Canadians The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
38.8k votes 3.9k voters 153.1k views 100 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.
list ordered by

1
1,007 328
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

2
1,064 375
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

3
785 307
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 2½: 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

4
688 354
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

5
783 316
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

6
600 342
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

7
543 320
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

8
566 335
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

9
798 409
Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
634 337
Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
1,077 265
Kenny Hotz is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
562 356
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
510 337
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
464 288
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

15
453 297
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 marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy albums and ...more

16
576 230
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

17
664 272
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

18
396 263
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

19
350 133
Robb Wells is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
RodrigoJavierNuñez added Goon, Trailer Park Boys, Hobo with a Shotgun Robb Wells is a Canadian actor and screenwriter who portrays Ricky on Trailer Park Boys.

20
358 105
Mike Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
cyclone290 added Mike Smith

21
398 281
Michael Cera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Juno^! Scott Pilgrim vs. the World^! Superbad^! Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist 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

22
362 290
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

23
283 247
Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
319 253
Dave Foley is listed (or ranked) 24 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.

25
253 395
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

26
312 298
Matthew Perry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Friends, The Whole Nine Yards, 17 Again Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian and playwright known for his role as Chandler Bing on the NBC television sitcom Friends. Along with starring ...more

27
322 278
Tom Green is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
The Tom Green Show, Subway Monkey Hour, Tom Green: Something Smells Funny Michael Thomas "Tom" Green is a Canadian actor, rapper, writer, comedian, producer, director, talk show host, and media personality. Best known for his unique brand of comedy, Green ...more

28
301 224
Rick Mercer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Rick Mercer Report Richard Vincent "Rick" Mercer OC is a Lebanese Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist and author. He is best known for his work on the CBC Television comedy ...more

29
158 36
John Dunsworth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Steve Shepard added Haven, Trailer Park Boys, Take This Waltz John Dunsworth is a Canadian actor known for playing the frequently drunk trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey on the hit TV show Trailer Park Boys and the mysterious reporter Dave Teagues on the ...more

30
238 190
Jay Baruchel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
How to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Million Dollar Baby Jonathan Adam Saunders "Jay" Baruchel is a Canadian actor and comedian. He plays Josh Greenberg, the main character, in the FXX comedy television series Man Seeking Woman, and played ...more

31
211 288
Rich Little is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
One Crazy Summer, The Pink Panther Show, Trail of the Pink Panther Richard Caruthers "Rich" Little is a Canadian-American impressionist and voice actor, nicknamed "The Man of a Thousand Voices," by voice actor Mel Blanc.

32
195 223
Harland Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Harland Williams was born in Toronto, Ontario, where he worked for five years as a forest ranger before moving to Los Angeles to pursue comedy. He has had a number of very memorable film roles ...more

33
186 253
Jeremy Hotz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Speed 2: Cruise Control, My Favorite Martian, Just for Laughs Jeremy Hotz is a Canadian actor and stand-up comedian. He has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, the Just For Laughs comedy festival, the Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show ...more

34
230 218
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Star Trek, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home William Shatner is a Canadian actor, singer, author, producer, director, spokesman, and comedian. He gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, Captain ...more

35
216 200
Will Sasso is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Happy Gilmore, Best in Show, Movie 43 William "Will" Sasso is a Canadian actor and comedian, most notable for his five seasons as a cast member on MADtv from 1997 to 2002 and for starring as Curly in the 2012 film reboot ...more

36
163 93
John Paul Tremblay is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
RodrigoJavierNuñez added Goon, Trailer Park Boys, Trailer Park Boys: The Movie John Paul Tremblay is a Canadian actor who stars in the hit Canadian TV show Trailer Park Boys, playing Julian, a newly released ex-con returning to his home in a trailer park in Nova Scotia. ...more

37
212 205
Brent Butt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Corner Gas, Screwed, Duets Brent Butt is a Canadian comedian actor and writer. He is best known for his role as Brent Leroy on the CTV sitcom Corner Gas, which he also created. The series was an instant hit when it made ...more

38
203 232
Lorne Michaels is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live Lorne Michaels, CM is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, comedian, and actor, best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live, the Late Night series, and The Tonight

39
182 212
Rachel McAdams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Midnight in Paris, Sherlock Holmes, Mean Girls Rachel Anne McAdams is a Canadian actress. After graduating from a four-year theatre program at York University in 2001, she initially worked in Canadian television and film productions such as ...more

40
144 202
Mark McKinney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
A Night at the Roxbury, The Kids in the Hall, Superstar Mark Douglas Brown McKinney is a Canadian comedian and actor, best known for his work in the sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall. Following the run of their television series and feature ...more

41
202 156
Spencer Rice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
StevenLaviolette added Kenny vs. Spenny, Pitch, Confessions of a Porn Addict Spencer Nolan "Spenny" Rice is a Canadian writer, director, producer, musician and comedian. He was the co-star of Kenny vs. Spenny along with Kenny Hotz.

42
158 258
Samantha Bee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
The Daily Show, Date Night, Underdog Samantha Bee is a Canadian comedic actress and author best known as a cast member on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2012, Bee surpassed Stephen Colbert as The Daily Show '​s longest-serving ...more

43
145 192
Cobie Smulders is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
How I Met Your Mother, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier Jacoba Francisca Maria "Cobie" Smulders-Killam is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles as Robin Scherbatsky on the television series How I Met Your Mother and Maria Hill ...more

44
145 158
Nathan Fillion is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Castle, Serenity, Slither Nathan Fillion is a Canadian actor best known for his role as Richard Castle on the ABC series Castle as well as his earlier portrayal of the lead role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the ...more

45
170 178
Ellen Page is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Inception, Juno, X-Men: Days of Future Past Ellen Philpotts-Page, known professionally as Ellen Page, is a Canadian actress. She started her career in Canada with roles in the television shows Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys, and ReGenesis. ...more

46
156 191
Bruce McCulloch is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Dick, The Kids in the Hall, Superstar Bruce Ian McCulloch is a Canadian actor, writer, comedian, and film director. McCulloch is best known for his work as a member of The Kids in the Hall, a popular Canadian comedy troupe, and as a ...more

47
117 211
Scott Thompson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Hannibal, The Larry Sanders Show, The Kids in the Hall Scott Thompson is a Canadian television actor and comedian, best known for his time as a member of the comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall.

48
144 162
Kevin McDonald is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Galaxy Quest, Lilo & Stitch, Invader Zim Kevin Hamilton McDonald is a Canadian comedian, actor and voice artist. He is known as a member of The Kids in the Hall, the voice of Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch series, Waffle in ...more

49
172 179
Jon Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
The League, Let's Be Cops Jonathan "Jon" Lajoie is a Canadian comedian, actor, rapper, singer, musician and Internet celebrity from Montreal, Quebec. He gained fame mostly from his YouTube channel, ...more

50
133 197
Nathan Fielder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time
Nathan Fielder is a Canadian writer and comedian. Fielder was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, where his parents were social workers. He attended Point Grey Secondary School. Fielder was a ...more