Funniest Male Stand-Up Comedians ( Part 1)
Eddie Murphy was born on April 3, 1961. He is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and singer. He rose to fame on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which he was a regular cast member from 1980 to 1984. Murphy has also worked as a stand-up comedian and was ranked No. 10 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
He has acted in several movies, some of which are 48 Hrs. (1982), the Beverly Hills Cop series (1984–present), Trading Places (1983), The Nutty Professor (1996), and Dolemite Is My Name (2019). He has also won numerous awards for his work on the fantasy comedy film Dr. Dolittle (1998) and its 2001 sequel.
He also has worked as a voice actor, including roles playing the Chinese dragon Mushu in Disney’s Mulan, Thurgood Stubbs in the sitcom The PJs, and Donkey in Shrek series. In some films he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character; this is intended as a tribute to one of his idols, Peter Sellers. In 2015, his films made him the sixth-highest grossing actor in the United States.
Norm Macdonald was born on October 17, 1959. He was a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, and actor known for his deadpan style.
Early in his career, he wrote for the sitcom Roseanne. In 1993, Macdonald was hired as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL), spending a total of five seasons on the show, which included anchoring the show’s Weekend Update segment for three and a half seasons, during which time he also made guest appearances on shows such as The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio. After leaving SNL, he wrote and starred in the 1998 film Dirty Work and headlined his own sitcom, The Norm Show, from 1999 to 2001.
In 2013, Macdonald started the video podcast chat show, Norm Macdonald Live, on which he interviewed comedians and other celebrities. In 2018, he released Norm Macdonald Has a Show, a Netflix talk show with a similar premise to his podcast. Throughout his career, he appeared in numerous movies and was a regular favorite comedian panelist of talk show hosts such as Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Dennis Miller, and Howard Stern, with many considering him to be the ultimate late night comedy guest.
Kevin Hart was born on July 6, 1979. He is an American stand-up comedian and actor. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2001 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared. The series lasted only one season, but he soon landed other roles in films such as Paper Soldiers (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003), Soul Plane (2004), In the Mix (2005), and Little Fockers (2010).
Hart’s comedic reputation continued to grow with the release of his first stand-up album I’m a Grown Little Man (2008), and performances in the films Think Like a Man (2012), Grudge Match (2013), Ride Along (2014) and its sequel Ride Along 2 (2016), About Last Night (2014), Get Hard (2015), Central Intelligence (2016), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), Night School (2018), and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019).
He also released four more comedy albums, Seriously Funny in 2010, Laugh at My Pain in 2011, Let Me Explain in 2013, and What Now? in 2016. In 2015, Time Magazine named Hart one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list. He starred as a fictionalized version of himself in the lead role of Real Husbands of Hollywood.
In 2017, Hart launched the Laugh Out Loud Network, a subscription video streaming service in partnership with Lionsgate.
Jerry Seinfeld is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is best known for playing a semi-fictionalized version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he created and wrote with Larry David. The show aired on NBC from 1989 until 1998, becoming one of the most acclaimed and popular American sitcoms of all time. As a stand-up comedian, Seinfeld specializes in observational comedy. In 2004, Comedy Central named him as the 12th-greatest stand-up comedian of all time.
Seinfeld produced, co-wrote, and starred in the 2007 film Bee Movie, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. In 2010, he premiered a reality series called The Marriage Ref, which aired for two seasons on NBC. Seinfeld is the creator and host of the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2012-2019). He is married to author and philanthropist Jessica Seinfeld, with whom he has three children. Seinfeld has received twenty Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his work on Seinfeld and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee as well as four Grammy Award nominations for his comedy albums.
Gabriel Iglesias (Fluffy)
Gabriel Iglesias, also known as Fluffy, is an American comedian and actor. He is known for his shows I’m Not Fat… I’m Fluffy and Hot & Fluffy. Iglesias was a contestant on the fourth season of reality TV series Last Comic Standing in 2006, surviving elimination to become one of the final eight comics. He was disqualified at that point for having used a smuggled BlackBerry to communicate with family and friends, which violated the rules of the show. In 2011, Comedy Central debuted Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution, a standup showcase series which Iglesias produced and hosted, running for three seasons before ending in 2014. He has continued to tour and do voice acting until July when he had to cancel his schedule because he contracted Covid-19.
Dave Chappelle is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including five Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards as well as the Mark Twain Prize. He is known for his satirical comedy sketch series, Chappelle’s Show, which ran from 2003 until he quit in the middle of production in the third season. He returned to performing stand-up comedy across the U.S. Chappelle has appeared in several films, including Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), The Nutty Professor (1996), Con Air (1997), You’ve Got Mail(1998), Blue Streak (1999), Undercover Brother (2002), and A Star Is Born (2018). His first lead role was in the 1998 comedy film Half Baked, which he co-wrote with Neal Brennan. In 2016, he signed a $20 million-per-release comedy-special deal with Netflix and, as of 2019, he has released five standup specials under the deal.
Chris Rock was born on February 7, 1965. He is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. After working as a stand-up comedian and appearing in supporting film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live during the early 1990’s. He went on to more prominent film appearances such as Down to Earth (2001), Head of State (2003), The Longest Yard (2005), the Madagascar film series (2005–2012), Grown Ups (2010), its sequel Grown Ups 2 (2013), Top Five (2014), and a series of acclaimed stand-up specials for HBO. He developed, wrote, and narrated the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris (2005–2009), which was based on his early life. He has won four Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards. He was voted the fifth-greatest stand-up comedian in a poll conducted by Comedy Central.
Adam Sandler is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He started his Hollywood career as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1995, before going on to star in many Hollywood films, which have combined to earn more than $2 billion at the box office. You may know him from Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, The Waterboy, The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Mr. Deeds, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, and of course, Dracula from the Hotel Transylvania franchise!
Ben Stiller was born on November 30, 1965. He is an American actor, comedian, producer, film director, and screenwriter. He is the son of the comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Throughout his career he has written, starred in, directed, or produced more than 50 films including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Zoolander, The Cable Guy, There’s Something About Mary, the Meet the Parents trilogy, DodgeBall, Tropic Thunder, the Madagascar series, and the Night at the Museum trilogy. He has also made numerous cameos in music videos, television shows, and films. His films have grossed more than $2.6 billion in Canada and the United States. Stiller is a member of a group of comedic actors colloquially known as the Frat Pack.
Kevin James, is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for his role as Doug Heffernan on the sitcom The King of Queens from 1998 to 2007, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, in 2006. He was also nominated for a 2017 Peoples Choice Award for another sitcom, Kevin Can Wait which ran from 2016 to 2018. He has also appeared in many movies, some of which are Hitch, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, Zookeeper, Here comes the Boom and Pixels.
Vince Vaughn is an American actor and filmmaker who began acting in the late 1980’s. His first big role was the 1996 comedy, Swingers. He has appeared in a number of comedy films such as Old School, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Wedding Crashers, The Break-Up, Fred Claus, and Four Christmases. He has also done dramatic roles such as Hacksaw Ridge, Brawl in Cell Block 99, and Dragged Across Concrete. Vince is part of the “Frat Pack” which is a group of comedians who usually co-star together.