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The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time

Updated October 5, 2020 42.6k votes 5.2k voters 192.0k 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

    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

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    Jim Carrey

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show

    Age58

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

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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

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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

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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

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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

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    Ryan Reynolds

    Deadpool, Green Lantern

    Age43

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

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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

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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

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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

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  • Colin Mochrie11
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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

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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

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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

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    Kenny Hotz

    Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Testees

    Age53

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

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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

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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

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    Michael J. Fox

    Family Ties, Back to the Future

    Age59

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

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    Dave Foley

    A Bug's Life, The Kids in the Hall

    Age57

    BirthplaceEtobicoke, Toronto, Canada

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    Dave Thomas

    Stripes, Brother Bear

    Age71

    BirthplaceSt. Catharines, Canada

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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