The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time People
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The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

List Criteria: Stand up comedians only. Must have done actual stand up, not just film or TV.

The greatest stand up comics all have one thing in common: they are funny comedians. These are the cream of the crop: the funniest stand up comedians, as voted on by many people. Being a good stand up comic is tough, and whether they're an observationist, an orator, an absurdist, blue collar, or alternative, all of the funny comedians on this list are unique, hardworking and hilarious. Many of the best comedians of all time got their start as stand up comedians and then progressed to star in their own films of TV series. It takes a certain skill set and ability to connect with people to excel at stand up comedy, and we feel that these are the ones that shine. This list is made of the 100 greatest stand up comedians and then some. Feel free to add your votes to this Crowd-Ranked list of the greatest stand ups of all time, or make your own contributing list and give your voice more weight in the calculations. Be sure to look at the Stand-Up Hall of Fame too. 
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    George Carlin

    1937 More
    100
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    1940 More
    95
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    1973 More
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    1967 More
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    1951 More
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    1937 More
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    1945 More
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    1921 More
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    1968 More
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    1954 More
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    1955 More
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    Patton Oswalt

    1969 More
    63
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    Sam Kinison

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    added by: Aaron719
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    1922 More
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    David Cross

    1964 More
    59
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    Johnny Carson

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    1975 More
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    Ellen DeGeneres

    1958 More
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    1965 More
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    Sarah Silverman

    1970 More
    57
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    1957 More
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    Bob Hope

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    Denis Leary

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    Stephen Colbert

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    added by: INTPLibrarian
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    Adam Sandler

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    Cheech and Chong

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    Kevin Hart

    1954 More
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    added by: briandub04
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    Bill Maher

    1956 More
    52
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