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List Rules Stand up comedians only. Must have done actual stand-up, not just film or TV.

A ranked list of the best stand up comedians in the history of the art form. First and foremost, all of the people on this list are funny comedians. But beyond that, this is a diverse list of people with different styles who approach different types of subject matter. These are the cream of the crop: they are the top comedians in the game, and many thousands of people agree. Many of the popular comedians listed below worked their way up through the stand up circuit and eventually landed a show on Comedy Central, while others started their own web series and put their best stand up out into the world that way. The funniest comedians can come from any type of background, obviously there are insanely talented black, Asian, Latino and white comedians (and everything in between.)

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. The top ten comedians are always changing. 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. 
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1
11,755 4,249
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George Carlin Dogma, Cars, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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2
8,759 4,953
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Robin Williams Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji

3
8,915 3,148
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Richard Pryor Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, Blazing Saddles

4
11,567 4,479
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Louis C.K. Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Louie, Louis C.K. Oh My God

5
10,465 3,299
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Dave Chappelle Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show

6
7,911 3,126
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Eddie Murphy Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, Coming to America

7
7,715 3,571
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Chris Rock Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker, Madagascar, Head of State

8
4,958 3,157
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Steve Martin The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos!, Bowfinger

9
5,257 4,358
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Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld^! Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time'^! Comedian^! Bee Movie

10
4,593 2,694
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Rodney Dangerfield Back to School, Rover Dangerfield, Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me

11
6,243 2,481
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Aaron719 added Bill Burr The Heat, Date Night, Walk of Shame

12
5,247 2,794
Mitch Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Mitch Hedberg Almost Famous, Lords of Dogtown, Los Enchiladas!

13
5,468 4,154
Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
PhillyHilfiger added Kevin Hart Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer

14
3,619 3,005
Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Lewis Black The Daily Show, The Aristocrats, Lewis Black: Black on Broadway

15
3,178 2,156
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Steven Wright Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers, Babe: Pig in the City

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16
4,594 2,687
Jim Gaffigan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Jim Gaffigan It's Kind of a Funny Story, Away We Go, 17 Again

17
3,924 2,494
Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bill Hicks Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen, Bill Hicks: Sane Man, Bill Hicks Live: Satirist

18
4,013 5,131
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Bill Cosby The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby: Himself, Uptown Saturday Night

19
3,939 3,123
Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Ricky Gervais The Office, The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction

20
3,094 1,932
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Don Rickles Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2

21
3,891 2,944
Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Jim Carrey Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

22
2,785 1,667
Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Redd Foxx Harlem Nights, Sanford, Norman... Is That You?

23
2,651 1,930
Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Norm Macdonald Dirty Work, Billy Madison, Saturday Night Live

24
3,060 2,706
Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Zach Galifianakis The Hangover, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Hangover Part II

25
2,973 1,788
Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show, Ocean's Eleven, Transformers

26
2,330 1,764
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Bob Newhart Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show, Elf

27
2,751 2,166
Sam Kinison is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Sam Kinison The Sam Kinison Family Entertainment Hour, Back to School, Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me

28
2,714 2,425
Patton Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Patton Oswalt Ratatouille, The King of Queens, Magnolia

29
3,110 2,605
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Will Ferrell Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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30
3,186 2,874
Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Aziz Ansari Parks and Recreation, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic

31
1,488 1,314
Lenny Bruce is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Lenny Bruce Lenny Bruce in 'Lenny Bruce', Dance Hall Racket, Thank You Mask Man

32
2,108 1,787
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Billy Crystal Monsters, Inc, Monsters University

33
2,779 1,933
Ron White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Ron White Horrible Bosses, Sex and the City 2, Ron White: They Call Me Tater Salad

34
1,908 1,028
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Mel Brooks The Producers, Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles

35
2,191 1,487
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Johnny Carson The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Space Ghost, The Tonight Show

36
1,502 571
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation

37
2,083 1,247
Jim Jefferies is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
miriam added Jim Jefferies Legit, Down and Dirty with Jim Norton, Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God

38
2,784 2,786
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Ellen DeGeneres Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now

39
2,272 1,657
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Jon Stewart The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The 78th Annual Academy Awards

40
2,667 1,648
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Chris Farley Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, Black Sheep

41
3,179 2,294
Daniel Tosh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Daniel Tosh Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious^!Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts^!Tosh.0^!Brickleberry

42
2,572 2,699
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Sarah Silverman Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock, There's Something About Mary

43
1,188 1,116
Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Countermoon added Craig Ferguson The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game, Kick-Ass

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44
1,788 1,388
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Jonathan Winters It's a Mad, Mad, Mad

45
2,698 2,003
Gabriel Iglesias is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Gabriel Iglesias Magic Mike, All That, Planes

46
1,733 1,700
Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Joan Rivers Fashion Police, The Joan Rivers Show, The Joan Rivers Show

47
2,064 1,362
Cheech and Chong is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Cheech and Chong

48
1,639 1,296
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Bob Hope The Bob Hope Show^! The 50th Annual Academy Awards^!Bob Hope: The First 90 Years^! The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

49
1,701 1,399
Dave Attell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Dave Attell Insomniac with Dave Attell, Dave Attell: Captain Miserable, Dave Attell: Road Work

50
1,535 1,447
Andy Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Andy Kaufman Taxi, Heartbeeps, I'm from Hollywood