The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time People

The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

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

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    the people's #1 &most listed
    George Carlin

    1937 More
    100
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    1940 More
    94
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    1973 More
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    1967 More
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    1961 More
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    1965 More
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    1937 More
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    Robin Williams

    1951 More
    81
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    Steve Martin

    1945 More
    79
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    Rodney Dangerfield

    1921 More
    76
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    Mitch Hedberg

    1968 More
    75
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    Lewis Black

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    75
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    Jerry Seinfeld

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    1966 More
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    1955 More
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    Bill Hicks

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    Patton Oswalt

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    63
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    Ricky Gervais

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    1969 More
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    1926 More
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    Sam Kinison

    1953 More
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    Bob Newhart

    1929 More
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    David Cross

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    Chris Farley

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    added by: Aaron719
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    1962 More
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    Ellen DeGeneres

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    Stephen Colbert

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    added by: INTPLibrarian
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    Cheech and Chong

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    1962 More
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    1963 More
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    1948 More
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    Adam Sandler

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    Bill Maher

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