Cem Yılmaz [ˈd͡ʒem jɯɫˈmaz], born 23 April 1973 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, musician, filmmaker, screen writer, and cartoonist. He is best known for his films G.O.R.A.(2004), A.R.O.G (2008) and Yahşi Batı (2010), and has won two Sadri Alışık awards for his roles in Organize İşler (2005) and The Magician (2006).
Yilmaz’s family is originally from Sivas, Turkey, although part of his family is of Turkish origin who immigrated from Thessaloniki, Greece. While studying at the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management of Boğaziçi University, Yilmaz started drawing comics for the Turkish humor magazine LeMan. In August 1995, he did his first comedy show in the Leman Culture Center, performing with no serious career intentions. However, after the positive response of the audience, he continued his show at Beşiktaş Cultural Center; he has appeared in over a thousand stand-up comedy shows since, becoming so popular that tickets have sold for 250TL (approx. US$140). /Gjithqka Nga Pak