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Top 10 Famous People That Should do Stand-Up Comedy

VO: MW WRITTEN BY: John Kuells

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If laughter is the best medicine, then these celebrities could heal the world. From Barack Obama to Anna Kendrick and Chris Pratt, these hilarious celebrities might wanna quit their day job and take up a career in comedy. WatchMojo is counting down the 10 stars who would be great at stand-up comedy.

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Script written by John Kuells

Top 10 Famous People That Should do Stand-Up Comedy

If laughter is the best medicine, then these celebrities could heal the world. Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Famous People That Should Do Stand-Up Comedy.

For this list, we’ll be taking a look at famous people that can bring the laughs, but have never done any official stand-up shows or tours.

#10: Barack Obama

Cue the dad jokes. It’s no secret that the former president can command a room with the microphone, but this commander-in-chief has a reputation for bringing some humor to the White House. From memorable late night TV appearances to some major dad jokes, this politician always knows how to charm an audience with his corny humor. Obama made the White House Correspondents’ Dinner into must see TV for his perfect joke delivery and lightning fast wit. He’s even had some memorable viral videos, notably when he threw shade at “Between Two Ferns” host Zach Galifianakis in 2014. Here’s to hoping the former president finds a second career in comedy.

#9: Emma Stone

There’s no doubt that this Oscar-winner has had a meteoric rise. The A-lister has proven to have some serious acting chops in her young career, but the talented actress can also deliver the laughs. Her career started with several memorable roles in teen movies, where she showed off her impressive comedic timing. The three-time “SNL” host has also shown that she can nail a live comedic monologue. Her epic “Tonight Show” lip sync battle further cemented her status as one of Hollywood’s funniest leading ladies. Though we foresee more Oscars in her future, we’re still holding out hope for a stand-up special.

#8: Dwayne Johnson

Is there anything The Rock can’t do? The strongman made a seamless transition from the sports world to Hollywood after an illustrious career in WWE. He may no longer be talking smack, but he’s been dominating the silver screen with his effortless comedic chops. His funny side hasn’t gone unnoticed. He entered the coveted SNL “five-timer’s club” in 2017. It’s easy to see stand-up being yet another success in his storied career, but we think this talented big man has bigger fish to fry. A presidential run, perhaps?

#7: Anna Kendrick

Don’t judge a book by its cover. This pint-sized actress may look innocent, but she’s known for her crass and hilarious personality on Twitter. Her everyday musings and approachable humor would surely translate well from social media and into a real stand-up set. The “Pitch Perfect” star can also bring the funny onscreen and she’s played a number of adorkable leading roles. Her comedic résumé also includes some laughtastic late night interviews. We can’t help but root for this mumblecore master to throw her hat into the stand-up ring.

#6: Chrissy Teigen

Some people have it all. This model and television host catapulted into fame with her stunning beauty and marriage to singer-songwriter John Legend. But this mega beauty isn’t just about looks – she’s also downright hilarious. From her endearing talk show appearances to her fun-filled “Lip Sync Battle” hosting gig, this pretty lady knows how to steal the spotlight. She’s even gone toe to toe with stand-up comedian Amy Schumer. The talented Teigen has also gained a strong social media following thanks to her ultra-funny tweets. We’d follow this funny lady any time.

#5: Chris Pratt

Before he was Star-Lord, this leading man was Pawnee’s very own Andy Dwyer. For years, he was known for playing a lovable (and doughy) goofball on “Parks and Recreation.” The funnyman was known for his improv skills, highlighted by a blooper reel for the ages. Though he shed the weight and moved on to become a blockbuster star, the charming actor still keeps it real on Twitter. His hilarious and relatable tweets have helped him amass over 4.5 million followers. Many fans may even be surprised to learn that Pratt has never taken to the stand-up stage. For now, a “Parks & Rec” binge will have to tide us over.

#4: Mark Hamill

What else would you expect from the guy who’s voiced the Joker? Hamill is best known for playing the farmboy-turned-Jedi Luke Skywalker, but he could easily trade in his lightsaber for a microphone thanks to his quick wit and an impeccable sense of comedic timing, which was no doubt honed by the years he’s spent portraying the Clown Prince of Crime. He’s also a gifted storyteller, and whether he’s making an appearance on a talk show or a convention, fans are always in for a treat. He may have never gotten those power converters, but at least he can get the laughs.

#3: Jennifer Lawrence

Don’t let her roles fool you. J. Law may be known for playing notorious brooder Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” franchise, but there’s no denying her real life charisma. The Oscar-winning actress has had a string of hilarious interviews on everything from awards shows to late-night TV. The always-candid actress isn’t afraid to use her dry sense of humor to get a laugh. She’s also a master in self-deprecation, which was on full display after her fall at the Oscars in 2013. We’d volunteer as tribute to get a chance to see her perform stand-up.

#2: Neil Patrick Harris

NPH may have brought the laughs as notorious lothario Barney Stinson in “How I Met Your Mother,” but this funnyman has never actually performed a stand-up set. The ever-talented actor has proven to be funny whether he’s on a sitcom, awards show, or just hanging around with his pals Harold and Kumar. There’s no doubt that he would be a welcome addition to the world of comedy – as he’s already patented a number of catchphrases. One thing is for sure: an NPH stand-up set would be legend… wait for it… dary.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Bryan Cranston

#1: Ryan Reynolds

It’s no secret that this actor is a comedy king. The always-game actor has played everything from a chubby loser in the friend zone to a foulmouthed superhero. Fans need not wait for a stand-up set to see more of his funny side. All they have to do is head to Twitter, where they can see his hilarious tweets on fatherhood and life in L.A. Many fans think a transition into stand-up is long overdue, especially given his consistently hilarious late night TV appearances. Somebody get this guy a microphone.

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