They've been making us laugh for years, but do we even know their names? It's time Wonderwall.com gives credit to the guys who've had us ugly cry-laughing so hard it hurts… starting with stand-up comedian and actor Demetri Martin, who plays the title role in the dramatic comedy "Dean," which hit theaters in 2017. Whether fans recognize him from his TV specials like "Demetri Martin. Person" or "Demetri Martin. Live (At the Time)" or know him as the hilarious senior youth correspondent on "The Daily Show" from 2005 to 2008, this self-professed "nerd humorist" has been hitting us in the funny bone for a while now. Keep reading for more!
If Damon Wayans Jr.'s face looks strangely familiar, that's because this "New Girl" actor — and star of comedies like "How to Be Single" and "Let's Be Cops" — is also the son of iconic funnyman Damon Wayans of "In Living Color" fame. Damon Jr. is set to star on the upcoming TV movie "Singularity" and will return to "New Girl" as Coach on the final season of the FOX comedy.
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Ike Barinholtz is the king of ridiculous facial expressions and deadpan humor. Whether he's playing Morgan, the ditzy male nurse on "The Mindy Project," or a potential love interest alongside Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in "Sisters," the actor-writer has carved a permanent place for himself as one of the comedy greats of our time. His most recent film is the comedy "Snatched" co-starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn.
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Jo Koy is the Filipino-American comedian who's got everyone talking, but mostly, just laughing really hard. In his newest Netflix comedy special, "Live From Seattle," this former "Chelsea Lately" panelist jokes about growing up with a strict Filipino mom who believed the cure for all ailments came in a bottle of Vicks VapoRub. He's currently on tour in the U.S. and records a hilarious podcast, "The Koy Pond with Jo Koy," which gives fans a much needed weekly dose of laughter.
Clark Duke has consistently killed it on television shows like "The Office" and "Two and a Half Men" as well as on the big screen in films like "Hot Tub Time Machine" and its sequel, "Bad Moms" and the more recently released "Dog Years" alongside Burt Reynolds. Known for his unique style of comedy, which can be described as a mix between aloof and nerdy, Clark is destined to join the leagues of comedy legends like Steve Carell and Will Ferrell.
You might not have heard of Hasan Minhaj until he performed at the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner and delivered a presidential roast that left the audience in tears. In addition to taking on those hosting duties, this actor and comedic genius has appeared on "The Daily Show" as a senior political correspondent. He's currently filming the movie "Most Likely to Murder" and is set to appear in the comedy "Rough Night," which hits theaters on June 16, 2017.
Bobby Moynihan got his big TV break in 2008 when he was asked to join the legendary sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live." Since then, he's proven his comedic chops again and again (have you seen him play Anthony Crispino during the "Weekend Update" segment?!) on "SNL," on various TV shows and in movies, including the films "Ted 2," "Sisters" and "The Secret Life of Pets" and the upcoming films "The Book of Henry" and "The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature."
Randall Park is a Los Angeles-born Korean-American comedian, writer and actor who graduated from UCLA with a master's degree in Asian American Studies. His list of TV and film work is epic, spanning all the way back to 2003. He currently stars as hilarious dad Louis Huong on ABC's comedy "Fresh Off the Boat" and famously played President Kim in Seth Rogen and James Franco's controversial comedy "The Interview." Fans can catch him in theaters now in "Snatched" alongside Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn.
Adam Pally played bumbling gynecologist Peter Prentice on "The Mindy Project" before landing the lead role on "Making History" as Dan, a time-traveling facilities manager who continually messes up the past at every turn. In real life, the "Happy Endings" alum is an accomplished actor, writer and comedian who's starred in numerous movies and on various TV shows and is currently filming "Most Likely to Murder" alongside Rachel Bloom and Hasan Minhaj.
Lamorne Morris might be best known for playing basketball pro-turned-police officer Winston Bishop on FOX's "New Girl." But before landing the hilarious role in 2011, Lamorne hosted "BrainRush" on Cartoon Network. He's also appeared in "Barbershop: The Next Cut" and in Adam Sandler's Netflix movie "Sandy Wexler" and is currently filming the movie "Game Night," due in theaters in February 2018.
Once an active-duty marine then lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, Rob Riggle has enjoyed low-key fame on TV and on the big screen in recent years. He's done voice work on animated shows and appeared on "Saturday Night Live" from 2004 to 2005. He's also had memorable parts in comedies like "21 Jump Street," "Step Brothers," "The Hangover," "How to Be a Latin Lover" and more.
Fans of Spanish-language films will recognize Mexican comedian and film star Eugenio Derbez from his many movies including "El tamaño sí importa" and "Instructions Not Included." Not only is he known for making people laugh on-screen, but he's also a well-respected writer, director and producer. He most recently appeared in the April 2017 comedy "How to Be a Latin Lover" with Salma Hayek and is set to star opposite Anna Faris in the remake of the '80s comedy "Overboard," due in theaters in 2018.
Fans will recognize Charlie Day as one of the stars of the TV comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," but few may know that the series was based on a home video made by Charlie and his friends that was later pitched to networks. He's since enjoyed numerous roles in films such as "Horrible Bosses" and its sequel and recently starred alongside Ice Cube in the comedy "Fist Fight." Charlie will next appear on the big screen in "Pacific Rim: Uprising," due in theaters in February 2018.
Ron Funches has made fans laugh thanks to his work on episodes of "Drunk History" and on the comedy series "Powerless." He's also lent his vocal talents to the animated TV show "Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh" and the movie "Trolls." People might not know that he has a long history of comedy writing for series like "Kroll Show" and "The Eric Andre Show" too. He'll next voice a character on the new animated series "Highly Gifted" alongside Kesha and Drake Bell.
Bob Odenkirk currently stars on the "Breaking Bad" spin-off series "Better Call Saul," but once upon a time, he was a writer for "Saturday Night Live," where his comedic genius earned him an Emmy Award. After working as a writer and occasional actor on "The Dennis Miller Show," Bob took on more roles while continuing to write funny lines for others — something he still does to this day. He and comedy star David Cross also developed a cult following with their '90s HBO program "Mr. Show with Bob and David." Bob, who appeared on the 2014 season of TV's "Fargo," recently co-wrote and starred in the Netflix comedy-drama "Girlfriend's Day."
Michael Che is the laugh-inducing "Weekend Update" co-anchor alongside Colin Jost on "Saturday Night Live." Not only does he report on the more hilarious aspects of current news for the beloved segment, but Michael has also contributed as a writer on the rest of the show. Along with his work on "SNL," Michael has appeared on and written for the TV comedy "Detroiters" and starred on his own TV comedy special, "Michael Che Matters."
Rob Delaney is the laughtastic star of Amazon's breakout married-with-children comedy "Catastrophe." He also writes the all-too-realistic, cringe-inducing series with co-star Sharon Horgan. Before finding success on Amazon, Rob had numerous roles on shows like "Key and Peele," "Cougar Town" and "Burning Love." He and Sharon have already begun filming the much anticipated fourth season of "Catastrophe."
From 2009 to 2015, Danny Pudi was a regular on the comedy series "Community," but before that, he starred on "Gilmore Girls" and "Greek," proving his immense acting range. Aside from providing comedic relief, this talented star has also enjoyed roles in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Star Trek Beyond." He most recently starred as Teddy on the TV series "Powerless."
Before signing on to play naturopath Dr. Brendan Deslaurier on television's "The Mindy Project," Mark Duplass starred on numerous comedy series like "Togetherness" and "The League." His big-screen career is equally as robust thanks to parts in comedies like "Tammy" alongside Melissa McCarthy and "People Like Us." He's also a prolific writer and, along with his actor-filmmaker brother, Jay Duplass, has been called a wizard of the mumblecore film scene.
Craig Robinson is in league with some of the funniest actors in Hollywood, including Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. He's starred in numerous films including "Pineapple Express" and "This Is The End" and lent his voice to the wildly raunchy animated film "Sausage Party." He's also had regular TV roles on shows like "The Office," "Mr. Robot," "Real Husbands of Hollywood" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." He'll next appear in several new movies including "Austin Found" and "Zeroville."
Patton Oswalt isn't just a hilarious stand-up comedian who's worked on TV and in film, including recent roles on "Santa Clarita Diet" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." He's also a loving father who was tragically widowed in 2016 when wife Michelle passed away unexpectedly. Rather than hide behind his humor, the comedian and actor has embraced his grief and shared it with others, helping people see that it's okay to be sad while still making people laugh.
Chris Hardwick scored his first big break in the '90s when he was selected to host "Singled Out." Since then, the funny-man has hosted and contributed regularly to some of our all-time favorite shows — from "Web Soup" and "Attack of the Show!" to the Emmy-winning game show "@midnight" and "The Walking Dead" after-show "Talking Dead," which was so successful that it spawned "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" after-shows, as well as a stand-alone talk show, "Talking with Chris Hardwick." The actor-host, who married model Lydia Hearst in August 2016, is also a stand-up comedian who starred in the 2012 special "Chris Hardwick: Mandroid" and the 2016 special "Chris Hardwick: Funcomfortable." He's also launching northern California's ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival (think Comic-Con meets Coachella), in June 2017. The event will feature performances by artists like Weezer and OK Go, comedy sets by some of the other men included on this list, panels with the stars of shows like "Portlandia" and exhibitions from prominent comic book brands.