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Famous Comedians from the United States

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List of notable or famous comedians from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top comedians born in the United States and even some popular comedians who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American comedians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These comedians are sorted by popularity, and information about each well-known comedian from the United States is included when available.

People on this list include Jim Norton and George Carlin.

This historic comedians from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American comedians of note?" and "Who are the most famous comedians from the United States?"

These prominent comedians of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American comedians.Use this list of renowned American comedians to discover some new comedians that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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    Marilyn Monroe

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    Joan Rivers

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    Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television...  more

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    Jim Carrey

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    Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian,...  more

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    Bill Maher

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    Jay Leno

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    Chris Rock

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    Bill Cosby

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    Chelsea Joy Handler (born February 25, 1975) is an American comedian, actress, writer,...  more

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    Kathleen Mary Griffin (born November 4, 1960) is an American comedian and actress. She has...  more

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    William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian,...  more

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    Amy Meredith Poehler (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director,...  more

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    Conan Christopher O'Brien (born April 18, 1963) is an American television host, comedian,...  more

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    Bob Hope

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    Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with...  more

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    Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, writer,...  more

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    Dustin Neil Diamond (January 7, 1977 – February 1, 2021) was an American actor, musician,...  more

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