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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. (998 items)

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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Marilyn Monroe Died at 36 (1926-1962) Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After ...more

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Jenny McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Jenny McCarthy age 45 Jennifer Ann "Jenny" McCarthy is an American model, television host, comedian, actress, author, and anti-vaccine activist. She began her career in 1993 as a nude model for Playboy ...more

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Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Joan Rivers Died at 81 (1933-2014) 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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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Adam Sandler age 51 Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, entrepreneur, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many ...more

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Ellen DeGeneres age 60 Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk ...more

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James Franco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
James Franco age 39 James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and ...more

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Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Howard Stern age 64 Howard Allan Stern is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer. He is best known for his radio show, which was nationally syndicated from 1986 to ...more

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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Jim Carrey age 56 James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and film producer. Carrey has received two Golden Globe Awards. Known for his highly ...more

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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Jon Stewart age 55 Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, actor, media critic, and former television host. He was the host of The Daily ...more

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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
David Letterman age 70 David Michael Letterman is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, and actor. He hosts the late night television talk show Late Show with David Letterman, broadcast on CBS. ...more

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Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Bill Maher age 62 William "Bill" Maher, Jr. is an American political satirist, writer, producer, political commentator, television host, actor, media critic, and stand-up comedian. Before his role as ...more

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Jay Leno is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Jay Leno age 67 James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, voice actor and television host. Leno was the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to ...more

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Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Chris Rock age 53 Christopher Julius "Chris" Rock III is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came ...more

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Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Bill Cosby age 80 William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist. Cosby's start in stand-up began at the hungry i in San Francisco which was followed by ...more

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Kirstie Alley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Kirstie Alley age 67 Kirstie Louise Alley is an American actress and comedian known for her role in the TV series Cheers, in which she played Rebecca Howe from 1987 to 1993, winning an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe ...more

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Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Chelsea Handler age 43 Chelsea Handler has become one of entertainment’s most sought-after and versatile rising stars. In July 2007, Handler broke into the world of late night talk shows with her E! series, Chelsea ...more

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Kathy Griffin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Kathy Griffin age 57 Kathleen Mary "Kathy" Griffin is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she moved to Los Angeles in 1978, where she studied ...more

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Bill Murray age 67 William James "Bill" Murray is an American actor and comedian. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live for which he earned an Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy ...more

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Amy Poehler age 46 Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer. She was raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved ...more

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Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Conan O'Brien age 54 Conan Christopher O'Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, musician, and voice actor. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows through Conan, which ...more

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Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Bob Hope Died at 100 (1903-2003) 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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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Betty White age 96 Betty White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress, comedienne, author, producer, radio host, singer, and television personality. In 2013, the Guinness World Records ...more

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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Ben Stiller age 52 Benjamin Edward Meara "Ben" Stiller is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. After beginning his ...more

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Dustin Diamond is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Dustin Diamond age 41 Dustin Neil Diamond is an American actor, musician, director, and stand-up comedian best known for his role as Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television shows Saved by the Bell, Good ...more

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Aubrey Plaza is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Aubrey Plaza age 33 Aubrey Christina Plaza is an American actress and comedian known for her deadpan style. She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation. After appearing in key supporting roles in several ...more

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Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Louis C.K. age 50 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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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Lucille Ball Died at 78 (1911-1989) Lucille Désirée Ball was an American actress, comedian, model, and film studio executive. She was the star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, ...more

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Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Jamie Foxx age 50 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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George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
George Carlin Died at 71 (1937-2008) George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American comedian, social critic, actor, and author. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, ...more

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Andy Dick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Andy Dick age 52 Andrew Roane "Andy" Dick is an American comedian, actor, musician and television/film producer. He is best known as a comic but is also known for his eccentric and controversial ...more

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Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Kristen Wiig age 44 Kristen Carroll Wiig is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer, well known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, and such films as Knocked Up, Walk Hard: ...more

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Debra Messing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Debra Messing age 49 Debra Lynn Messing is an American actress. She is known for her television roles in Will & Grace, The Starter Wife, Smash and The Mysteries of Laura. Following her graduation from New York ...more

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Julia Louis-Dreyfus age 57 Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, comedian, and producer. She is known for her television work on Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep, which she ...more

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Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Billy Crystal age 67 William Edward "Billy" Crystal is an American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, comedian, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on ...more

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Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Drew Carey age 59 Drew Allison Carey is an American actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, Carey eventually ...more

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Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Kelsey Grammer age 63 Allen Kelsey Grammer is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, producer, director, writer, singer and activist. Grammer is known for his two-decade portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane ...more

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Larry the Cable Guy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Larry the Cable Guy age 55 Daniel Lawrence "Larry" Whitney best known by his stage name and character Larry the Cable Guy, is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, and former radio personality. ...more

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Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Jack Black Jack Black is a an actor, comedian and musician.

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Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Jimmy Fallon age 43 James Thomas "Jimmy" Fallon is an American television host, comedian, actor, singer, writer, and producer. He currently hosts The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a late-night talk ...more

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Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Dan Aykroyd age 65 Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd, CM is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter and singer. He was an original "Not Ready For Prime Time Player" on Saturday Night Live, an ...more

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Dane Cook is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Dane Cook age 46 Dane Jeffrey Cook is an American stand-up comedian and film actor. He has released five comedy albums: Harmful If Swallowed; Retaliation; Vicious Circle; Rough Around The Edges: Live From ...more

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Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Mary Tyler Moore age 81 Mary Tyler Moore is an American actress, primarily known for her roles in television sitcoms. Moore is best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she starred as Mary Richards, a ...more

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Margaret Cho is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Margaret Cho age 49 Margaret Moran Cho is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and ...more

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Jeff Foxworthy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Jeff Foxworthy age 59 Jeffrey Marshall Foxworthy is an American stand-up comedian, actor, television and radio personality, author, and voice artist. He is a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, a comedy troupe ...more

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Martin Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Martin Lawrence age 52 Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He came to fame during the 1990s, establishing a Hollywood career as a leading actor, most notably in the films House ...more

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Lenny Bruce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Lenny Bruce Died at 41 (1925-1966) Leonard Alfred Schneider, better known by his stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American stand-up comedian, social critic and satirist. He was renowned for his open, free-style and critical form of ...more

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John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
John Belushi Died at 33 (1949-1982) John Adam Belushi was an American comedian, actor, and musician. He is best known for his "intense energy and raucous attitude" which he displayed as one of the original cast members ...more

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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Craig Ferguson age 55 Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist. He was the host of The Late Late Show with Craig ...more

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David Spade is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
David Spade age 53 David Wayne Spade is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, musician, and television personality. He rose to fame in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, then began a ...more

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Danny Cooksey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
Danny Cooksey age 42 Danny Cooksey is an American actor and singer who has been in show business since he was very young and is best remembered for playing the roles of Sam McKinney on the last years of the TV show ...more