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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
John Franklin Candy was a Canadian actor and comedian. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of The Second City and its related Second City Television series and through his ...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
James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and film producer. Carrey has received two Golden Globe Awards. Known for his highly ...more
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Leslie Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, The Naked Gun 2┬Ż: The Smell of Fear, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
Leslie William Nielsen, OC was a Canadian-American actor and comedian. He appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters. Nielsen was born in ...more
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Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters II
Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd, CM is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter and singer. He was an original "Not Ready For Prime Time Player" on Saturday Night Live, an ...more
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Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Shrek
Michael John "Mike" Myers is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer, known for his run as a featured performer on Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995, and for ...more
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Eugene Levy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Best in Show, SCTV, A Mighty Wind
Eugene Levy, CM is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, director, musician, and writer. He is the only actor to have appeared in all eight of the American Pie films, with his role as Noah ...more
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Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Ghostbusters, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Frederick Allan "Rick" Moranis is a Canadian actor, comedian and a two-time Grammy nominated musician. Moranis came to prominence around 1980 in the sketch comedy show Second City ...more
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Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Saturday Night Live, Jingle All the Way, The Simpsons
Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman was a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family moved to the United States ...more
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Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Dirty Work, Billy Madison, Saturday Night Live
Norman Gene "Norm" Macdonald is a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor. He is best known for his five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, which included ...more
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Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
This Is the End, Pineapple Express, Superbad Superbad
Seth Rogen is a Canadian actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and comedian. Rogen began his career performing stand-up comedy during his teenage years, winning the Vancouver Amateur Comedy ...more
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Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Family Ties, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II
Michael J. Fox, OC is a Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and advocate. With a film and television career spanning from the 1970s, Fox's roles have included Marty McFly from the Back to ...more
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Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
The Martin Short Show, Frankenweenie, Mars Attacks!
Martin Hayter Short, CM is an Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, singer and producer. He is best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. ...more
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Kenny Hotz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Testees, Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenneth Joel "Kenny" Hotz is a Canadian producer, writer, director, actor, and comedian. He is a South Park consultant and writer, creator/star of the Comedy Central television show ...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
William Emerson "Will" Arnett is a Canadian actor and comedian . He is most well known for his many comedic roles, including George Oscar Bluth II in the Fox series Arrested ...more
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Tommy Chong is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Up in Smoke, After Hours, Cheech and Chong's Next Movie
Thomas B. Kin "Tommy" Chong is a Canadian comedian, actor, writer, director, activist, and musician. He is well known for his Cheech & Chong comedy albums and movies with Cheech ...more
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Colin Mochrie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Lucky Numbers
Colin Andrew Mochrie is a Scottish-born Canadian actor and improvisational comedian, most famous for his appearances on the British and U.S. versions of television improvisation show Whose Line ...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
Ryan Rodney Reynolds is a Canadian actor. Reynolds portrayed Michael Bergen on the ABC sitcom Two Guys and a Girl, Billy Simpson in the YTV Canadian teen soap opera Hillside, as well as Marvel ...more
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Catherine O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Home Alone
Catherine Anne O'Hara is a Canadian-American actress, writer and comedian. She is well known for her comedy work on SCTV and her roles in the films After Hours, Beetlejuice, Home Alone, Home ...more
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Michael Cera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Juno, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Superbad
Michael Austin Cera is a Canadian actor, producer, singer, songwriter, and musician. He is known for his role as George Michael Bluth on the sitcom Arrested Development. Cera made his Broadway ...more
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Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Stripes, Brother Bear, Rat Race
David William "Dave" Thomas 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
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Dave Foley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
A Bug's Life, The Kids in the Hall, NewsRadio
David Scott "Dave" Foley is a Canadian actor, stand-up comedian, writer, director and producer best known for his work in The Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio.
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Russell Peters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Source Code, Russell Peters: The Green Card Tour - Live from The O2 Arena, A Russell Peters Christmas Special
Russell Dominic Peters is a Canadian comedian and actor. He began performing in Toronto in 1989 and won a Gemini Award in 2008. He has set records for sales and attendance at a comedian's ...more
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Mike Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
cyclone290 added Mike Smith
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Robb Wells is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
RodrigoJavierNu├▒ez added Goon, Trailer Park Boys, Hobo with a Shotgun
Robb Wells is a Canadian actor and screenwriter who portrays Ricky on Trailer Park Boys.
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Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Deal or No Deal, America's Got Talent, Howie
Howard Michael "Howie" Mandel is a Canadian comedian, actor, television host, and voice actor. He is well known as host of the NBC game show Deal or No Deal, as well as the show's ...more