Humorists in History

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1612-02-07 Thomas Killigrew, English humorist/playwright/leader (King's Men)
  • 1809-03-31 Nikolai Gogol, Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General)
  • 1814-01-08 Johannes Kneppelhout, [Klikspaan], Dutch humorist
  • 1829-01-06 Kanagaki Robun [Bunzo Nozaki], Japanese humorist/gesaku-author
  • 1834-04-26 Artemus Ward, (Charles Farrar Browne), humorist
  • 1854-10-20 Alphonse Allais, French author/humorist (Pass the Bile)
  • 1866-02-09 George Ade, US, journalist/playwright/humorist (Fables in Slang)
  • 1867-07-10 Finley Peter Dunne, US, journalist/humorist (Mr Dooley)
  • 1869-12-30 Stephen Leacock, Canada, economist/humorist/professor
  • 1873-03-04 Guy Wetmore Carryl, American humorist and poet (d. 1904)
  • 1876-06-23 Irvin S Cobb, Ky, writer/humorist (Old Judge Priest)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1879-11-04 Will Rogers, American humorist and actor (Judge Priest), born in Oologah, Oklahoma (d. 1935)

Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
  • 1884-08-23 Will Cuppy, American humorist (d. 1949)
  • 1889-09-15 Robert Benchley, humorist (My 10 Years in a Quandary), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1892-09-22 Frank Sullivan, humorist (NYer Magazine)
  • 1894-12-08 James (Grover) Thurber, humorist (Men, Women & Dogs), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1896-08-21 Roark Bradford, writer/humorist (Ol' Man Adan an' His Chillun)
  • 1899-01-15 Goodman Ace, radio/TV actor/columnist/humorist (Better of Goodman)
  • 1900-02-01 Stephen Potter, humorist/writer (School for Scoundrels, Shipbuilders)
  • 1904-02-01 S J Perelman, author/humorist (Around the World in 80 Days), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1906-12-19 H Allen Smith, Ill, humorist/author (Low Man on Totem Pole)
  • 1908-04-11 Leo Rosten, writer/humourist
  • 1908-06-12 Max Tailleur, adjudant to Prince Bernhard/Jewish humorist
  • 1908-10-22 John Gould, American humorist, essayist, and columnist (d. 2003)
  • 1911-10-05 Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (d. 1966)
  • 1911-12-28 Sam Levenson, American humorist (Sam Levenson Show, Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913-03-02 Godfried [Jan Arnold] Bomans, Dutch humorist/writer (Pieter Bas)
  • 1918-05-29 Herb Shriner, humorist/TV host (Herb Shriner Show)
  • 1918-11-29 Herb Shriner, host/humorist (Herb Shriner Show), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1922-11-09 Raymond Devos, French humorist (d. 2006)
  • 1925-03-22 Gerard Hoffnung, British artist/humorist/musician, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1925-08-14 Russell Baker, Loudoun County, Va, columnist/humorist (NY Times)
  • 1927-02-21 Erma Bombeck, humorist (The Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1927-06-15 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humourist and Urdu poet (d. 1978)
  • 1929-07-26 Jean Shepherd, humorist (Playboy satire Award 1966, 1967, 1969)
  • 1929-11-09 Marc Favreau, French Canadian humourist (d. 2005)
  • 1930-09-25 Shel Silverstein, American humorist and author (d. 1999)
  • 1935-07-31 Yvon Deschamps, French-Canadian author and humorist
  • 1936-01-05 Florence King, American humorist
  • 1939-05-09 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (d. 1988)
  • 1942-09-07 Garrison Keillor, humorist (Praire Home Companion)
  • 1944-08-30 Molly Ivins, American political humorist (d. 2007)
  • 1945-09-13 Noël Godin, Belgian humorist
  • 1947-07-03 Dave Barry, American humorist and author
  • 1947-12-10 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (d. 1980)
  • 1952-04-02 Thierry Le Luron, French humorist (d. 1986)
  • 1953-11-16 Griff Rhys Jones, British humorist/actor (Morons From Outer Space)
  • 1960-08-30 Guy A. Lepage, Quebec humorist, television host and producer
  • 1960-10-08 François Pérusse, Quebec humorist
  • 1961-07-23 André Ducharme, Canadian (Québécois) humorist (Rock et Belles Oreilles) and author
  • 1966-01-11 Marc Acito, American novelist and humorist
  • 1966-04-24 Pierre Brassard, Quebec humorist and actor
  • 1972-11-18 Robert Shapiro, American politician/humorist
  • 1974-11-17 Berto Romero, Spanish humorist

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1885-11-08 Johannes Kneppelhout, [Klikspaan], Dutch humorist/author, dies at 71
  • 1905-10-28 Alphonse Allais, French humorist/writer (Le chat noir), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1935-08-15 Will Rogers, American humorist and actor (Judge Priest), dies in a plane crash in Alaska at 55

Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
  • 1945-11-21 Robert Benchley, US humorist (My 10 years in a quandary), dies at 56
  • 1949-09-19 Will Cuppy, American humorist (b. 1884)
  • 1959-09-28 Gerard Hoffnung, German-born British artist/humorist/musician, dies at 34
  • 1961-11-02 James Thurber, humorist (The Male Animal), dies at 66
  • 1966-04-01 Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (b. 1911)
  • 1970-04-23 Herb Shriner, humorist/TV host (Herb Shriner Show), dies at 51
  • 1978-01-11 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • 1979-10-17 S J Perelman, US humorist (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 75
  • 1980-08-27 Sam Levenson, humorist (Sam Levenson Show), dies at 68
  • 1980-08-27 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (b. 1947)
  • 1986-11-13 Thierry Le Luron, French humourist (b. 1952)
  • 1988-04-18 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
  • 1989-01-31 Jack Douglas, humorist (My Brother Was an Only Child), dies at 80
  • 1990-10-12 Max Tailleur, adjunct prince Bernhard/Jewish humorist, dies
  • 1994-03-20 Lewis Grizzard, American humorist (b. 1946)
  • 1996-04-22 Erma Bombeck, American humorist (The Grass is Greener over the Septic Tank), dies at 69
  • 1997-02-19 Leo Rosten, writer/humourist (Joys of Yiddish), dies at 88
  • 2001-09-05 Justin Wilson, American Cajun chef and humorist (b. 1914)
  • 2003-07-22 Wahome Muthahi, Kenyan humourist (b. 1954)
  • 2005-12-17 Marc Favreau, French Canadian humourist (Sol) (b. 1929)
  • 2006-06-15 Raymond Devos, French humourist (b. 1922)
  • 2007-01-17 Art Buchwald, American humorist (b. 1925)
  • 2008-03-12 Jorge Guinzburg, Argentine journalist, producer, humorist, and TV, theater and radio host (b. 1949)
  • 2010-05-04 Zvonimir Levačić - Ševa, Croatian humorist and entertainer (b. 1943)