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  1. Seth MacFarlane
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    Seth MacFarlane

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    Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (/ˈsɛθ ˈwʊdbɛri məkˈfɑrlɪn/; born October 26, 1973) is an American television-series- and film-maker, screenwriter, actor and singer, working primarily in animation and comedy, as well as live action and other genres. He is the creator of the TV series Family Guy, co-creator of the TV series American Dad! and The Cleveland Show, and writer-director of the films Ted (2012), its sequel Ted 2 (2015), and A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014).


  2. Tyler Perry
    #2

    Tyler Perry

    405,428 views

    Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, producer, author, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment; he earned US$130 million between May 2010 and 2011.


  3. Nick Cannon
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    Nick Cannon

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    Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon (born October 8, 1980) is an American rapper, actor, comedian, television and radio host, and producer. On television, Cannon began as a teenager on All That before going on to host The Nick Cannon Show, Wild 'N Out, and America's Got Talent. He acted in the films Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing, and Roll Bounce. As a rapper he released his debut self-titled album in 2003 with the hit single "Gigolo", a collaboration with singer R. Kelly. In 2007 he played the role of the fictional footballer TJ Harper in the film Goal II: Living the Dream. In 2006, Cannon recorded the singles "Dime Piece" and "My Wife" for the planned album Stages, which was never released. Cannon married American R&B/pop singer Mariah Carey in 2008. He filed for divorce in December 2014 after six years of marriage, which was finalized in April 2015.


  4. Fran Drescher
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    Fran Drescher

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    Francine Joy "Fran" Drescher (born September 30, 1957) is an American film and television comedian, model, actress, producer, ordained minister, and activist. She is best known for her role as Fran Fine in the hit TV series The Nanny (1993–99), and for her nasal voice and thick New York accent.


  5. Karyn Parsons
    #5

    Karyn Parsons

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    Karyn Parsons-Rockwell (born October 8, 1966) is an American actress, known for her role as Hilary Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.


  6. David Spade
    #6

    David Spade

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    David Wayne Spade (born July 22, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, musician, dancer, and television personality. He rose to fame in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, then began a successful acting career in both film and television. He also starred and co-starred in the films, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, Joe Dirt, Joe Dirt 2, Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, among others.


  7. Gillian Anderson
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    Gillian Anderson

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    Gillian Leigh Anderson (born August 9, 1968) is an American-English film, television and theatre actress and activist. Her credits include the roles of Special Agent Dana Scully in the long-running and widely popular series The X-Files, ill-fated socialite Lily Bart in Terence Davies' film The House of Mirth (2000), and Lady Dedlock in the successful BBC production of Charles Dickens' Bleak House.


  8. Ali Adler
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    Ali Adler

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    Allison Beth Adler (born May 30, 1967) is an American television producer and writer. She is best known as the co-creator of The New Normal and her work on Chuck and Family Guy.


  9. Antonia Carter
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    Antonia Carter

    173,733 views

    Antonia "Toya" Wright (née Johnson previously Carter; born October 26, 1983) is an American reality television personality, businesswoman, and author. She is better known as Toya Carter or Toya Wright. She is best known as the ex-wife of Dwayne Michael "Lil Wayne" Carter. Since their breakup she has been raising their daughter Reginae Carter. Wright wrote a book called Priceless Inspiration, owns boutique called G.A.R.B., in New Orleans, LA, and GARB Shoetique in Smyrna, GA,. Wright starred in her own reality show on BET called Toya: A Family Affair which consisted of 16 episodes of one season in 2011.


  10. Tori Spelling
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    Tori Spelling

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    Victoria Davey "Tori" Spelling (born May 16, 1973) is an American actress and author. Her first major role was Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1990, produced by her father. She appeared in a string of made-for-television films, such as A Friend to Die For (1994) and Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (1996). Spelling also rose to prominence through independent films such as The House of Yes (1997), Trick (1999) and Cthulhu (2007). She reprised her prominent role in the spinoff, 90210, in 2009.


  11. Adam Sandler
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    Adam Sandler

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    Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office. He is best known for his comedic roles, such as in the films Billy Madison (1995), the sports comedies Happy Gilmore (1996) and The Waterboy (1998), the romantic comedy The Wedding Singer (1998), Big Daddy (1999), and Mr. Deeds (2002), though he has ventured into more dramatic territory with his roles in Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Spanglish (2004), Reign Over Me (2007), and Funny People (2009). In 1999, Sandler founded Happy Madison Productions, a film and television production company that has produced numerous films and developed the 2007 television sitcom series Rules of Engagement.


  12. Sarah Silverman
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    Sarah Silverman

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    Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, producer, actress, voice actress and singer. Her satirical comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics, such as racism, sexism and religion, having her comic character endorse them in an ironic fashion.


  13. Tina Fey
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    Tina Fey

    163,946 views

    Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (/ˈf/; born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (1998–2006), for creating acclaimed series 30 Rock (2006–2013) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015–present), and films such as Mean Girls (2004), Baby Mama (2008), Date Night (2010), and Muppets Most Wanted (2014).


  14. Mindy Kaling
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    Mindy Kaling

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    Vera Mindy Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is the creator and star of the Fox and Hulu sitcom The Mindy Project, and also serves as executive producer and writer for the show. She is also known for her work on the NBC sitcom The Office, where she portrayed the character Kelly Kapoor and served as executive producer, writer and director.


  15. Dean Cain
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    Dean Cain

    140,393 views

    Dean George Cain ( Tanaka; July 31, 1966) is an American actor, voice actor, producer, writer, director, and presenter. He is best known for his role as Superman in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.


  16. Louis C.K.
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    Louis C.K.

    125,742 views

    Louis Székely (born September 12, 1967), known professionally as Louis C.K. is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director and editor. He is the creator, star, writer, director, executive producer and primary editor of the acclaimed FX comedy-drama series Louie.


  17. Whitney Cummings
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    Whitney Cummings

    132,254 views

    Whitney Cummings (born September 4, 1982) is an American comedian and actress. She is best known as the creator and star of the NBC sitcom Whitney, as well as the co-creator of the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls.


  18. Damon Wayans
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    Damon Wayans

    126,329 views

    Damon Kyle Wayans, Sr. (/ˈdmən ˈw.ənz/; born September 4, 1960) is an American actor, comedian, writer and producer, member of the Wayans family of entertainers. Wayans performed as a comedian and actor throughout the 1980s, including a yearlong stint on the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, although his true breakthrough came as a co-creator and performer on his own sketch comedy show, In Living Color, from 1990 to 1992. Since then he has starred in a number of films and television shows, some of which he has co-produced or co-written, including The Last Boy Scout and Major Payne, and the sitcom My Wife and Kids.


  19. Danica McKellar
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    Danica McKellar

    104,165 views

    Danica Mae McKellar (born January 3, 1975) is an American actor, author, mathematician, and education advocate. She played Kevin Arnold's on-off girlfriend Winnie Cooper in the television series The Wonder Years, and later wrote four non-fiction books: Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, which encourage middle-school and high-school girls to have confidence and succeed in mathematics.


  20. Jason Sudeikis
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    Jason Sudeikis

    128,161 views

    Daniel Jason Sudeikis (/sʉˈdkɪs/ sə-DAY-kis; born September 18, 1975) is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter and comedian. He began his career in improv comedy. In 2003, he was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live and became a cast member from 2005 to 2013. He has appeared on television in 30 Rock, The Cleveland Show, Eastbound & Down, and other shows. He is also known for his roles in the films Hall Pass (2011), Horrible Bosses (2011), Epic (2013), We're the Millers (2013), and Horrible Bosses 2 (2014).


  21. Andy Samberg
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    Andy Samberg

    100,588 views

    Andrew "Andy" Samberg (born August 18, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, singer, writer and producer. He is a member of the comedy group The Lonely Island and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live (2005–2012), where he and his fellow group members have been credited with popularizing the SNL Digital Shorts.


  22. Jimmy Fallon
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    Jimmy Fallon

    137,772 views

    James Thomas "Jimmy" Fallon (born September 19, 1974) is an American comedian, television host, actor, singer, writer, and producer. He is known for his work in television as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and as the host of late-night talk show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and raised in Saugerties, New York. He grew up with an interest in comedy and music, moving to Los Angeles at 21 to pursue stand-up opportunities.


  23. Jack Black
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    Jack Black

    82,706 views

    Thomas Jacob "Jack" Black (born August 28, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, singer, and producer.


  24. Ben Stiller
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    Ben Stiller

    80,929 views

    Benjamin Edward Meara "Ben" Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.


  25. Bonnie Hunt
    #25

    Bonnie Hunt

    74,413 views

    Bonnie Lynne Hunt (born September 22, 1961) is an American actress, director, producer, writer, host, and voice artist. Her most notable film roles have been in Beethoven (1992), Jumanji (1995), The Green Mile (1999), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), and Return to Me (2000), which she also wrote and directed. She is also known for voice work in the Pixar films A Bug's Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), and Monsters University (2013). Hunt has starred in Grand and Davis Rules, and has created, produced, written, and starred in The Building, Bonnie, and Life with Bonnie. From 2008 to 2010, she hosted the daytime talk show The Bonnie Hunt Show.


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