comedy The Most Original Comedians

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List Rules Comedians who were actually groundbreaking and original - not derivative.

Picking the top original comedians may start a bar fight but it's time to weigh in. What is the criteria for choosing some of the top groundbreaking comedians? This list looks at comedians who were the first of their kind, who set trends, established new genres, and broke the comedy mold to pieces. Those who killed while they made some razor sharp points about the state of things. Who had their own style that could not be replicated, try as many might.

Ranked here are original comics who broke down boundaries and changed American pop culture. Which top original comedians shocked the senses, created new comedic wrinkles, and challenged America to challenge itself?

Original comics with an original voice soon get folded into the next generation’s comedy. Milton Berle and Jack Benny were groundbreaking comedians of their time. Bill Hicks called the world out on its very existence. Johnny Carson created late night talk.

Groundbreaking comedians have changed public opinion and influenced politics. Jon Stewart has taken down many an arrogant journalist and political figure by using comedy, logic, and masterful mock news. Tina Fey has done the same. Lenny Bruce and George Carlin questioned every aspect of government and society and pushed limits. Monty Python surrealistically picked apart the British Empire. Amy Schumer brought a brash realism, a fresh voice for women, and taught us all where fudge is made. Dave Chappelle and Richard Pryor will always be considered two of the greats, nearly impossible to conquer.

Then there are those original comedy legends who have fallen from grace. Are they still groundbreaking comedians in light of their misdeeds and scandal? Many think so. Others see original comics like Bill Cosby as icons who did a lot for America’s perception of black families. But in the face of over 35 accusers of drugging and rape, where does he fall in comedy history? How about Woody Allen, who has faced his own public scandals?

Who are your favorite original comics? Do you swing old school or new? Do you mix your original comedy tastes and make choices based on your mood? Upvote your favorite groundbreaking comedians and tell us who should rule the original comics list. Don’t see your favorite original comedy king or queen here? Add it and get the last laugh. We’ll forgive you if you add Dane Cook.

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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Richard Pryor Died at 65 (1940-2005)

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George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Original Comedians
George Carlin Died at 71 (1937-2008)

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014)

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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Steve Martin age 70

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Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Eddie Murphy age 54

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Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Original Comedians

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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Mel Brooks age 89

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Bill Murray age 65

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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Lucille Ball Died at 78 (1911-1989)

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Monty Python is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Monty Python

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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Carol Burnett age 82

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John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Original Comedians
John Belushi Died at 33 (1949-1982)

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Charlie Chaplin Died at 88 (1889-1977)

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Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Chris Rock age 50

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Tina Fey age 45

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Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Gilda Radner Died at 43 (1946-1989)

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Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Louis C.K. age 48

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Don Rickles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Don Rickles age 89

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Jonathan Winters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Jonathan Winters Died at 88 (1925-2013)

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Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Chris Farley Died at 33 (1964-1997)

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Marty Feldman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Marty Feldman Died at 48 (1934-1982)

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Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Phil Hartman Died at 50 (1948-1998)

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Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Original Comedians

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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Original Comedians

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Elaine May is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Elaine May age 83

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Andy Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Andy Kaufman Died at 35 (1949-1984)

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Sam Kinison is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Sam Kinison Died at 39 (1953-1992)

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John Candy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Original Comedians
John Candy Died at 44 (1950-1994)

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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Jon Stewart age 53

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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Original Comedians

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Bob Newhart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Bob Newhart age 86

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Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Lewis Black age 67

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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Jim Carrey age 53

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Mitch Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Mitch Hedberg Died at 37 (1968-2005)

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The Marx Bros. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Original Comedians
The Marx Bros.

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Steven Wright is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Steven Wright age 60

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Lenny Bruce is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Lenny Bruce Died at 41 (1925-1966)

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Bill Burr is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Bill Burr age 47

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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Lily Tomlin age 76

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Phyllis Diller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Phyllis Diller Died at 95 (1917-2012)

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Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Original Comedians

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Milton Berle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Milton Berle Died at 94 (1908-2002)

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Patton Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Patton Oswalt age 46

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Roseanne Barr is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Roseanne Barr age 63

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Buster Keaton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Buster Keaton Died at 71 (1895-1966)

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Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Chevy Chase age 72

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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Original Comedians

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Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Kristen Wiig age 42

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Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Woody Allen age 80

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Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Original Comedians
Greg Giraldo Died at 45 (1965-2010)