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The Funniest People Of All Time

Updated August 14, 2020 1.1m votes 49.2k voters 617.7k 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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    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

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  • Bill Murray3
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  • Richard Pryor4
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    Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Charlie Chaplin5
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    Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

    BirthplaceWalworth, United Kingdom

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  • Dave Chappelle6
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  • Eddie Murphy7
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  • Jim Carrey8
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    Age: 58

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

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  • John Candy9
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    Dec. at 44 (1950-1994)

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

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  • Tom Hanks10
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    Age: 64

    BirthplaceConcord, California, United States of America

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  • Tim Conway11
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    Age: 86

    BirthplaceWilloughby, Ohio, USA

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  • Will Ferrell12
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  • Leslie Nielsen13
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    Leslie Nielsen

    Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

    BirthplaceRegina, Canada

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  • John Cleese14
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  • George Carlin15
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    George Carlin

    Age: Died at 71 (1937-2008)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

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  • Mel Brooks16
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    Mel Brooks

    Age: 94

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Don Rickles17
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  • Martin Short18
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  • Bob Newhart19
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  • Betty White20
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  • Danny DeVito21
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    BirthplaceNeptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Rowan Atkinson22
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  • Gene Wilder23
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    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Gilda Radner24
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    Dec. at 43 (1946-1989)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

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  • Carol Burnett25
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