The Funniest People of All Time

The funniest people of all time are a mix of actors, comedians, and even a few people who probably didn’t start off trying to be . Included in this list of people vying for the title of funniest person ever are the funniest stand-up comedians of all time and the funniest actors and actresses ever. One thing’s for sure: these funny actors and comedians are at the top of their ha ha games and could make most people laugh ’til they pee.

The funniest people ever include actors like Will Ferrell and John Belushi, comedians-turned-actors like Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy, and general funny people like George Carlin and John Cleese. While ranking a funny person is completely subjective, the folks on this list of funny people are undeniably hilarious. The real question is: who is the funniest person ever?

Robin Williams

Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance. After rising to fame as Mork in the sitcom Mork & Mindy, Williams went on to establish a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He was known for his improvisational skills. Aft…more on WikipediaCredits: Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, JumanjiAge: Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of AmericaProfession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice actingSchools: College of Marin, Detroit Country Day School, Redwood High School +more

Will Ferrell

John William “Will” Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. Ferrell first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, and has subsequently starred in comedy films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. He is considered a member of the …more on WikipediaCredits: Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesAge: age 50Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States of AmericaProfession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer +moreSchools: Turtle Rock Elementary School, University High School, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

Bill Murray

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 films, including Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, What About Bob?, and Groundhog Day. Murray garnered additional critical acclaim later in his career, starring in Lost in Translation, which earned him a Gol…more on WikipediaCredits: Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in TranslationAge: age 67Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States of AmericaProfession: Businessperson, Comedian, Television producer +moreSchools: Loyola Academy, Regis University

Eddie Murphy

Edward Regan “Eddie” Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and director. Box-office takes from Murphy’s films make him the 4th-highest grossing actor in the United States. He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984 and has worked as a stand-up comedian. He was ranked no. 10 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. He has receiv…more on WikipediaCredits: Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, Coming to AmericaAge: age 57Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaProfession: Television producer, Musician, Film Producer +moreSchools: Roosevelt High School, Nassau Community College

Jim Carrey

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 energetic slapstick performances, he has been described as one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood. Carrey first gained recognition in 1990 after landing a recurring role in the sketch comedy In Living Color. His fir…more on WikipediaCredits: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveAge: age 56Birthplace: Newmarket, CanadaProfession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter +moreSchools: Agincourt Collegiate Institute, Blessed Trinity Catholic School, Aldershot School

George Carlin

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, religion, and various taboo subjects. Carlin and his “Seven dirty words” comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a 5–4 decision affirmed the gover…more on WikipediaCredits: Dogma, Cars, Bill & Ted’s Excellent AdventureAge: Dec. at 71 (1937-2008)Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New YorkProfession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer +moreSchools: Cardinal Hayes High School

Steve Martin

Stephen Glenn “Steve” Martin is an American comedian, actor, musician, writer, and producer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. Since the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, Ma…more on WikipediaCredits: The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos!, BowfingerAge: age 72Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States of AmericaProfession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician +moreSchools: Ralston Intermediate, Garden Grove High School, Santa Ana College +more

Richard Pryor

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American comedian, actor, film director, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful vulgarities and profanity, as well as racial epithets. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style. He is widely regarde…more on WikipediaCredits: Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, Blazing SaddlesAge: Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of AmericaProfession: Master of Ceremonies, Comedian, Television producer +more

Steve Carell

Steven John “Steve” Carell is an American actor, comedian, director, producer and writer. After a five-year stint on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Carell found greater fame for playing Michael Scott on the American version of The Office. He has also starred in lead roles in the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Get Smart, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Way, Way Back, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. …more on WikipediaCredits: The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Despicable Me +moreAge: age 55Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States of AmericaProfession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer +moreSchools: Middlesex School, The Fenn School, Denison University

Chris Farley

Christopher Crosby “Chris” Farley was an American comedian and actor. Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style, and was a member of Chicago’s Second City Theatre and cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live between 1990 and 1995. Farley and Chris Rock were introduced as two of the show’s new cast members in early 1990. In late 1997, Farley died as a result of a d…more on WikipediaCredits: Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, Black SheepAge: Dec. at 33 (1964-1997)Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of AmericaProfession: Stunt Performer, Comedian, ActorSchools: Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart, Marquette UniversityMajor/Field Of Study: Communication, Theatre

Leslie Nielsen

Leslie William Nielsen, OC was a Canadian-American actor and comedian. He appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters. Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and later worked as a disc jockey before receiving a scholarship to study theatre at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Making his acting deb…more on WikipediaCredits: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final InsultAge: Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)Birthplace: Regina, CanadaProfession: Comedian, Film Producer, ActorSchools: Neighborhood Playhouse, Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts

Mel Brooks

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 parodies. He began his career as a comic and a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. He became well known as part of the comedy duo with Carl Reiner, The 2000 Year Old Man. In middle age he became …more on WikipediaCredits: The Producers, Spaceballs, Blazing SaddlesAge: age 91Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaProfession: Television producer, Theatrical producer, Film Producer +moreSchools: Virginia Military Institute, Abraham Lincoln High School

John Belushi

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 of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, in his role in the film Animal House and in his recordings and performances as one of The Blues Brothers. During his career he had a close personal and artistic partn…more on WikipediaCredits: The Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live, Animal HouseAge: Dec. at 33 (1949-1982)Birthplace: Humboldt Park, Chicago, IllinoisProfession: Comedian, Musician, ScreenwriterSchools: College of DuPage, Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

John Candy

John Franklin Candy was a Canadian actor and comedian. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of The Second City and its related Second City Television series and through his appearances in such comedy films as Stripes, Splash, Cool Runnings, Summer Rental, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs, and Uncle Buck. One of his most renowned onscreen performances was as Del Griffith, the loquacio…more on WikipediaCredits: SCTV, Spaceballs, Planes +moreAge: Dec. at 44 (1950-1994)Birthplace: Newmarket, CanadaProfession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter +moreSchools: Neil McNeil High School, Centennial College, McMaster University

Chris Rock

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 to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film roles, and a series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO. He was voted the fifth-greatest stand-up com…more on WikipediaCredits: Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker, Madagascar, Head of StateAge: age 53Birthplace: Andrews, South Carolina, United States of AmericaProfession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer +moreSchools: James Madison High School, Stuyvesant High School