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These comedians knew that it's tough to make a name in comedy and that literally making themselves a stage name was the best way to get a leg up in a sea of all the other folks trying to break into show business.

A number of the stand-up comedians and comedic actors on this list simplified their last names to make what they were called catchier or easier to remember. Judy Holliday was born Judith Tuvim and as tovim means "good" in Hebrew and yomtoyvim means holidays, or literally "good days" in Yiddish, her stage name is simply a loose translation of what she was born with. Others changed their names for stranger reasons. Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanly Jefferson but felt that the 13 letter length of "Stan Jefferson," his original stage name, was unlucky which is why we don't know his comedic team as "Jefferson and Hardy."

This list of famous stage names includes comedians who go by nicknames and famous people who have changed their names. It does not, however, include comedians who use their married surnames professionally, had their names legally changed as children, or celebrities with obviously theatrical stage names. It's pretty clear that "the Cable Guy" isn't Larry's last name.

Some of the names you know for these comedians aren't even the names they were born with or their legal names. Rodney Dangerfield was born Jacob Rodney Cohen and legally changed his name to Jack Roy when he was 19, not taking on his well-known stage name until some years later. Which of these comedians have the most surprising birth names?

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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles
Jerome Silberman, known professionally as Gene Wilder, is an American stage and screen comic actor, director, screenwriter, author, and activist. Wilder began his career on stage, and made his ...more
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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
The Producers, Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles
Melvin James "Mel" Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer, and songwriter. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic ...more
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Tim Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
Home Improvement, Toy Story, Toy Story 3
Timothy Alan Dick, known professionally as Tim Allen, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement. He is also known for his starring roles in ...more
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Rodney Dangerfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
Back to School, Rover Dangerfield, Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me
Rodney Dangerfield was an American comedian and actor, known for the catchphrase "I don't get no respect!" and his monologues on that theme. He is also remembered for his 1980s film ...more
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Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
The Bob Hope Show, The 50th Annual Academy Awards, Bob Hope: The First 90 Years
Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS, was an English-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author. With a career spanning nearly 80 years, Hope ...more
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Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
Christmas Vacation, Caddyshack, Vacation
Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase is an American comedian, actor, and writer. Born into a prominent New York family, Chase worked a plethora of odd jobs before he moved into comedy and ...more
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George Burns is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Oh, God!
George Burns, born Nathan Birnbaum, was an American comedian, award-winning actor and best-selling writer. George Burns was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned ...more
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Freddie Prinze is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
Chico and the Man, The Million Dollar Rip-Off, Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Sammy Davis Jr.
Freddie James Prinze, Sr. was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Prinze was the star of 1970s sitcom Chico and the Man. He also was the father of the actor Freddie Prinze, Jr.
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Oliver Hardy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
The Flying Deuces, Sons of the Desert, Way Out West
Oliver "Ollie" Hardy was an American comic actor famous as one half of Laurel and Hardy, the classic double act that began in the era of silent films and lasted 25 years, from 1927 to ...more
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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
The Dean Martin Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, Goodfellas
Dean Martin was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of ...more
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Stan Laurel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
The Flying Deuces, Sons of the Desert, Way Out West
Arthur Stanley Jefferson, better known by his stage name Stan Laurel, was an English comic actor, writer and film director, most famous as Laurel of comedic duo Laurel and Hardy – Hardy being ...more
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Mel Blanc is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
The Flintstones, The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Comedy Hour, Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats
Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc was an American voice actor, comedian, and radio personality. Although he began his sixty-plus-year career performing in radio, Blanc is best remembered for ...more
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W. C. Fields is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
The Bank Dick, David Copperfield, You Can't Cheat an Honest Man
William Claude Dukenfield, better known as W. C. Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. Fields's comic persona was a misanthropic and hard-drinking egotist, who remained a ...more
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Jack Benny is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
The Jack Benny Program, To be or not To Be, Broadway Melody of 1936
Jack Benny was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and violinist. Recognized as a leading American entertainer of the 20th century, Benny portrayed his ...more
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Judy Holliday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
On the Town, Adam's Rib, Winged Victory
Judy Holliday was an American actress, comedian and singer. She began her career as part of a nightclub act before working in Broadway plays and musicals. Her success in the 1946 stage ...more
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Danny Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl
Danny Thomas was an American nightclub comedian and television and film actor and producer, whose career spanned five decades. Thomas was best known for starring in the television sitcom Make ...more
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Milton Berle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies, The Hollywood Palace, Hey
Milton Berle was an American comedian and actor. As the host of NBC's Texaco Star Theater, he was the first major American television star and was known to millions of viewers as "Uncle ...more
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Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Being There, The Pink Panther
Peter Sellers, CBE was a British film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, featured on a number of hit comic songs and became known to a ...more
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Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
Seinfeld, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pretty Woman
Jay Scott Greenspan (born September 23, 1959), known by his stage name Jason Alexander, is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and director. Alexander is best known for his role as George ...more
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Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
Fashion Police, The Joan Rivers Show, The Joan Rivers Show
Joan Alexandra Molinsky, known as Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona — where she was ...more
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Albert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
Finding Nemo, Drive, Taxi Driver
Albert Lawrence Brooks is an American actor, writer, comedian, and director. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for his role in Broadcast News. His voice acting credits include ...more
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Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
Django Unchained, Collateral, Ray
Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, comedian, writer, and producer. As an actor, his work in the 2004 Ray Charles biographical film Ray earned ...more
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Jeff Ross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
Stuck on You, Along Came Polly, National Security
Jeff Ross is an American stand-up comedian, insult comic, actor, director and author. His skill is doing high-profile celebrity roasts and he is best known for his appearances in Comedy ...more
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Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Louie, Louis C.K. Oh My God
Louis Székely, known professionally as Louis C.K., is an American comedian, actor, and filmmaker. He is the creator, star, writer, director, and editor of the acclaimed FX comedy series ...more
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Carlos Mencia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Comedians Who Use Stage Names
Mind of Mencia, Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached, The Three Amigos
Carlos Mencia, born Ned Arnel Mencia, is a Honduran-born American comedian, writer, and actor. His style of comedy is often political and involves issues of race, culture, criminal justice, and ...more