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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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  • 1
    Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    Marilyn Monroe

    Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Jenny McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceEvergreen Park, Illinois, United States of America

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    Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    Joan Rivers

    Dec. at 81 (1933-2014)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceMetairie, Louisiana, United States of America

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

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  • 6
    James Franco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplacePalo Alto, California, United States of America

    James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor and filmmaker. For his role in... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceJackson Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Howard Allan Stern is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    Jim Carrey

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

    James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

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  • 10
    David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American television host, comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    Bill Maher

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    William Maher (; born January 20, 1956) is an American comedian, political commentator, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Jay Leno is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    Jay Leno

    Age: 70

    BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York, United States of America

    James Douglas Muir Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an American comedian, actor, writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    Chris Rock

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceAndrews, South Carolina, United States of America

    Christopher Julius Rock (born February 7, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    Bill Cosby

    Age: 83

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    William Henry Cosby Jr. (; born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Kirstie Alley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, USA

    Kirstie Louise Alley (born January 12, 1951) is an American actress and spokesmodel. She first... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceLivingston, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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  • 17
    Kathy Griffin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

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

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  • 18
    Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, United States of America

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

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    Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

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  • 20
    Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA

    Conan Christopher O'Brien (born April 18, 1963) is an American television host, comedian,... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    Bob Hope

    Dec. at 100 (1903-2003)

    BirthplaceEltham, London, United Kingdom

    Leslie Townes Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), known professionally as... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Betty White is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

    Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

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  • 24
    Dustin Diamond is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, USA

    Dustin Neil Diamond (born January 7, 1977) is an American actor, musician, director, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Aubrey Plaza is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Comedians from the United States

    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware, United States of America

    Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress, comedian and producer. She... more on Wikipedia

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