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The Funniest People Of All Time

Updated August 14, 2020 1.1m votes 49.1k voters 616.7k 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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  • Robin Williams2
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  • Bill Murray3
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  • Richard Pryor4
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  • Eddie Murphy5
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  • Charlie Chaplin6
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  • Dave Chappelle7
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  • Jim Carrey8
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  • Mel Brooks10
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  • Leslie Nielsen12
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  • Gene Wilder13
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  • George Carlin14
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    George Carlin

    Age: Died at 71 (1937-2008)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

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  • Carol Burnett15
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  • Don Rickles16
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  • Will Ferrell17
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  • John Cleese18
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  • Martin Short19
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  • Steve Carell21
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  • Tim Conway22
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  • Betty White23
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  • Chris Farley24
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