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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 - George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American comedian, social critic, actor, and author. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, ...more

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Robin Williams Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society Jumanji - Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy ...more

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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 StripBlazing Saddles - Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American comedian, actor, film director, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical ...more

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Louis C.K. Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Louie Louis C.K. Oh My God - Louis Székely, known professionally as Louis C.K., is an American comedian, actor, and filmmaker. He is the creator, star, writer, director, and editor of the acclaimed FX comedy series Louie. ...more

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Eddie Murphy Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places Coming to America - Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and director. Box-office takes from Murphy's films make him the 4th-highest grossing actor in the United States. ...more

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Dave Chappelle Block Party, Half Baked Chappelle's Show - David Khari Webber "Dave" Chappelle is an American comedian, screenwriter, television and film producer, and actor. After beginning his film career in 1993 as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks' Robin ...more

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Chris Rock Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker, Madagascar Head of State - Christopher Julius "Chris" Rock III is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to ...more

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Steve Martin The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos! Bowfinger - Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American comedian, actor, musician, writer, and producer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became ...more

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Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld^! Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time'^! Comedian^! Bee Movie - Jerome Allen "Jerry" Seinfeld is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is best known for playing a semi-fictional version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he ...more

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Rodney Dangerfield Back to School, Rover Dangerfield Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me - Rodney Dangerfield was an American comedian and actor, known for the catchphrase "I don't get no respect!" and his monologues on that theme. He is also remembered for his 1980s film roles, ...more

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Bill Burr The Heat, Date Night Walk of Shame - William "Bill" Burr is an American comedian, writer, and actor. He is best known for his stand up comedy specials. He also has a weekly Monday podcast that can be found at BillBurr.com, and

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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! - Mitchell Lee "Mitch" Hedberg was an American stand-up comedian known for his surreal humor and unconventional comedic delivery. His comedy typically featured short, sometimes one-line jokes ...more

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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 - Kevin Darnell Hart is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs ...more

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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 AristocratsLewis Black: Black on Broadway - Lewis Niles Black is an American comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor. He is known for his angry face, comedy and style, which often includes simulating a mental breakdown, or an ...more

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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 - James Christopher "Jim" Gaffigan is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. His memoir, Dad Is Fat and his most recent book, Food: A Love Story, are both published by Crown ...more

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Steven Wright Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers Babe: Pig in the City - Steven Alexander Wright is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical and sometimes nonsensical jokes, ...more

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Bill Cosby The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby: Himself Uptown Saturday Night - William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist. Cosby's start in stand-up began at the hungry i in San Francisco which was followed by landing a ...more

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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 LyingCemetery Junction - Ricky Dene Gervais is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, film director, producer, musician, screenwriter, and radio presenter. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career ...more

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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 ManBill Hicks Live: Satirist - William Melvin "Bill" Hicks was an American comedian, social critic, satirist and musician. His material, encompassing a wide range of social issues including religion, politics, and ...more

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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 20 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^! Dumb & Dumber - James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and film producer. Carrey has received two Golden Globe Awards. Known for his highly energetic ...more

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Don Rickles Toy Story, Toy Story 3 Toy Story 2 - Donald Jay "Don" Rickles is an American stand-up comedian and actor. A frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, he has acted in comedic and dramatic roles, but is widely ...more

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Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 22 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 - Zachary Knight "Zach" Galifianakis is an American stand-up comedian and actor, known for his television appearance in his own Comedy Central Presents special. He also starred in films, such ...more

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Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Redd Foxx Harlem Nights, Sanford Norman... Is That You? - John Elroy Sanford, known professionally as Redd Foxx, was an American comedian and actor, best remembered for his explicit comedy records and his starring role on the 1970s sitcom Sanford and ...more

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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 - Bernard Jeffrey "Bernie" McCullough, better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Mac ...more

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Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Norm Macdonald Dirty Work^! Billy Madison^! Saturday Night Live^! Screwed - Norman Gene "Norm" Macdonald is a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor. He is best known for his five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, which included ...more

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Bob Newhart Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show Elf - George Robert "Bob" Newhart is an American stand-up comedian and actor. Noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery, Newhart came to prominence in the 1960s when his album of ...more

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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 - Samuel Burl "Sam" Kinison was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He was known for his intense, harsh and politically incorrect humor. A former Pentecostal preacher, he performed ...more

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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 - John William "Johnny" Carson was an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, actor, and musician known for thirty years as host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. ...more

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Patton Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Patton Oswalt Ratatouille, The King of Queens Magnolia - Patton Oswalt is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice actor known for roles such as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens and for voicing Remy in the film Ratatouille.

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Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Aziz Ansari Parks and Recreation, Ice Age: Continental Drift Epic - Aziz Ishmael Ansari is an American actor and comedian. He starred as Tom Haverford on the NBC show Parks and Recreation. Ansari began his career performing standup comedy in New York City during the ...more

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Jim Jefferies is listed (or ranked) 31 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 - Geoff James Nugent, known professionally as Jim Jefferies, is an Australian stand-up comedian, actor and writer.

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Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Billy Crystal Monsters, Inc Monsters University - William Edward "Billy" Crystal is an American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, comedian, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on the ABC ...more

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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 33 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 - John William "Will" Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. Ferrell first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday ...more

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Lenny Bruce is listed (or ranked) 34 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 - Leonard Alfred Schneider, better known by his stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American stand-up comedian, social critic and satirist. He was renowned for his open, free-style and critical form of ...more

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters Lost in Translation - William James "Bill" Murray is an American actor and comedian. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live for which he earned an Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy films, ...more

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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Jon Stewart The Daily Show, The Colbert Report The 78th Annual Academy Awards - Jonathan Stewart is a voice actor.

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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Mel Brooks The Producers, SpaceballsBlazing Saddles - Melvin James "Mel" Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer, and songwriter. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic ...more

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Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Sarah Silverman Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock There's Something About Mary - Sarah Kate Silverman is an American stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actress. Her satirical comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics, such as racism, sexism and religion, having ...more

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Daniel Tosh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Daniel Tosh Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious, Daniel Tosh: Happy ThoughtsTosh.0 - Daniel Dwight Tosh is an American comedian, television host, actor, writer, and executive producer who hosts the Comedy Central television show Tosh.0.

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Ron White is listed (or ranked) 40 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 - Ronald Dee "Ron" White is an American stand up comedian and actor, best known as a charter member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Nicknamed "Tater Salad," he is the author of the ...more

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 41 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 - Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk show The ...more

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Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Chris Farley Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja Black Sheep - Christopher Crosby "Chris" Farley was an American comedian and actor. Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style, and was a member of Chicago's Second City Theatre and cast ...more

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Jonathan Winters It's a Mad, Mad Mad - Jonathan Harshman Winters III was an American comedian, actor, author, and artist. Beginning in 1960, Winters recorded many classic comedy albums for the Verve Records label. He also had records ...more

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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 - Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist. He was the host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, an ...more

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Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 45 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 - Stephen Tyrone Colbert is an American political satirist, writer, producer, singer, television host, actor, media critic, and comedian. From 2005 to 2014, he was the host of Comedy Central's The ...more

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Gabriel Iglesias is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Gabriel Iglesias Magic Mike, All That Planes - Gabriel J. Iglecias, known professionally as Gabriel Iglesias and comically as Fluffy, is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer and voice actor. He is known for his shows I'm Not Fat… I'm ...more

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Russell Peters is listed (or ranked) 47 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 - Russell Dominic Peters is a Canadian comedian and actor. He began performing in Toronto in 1989 and won a Gemini Award in 2008. He has set records for sales and attendance at a comedian's performance: ...more

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Cheech and Chong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
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Bob Hope The Bob Hope Show, The 50th Annual Academy AwardsBob Hope: The First 90 Years - Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS, was an English-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author. With a career spanning nearly 80 years, Hope ...more

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John Candy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
John Candy SCTV, Spaceballs Planes - John Franklin Candy was a Canadian actor and comedian. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of The Second City and its related Second City Television series and through his appearances ...more