Top 10 Funniest and Famous Canadian Comedians

Her is a list of notable Canadian comedians, ranked by comedy fans. Many of these comic actors, stand-ups and humorists, originally from Canada, have found fame outside of their native land and are now international stars, while some have largely remained well-known to their fellow citizens. But all have proven themselves to be lasting performances making a considerable impact in the entertainment industry.

Top 10 Funniest and Famous Canadian Comedians

Several notable comedians and funny people who have gained prominence in Hollywood are originally from Canada.

The 10 Funniest and Famous Canadian Comedians at Glance:

  • Jim Carrey
  • Mike Myers
  • Norm Macdonald
  • Russell Peters
  • Howie Mandel
  • Martin Short
  • Tom Green
  • Rick Mercer
  • Catherine O'Hara
  • Seth Rogen

1. Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

  • Born: January 17, 1962
  • Years active: 1980–present
  • Medium: Stand-up, film, television
  • Genres: Observational comedy, physical comedy, surreal humor, character comedy, satire, slapstick
  • Net worth: $150 million
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Jim Carrey is known for his energetic slapstick performances. Carrey first gained recognition in America in 1990 after landing a recurring role in the sketch comedy television series In Living Color. His first leading roles in motion pictures came with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), The Mask (1994), Dumb and Dumber (1994), and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), as well portraying the Riddler in Batman Forever (1995), and the lead role in Liar Liar (1997). Born and raised in Canada, Carrey has been a naturalized American citizen since 2004, and has lived most of his life in the United States.

Price check on Vagiclean, aisle five. I repeat: price check on Vagiclean, aisle five. That's Vagiclean. We've got a customer down here with a full-on fallopian fungus. She's baking a loaf of bread and I think it's sourdough - Jim Carrey.

2. Mike Myers

Mike Myers

  • Born: 25 May 1963
  • Occupation: Actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, director
  • Years active: 1973–present
  • Net worth: $175 million
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Michael John Myers OC is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and director. He is known for his run as a performer on Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995, and for playing the title roles in the Wayne's World, Austin Powers, and Shrek film franchises. He made his directorial debut with the documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013). He has stepped away from acting since 2012, though he had supporting roles in Terminal and Bohemian Rhapsody (both 2018).

I think that Scottish people, like Canadians, are often misunderstood and what I like about my Scottish friends and relatives is how quickly it can go from love to anger. It's a great dynamic - Mike Myers.

3. Norm Macdonald

Norm Macdonald

  • Born: October 17, 1959
  • Years active: 1985–present
  • Medium: Stand-up, television, film
  • Genres: Black comedy, non sequitur, observational comedy, political satire, shaggy dog story
  • Net worth: $1.5 million
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Norman Gene Macdonald is a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He was a cast member for five seasons on Saturday Night Live, which included anchoring Weekend Update for three years. Early in his career, he wrote for the sitcom Roseanne and made appearances on shows including The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio. He starred in The Norm Show from 1999 to 2001. Paste named him #31 on their The 50 Best Stand-up Comics of All Time.

He has the disease of alcoholism. And he came to me... and he told me, and I'm the kind of guy that likes to look at the bright side of things. So I told him, I said, 'Richie, it's true that you have a disease and everything, but I think you got the best one.' - Norm Macdonald.

4. Russell Peters

Russell Peters

  • Born: September 29, 1970
  • Medium: Stand-up, television, film, radio, books
  • Years active: 1989–present
  • Genres: Satire, observational comedy, improvisational comedy, black comedy, insult comedy
  • Net worth: $75 million
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Russell Dominic Peters began performing in Toronto in 1989 and won a Gemini Award in 2008. In 2013, he was number three on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid comedians, and became the first comedian to get a Netflix stand-up special. He also won the Peabody Award and the International Emmy Award for Best Arts Programming for producing Hip-Hop Evolution (2016). He lives in Los Angeles.

Every group is racist. White folks will see a group of Indian people and they’re like, “Look at all those brown people, they’re probably all very happy together.” Then you get in that group and like, “Hey, you from India? I’m from India. What part? No, not that part. Go to hell you dirty bastard.” Russell Dominic Peters.

5. Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel

  • Born: November 29, 1955
  • Medium: Stand-up, television, film, books
  • Years active: 1978–present
  • Genres: Observational comedy, improvisational comedy
  • Net worth: $40 million
  • Instagram: howiemandel

Howard Michael Mandel hosted the CNBC (originally NBC) game show Deal or No Deal, as well as the show's daytime and Canadian-English counterparts. In 1987, Mandel starred alongside Amy Steel in the comedy film Walk Like a Man. From 1982 to 1988, Mandel played rowdy ER intern Dr. Wayne Fiscus on the NBC medical drama St. Elsewhere. He also created, voiced, and starred in the FOX's children's cartoon Bobby's World, and judges on NBC's America's Got Talent.

Regardless of what I do, whether I write a book or whether I act or whether I host, I'll always do stand-up comedy because those moments, that's what I crave. If I do something funny, and I hear a crowd laugh in that moment, we're all sharing the exact same experience and the exact same feeling. Howie Mandel.

6. Martin Short

Martin Short

  • Born: March 26, 1950
  • Medium: Stand-up, film, television, theatre
  • Years active: 1972–present
  • Genres: Improvisational comedy, surreal humour, musical comedy, physical comedy, sketch comedy, character comedy, satire
  • Net worth: $25 million

Martin Hayter Short OC is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, singer, and writer known for his work on the television programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He has starred in comedy films such as Three Amigos (1986), Innerspace (1987), Three Fugitives (1989), Father of the Bride (1991), Pure Luck (1991), Captain Ron (1992), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006). Short created the characters Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley.

What I learned, a little too late, was that the 'traditional' Martin Short target viewer weighs under 300 pounds. Unfortunately, I was on during daytime - Martin Short.

7. Tom Green

Tom Green

  • Born: July 30, 1971
  • Occupation: Comedian, actor, filmmaker, talk show host, rapper, musician
  • Years active: 1986–present
  • Net worth: $5 million dollars

Michael Thomas Green is known for his own unique brand of shock comedy, he found mainstream prominence via his MTV show aptly titled The Tom Green Show (1994–2000). Green is also known for his roles in the Hollywood films Road Trip (2000), Charlie's Angels (2000), Freddy Got Fingered (2001; directed by Green himself), Stealing Harvard (2002) and Shred (2008). He was briefly married to actress Drew Barrymore (2001–2002), who co-starred with him in Charlie's Angels and Freddy Got Fingered.

It bothers me when people say 'shock comic' or 'gross-out' because that was only one type of comedy I did. There was prank comedy. Man-on-the-street-reaction comedy. Visually surreal comedy. But you do something shocking, and that becomes your label - Tom Green.

8. Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer

  • Born: October 17, 1969
  • Net worth: $10 million
  • Instagramitsrickmercer
  • Net worth: $10 million

Richard Vincent "Rick" Mercer OC is a Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist and author. He is best known for his work on the CBC Television comedy shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Rick Mercer Report. He is the author of three books, based on content from the television shows.

On my job I end up jumping out of planes. Last week I got in an 18-wheeler and drove down a runway onto a skid track. The week before that they put me in a car and sunk me to the bottom of a lake to see if I could escape without an oxygen tank - Rick Mercer.

9. Catherine O'Hara

Catherine O'Hara

  • Born: March 4, 1954
  • Occupation: Actress, writer, comedian
  • Years active: 1974–present
  • Net worth: $10 million

Catherine Anne O'Hara is a Canadian-American actress, writer, and comedian. She first drew notice as an actress in 1974 as a member of The Second City improvisational comedy troupe in Toronto. She landed her first significant television role in 1975 starring opposite John Candy and Dan Aykroyd in the main cast of the Canadian sitcom Coming Up Rosie (1975–1978). The following year, she and Candy began work on the sketch comedy series Second City Television (1976–84), where she drew critical acclaim for both her work as a comedic actress and writer, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in 1981.

I'm pretty much a good Catholic girl at heart and I believe in family. I also have a basic belief that God takes care of me. I believe in prayer, even though I'm not that religious. I just have that foundation from my family. I mean when you think that you're just a human being and one of God's creatures, you can't take anything that seriously - Catherine O'Hara.

10. Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen

  • Born: April 15, 1982
  • Occupation: Actor, comedian, writer, producer, director
  • Years active: 1999–present
  • Net worth: $55 million
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Rogen made his first movie appearance in Donnie Darko with a minor role in 2001. Rogen was cast in a supporting role and credited as a co-producer in Apatow's directorial debut, The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Universal Pictures subsequently cast him as the lead in Apatow's films Knocked Up and Funny People. Rogen co-starred as Steve Wozniak in Universal's Steve Jobs biopic in 2015. In 2016, he developed the AMC television series Preacher with his writing partner Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin. He also serves as a writer, executive producer, and director, with Goldberg.

I first did standup at a lesbian bar. I didn't know it was a lesbian bar at the time, but the lesbians loved me. I was huge among the lesbians and am to this day. I'm thrilled with the lesbian support - Seth Rogen.


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