1. Seth Rogen
One of the biggest funny men in Hollywood today, Seth Rogen has brought us comedy classics such as Superbad, Pineapple Express, and Knocked Up. He also helped produce the 2013 summer comedic hit “This is the End”, which featured a star-studded cast and a biblical apocalypse.
Although Seth Rogen is now a Hollywood big-shot, he still hasn’t forgotten his Vancouver roots, where he got his start in show businesses 15 years ago doing stand up comedy at the 1998 Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest.
2. Michael Cera
Michael Cera’s claim to fame is the cult comedy hit “Arrested Development”. His star power got increased significantly by his hilarious performance in the 2006 comedy, “Superbad”.
Since then, he has worked on a number of projects with his fellow Canadian transplant, Seth Rogan, including a hilarious cameo in “This is the End”.
3. Jim Carrey
Few comedians are better known or more prolific than Jim Carrey. From his hilariously wild performance in “The Mask” and the “Dumb and Dumber” series to the classic “Ace Ventura” franchise, Jim Carrey has made a significant impact on the direction of comedy in Hollywood.
A Newmarket, Ontario native, Carrey now has dual citizenship between Canada and the United States.
4. Will Arnett
Few people in the United States are aware of Will Arnet’s Canadian origins, but people in his hometown of Toronto certainly do. As the off-beat comic relief in Arrested Development and several guest appearances in shows like 30 Rock, King of the Hill, and even Sesame Street, Will Arnet is a comic powerhouse that is poised to grow his career in the coming years.
His performance in the recent reboot of the Netflix-produced Arrested Development ensured that his career is likely to skyrocket in the near future.
5. Martin Short
Martin Short was an iconic figure on the weekly sketch comedy institution known as Saturday Night Live.
After joining the cast in 1984, Martin was able to quickly use his success at SNL to propel his television and movie career, including television programs “The Martin Short Comedy Special” in 1986 and “I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood” in 1989.
6. Jay Baruchel
Jay Baruchel is still making a name for himself in Hollywood, but this Ottawa native has gotten critical acclaim for his supporting roles in comedies such as Tropic Thunder and Knocked Up.
More recently, he starred alongside his fellow Canadian Seth Rogan in the 2013 summer apocalyptic comedy This is the End.
7. Mike Meyers
Mike Meyers was a Hollywood comedy institution during the late 1990s and early 2000s. This Scarborough native, like several other high-profile comedians, got his start on Saturday Night Live.
From there, he starred in smash comedy hits such as the Wayne’s World franchise, the Austin Powers franchise, and the Shrek franchise.
8. Eugene Levy
Although Eugene Levy is from an older era, he is still widely regarded as one of the funniest men to grace the big screen with his awkward and dry sense of humor.
The Hamilton native is best known for his role as the father in the American Pie series, but has also received numerous academy awards and nominations.