Top 10 Greatest Comedic ActorsSome people do drama, some excel at Shakespeare, some are most convincing when blowing things up 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.
Jim is such a legend. I can't put my finger on what makes him so good. So good! He does every comedy element so well, so it's hard to put your finger on it. Maybe it's the facial expressions or the slapstick. Whatever it is, I admire him for it.
I also think it's much the improvisation because he does improv so much, and to see the other actors' and actresses' reactions to something they're not prepared for is so funny. Just his stage and screen presence is legendary.
One thing is sure. You will have tears in your eyes after watching Jim Carrey's movies. If you are watching his comedy movies, you will have tears from laughing. And if you are watching his dramatic movies, you will definitely have tears from watching his acting. A great actor, great human being who achieved his dream after a great struggle. I don't want to see him getting older! He is the greatest comedian and a great actor.
No other actor can replace Jim Carrey. After the legendary Robin Williams, it's Jim Carrey for sure. The versatility, effortlessness, voice modulation, classic movies, performances, body language, charisma, energy, screen presence, everything! Whether he has some issues in his personal life or not, he's still a legend.
From Anchorman and Step Brothers to even the children's film Megamind, Will Ferrell is the comedy genius. Every movie he has played in, I have laughed my ass off. Even with a small role in Wedding Crashers, he was funny as hell. Step Brothers was an absolute favorite of mine, for the fact that it was just random and hilarious. Anchorman is basically the best comedy movie of all time. Get Hard was absolutely beautiful. Elf is the gold mine of all Christmas films. Megamind even had my stomach hurting from laughter. And with the constant screaming, Will Ferrell is honestly the best actor of all time.
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. Ferrell can kick Adam Sandler's ass any day.
Will Ferrell is like the Chuck Norris of comedies! He's never done anything that hasn't been just flat-out hilarious! Old School, Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory, Step Brothers, etc... and he has the best quotes of all time!
I disagree with him being number 12. He should be in the top 3 for sure.
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 too far or overdo them, he relies on dry humor alone without having to use gimmicks or anything else, and he's just hilarious!
I can't think of a movie where I was disappointed with his performance. Even arguably the worst movie of his career (Garfield) has a hilarious backstory as to why he took the role.
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.
He's got great movies that make you smile and plenty of them, and he just generally makes me smile and laugh in a legit way, not make me feel uncomfortable while watching him.
I love Adam Sandler. I think his movies are better than Jim Carrey's and Ben Stiller's. I know most are a little slapstick, but they make me laugh and always make my day.
Watch him on the TV 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.
His films equal instant joy. Period. His passing was a disgrace not just for the filmmaking industry/world but for the human race. Something really special was forever lost in 2014. It showed us that even the most noble and brilliant lights of this world can be shut down because of mental illness. People may forget, but I don't. RIP legend.
He's on another level compared to anyone I've ever seen in the way he seems to free roam his comedy on live TV and takes the show. His energy is so high, people struggle to keep up with him. Such a lovable guy as well. He is very unique and is the funniest actor of all time.
When it comes to being fun and looking casual doing it, there is no better man than Steve Carell. He has brought so much to the comedy industry, and his movies have been absolutely hilarious.
He always adds a very subtle and moving seriousness to incredibly virtuoso playful comic acting. A very legitimate member of this list of giants.
Unlike most of today's comedic actors (*cough* Seth Rogan *cough*), Steve Carell knows it isn't funny to say the word "f**k" every other time.
He is a very good "straight man". He is good when other actors play off of him.
He's a great comic! Big cheers for him!
Hands down, Ben Stiller is the best.
I can't believe he has not been already mentioned. He was a real genius. He directed, acted, wrote the scripts, wrote the music, and more for most of his films. Movies like 'Modern Times', 'City Lights', 'The Gold Rush', 'The Great Dictator' (not many dared to make fun of Hitler at the time) and many more are timeless classics, influential to most comedies that came after. One of the first to become independent in Hollywood, a great humanitarian and socialist, and he is certainly one of the most recognisable icons of the 20th century all around the world.
Charlie Chaplin is the first, the last, the everything when it comes to modern comedy!
He is the most comic actor I have seen. He not only made us laugh but also cry.
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.
He has the best facial expression for comedy. Nobody in this list can do comedy (without uttering a word) as he did in Mr. Bean. British humor at its best.
I think Rowan Atkinson is the best comedy actor in the world. He has the ability to give pleasure to all kinds of people.
This man, along with the other Monty Pythons, are the only comedians that will be remembered in 50+ years' time. Cleese's effort to desensitize the public with 'black humor' and self-critique is by far and away the most revolutionary facet we will see in years.
John Cleese never fails to make me laugh, especially in Fawlty Towers and Monty Python! Great actor.
Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler suck now, this guy was amazing from the start.
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 a great actor. Longevity should count for something.
Just watch Airplane! and The Naked Gun, and you'll see what I mean.
Why is Chevy Chase so low on the list? Most comedic actors are lucky if they have one film that stands out, but Chase has at least five 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 from his comedic talent. The second reason is that after the 90s, 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 original 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 films.
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 a singular genius. Unparalleled. Adam Sandler?! Come on...
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 Carrey is not fit to be mentioned in the same breath!
The Pink Panther, Dr. Strangelove, The Mouse That Roared, The Ladykillers, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Heavens Above. Please note that he was a fine actor who could take on different roles with perfect accents and not just play himself.
Austin Powers, Wayne's World. Has the world forgotten this great comedic genius?!?!
Austin Powers wasn't a hippie, he was a Mod/swinger. Big difference.
The Love Guru is great, and so is he!
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 soon. 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.
So much energy and hilarious. Love his movies.
He is hilarious in everything he does!
I always have a laugh with Kevin. I couldn't stop laughing in Jumanji: The Next Level.
This guy is HILARIOUS. In lots of funny movies, maybe a little crude, but very funny.
This guy needs to be number 2.
His performance as Deadpool was stunning and funny as hell. He has to be on the list!
Deadpool and The Adam Project are so hilarious.
He should be number one!
This guy is the best in Brutal Legend, hands down.
Shame he went so young. He showed real talent.
His rants are second to none. I will see any movie with him in it. Plus, he loves the Fighting Irish!
Deserves to be in the top 5.
Probably has the funniest role in How I Met Your Mother, in my opinion.