Greatest Comedic ActorsSome people do drama, some excel at Shakespeare, some are most convincing when blowing things in in action movies, and some actors are at their best making people laugh. This list is for the men and women who do the very best at acting in comedy movies.
The Top Ten
The best physical comedian in the world. He also can act! He has the greatest comic timing of anyone. I have seen his movies millions of times and I still end up crying so hard I cry. LIAR LIAR THE MASK ACE VENTURA YES MAN SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS. He the GREATEST.
No one in the world makes me laugh as hard as Jim Carrey. None of his movies are disappointing. Dumb and Dumber tops the list. My number 2 comedic actor is a tie of Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell.
A funniest guy I must say he should be number one in spite of Ben Stiller, I do admire Ben Stiller as well but I think Jim has a lot of credit to his acting making funny faces along with words it makes one crazy laughing so much to the scenes. Liar Liar movie should be the example.
No one can be as wild, over the top, while still getting you to laugh your ass off.V 35 Comments
He's so damn talented! He can say the stupidest things with a straight face and make it look hilarious! All his characters are original and awesome. Ferrel can kick Adam Sandler's ass any day.
Will Ferrell is like the Chuck Norris of comedies! he's never done anything that hasnt been just flat out hilarious! Old School, Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory, Step Brothers, etc... and he has the best quotes of all time! - hornbugdx
Step brothers, anchorman the co creator of funny of die this guy is darn right hilarious and the comedian actor of all time remember snl and his GWB impressions hilarious
I love will Ferrell movies, he the best of the best, a great support for him from Jordan.Hilarious one.V 13 Comments
Watch him on the T.V. show - Inside the Actors Studio. One of the funniest ad-lib routines ever recorded. He was probably one of the funniest human beings ever. The other one is not even in the top 50 (and maybe not at all - at least I did not see him), and he puts everyone else on this list to shame (except maybe for Robin Williams) is Groucho Marx. Steve Carell should not even be on this list. He is probably the most UN-FUNNY human alive. I literally cringe whenever I see him, because I cannot get rid of him fast enough.
From the Genie in Aladdin to the penguins(assorted) in Happy Feet to Good Morning Vietnam and Patch Adams. Robins my idol. - connorchaos
Hilarious comedian, and he's also really good at serious roles too - kyll
The funniest man on earth! Will love him forever!V 5 Comments
He has more comedic range than the other guys on the list (except Steve Martin) or those who should be on this list (like Robin Williams). He can play the side-splittingly funny moron (Caddyshack, What About Bob) or the class-clown (Stripes, Ghostbusters). He can be hilariously unlikable (Groundhog Day), and can totally inhabit other personas (Where the Buffalo Roam). He was great on SNL, doing signature characters and also filling in the blanks in skits. You watch Bill Murray, and you see comedy gold.
Bill Murray IS the best comedic actor ever. He doesn't take things to far or overdue them, he relies on dry humor alone without having to use gimmicks or anything else, and he's just hilarious!
He is Bill Murray. Enough said. I doesn't even try to be the best, he's too lazy, but still always on the top.
Definitely a legend.V 2 Comments
He always adds a very subtle and moving seriousness to incredibly virtuoso playful comic acting. A very legitimate member of this list of giants.
He's smart, and he really shows his comedic style with good acting
Why in the eff is steve Carrell at number 6? And below Adam Sandler?!?!
The office and anchorman made this an easy decision he's hilariousV 5 Comments
He can contort his face as well as Jim Carrey, can handle slapstick as well as John Cleese, and knows how to deliver a funny line. He can make himself look scared, sly, haughty, or whatever the occasion demands. As a history buff, I love the Black Adder series.
How is Rowan Atkinson all the way down in 29 he is the best comedy actor of all time. The way he acts is so funny.
I think Rowan Atkinson is the best comedy actor in the world. He has ability to give pleasure to all kinds of people.
The most talented person I ever seen the iconic this man is just a legendV 11 Comments
No. He relies on gimmicks. I think anyone can make a joke in a stupid voice with potty humor to make teenagers laugh. I'm not saying I haven't had a chuckle or two from him, but I'm pretty sure I was drunk.
If will ferrell were on here it would be him but sandler is second there aren't many movies funnier than billy madison - Namerkp2
stand up comedian, sketch comedian, writer, actor, director... he's got it all - arsenal193
Adam Sandler is the best of the best. He should be number one!V 16 Comments
John Cleese never fails to make me laugh especially in Faulty Towers and Monty Python! Great actor.
The best hands down! love his acting as basilV 1 Comment
This guys is just sooooooo funny!!!! Can't think of a movie where he hasn't made me laugh.
He is a very good "straight man". He is good when other actors play off of him. - BeatlesFan1964
Hands down, Ben stiller is the best.
He's a great comic! Big cheers for him! - sdravensonV 2 Comments
He is an great actor and he can sing you know.( Dream Girl is amazing! )
I disagree with him being number 12. He should be in the top 3 for sure.
Voted for him because he's way 2 low on hereV 2 Comments
No-one holds a candle to Steve Martin, certainly not Jim Carrey. So many comedic actors go overboard past the point of being funny. Steve has genuine talent. He stays in character during comedic trysts. Back in a time when less was more.
Pioneer of classic comedy and transitioned to great actor. Longevity should count for something.
Austin Powers, Wayne's World. Has the world forgotten this great comedian genius?!?!
NOT Michael Myers.
This guy was Austin Powers, Wayne (Wayne's world), and even SHREK.
Austin powers wasn't a hippie, he was a Mod/swinger. Big difference.
Always funnyV 2 Comments
We forget charlie chaplin he was great if he appeared in movies now he would be 1
Charlie is number 1. However he's dead. So I downgrade him for that.
Charlie Chaplin is the first, the last, the everything when it comes to modern Comedy!
Greatest of all time. He is the bestV 2 Comments
This guy's life was like a firecracker compared to a candle. The other comedians on here have led fairly long, bright lives, while his was a short, lively explosion that ended too shortly. He was able to make an entire audience laugh without even telling a joke; something not many people can do. I miss him and wish he was still around, but damn did he leave behind a legacy.
He is hilarious in everything he does!
I think that will has made so many funny films especially bad boys and bad boys 2 and should be higher than 17 also he is always going to be king of comedy for me
It can't get better than him. You what I'm saying if you see BAD BOYS, HITCH
He Will ALWAYS Be Known Has Will Smith From The Fresh Prince Of Bel-AIR - topbesttopworst
Super actionV 5 Comments
The Pink Panther, Dr Strangelove, The Mouse that Roared. The Ladykillers, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Heavens Above. Please miss that he ws a fine actor who could take on different roles with perfect accents and not just play himself.
Peter Sellers was, without any doubt, the greatest comedy actor ever. He was also a brilliantly versatile actor who could have played any role. To have him at number 38 in this list is an insult! Jim Carey is not fit to be mentioned in the same breath!
There is no comparison. Peter Sellers is the greatest of all time, save for maybe Charlie Chaplin. His performances in Dr. Strangelove alone are enough to top this list. Many of the people on here are very funny; even gifted. Sellers however possessed singular genius. Unparalleled. Adam Sandler?! Come on...
Number 1. He encompasses all the characterics of all the others on the list and even reflects that inner sadness of a clown.V 4 Comments
He's so cool and funny in how I met your mother series
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He can turn a simple role to a main roleV 6 Comments
Why is Chevy Chase so low? Most comedic actors are lucky if they have one film that stands out but Chase has at least 5 classic comedic films that will go down in history. He is underrated for a number of reasons: the first being that he is considered by many to be a jerk and while he shouldn't be a jerk that doesn't take away his comedic talent, reason number two is that after the 90's the quality of his films went down, however, from 1975-90 he was considered by many to be the definition of cool and was one of the most iconic comedic actors out there. Should those bad films destroy at least 15 years of quality entertainment? No! Should Chase be number 1? No! There are a few comedic actors who should be ahead of him. But he should definitely be in the top 10. He has had the most successful career of any of the origional snl cast members and one of the most successful post snl careers in the history of snl. Despite his faults he was a quality entertainer and I have always enjoyed his ...more
He's very talented but I can't see him as even in the running for all-time top ten consideration. There are many who are better, more versatile and have been more successful. - Billyv
Caddyshack, National Lampoons Vacation, come on guys he should be in the top 10!
He's usually the same guy when he does comedy. He is a great writer more than anything else. However, one of the funniest lines ever was written and delivered by Woody Allen: "I was nowhere NEAR Cleveland! "
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