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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
Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After spending much of her childhood ...more
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Jenny McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
age 46
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 model for Playboy magazine ...more
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Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States
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
age 52
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
age 61
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
age 40
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
age 65
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
age 53
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
age 53
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
age 71
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
age 63
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
age 68
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
age 54
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
age 81
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
age 64
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
age 40
Chelsea Handler has become one of entertainmentÂ’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
age 58
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
age 68
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
age 47
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
age 55
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
Dec. 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
age 97
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
age 53
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
age 38
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
age 34
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