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TOP 10 CANADIAN COMEDIANS - Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, John Candy, Phil Hartman, Martin Short, Scott Thompson, Dan Aykroyd

Updated on December 17, 2012

Canadians are known for their great sense of humor.

Below is my personal Top 10 list of Funniest Canadian Comedians. It is of course subjective, and it was hard to leave out legends like classic greats such as Rich Little, Wayne and Shuster. It was also hard to omit up and comers like Seth Rogen. Others like Tom Green, Catherine O’Hara, and the members of the “This Hour has 22 Minutes” crew also almost made the cut.

How many of these Canadian comedians and stars make your list of funniest Canadians of all time?

Funny Canadian Mike Myers as "Dr. Evil"

Mike Myers was born in Toronto, Canada. A former cast member of 'Saturday Night Live", Myers has starred in films that include Shrek, Wayne's World and the Austin Powers series

Mike Myers in a "So I Married and Axe Murder" clip via YourTube

Jim Carrey

No list of funny Canadian comics and actors would be complete without Jim Carrey. Carrey was born in the town of Newmarket, Ontario and hit fame and fortune with Hollywood blockbusters including: The Mask, Ace Ventura, and Dumb and Dumber. He also was on the hit TV show "In Living Color"

Jim Carrey on growing up in Canada

The Late Great John Candy

John Candy was born in Newmarket, Ontario and was raised in Toronto. A star of Toronto's Secondy City comedy group, he appeared in hit movies like Uncle Buck, Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Candy passed away in 1994.

The Late Great Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman was a star of Saturday Night Live and TV's "News Radio".  He died in 1998 as a victim of domestic violence.

Phil Hartman as Ronald Reagan (on SNL)

Martin Short

Martin Short was born in Hamilton, Ontario.  He was a member of Toronto's Second City group, as well as Saturday Night Live.  His list of movies include Three Amigos and Father of the Bride.

Martin Short as Ed Grimley

Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson was born in North Bay, Ontario.   Thompson was part of the Kids In The Hall comedy troupe.

Scott as Buddy Cole

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd was born in Ottawa, Ontario. Aykroyd was a member of the original Saturday Night Live cast. His film credits include Blues Brothers, Driving Miss Daisy and Ghostbusters.

Conehead Movie Trailer

Lorne Michaels

Many funny Canadians got their big break on Saturday Night Live.  Lorne Michaels was one of the show's creators and producers.  He also produced Kids In The Hall.  Michaels was born in Toronto.

All About Lorne

Tommy Chong

Tommy Chong was born in Edmonton, Alberta. This funny Canadian is best known for his work with partner Cheech Marin in the the "Cheech and Chong" series of films

Time Magazine Interview with Tommy Chong

Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Neilsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. Neilsen comedic films include Airplane!, Naked Gun and Police Squad.

YouTube collection of Leslie Nielsen clips


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      6 years ago

      What about Collin Mocherie? Or Ryan Stiles? two of the funniest actors of all time. If you don't know who they are, here are their acheivments: Ryan Stiles: Herb Melnick in the NUmber One rated TV show, Two and a Half Men, Himself in both 'Who's Line is it Anyway's' and he also acted in The Drew Carey Show.

      Colin Mocherie: Himself in both 'Who's Line is it Anyway's', He is currently on tour with Brad Sherwood on an stand up, improv special, and he has made numerous movies that I haven't seen so I can't give my opinion on them. They both are also on Drew Carey's Improv-palooza

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      7 years ago from La Cala de Mijas, Spain

      Good Stuff.

      I would also give an honourable mention to : Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis, Joe Flarety, Catherine O'Hara, and Dave Thomas.

      I grew up watching SCTV. It put us on the map.

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      crispy schong 

      7 years ago

      norm macdonald is funnier than all these people

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      7 years ago

      You leave some funny comments in the community so today I decided to take a look at your hub. Hilarious!! Especially Jim Carrey's pic. Thanks for the laughs.

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      7 years ago

      Greek, fantastic hub, see we are funny, what do those Americans know eh?

      Thank you


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      7 years ago

      Great list and it includes three of my all time favourite comedians, Mike Myers, Dan Ackroyd and Leslie Nielsen :-).

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      8 years ago

      RIP Leslie Nielson; joining that great Canadian comedy club in the sky.

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      8 years ago

      Hi GO,

      I am from India and all these people are new to me.I have one common feeling for all the comedians in the world-they seem to have suffered a lot in their personal lives but still make others happy.That needs guts.I loved this report.Thanks:)

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      8 years ago from NE Ohio

      Hi, Greek One,

      I appreciated your entries in the "worst sentence ever" contest, so I hopped right over here.

      Enjoyed this hub. Learned stuff. If you ever do Funniest Canadian Skit, here's my nomination: Synchronized swimmers, by SCTV. "Hey, you. I know you."


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      Greek One 

      8 years ago

      hmmmm.. she is not listed as a regular on CBC's site.

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      Susan Keeping 

      8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Yes, those two are great. I couldn't watch This Hour has 22 Minutes if she left... She is still there isn't she? :)

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      Greek One 

      8 years ago

      He would be on my top 15 for sure.. as would be his former co-star Mary Walsh

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      Susan Keeping 

      8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario left out Rick Mercer. I think he is the funniest Canadian. On your list, probably Leslie Nielsen, but I loved Phil Hartman.


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