50 (1948-1998)

Birthplace: Brantford, Canada

Philip Edward Hartmann (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family moved to ...more

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

Age: 65

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Frederick Allan Moranis (; born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian actor, comedian, musician, songwriter, screenwriter and producer. He came to prominence in the sketch comedy series Second City ...more

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Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
The Martin Short Show, Frankenweenie, Mars Attacks!

Age: 68

Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

Martin Hayter Short (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, voice artist, singer and writer. He is known for his work on the television programs SCTV and Saturday Night ...more

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Kenny Hotz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Testees, Kenny vs. Spenny

Age: 51

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Kenneth Joel Hotz (born May 3, 1967) is a Canadian producer and entertainer. Hotz is a former South Park staff writer, "Kenny" of the Comedy Central television series Kenny vs. Spenny, ...more
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Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Dirty Work, Billy Madison, Saturday Night Live

Age: 55

Birthplace: Canada, Quebec City

Norman Gene Macdonald (born October 17, 1959) is a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He was a cast member for five seasons on Saturday Night Live, which included anchoring Weekend ...more

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Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
This Is the End, Pineapple Express, Superbad Superbad

Age: 33

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Seth Aaron Rogen (; born April 15, 1982) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director. He began his career performing stand-up comedy during his teenage years. While ...more

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Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Family Ties, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II

Age: 57

Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

Michael Andrew Fox (born June 9, 1961), known professionally as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, author, film producer and activist with a film and television career ...more

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Will Arnett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
The Lego Movie, Despicable Me, Ratatouille

Age: 48

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

William Emerson Arnett (born May 4, 1970) is a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, comedian and producer. He is best known for his role as George Oscar "Gob" Bluth II in the ...more

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Colin Mochrie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Lucky Numbers

Age: 61

Birthplace: Kilmarnock, United Kingdom

Colin Andrew Mochrie (; born November 30, 1957) is a Scottish-born Canadian actor producer and improvisational comedian, most famous for his appearances on the British and US versions of ...more

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Catherine O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Home Alone

Age: 64

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Catherine Anne O'Hara (born March 4, 1954) is a Canadian actress, writer, and comedian. She first drew notice as an actress in 1974 as a member of The Second City improvisational comedy troupe ...more

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

Age: 42

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Ryan Rodney Reynolds (born October 23, 1976) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, film producer, and screenwriter. He began his career starring in the Canadian teen soap opera Hillside and ...more

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Tommy Chong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Up in Smoke, After Hours, Cheech and Chong's Next Movie

Age: 80

Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

Thomas Bing Kin Chong (born May 24, 1938) is a Canadian-American actor, writer, director, musician, cannabis rights activist and comedian. He is known for his marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong ...more

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Dave Foley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
A Bug's Life, The Kids in the Hall, NewsRadio

Age: 56

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

David Scott Foley (born January 4, 1963) is a Canadian actor, stand-up comedian, director, producer and writer. He is known as a co-founder of the comedy group The Kids in the Hall, responsible ...more
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Mike Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
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Age: 43

Birthplace: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

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Robb Wells is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
RodrigoJavierNuñez added Goon, Trailer Park Boys, Hobo with a Shotgun

Age: 47

Birthplace: Moncton, Canada

Robb Wells (born March 20, 1971) is a Canadian actor and screenwriter best known for portraying Ricky LaFleur on Trailer Park Boys.
22
Michael Cera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Juno, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Superbad

Age: 30

Birthplace: Brampton, Canada

Michael Austin Cera (; Italian: [ˈtʃeːra]; born June 7, 1988) is a Canadian actor, producer, singer, and songwriter. He started his career as a child actor, portraying a young Chuck Barris in ...more

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Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Stripes, Brother Bear, Rat Race

Age: 69

Birthplace: St. Catharines, Canada

David William Thomas (born May 20, 1949) is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer. He is best known for portraying Doug McKenzie on SCTV as well as in the film Strange Brew, which he ...more

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John Dunsworth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Steve Shepard added Haven, Trailer Park Boys, Take This Waltz

Age: 72

Birthplace: Bridgewater, Canada

John Francis Dunsworth (April 12, 1946 – October 16, 2017) was a Canadian actor, best known for playing the alcoholic trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey on the comedy series Trailer Park Boys, ...more
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Tom Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
The Tom Green Show, Subway Monkey Hour, Tom Green: Something Smells Funny

Age: 47

Birthplace: Pembroke, Canada

Michael Thomas Green (born July 30, 1971) is a Canadian comedian, actor, filmmaker, and talk show host. Known for his own unique brand of shock comedy, he found mainstream prominence via his MTV ...more

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