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

A ranked list of the best stand up comedians in the history of the art form. First and foremost, all of the people on this list are funny comedians. But beyond that, this is a diverse list of people with different styles who approach different types of subject matter. These are the cream of the crop: they are the top comedians in the game, and many thousands of people agree. Many of the popular comedians listed below worked their way up through the stand up circuit and eventually landed a show on Comedy Central, while others started their own web series and put their best stand up out into the world that way. The funniest comedians can come from any type of background, obviously there are insanely talented black, Asian, Latino and white comedians (and everything in between.)

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. The top ten comedians are always changing. 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. 

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George Carlin Dogma, Cars, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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Robin Williams Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji

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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Richard Pryor Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, Blazing Saddles

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Louis C.K. Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Louie, Louis C.K. Oh My God

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Eddie Murphy Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, Coming to America

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Dave Chappelle Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show

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Chris Rock Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker, Madagascar, Head of State

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Steve Martin The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos!, Bowfinger

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Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time', Comedian

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Rodney Dangerfield Back to School, Rover Dangerfield, Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me

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Bill Burr The Heat, Date Night, Walk of Shame

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Mitch Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Mitch Hedberg Almost Famous, Lords of Dogtown, Los Enchiladas!

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Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Kevin Hart Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer

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Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Lewis Black The Daily Show^!The Aristocrats^!Lewis Black: Black on Broadway^!Inside Out

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Jim Gaffigan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Jim Gaffigan It's Kind of a Funny Story^! Away We Go^! 17 Again^! Three Kings

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Steven Wright Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers, Babe: Pig in the City

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Bill Cosby The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby: Himself, Uptown Saturday Night

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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Ricky Gervais The Office, The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction

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Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bill Hicks Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen, Bill Hicks: Sane Man, Bill Hicks Live: Satirist

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Don Rickles Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2

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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Jim Carrey Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Redd Foxx Harlem Nights, Sanford, Norman... Is That You?

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Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Zach Galifianakis The Hangover, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Hangover Part II

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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show, Ocean's Eleven, Transformers

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Bob Newhart Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show, Elf

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Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Norm Macdonald Dirty Work, Billy Madison, Saturday Night Live

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Sam Kinison is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Sam Kinison The Sam Kinison Family Entertainment Hour, Back to School, Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me

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Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Johnny Carson The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Space Ghost, The Tonight Show

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Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Billy Crystal Monsters, Inc, Monsters University

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Patton Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Patton Oswalt Ratatouille, The King of Queens, Magnolia

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Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Aziz Ansari Parks and Recreation, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic

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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Will Ferrell Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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Lenny Bruce is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Lenny Bruce Lenny Bruce in 'Lenny Bruce', Dance Hall Racket, Thank You Mask Man

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Jim Jefferies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Jim Jefferies Legit, Down and Dirty with Jim Norton, Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God

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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Mel Brooks The Producers, Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation

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Ron White is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Ron White Horrible Bosses, Sex and the City 2, Ron White: They Call Me Tater Salad

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Daniel Tosh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Daniel Tosh Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious, Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts, Tosh.0

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Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Sarah Silverman Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock, There's Something About Mary

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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Jon Stewart The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The 78th Annual Academy Awards

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Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Chris Farley Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, Black Sheep

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Ellen DeGeneres Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now

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Jonathan Winters It's a Mad, Mad, Mad

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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Craig Ferguson The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game, Kick-Ass

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Gabriel Iglesias is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Gabriel Iglesias Magic Mike, All That, Planes

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Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Stephen Colbert The Daily Show, he Colbert Report, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Bob Hope The Bob Hope Show, The 50th Annual Academy Awards, Bob Hope: The First 90 Years

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Cheech and Chong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Cheech and Chong

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Russell Peters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Russell Peters Source Code, Russell Peters: The Green Card Tour - Live from The O2 Arena, A Russell Peters Christmas Special

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Dave Attell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Dave Attell Insomniac with Dave Attell, Dave Attell: Captain Miserable, Dave Attell: Road Work