Sam is number 1 on this list because he had over come his demons. He was the original Rock Star of Comedy and was living that lifestyle to the fullest. After years of battling his drug addictions, Sam finally won his sobriety, and then was hit by a drunk driver.
#140 on The Funniest People of All Time
#377 on People We Wish Were Still Alivesee more on Sam Kinison
Possibly one of the most tragic ends a comedian could face. Most comedians tend to pass due to Cancer, Drugs, or Accidents, but Phil was actually taken from us by his wife... and I miss him to this very day. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2210818554
#477 on The Best Actors in Film Historysee more on Phil Hartman
It's scary to think how identical Chris Farley is to Belushi in so many ways. They were both discovered at 2nd City in Chicago - They were both stars on Saturday Night Live - and they both died of Drug overdoses at the age of 33.... The only reason I put Chris higher on this list is I feel he had a bit more of a lovable teddy bear style to him. Which made losing him more tragic.
#109 on People We Wish Were Still Alivesee more on Chris Farley
What all is there to say about Bill Hicks? He was an amazing comedian. Had he not been stolen from the world, I have no doubt he would be right up there with Pryor and Carlin as the Best there ever was...
#175 on The Funniest People of All Time
#520 on People We Wish Were Still Alive
#1049 on The Greatest Minds of All Timesee more on Bill Hicks
Belushi was Loved by all and has secured comic immortality. It's sad to think that he was able to accomplish so much in roughly 6 years of the spotlight he was given...
#239 on The Best Actors in Film History
#208 on The Coolest Actors Eversee more on John Belushi
Lenny Bruce is unquestionably the godfather of modern stand up...
#269 on The Funniest People of All Time
#726 on People We Wish Were Still Alive
#79 on The Most Beloved US Veteranssee more on Lenny Bruce
#28 on The Most Original Comedianssee more on Andy Kaufman
#106 on The Funniest People of All Time
#692 on People We Wish Were Still Alivesee more on Mitch Hedberg