Comedians The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time  

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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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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Adam Sandler Grown Ups 2, Grown Ups, Big Daddy

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1,860 1,368
Dana Carvey is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Dana Carvey Wayne's World, Saturday Night Live, Wayne's World 2

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1,899 1,541
Jeff Foxworthy is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
RawnToler added Jeff Foxworthy Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Jeff Foxworthy: Totally Committed

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2,018 1,721
Dave Attell is listed (or ranked) 54 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

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1,381 697
Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Carol Burnett The Carol Burnett Show, Horton Hears a Who!, Annie

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1,919 1,695
Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Greg Giraldo Comedian, Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn

57
1,972 1,327
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Steve Carell The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Despicable Me

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1,696 1,145
Patrice O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Patrice O'Neal Scary Movie 4, 25th Hour, Head of State

59
2,796 2,458
Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
INTPLibrarian added Stephen Colbert The Daily Show, he Colbert Report, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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1,958 1,400
Brian Regan is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Brian Regan Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Shorties Watchin' Shorties

61
1,842 2,102
David Cross is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
David Cross Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Small Soldiers, Kung Fu Panda

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1,810 1,924
Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Denis Leary Two If by Sea, Rescue Me, Ice Age

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1,817 1,580
John Oliver is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Litho_stone added John Oliver The Daily Show, John Oliver: Terrifying Times, The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

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2,024 1,919
Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Eddie Izzard Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches

The Funniest Professional Athletes

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2,199 1,831
Russell Peters is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Russell Peters Source Code, Russell Peters: The Green Card Tour - Live from The O2 Arena, A Russell Peters Christmas Special

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1,595 1,053
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
doremifasola added Rowan Atkinson The Lion King, Bean, Mr. Bean's Holiday

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1,475 1,290
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Billy Connolly Brave, The Last Samurai, The Boondock Saints

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1,333 901
Groucho Marx is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
looksharp added Groucho Marx Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, Animal Crackers

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1,663 1,243
Larry David is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Larry David Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Three Stooges

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1,365 944
George Burns is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
George Burns The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Oh, God!

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1,686 1,807
Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Wanda Sykes Over the Hedge, Rio, Evan Almighty

43 Hipsters Who Are Trying Way Too Hard

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1,789 2,608
Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bill Maher Real Time with Bill Maher, Religulous, Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home

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1,357 1,019
John Mulaney is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
gschwayze added John Mulaney Saturday Night Live, Mulaney

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1,375 1,308
Doug Stanhope is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Doug Stanhope And Punching the Clown, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Man Show

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1,397 1,410
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
David Letterman Everybody Loves Raymond, Beavis and Butt-head Do America, The Drew Carey Show

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1,315 1,071
Hannibal Buress is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
PaulScanlon added Hannibal Buress The Eric Andre Show, Neighbors, Daddy's Home

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1,488 1,377
Martin Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Martin Lawrence Bad Boys II, Bad Boys, Big Momma's House

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1,826 1,874
Katt Williams is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Katt Williams Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1, Norbit, First Sunday

The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time

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1,466 1,373
Bill Engvall is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bill Engvall Blue Collar TV, Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie, Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road

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1,461 1,231
Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
naphtali added Jimmy Carr 8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 O'Clock Live, Distraction

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1,447 1,208
Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Joe Rogan Fear Factor, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, NewsRadio

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1,488 1,341
Tracy Morgan is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Tracy Morgan 30 Rock, Cop Out, Saturday Night Live

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1,458 1,561
Demetri Martin is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Demetri Martin Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Demetri Martin. Person., Important Things with Demetri Martin

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1,383 1,272
Mike Birbiglia is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Mike Birbiglia The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids, Going the Distance

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1,038 573
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
John Belushi The Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live, Animal House

The 16 Funniest SNL Digital Shorts in Show History

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1,490 1,157
Tim Allen is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Tim Allen Home Improvement, Toy Story, Toy Story 3

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873 416
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
John Cleese A Fish Called Wanda, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian

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1,407 1,495
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller Live, Dennis Miller, Dennis Miller: The Raw Feed

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1,603 1,548
Jeff Dunham is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Freak_Show1 added Jeff Dunham Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity, Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself, Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special

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772 1,311
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Countermoon added Howie Mandel Deal or No Deal, America's Got Talent, Howie

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1,300 1,259
Ray Romano is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown

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1,282 1,141
Anthony Jeselnik is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
gschwayze added Anthony Jeselnik Miss March, Down and Dirty with Jim Norton, Down & Dirty with Jim Norton

All of Jimmy Kimmel's 'Celebrities Read Mean Tweets

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1,335 1,560
Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Gilbert Gottfried Aladdin, Hollywood Squares, Aladdin and the King of Thieves

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1,171 1,185
Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Lily Tomlin I Heart Huckabees, Nine to Five, Nashville

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2,060 2,862
Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Amy Schumer Trainwreck, Inside Amy Schumer, Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff

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1,401 1,603
Kevin James is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Kevin James The King of Queens, Here Comes the Boom, Hitch

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1,213 1,128
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Drew Carey The Price Is Right, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Aristocrats

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1,088 1,103
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Jack Benny The Jack Benny Program, To be or not To Be, Broadway Melody of 1936

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1,223 1,844
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Woody Allen Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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1,579 1,627
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Countermoon added Jimmy Fallon Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Fever Pitch