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The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time 

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Updated May 16, 2020 1M votes 76.4k voters 2.1M views 402 items

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 or 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 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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Age 45 from Washington, D.C., USA
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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1940-2005) from Peoria, Illinois, United States of America
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Age 57 from New York City, USA, New York
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Dec. at 71 (1937-2008) from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
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Age 54 from Andrews, USA, South Carolina
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Age 51 from Washington, D.C., United States of America
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Bill Burr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Aaron719 added Age 50 from Canton, Massachusetts, United States of America
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Dec. at 63 (1951-2014) from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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Dec. at 83 (1921-2004) from USA, New York, Deer Park
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Mitch Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Dec. at 37 (1968-2005) from Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America
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Age 92 from New York City, USA, New York
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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1957-2008) from USA, Chicago, Illinois
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Jim Gaffigan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Age 52 from USA, Illinois, Elgin
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Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Dec. at 69 (1922-1991) from USA, St. Louis, Missouri
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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Age 68 from Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America
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Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Age 55 from Canada, Quebec City
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Age 73 from Texas, USA, Waco
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Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Dec. at 33 (1964-1997) from Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Age 92 from New York City, New York, United States of America
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Jim Jefferies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
miriam added Age 42 from Sydney, Australia
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Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Dec. at 33 (1961-1994) from Valdosta, Georgia, United States of America
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John Candy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
MusculMogul added Dec. at 44 (1950-1994) from Newmarket, Canada
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Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1925-2005) from Corning, Quincy Township, Iowa, United States of America
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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Age 57 from Reading, England
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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Age 85 from San Antonio, Texas, United States of America