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The Funniest People Of All Time

Updated August 14, 2020 1.1m votes 51.0k voters 628.2k views339 items

List RulesMay include some comedic actors, but mainly people that make you laugh no matter what they do

The funniest people of all time are a mix of actors, comedians, and even a few people who probably didn't start off trying to be funny. Included in this list of people vying for the title of funniest person ever are the funniest stand-up comedians of all time and the funniest actors and actresses ever. One thing's for sure: these funny actors and comedians are at the top of their ha ha games and could make most people laugh 'til they pee.

The funniest people ever include actors like Will Ferrell and John Belushi, comedians-turned-actors like Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy, and general funny people like George Carlin and John Cleese. While ranking a funny person is completely subjective, the folks on this list of funny people are undeniably hilarious. The real question is: who is the funniest person ever?

This is your chance to decide! Vote for the funniest comedians and actors and help decide once and for all who the funniest person alive or dead really is. If your favorite funny person isn't on the list of the funniest people ever, make sure to add them so others can revel in their hilarity.
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    BirthplaceWaco, Texas, United States of America

    GenderMale

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    Robin Williams

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    Richard Pryor

    Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States of America

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    Charlie Chaplin

    Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

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    Tom Hanks

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceConcord, CA

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    Leslie Nielsen

    Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

    BirthplaceRegina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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    BirthplaceWeston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

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    Alternative NameNigel Farquhar-Bennett, John Cleese

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  • 10
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    George Carlin

    Dec. at 71 (1937-2008)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Mel Brooks

    Age: 94

    BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA

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  • 12
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    Jim Carrey

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Ontario, Canada

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  • 13
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    John Candy

    Dec. at 44 (1950-1994)

    BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada

    GenderMale

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  • 14
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    Rodney Dangerfield

    Dec. at 83 (1921-2004)

    BirthplaceDeer Park, New York, United States of America

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  • 15
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    Don Knotts

    Dec. at 82 (1924-2006)

    BirthplaceMorgantown, West Virginia, USA

    GenderMale

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  • 16
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    BirthplaceConcord, Massachusetts, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameSteve Carell

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  • 17
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    Tim Conway

    Age: 86

    BirthplaceWilloughby, Ohio, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameTim Conway

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  • 18
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    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

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  • 19
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    BirthplaceNewcastle-upon-Tyne, England, UK

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  • 20
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    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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    Gilda Radner

    Dec. at 43 (1946-1989)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

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    Lucille Ball

    Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

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    BirthplaceIrvine, California, United States of America

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