Top 10 Funniest and Famous Australian Comedians

List of notable or famous comedians from Australia, with bios, videos and photos, including the top comedians born in Australia and even some popular comedians who immigrated to Australia. You will also find these funny Aussies in popular film actors from Australia and the best stand up comics of all time. These comedians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known comedian from Australia is included when available.

Top 10 Funniest  and Famous Australian Comedians

This list can help answer the questions: "Who are some Australian comedians of note?" and "Who are the most famous comedians from Australia?"

The Top 10 Funniest and Famous Australian Comedians at Glance:

  • Adam Hills
  • Jim Jefferies
  • Wil Anderson
  • Dave Hughes
  • Carl Barron
  • Tim Minchin
  • Chris Lilley
  • Anh Do
  • Peter Helliar
  • Tom Gleeson

1. Adam Hills

Adam Hills

Born: 10 July 1970
Medium: Television, radio
Years active: 1989–present
Genres: Social satire, observational comedy

Hills first appearance in comedy scene was in 1989 at the Sydney Comedy Store. He did breakfast radio on SAFM in Adelaide besides stand-up gigs, and by the mid-1990s he decided to focus on live comedy. In 1997 he premiered "Stand Up and Deliver", the first of 10 solo shows, all of which have toured internationally. He has travelled widely, performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Montreal Just For Laughs festival. He has been nominated for three consecutive Edinburgh Comedy Awards for his 2001, 2002 and 2003 solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.

2. Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies

Born: 14 February 1977
Medium: Stand-up, television, film
Genres: Satire, observational comedy, black comedy
Instagram: jimjefferies

Jefferies initially took the stage name "Jim Jeffries" but amended the last name to "Jefferies" to avoid confusion with a similarly-named American performer. He initially began stand-up with short-form jokes. He moved to anecdotal humour when he began doing hour-long sets. Jefferies first achieved international attention in 2007, when he was attacked onstage while performing at the Manchester Comedy Store. Footage of the incident was incorporated into his act and can be seen on his 2008 DVD, Contraband. He became famous in the United States in 2009, after his debut HBO special, I Swear to God.

Jefferies has performed at numerous festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Just for Laughs Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals and the Glastonbury Festival. Jefferies has also performed routines on The World Stands Up, Comedy Blue and Edinburgh and Beyond for Comedy Central.

3. Wil Anderson

Wil Anderson

Born: 31 January 1974
Occupation: Comedian, writer, radio and television presenter, podcaster
Years active: 1994−present

While Anderson's television and radio career has made him a highly recognized figure in Australia, standup comedy remains his foremost discipline. Anderson started his career in newspaper journalism before venturing into standup comedy. In his early career, Anderson made numerous appearances on Good News Week, on both the original and revamped versions. On 19 June 1996, Anderson appeared as the guest comedian on the RMITV Show Under Melbourne Tonight, and appeared with RMITV again on the Under Melbourne Tonight spin-off What's Goin' On There? on 3 June 1998.

4. Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes

Born: 26 November 1970
Occupation: Comedian, television and radio presenter
Years active: 1992−present

After leaving university, it was seven years before Hughes found work as a stand-up comedian and he did a variety of jobs including working at an abattoir, as a bricklayer's labourer and a shop assistant.

After dreaming about being a comedian since he was a youngster, his first comedy gig came at age 22 when he was living in Perth doing labouring jobs and he decided, "I'm going to have a crack". Appearing onstage he acknowledges that he was "just horrible" but after three attempts over six months he gained his confidence and went on to become a headline act.

He is a regular performer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Some of his shows have been released on CD (Dave Hughes: Whatever), and on DVD (Dave Hughes, Live, Dave Hughes - Handy and David Hughes - Pointless).

5. Carl Barron

Carl Barron

Born: 11 June 1964
Years active: 1993–present
Genres: Observational humour, word play
Net Worth‎: ‎$4 Million

Barron made his first television appearance on the NRL Footy Show on 17 April 1997. One of his perpetual jokes is that several people have mistaken him for people such as Australian musician Paul Kelly. He once stated "I reckon if Paul Kelly and Gandhi had a baby, I'd be it!". He has regularly sold-out shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Barron has been very successful in Australia with the DVD release of Carl Barron LIVE! going four times platinum, making it the most successful Australian comedy DVD in Australian history. He has appeared in Good News Week, Out of the Question, Thank God You're Here and several episodes of Rove.

6. Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin

Born: 7 October 1975
Years active: 2002–present
Genres: Musical comedy
Net worth: $6 million

Minchin has a background in theatre and has appeared in various stage productions, in addition to some small acting roles on Australian television. A documentary film about Minchin, Rock N Roll Nerd (directed by Rhian Skirving), was released theatrically in 2008 and broadcast by ABC1 in 2009. He is the composer and lyricist of the Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated show Matilda the Musical, based on the Roald Dahl book Matilda. His musical Groundhog Day, based on the 1993 film, opened in London in 2016, winning his second Olivier Award, and opened on Broadway in spring 2017.

In 2013, the University of Western Australia awarded Minchin an honorary Doctor of Letters degree for his contribution to the arts, recognising his outstanding achievements and worldwide acclaim as a composer, lyricist, actor, writer, and comedian. In 2015, he was awarded a second honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Minchin was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2020 Australia Day honours.

7. Chris Lilley

Chris Lilley

Born: 10 November 1974
Medium: Television
Years active: 2003–present
Genres: Mockumentary, sitcom, character comedy, sketch comedy

Christopher Daniel Lilley is an Australian comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and musician. He is known for his creation and portrayal of several characters in the mockumentary television series We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the Year (2005), Summer Heights High (2007), Angry Boys (2011), Ja'mie: Private School Girl (2013), Jonah from Tonga (2014), and Lunatics (2019). Lilley is a two-time winner of the Logie Award for Most Popular Actor.

8. Anh Do

Anh Do

Born: 2 June 1977
Occupation: Actor, Stand-up comedian, Author
Net worth: $5 Million

Anh Do is a Vietnamese-born Australian author, actor, comedian, and painter. He has appeared on Australian TV shows such as Thank God You're Here and Good News Week, and was runner-up on Dancing With The Stars in 2007. He studied a combined Business Law degree at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is the brother of film director Khoa Do and has acted in several of Khoa's films, including Footy Legends, which he co-wrote and produced. In 2012, his TV show Anh Does Vietnam began airing. He was three times a finalist in the Archibald Prize.

9. Peter Helliar

Peter Helliar

Born: 16 June 1975
Occupation: Comedian, actor, television and radio presenter, writer, producer, director
Years active: 1997−present

Helliar initially worked the Melbourne comedy circuit in the mid nineties, performing in various venues and the annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has performed in numerous television ads, most notably for Fernwood Fitness. Helliar, has been nominated for the Gold Logie, for the Most Popular Personality on Television in 2017.

10. Tom Gleeson

Tom Gleeson

Born: 2 June 1974
Occupation: Comedian, writer, television and radio presenter
Years active: 2000 – present
Net worth: $5 Million

Gleeson's first stage appearance was as the character "Malcolm" (for two years) dressed in a flannelette shirt, tracksuit pants and a wig. He later went on to perform at major comedy events including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Brisbane Comedy Festival. He also did a television appearance on The Comedy Channel's Comedy Slapdown.

In December 2007, Gleeson entertained Australian troops on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He wrote of this experience in his book Playing Poker with the SAS: A comedy tour of Iraq and Afghanistan, which was published in October 2008. Three of Gleeson's stand up shows have been nominated for the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer: Tom On! (2007), Up Himself (2011) and Quality (2014).


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