Read online full biographies of some of the best stand up comedians ever, like George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock or Eddie Izzard and many more. They walk on the stage and they make us laugh, but behind every comedian there is always an interesting man with a different story. We have followed each one's life, step by step, starting from their childhood, continuing with their debut in stand up and went until their latest stand up comedy show. Enjoy some fabulous stories!
Brett Butler is an American actress and stand up comedian best known for her role as Grace Kelly in the hit comedy Grace Under Fire. The early years were not gentle with her, but with her talent and passion for comedy, she became a very popular and appreciated stand up comedienne.
Arj Barker is an American stand up comedian and actor most known for his stand up comedy shows and film appearances like the HBO sitcom Flight of the Conchords. He enjoys a great success in Australia were he currently lives.
Ahmed Ahmed is an Egyptian American actor and comedian mostly known for his appearances in Axis of Evil Comedy Tour and Just Like Us comedy documentary. The stand up comedian also can be recognized from movies like City of Life, Iron Man, Roseanne and more.
John Bishop is a British stand up comedian, actor and radio person. He is best known for his appearance in the teen drama Skin, broadcasted on E4 and his radio show Bishop's Sunday Service at the Liverpool radio station Radio City 96.7.
"Professor" Irwin Corey is one of the most brilliant stand-up comedians of all time, an American comic, film actor and left-wing political activist. He introduced his unscripted, improvisational style of stand-up comedy at Enrico Banducci's San Francisco club the hungry i.
Billy Crystal is an American stand-up comedian, actor writer, producer and film director. He gained fame in the 1970’s for playing Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap. The comic actor has hosted the Academy Awards eight times and received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2007.
Ray Combs was an American stand-up comedian and occasional actor, best remembered as the host of the game show Family Feud (from 1988 to 1994) and for the game show "Family Challenge".
Kate Clinton is an American comedian well known for her political commentary from a gay/lesbian point of view. The stand-up comedian has made numerous appearances on television, and has served as grand marshal of gay pride parades. She had been working as a part-time commentator on CNN when the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan began.
Blake Clark is an American actor, stand-up comedian, voice artist and veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as a Captain with the 101st Airborne Division.
Tommy Chong is an Irish-Chinese-Canadian stand-up comedian, actor, activist and musician best known as the taller half of the comedy team Cheech & Chong, with Cheech Marin and for his stereotypical portrayals of hippie-era stoners.
Margaret Cho is a Korean-American stand-up comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and recording artist. The stand-up comedian is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social, political, racial and sexual problems. The stand-up comedian is also famous for her tattoos, for her appearances in music video and for her own clothing line.
Cedric Kyles known professionally by his stage name Cedric the Entertainer, is an American actor and stand-up comedian famous in comedy and for his trade mark stylish hats. The stand-up comedian is best known for his crowd-pleasing roles in the recent hit films Barbershop with Ice Cube, Be Cool with John Travolta, Magagascar (animated feature), Intolerable Cruelty with George Clooney, and The Original Kings of Comedy, MTV’S documentary feature directed by Spike Lee.
Dana Carvey is an American actor and stand-up comedian, best known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for playing the role of Garth in the Wayne's World movies.
Darren Carter is an American actor and stand-up comedian known for his performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comics Unleashed, Premium Blend on Comedy Central, and as a supporting character in the 2005 feature film Be Cool with John Travolta. Today the stand-up comedian is best known as the Rooster, a title he earned for his bright red hair and comic style.
Drew Allison Carey is an American actor, stand-up comedian, photographer, sports executive and game show host, known for his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show and for his trademark "Buddy Holly" style glasses.
Adam Carolla (born May 27, 1964) is an Italian-American stand-up comedian, radio personality, television host, and actor. He currently hosts The Adam Carolla Show, a talk show distributed as a podcast on the ACE Broadcasting Network. The stand-up comedian Carolla is also known as being the co-host of the radio show Loveline from 1995 to 2005.
Steve Carell is an American comedian, actor, voice artist, producer, writer, and director, known for being the funniest stand-up comedian on the cover of Life Magazine. The stand-up comedian received the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy and has received three Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Michael Scott, the pompous and deluded boss in NBC's hit comedy series "The Office."
Godfrey MacArthur Cambridge was a stand-up comedian and actor, acclaimed by Time magazine in 1965 as "one of the country's four most celebrated Negro comedians." He was an African American actor and comedian, one of the most unique comics of the early 1970’s.
Born in January 19, 1974, Franklin Caliendo is an American stand-up comedian and impressionist, best known for his work on the Fox Network television series MADtv. The stand-up comedian has been also the in-house prognosticator for Fox NFL Sunday. He is also well known for imitating John Madden perfectly.
Louis C.K. is an American stand-up comedian, Emmy-winning television and film writer, actor, producer, and director. He currently stars in the FX comedy series Louie, which he also writes, directs and edits.
Bo Burnham is an American comedian, singer, songwriter, musician, actor and Internet celebrity. Burnham writes comedic and satirical songs with a politically incorrect slant. He became famous after his YouTube videos took off, receiving more than 70 million views as of October 2010. The comedian finished #1 overall in voting in 2011's Comedy Central Stand-up Showdown.
Lenny Bruce was a Jewish-American comedian, social critic and satirist. He was convicted in 1964 for obscenity; the trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in New York state history.
Red Buttons was a red-haired American stand-up comedian, actor, songwriter, born in 1919, who won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for best supporting actor in 1958 for his portrayal of Airman Joe Kelly in Sayonara (1957).
George Burns is an American comedian who was popular for more than 70 years in stand-up comedy, vaudeville, radio, film, and television. He was especially known as part of a comedy team with his wife, Gracie Allen. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. The stand-up comedian is also known as Nattie (as he was known to his family).
Roseanne Barr is one of the American’s funniest stand-up comedian actress, writer, television producer and director and for sure is one of the most controversial of any American actress.
Born Milton Berlinger, the stand-up comedian and actor was the first major star of US television known as Uncle Miltie and Mr. Television to millions during TV's golden age. The stand-up comedian had two other nicknames:The Boy Wonder (as child star) and The Thief of Bad Gags. The stand-up comedian chose Milton Berle as his professional name when he was 16.
Born on Valentine’s Day 1894 in Chicago, Illinois, Benjamin Kubelsky (his real name), was an American actor for television, radio and film, stand-up comedian and vaudevillian known for his stage persona’s perpetual age, 39. The stand-up comedian, Jack Benny was among the most beloved American entertainers of the 20th century.
Richard Jay Belzer is an American stand-up comedian, author, and actor. He is perhaps best known for his long-running role as detective John Munch.
Maria Bamford is an American stand-up comedian, a unique and original voice in comedy. Maria Bamford is not a traditional stand-up comedian. Rather than telling one-liners or making observations, the female stand-up comedian creates short character pieces and performs multiple voices (all of them funny) at once. Her comedy goes to some dark places (family dysfunction, depression and anxiety) but it all comes out filtered through her sweet, odd persona.
Born in 3rd of June, 1929, Charles Hirsch Barris is a TV presenter, stand-up comedian, TV producer, author and songwriter. He is well known for different shows and games he presented, especially for The Gong Show (1976-1980) and Dating Show.
Jim Breuer is an American stand-up comedian, actor and radio host, most noted for his time as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He is also known for starring in the 1998 cult stoner comedy Half Baked, alongside Dave Chappelle.
Sandra Bernhard is an American comedian (or comedienne), singer, actress and author, first gaining attention in public in the late 1970s with a stand-up comedy routine in which Bernhard bitterly and often critiqued some political figures and celebrity culture. Sandra Bernhard made in top 100 greatest stand-ups of all times from Comedy Central, reaching number 97.
Louie Anderson is an American stand-up comedian and actor who created the cartoon series Life with Louie. He has also written three books and hosted, initially, the game show Family Feud, from 1999 until 2000.
Born in May 31, 1894, Fred Allen was an American radio comedian for nearly two decades who, as early as 1936, had a weekly radio audience of about 20 million. His pointed radio show (1932–1949) made him one of the most popular and forward-looking humorists in the so-called classic era of American radio.
Tim Allen is an American comedian, actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer, known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement. He is also known for his film roles in several popular movies, including the Toy Story series, The Santa Clause series, and Galaxy Quest.
Craig Anton is an American actor and comedian, most notable for being one of the original cast of comedians on TV in sketch comedy series MADtv. Anton is also known for his role in Lloyd Diffy in the Phil of the Future Disney Channel Original Series.
American stand-up comedian Tim Allen is also an actor, a voice-over artist and also an entertainer. Allen is best known for the role he had in the sitcom Home Improvement, but also for his roles in popular movies such as Toy Story (the series), The Santa Clause Series and, of course, Galaxy Quest.
English comedian and writer Andy Parsons was born in 1967. He regularly appears on Mock the Week. He has written and presented nine seasons of Parsons and Naylor’s Pull-Out Sections for BBC Radio 2 with Henry Naylor.
Glenn Wool was born in September 1974. He is a Canadian stand-up comedian now living in the United Kingdom. His material veers between sagely political and gleefully silly, discussing both the pop group Franz Ferdinand and the Pope's contribution to cryogenics programmes during his time onstage
After appearing in the cast of the short-lived The Richard Pryor Show on NBC, actor and comedian Robin Williams was cast by Garry Marshall as the alien Mork in the hit TV series Happy Days. Mork's appearance was so popular with viewers that it led to a spin-off hit television sitcom, Mork and Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982. Mork was an extremely popular character, featured on posters, coloring books, lunchboxes, and other products.