Comedian Cameos in Movies, Television & Video Games

by charlesveet | created - 3 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Uncredited roles not included. Guest appearances in television shows are included.

1. Sam Kinison

Actor | Back to School

Sam Kinison was born on December 8, 1953 in Yakima, Washington, USA as Samuel Burl Kinison. He was an actor and writer, known for Back to School (1986), Savage Dawn (1985) and Married... with Children (1987). He was married to Malika Kinison, Terry Marze and Patricia Adkins. He died on April 10, ...

  • 'Back to School' (1986)
as Professor Terguson

Gets his own scene as the jingoistic history professor of Rodney Dangerfield's character. Later reappears in the background of the oral exam in the penultimate final scene of the film.

2. Norm MacDonald

Actor | Billy Madison

MacDonald was born Norman Gene MacDonald in Québec City, Québec on October 17, 1959. He began his career in stand-up comedy. MacDonald's first job was writing for The Dennis Miller Show (1992) and then Roseanne (1988). While writing for Roseanne (1988), he was noticed by Lorne Michaels, who liked ...

  • 'The People vs. Larry Flynt' (1996)
as Network Reporter

Plays a reporter for CBS who arrives at Woody Harrelson's character's house for an exclusive scoop.

3. Rik Mayall

Actor | The Young Ones

Rik Mayall, one of the first and foremost alternative comedians in the UK, was born in a village called Matching Tye, just outside Harlow in Essex. His parents, John and Gillian were both drama teachers. His acting debut was at the age of seven when he appeared in one of his father's stage plays. ...

  • 'An American Werewolf in London' (1981)
as 2nd Chess Player

Recurring background role as the shifty chess partner of Brian Glover's character at The Slaughtered Lamb. Gets multiple close-ups including spitting out lager in laughter and reappears as a member of the firing squad who kills the first werewolf.

4. Marc Maron

Actor | Maron

For over fifteen years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio and television. A legend in the stand-up community, he has appeared on HBO, Conan, Letterman, his two Comedy Central Presents specials and almost every show that ...

  • 'Joker' (2019)
as Gene Ufland

Plays the concerned producer on Robert De Niro's character's talk show, who voices disapproval over Joaquin Phoenix's character's guest appearance right before the climax of the film.

5. Mitch Hedberg

Actor | Almost Famous

Mitch Hedberg was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 24, 1968. He began his stand-up career in Florida, and after a period of honing his skills there he moved to Seattle and began touring. He soon appeared on MTV's "Comikaze", then a 1996 appearance on Late Night with David Letterman (1982) ...

  • 'Almost Famous' (2000)
as Eagles Road Manager

Non-speaking background role as Raymond (name not given in credit), the manager of The Eagles. He presides over a poker game with other bands' management which Patrick Fugit's character attends.

6. Bill Bailey

Actor | Hot Fuzz

Bill Bailey is known for his sharp wit and classic sense of humor. he is most famous for being in Never Mind The Buzzcocks, celebrity game-show in which he is a team captain. Bill is a stand up comedian, and has also starred in cult comedies such as Spaced and of course Black Books. He was given ...

  • 'Hot Fuzz' (2007)
as Sergeant Turner

Plays the desk sergeant(s) of the Sanford Police, being one of the first to meet Simon Pegg's character following his bust of several underage drinkers at the local pub. Also plays a more uncooperative version, revealed to be the first's twin brother in a gag prior to the climactic showdown in the town square.

7. Andy Dick

Actor | Road Trip

Andy Dick was born on December 21, 1965 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA as Andrew Roane Dick. He is an actor and writer, known for Road Trip (2000), Reality Bites (1994) and Employee of the Month (2006). He was previously married to Ivone Kowalczyk.

  • 'The Cable Guy' (1996)
as Medieval Times Host

Host of Medieval Times and announcer of the upcoming battle between Jim Carrey's character and Matthew Broderick's character.

8. Peter Cook

Actor | The Princess Bride

One of four stars of the London and New York revues Beyond the Fringe and Beyond the Fringe (with Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, and Dudley Moore). Later created scatological comedy routine "Derek & Clive" with Moore.

  • 'The Princess Bride' (1987)
as The Impressive Clergyman

Gets a memorable scene as the wedding minister between Chris Sarandon's character and Robin Wright's character. Has a strong speech impediment that is played for amusing effect when reading the vows.

9. Rowan Atkinson

Actor | Johnny English

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees ...

  • 'Love Actually' (2003)
as Rufus

Recurring enigmatic character who appears in two scenes, yet gets poster billing. His excessive packaging of Alan Rickman's character's gift for his affair causes him to run out of time and abandon it. He later appears prior to the climactic chase sequence of Thomas Brodie-Sangster's character, seemingly accidentally allowing him entry past airport security, but gives a knowing look to Liam Neeson's character suggesting it was an intentional distraction.

10. Conan O'Brien

Writer | Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien grew up in a large, Irish Catholic family in Massachusetts. At an early age, he developed a love of comedy and goofing off, this carried on when he entered the prestigious Harvard University, acting out many pranks in his time, as well as become the president of the Harvard humor ...

  • '30 Rock: Tracey Does Conan/Last Lunch' (2006/2013)
as Conan O'Brien

Guest appearance as host of his former real-life Late Night with Conan O'Brien which Tracy Morgan's character guest stars on. Reappears for a quick gag as the ex-boyfriend of Tina Fey's character.

11. Penn & Teller

Actor | Borderlands 3

Penn & Teller is an actor, known for Borderlands 3 (2019), Deception (2018) and Buddy vs. Duff (2019).

  • 'Fantasia 2000' (1999)
as Hosts of 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' segment

As themselves, they introduce the aforementioned segment with Penn delivering the dialogue (as per usual) and Teller performing various tricks behind him.

12. Jason Alexander

Actor | Seinfeld

Jason Greenspan adopted the stage name Jason Alexander while still in high school in New Jersey. He was soon appearing in Broadway plays and movies, then in the hit TV series, Seinfeld (1989), from 1990 to 1998. Alexander also directs and produces films.

  • 'Jacob's Ladder' (1990)
as Geary

Plays a lawyer initially persuaded to take the case of Tim Robbins's character's Vietnam War allegations, only to drop him and the case after discovering military files alleging his discharge on the grounds of psychological incompatibility.

13. John Cleese

Actor | A Fish Called Wanda

John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he ...

  • 'Starship Titanic' (1998)
as The Bomb (Credited as Kim Bread)

Plays the eccentrically neurotic voice of the bomb onboard the Starship Titanic that may be optionally triggered by the player.

14. Spike Milligan

Actor | The Bed Sitting Room

Spike was born an 'Army Brat', the son of an Irish Captain in the British Raj in India. Educated in a series of Roman Catholic schools in India and at Lewisham Polytechnic in England, he spent his formative years playing the fool and playing the trumpet in local jazz bands.

He joined the British ...

  • 'History of the World, Part I' (1981)
as Monsieur Rimbaud

Plays the senile father of Pamela Stephenson's character during the French Revolution, who she seeks to release from jail with the assistance of Mel Brooks's character.

15. Fred Stoller

Actor | Fred & Vinnie

Frederick "Fred" Stoller (born March 19, 1958) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, voice artist, and comedian, best known for his frequent guest starring as Gerard on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). He has also made guest appearances on several additional television ...

  • 'Dumb and Dumber' (1994)
as Anxious Man at Phone

Serves as the comic foil to Mike Starr's character when, after repeatedly interrupting his phone call to his boss, he gets knocked-out through the payphone.

16. Fred Willard

Actor | Best in Show

Fred Willard radiates a unique charm that has established him as one of the industry's most gifted comic actors, first coming to prominence as ambitious but dimwitted sidekick Jerry Hubbard to Martin Mull's smarmy talk-show host Barth Gimble in the devastating satirical series Fernwood Tonight (...

  • 'WALL-E' (2008)
as Shelby Forthright

Plays the past CEO of Buy-N-Large and the only live-action character in the film (and the first in a Pixar film) through prerecorded messages.

17. Craig Ferguson

Writer | I'll Be There

By August of 1994, Craig Ferguson was established as one of Great Britain's leading comedians - he had just had huge success at the Edinburgh Festival. In January 1995 he moved to Los Angeles where he now works as an actor-writer-director-producer-creator.

  • 'Red Dwarf: Confidence and Paranoia' (1988)
as Confidence

Guest appearance as the physical manifestation of Craig Charles's character's perception of confidence, a greased-up New York game show host.

18. Anthony Cumia

Actor | Top Five

One half of the "Opie & Anthony" radio show, heard on XM Sattelite Radio and various CBS Radio Stations. Partnered with Gregg Hughes ("Opie"). Childhood friend of Adam Ferrara. Born and raised on Long Island but spent part of his teenage years living with his father and brother in San Juan ...

  • 'Grand Theft Auto V' (2013)
as Chef

Small role as the meth-dealing ally of Steven Ogg's character, who assists the player in gunfights and is an optional crewman of heists later in the game.

19. Gregg Hughes

Actor | Top Five

One half of the "Opie & Anthony" radio show, heard on XM Sattelite Radio and various CBS Radio Stations. Partnered with Anthony Cumia. Born and raised on Long Island, he is currently living in Manhattan. He is part-owner of F.H. Riley's, a restaurant in Huntington, Long Island, with his brother. He ...

  • 'Grand Theft Auto IV' (2008)
as Irish Gangster (Credited as Gregg 'Opie' Hughes)

Miscellaneous role as Irish gangmembers, presumably those of the McReary Crime Family.

20. Phil Hartman

Actor | NewsRadio

Phil Hartman was born Philip Edward Hartmann on September 24, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His surname was originally "Hartmann", but he later dropped the second "n". He was one of eight children of Doris Marguerite (Wardell) and Rupert Loebig Hartmann, a salesman. He was of German, Irish, ...

  • 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure' (1985)
as Reporter

Brief cameo at the end of the film as a reporter on the scene following Paul Reubens's character's heroism at a burning pet shop. Behind the scenes, Hartman helped co-create the character of Pee-wee Herman and co-wrote the movie.

21. Christopher Ryan

Actor | Doctor Who

Born in Bayswater, London on January 25, 1950, Christopher Papazoglou, later known as Christopher Ryan, trained at East 15 Acting School for three years before going to perform at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre.

Even though he portrayed a few minor roles in various television shows, It wasn't until ...

  • 'Doctor Who: The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky' (2008)
as General Staal

Guest appearance as the main villain of the two-parter, playing the commanding officer of the Sontarans and their invasion of Earth, facing against David Tennant's character as the 10th Doctor.

22. Jonathan Ross

Actor | Spice World

Comedian, talk show host, game show host, film critic, radio DJ and awards show compere, Jonathan Ross is the most successful British broadcaster of his generation. After attending the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London and gaining a Modern European History degree, he worked as ...

  • 'Only Fools and Horses: If They Could See Us Now...!' (2001)
as Jonathan Ross

Guest appearance as host of Goldrush, a game show David Jason's character is a contestant on.

23. Nigel Planer

Actor | The Young Ones

Nigel Planer was born in London and educated at the prestigious Westminster School. He then went to Sussex University to study African and Asian Studies. However, he left after a year and decided to pursue his love of theatre. He trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

...

  • 'Brazil' (1985)
as Charlie - Dept. of Works

Cameo role at the beginning of the film as one of two state repairmen attempting, and failing, to fix the hole in the floor of Kim Greist's apartment.

24. Andy Richter

Actor | Madagascar

Andy Richter was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the second of four children of Glenda (Palmer), a kitchen cabinet designer, and Laurence R. Richter, who taught Russian at Indiana University. He was raised in Yorkville, Illinois. His parents divorced when he was four. Richter attended the ...

  • 'Malcolm in the Middle: Clip Show' (2002)
as Dr. Kennedy

Plays the psychiatrist of the three main boys of Bryan Cranston's character, whose session with them plays into the clip show theme of the episode.

25. Jay Leno

Producer | The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Jay Leno began his career in night clubs, where he worked 300 nights a year before hitting it big in 1992 with his own late-night talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992). By that time he had appeared on television, acted in a few films (American Hot Wax (1978)) but hit paydirt with his ...

  • 'South Park: Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut/City on the Edge of Forever' (1998)
as Kitty/Jay Leno

Guest appearance as Trey Parker's character's recurring pet cat, Kitty. Later appears again, this time as himself, with his chin featuring missile-firing capabilities.

26. Rob Brydon

Actor | Marion & Geoff

Rob Brydon was born on May 3, 1965 in Swansea, Wales as Robert Brydon Jones. He is an actor and writer, known for Marion & Geoff (2000), The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) and The Trip (2010). He has been married to Claire Holland since October 6, 2006. They have two children.

  • 'Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels' (1998)
as Traffic Warden (Credited as Robert Brydon)

Blink-and-you-miss-it non-speaking (apart from grunts) cameo as a defenseless captured traffic warden in the back of the rookie criminals' van.

27. Jim Gaffigan

Actor | Chappaquiddick

Indiana native Jim Gaffigan arrived in New York City in 1990 at the age of 24. Officially, he had relocated to work in advertising, but his real fascination with New York had a lot more to do with pursuing his dream of making people laugh as an actor and stand-up comic, a dream he would eventually ...

  • 'Super Troopers' (2001)
as Larry Johnson

Plays the comic foil to Paul Soter's character as a speeding pedestrian pulled over, victim to hearing "meow" at least 10 times.

28. David Walliams

Actor | Little Britain

David Walliams was born on August 20, 1971 in Banstead, Surrey, England as David Edward Williams. He is an actor and writer, known for Little Britain (2003), Stardust (2007) and Dinner for Schmucks (2010). He was previously married to Lara Stone.

  • 'Stardust' (2007)
as Sextus

Plays the deceased ghost of Prince Sextus, one of several royals in purgatory until a new king is crowned. Sextus having seemingly been severely burned alive prior to his death.

29. Stephen Fry

Actor | Gosford Park

Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson has characterised her friend as "90 ...

  • 'A Fish Called Wanda' (1988)
as Hutchison

Small cameo at the end of the film as an overly-polite posh being pushed aside by Kevin Kline's character.

30. Adrian Edmondson

Actor | Bancroft

Adrian Edmondson was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. He went to Manchester University to study drama. Whilst he was there he met Rik Mayall, and the pair began performing as 20th Century Coyote. The act continued after university when Adrian & Rik moved to London, and they became two of the leading ...

  • 'Blackadder Goes Forth: Private Plane' (1989)
as Baron von Richthoven

Guest appearance as the real-life Red Baron holding Rowan Atkinson's character and Tony Robinson's character prisoner. However, he is quickly vanquished by Rik Mayall's character, who's also his real-life comedy partner.

31. Richard Ayoade

Writer | Submarine

Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty ...

  • 'The Boxtrolls' (2014)
as Mr. Pickles

Plays the lanky one of the henchmen threesome under orders from Ben Kingsley's character.



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