Laughter is the best medicine and humor is considered to provide immense health benefits. The following is a list of the 10 funniest comedians. Some of them are also well-known actors who started off their career as stand up comedians. So, take some tissues and be prepared to laugh until you cry while learning about these comedians or seeing their video clips.
1. Achmed the Dead Terrorist (Jeff Dunham)
Jeff Dunham born in Dallas, Texas in 1962 has a great fan following of loyal fans. His style of comedy is not traditional stand-up but rather a unique show of characters that he has created. Some of his characters (puppets) include Walter, Peanuts, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Jose Jalapeno on a Stick and Bubba J. He is a great ventriloquist who can give the characters unique personalities.
2. Bill Cosby
Born in 1937, William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr. is an American actor, comedian, author, musician, activist and television producer. A great stand-up performer, he starred in the 1960s action show I Spy. He later starred in his own series, The Bill Cosby Show, in 1969.
3. Larry David
Born in 1947, Lawrence Gene “Larry” David is an American comedian, actor, film director and producer. He is also the producer and co-creator of two successful television comedies, Sein field and Curb your Enthusiasm.
4. Jeff Foxworthy
Born and raised in Georgia, Jeff Foxworthy was a multi faceted and multi-talented comedian who starred in the world famous movie “The Blue Collar Comedy Tour.” He is popularly known for his stand-up comedy and his “You might be a redneck if” jokes. He is also a great song writer, singer and author.
5. Bill Engvall
Born and raised in Galveston, Bill Engvall starred along side Jeff Foxworthy in the immensely famous “Blue Collar Comedy Tour.” He is not only a funny stand-up comic, but also a talented author, actor, song writer etc. He is popular for his “Here’s Your Sign” jokes.
6. Larry the Cable Guy
Git R Done!! Is the infamous catch phrase of Larry the Cable Guy. He is noted for his backward, hillbilly style of stand-up comedy. He co-starred with Bill Engvall and Jeff Foxworthy in the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour.” He was not only a hilarious comic but also the voice of Mater in the popular children’s movie “Cars”. He has also starred in other movies such as “Delta Farce”, “Witless Protection” and “Health Inspector.”
7. Ron “Tater Salad” White
A native Texan, Ron White rose to stardom because of the hit “Blue Collar Comedy Tour.” His stage presence—scotch drinking and cigar smoking –makes the timing of his jokes perfect. He called himself “tater salad” in a comic scene where he has to confront police after being drunk in public.
8. Kevin James
Popularly known for his role as Doug Heffernon on “The King of Queens”, James started out as a stand-up comic in Long Island. He is noted for popular films such as “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”
9. Adam Sandler
Born in Brooklyn in 1966, Adam Sandler started out as a stand up comedian but became popular as an actor. He is also known for his goofy songs such as “Lunch Lady” and “The Hanukkah Song.” Another notable movie of his is “Happy Gilmore”—where he made the dull game of golf fun!
10. Jim Carey
Carey is a gifted and a talented actor who brings humor to everything he does. Two of his best movies include “Me, Myself, and Irene” and “Liar Liar.” He is well known for is onstage humorous scenes.