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The Funniest People Of All Time

Updated August 14, 2020 1.1m votes 49.2k voters 617.6k 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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  • Richard Pryor4
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  • Charlie Chaplin5
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  • Jim Carrey8
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  • Tom Hanks10
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  • Will Ferrell12
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  • Gene Wilder14
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  • Steve Carell16
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  • Chris Farley17
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  • Danny DeVito18
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  • Rowan Atkinson19
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  • Bob Newhart20
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  • Leslie Nielsen22
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  • Tim Conway23
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  • Jack Black24
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