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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?)

Enjoy & discuss...

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George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
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
David Cross age 53

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Eddie Pepitone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
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
Steven Wright age 61

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

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Paul F. Tompkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

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Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
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
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
Greg Proops age 57

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Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

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Mitch Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Mitch Hedberg Died at 37 (1968-2005)

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Andy Kindler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Andy Kindler age 60

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Pete Holmes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Pete Holmes age 36

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Garry Shandling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

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Jackie Kashian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

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Ron Shock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
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
Maria Bamford age 46

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Al Madrigal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Al Madrigal age 45

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Doug Benson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Doug Benson age 51

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Tig Notaro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Tig Notaro age 46

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Ron Lynch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Ron Lynch age 64

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Bill Burr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Bill Burr age 48

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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

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

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

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

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

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Doug Stanhope is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Doug Stanhope age 50

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James Adomian is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
James Adomian age 37

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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Steve Martin age 71

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Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Lewis Black age 68

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

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Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

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Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

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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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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

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Eugene Mirman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Eugene Mirman age 42

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Chelsea Peretti is listed (or ranked) 41 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
Dave Attell age 52

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Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Woody Allen age 81

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Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Louis C.K. age 49

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Jake Johannsen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment

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Kyle Dunnigan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Kyle Dunnigan age 44

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

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Paul Provenza is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Paul Provenza age 59

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Fred Stoller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians in Entertainment
Fred Stoller age 59

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