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The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

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THE TOP 60 (as of 01.18.2013--people get better, ya know?):
I'm talking about people who actually did stand-up as a large part of their careers, not just people who were mostly comic actors (good performances on TV, podcasts & interviews definitely helped comics move up on this list, though).
Longevity (size of creative catalog) was considered, but it's also a huge disadvantage for people who, through no fault of their own, haven't been alive as long. At the same time, as people get better they can move up, while the older folks can only move down. The way I ended-up ranking these folks was based on:
1) their peak (how hard did I laugh at their best set?)
2) their originality (did they come up with a new thing or adapt someone else's style?-- i.e. Mitch Hedberg from Steven Wright)
3) their social impact (did they work in progressive philosophy, social justice & introspection into their comedy...or just joke about food & airplanes?)

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    George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #1 on the original list
    George Carlin Died at 71 (1937-2008)

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    Marc Maron is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    Marc Maron

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    David Cross is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #56 on the original list
    David Cross age 51

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    Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #3 on the original list
    Richard Pryor Died at 65 (1940-2005)

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    Steven Wright is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #19 on the original list
    Steven Wright age 60

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    Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #17 on the original list
    Bill Hicks Died at 33 (1961-1994)

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    Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #22 on the original list
    Zach Galifianakis age 46

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    Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #53 on the original list
    Greg Giraldo Died at 45 (1965-2010)

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    Rodney Dangerfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #10 on the original list
    Rodney Dangerfield Died at 83 (1921-2004)

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    Greg Proops is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #226 on the original list
    Greg Proops age 56

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    Ron Shock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #446 on the original list
    Ron Shock Died at 70 (1942-2012)

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    Maria Bamford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #133 on the original list
    Maria Bamford age 45

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    Paula Poundstone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #170 on the original list
    Paula Poundstone age 56

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    Anthony Jeselnik is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #92 on the original list
    Anthony Jeselnik age 37

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    Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #34 on the original list
    Sarah Silverman age 45

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    Todd Glass is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
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    Doug Stanhope is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #84 on the original list
    Doug Stanhope age 48

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    Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #9 on the original list
    Steve Martin age 70

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    Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #15 on the original list
    Lewis Black age 67

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    Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #47 on the original list
    Amy Schumer age 34

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    Rory Scovel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
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    Dave Attell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #55 on the original list
    Dave Attell age 50

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    Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #4 on the original list
    Louis C.K. age 48

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    Kurt Braunohler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

    #499 on the original list
    Kurt Braunohler

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    Andy Daly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
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