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. 
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    the people's #1 & most listed Died at 71 (1937-2008)

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    Died at 65 (1940-2005)

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    Died at 63 (1951-2014)

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    Died at 83 (1921-2004)

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    Died at 33 (1961-1994)

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    Died at 39 (1953-1992)

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    Died at 69 (1922-1991)

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    Died at 33 (1964-1997)

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Died at 41 (1925-1966)

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    ranked low on reranks Cheech and Chong

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