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The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time

Updated October 5, 2020 44.2k votes 5.0k voters 188.4k views97 items

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
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    John Candy

    SCTV, Spaceballs

    AgeDec. at 44 (1950-1994)

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

    John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian,... more on Wikipedia
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    Jim Carrey
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    Jim Carrey

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show

    Age58

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

    James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Mike Myers
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    Mike Myers

    Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember

    Age57

    BirthplaceScarborough, Toronto, Canada

    Michael John Myers (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Leslie Nielsen
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    Leslie Nielsen

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

    AgeDec. at 84 (1926-2010)

    BirthplaceRegina, Canada

    Leslie William Nielsen (11 February 1926 – 28 November 2010) was a Canadian actor, comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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    Ryan Reynolds
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    Ryan Reynolds

    Deadpool, Green Lantern

    Age43

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    Ryan Rodney Reynolds (born October 23, 1976) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, film... more on Wikipedia

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    Norm Macdonald
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    Norm Macdonald

    Dirty Work, Billy Madison

    Age56

    BirthplaceQuebec City, Canada

    Norman Gene Macdonald (born October 17, 1959) is a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Rick Moranis
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    Rick Moranis

    Ghostbusters, Honey

    Age67

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Frederick Allan Moranis (; born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian actor, comedian, musician,... more on Wikipedia

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    Colin Mochrie
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    Colin Mochrie

    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?

    Age62

    BirthplaceKilmarnock, Scotland

    Colin Andrew Mochrie (; born November 30, 1957) is a Scottish-born Canadian actor producer and... more on Wikipedia

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    Catherine O'Hara
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    Catherine O'Hara

    The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie

    Age66

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Catherine Anne O'Hara (born March 4, 1954) is a Canadian actress, writer, and comedian. She... more on Wikipedia

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    Phil Hartman
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    Phil Hartman

    Saturday Night Live, Jingle All the Way

    AgeDec. at 50 (1948-1998)

    BirthplaceBrantford, Canada

    Philip Edward Hartmann (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American actor,... more on Wikipedia

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    Kenny Hotz
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    Kenny Hotz

    Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Testees

    Age53

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Kenneth Joel Hotz (born May 3, 1967) is a Canadian producer and entertainer. Hotz is a former... more on Wikipedia
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    Seth Rogen
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    Seth Rogen

    This Is the End, Pineapple Express

    Age33

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    Seth Aaron Rogen (; born April 15, 1982) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Martin Short
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    Martin Short

    The Martin Short Show, Frankenweenie

    Age70

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Martin Hayter Short (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, voice... more on Wikipedia
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    Dan Aykroyd
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    Dan Aykroyd

    Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers

    Age68

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    Daniel Edward Aykroyd, ( AK-royd; born July 1, 1952) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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    Eugene Levy
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    Eugene Levy

    Best in Show, SCTV

    Age73

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Eugene Levy, (born December 17, 1946) is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, director, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Mike Smith
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    Mike Smith

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    Will Arnett
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    Will Arnett

    The Lego Movie, Despicable Me

    Age50

    BirthplaceEast York, Toronto, Canada

    William Emerson Arnett (born May 4, 1970) is a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, comedian... more on Wikipedia

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    Michael J. Fox
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    Michael J. Fox

    Family Ties, Back to the Future

    Age59

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    Michael Andrew Fox (born June 9, 1961), known professionally as Michael J. Fox, is a... more on Wikipedia
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    John Dunsworth
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    John Dunsworth

    Haven, Trailer Park Boys

    Age74

    BirthplaceBridgewater, Canada

    John Francis Dunsworth (April 12, 1946 – October 16, 2017) was a Canadian actor, best known... more on Wikipedia
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    Dave Foley
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    Dave Foley

    A Bug's Life, The Kids in the Hall

    Age57

    BirthplaceEtobicoke, Toronto, Canada

    David Scott Foley (born January 4, 1963) is a Canadian actor, stand-up comedian, director,... more on Wikipedia

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    Michael Cera
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    Michael Cera

    Juno, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Age32

    BirthplaceBrampton, Canada

    Michael Austin Cera (born June 7, 1988) is a Canadian actor, producer, singer, and songwriter.... more on Wikipedia

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    Robb Wells
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    Robb Wells

    Goon, Trailer Park Boys

    Age49

    BirthplaceMoncton, Canada

    Robb Wells (born March 20, 1971) is a Canadian actor and screenwriter best known for... more on Wikipedia
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    Tommy Chong
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    Tommy Chong

    Up in Smoke, After Hours

    Age82

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    Thomas Bing Kin Chong (born May 24, 1938) is a Canadian-American actor, writer, director,... more on Wikipedia
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    Dave Thomas
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    Dave Thomas

    Stripes, Brother Bear

    Age71

    BirthplaceSt. Catharines, Canada

    David William Thomas (born May 20, 1949) is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer.... more on Wikipedia

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    Will Sasso
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    Will Sasso

    Happy Gilmore, Best in Show

    Age45

    BirthplaceDelta, Canada

    William Christopher Sasso (born May 24, 1975) is a Canadian comedian, actor and former... more on Wikipedia

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