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.

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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 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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51
2,391 2,349
Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Fashion Police, The Joan Rivers Show, The Joan Rivers Show

52
2,620 1,842
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Lion King, Nash Bridges, Cars

53
2,196 1,859
Dave Attell is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Insomniac with Dave Attell, Dave Attell: Captain Miserable, Dave Attell: Road Work

54
1,588 809
Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Carol Burnett Show, Horton Hears a Who!, Annie

55
1,909 1,265
Patrice O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Scary Movie 4, 25th Hour, Head of State

56
2,945 3,348
Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Grown Ups 2, Grown Ups, Big Daddy

57
2,144 1,538
Brian Regan is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Shorties Watchin' Shorties

58
2,210 1,480
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Despicable Me

59
1,802 1,179
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
doremifasola added The Lion King, Bean, Mr. Bean's Holiday

60
2,050 1,820
Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Comedian, Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn

61
1,493 1,003
Groucho Marx is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
looksharp added Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, Animal Crackers

62
1,959 2,243
David Cross is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Small Soldiers, Kung Fu Panda

63
2,972 2,697
Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
INTPLibrarian added The Daily Show, he Colbert Report, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

64
1,619 1,401
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Brave, The Last Samurai, The Boondock Saints

65
1,978 1,748
John Oliver is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Litho_stone added The Daily Show, John Oliver: Terrifying Times, The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

66
2,348 1,973
Russell Peters is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Source Code, Russell Peters: The Green Card Tour - Live from The O2 Arena, A Russell Peters Christmas Special

67
1,919 2,087
Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Two If by Sea, Rescue Me, Ice Age

68
2,140 2,049
Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches

69
1,080 493
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
A Fish Called Wanda, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian

70
1,852 1,362
Larry David is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Three Stooges

71
1,505 1,027
George Burns is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Oh, God!

72
1,589 1,143
John Mulaney is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
gschwayze added Saturday Night Live, Mulaney

73
1,814 1,990
Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Over the Hedge, Rio, Evan Almighty

74
1,661 1,508
Martin Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bad Boys II, Bad Boys, Big Momma's House

75
1,713 1,351
Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Fear Factor, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, NewsRadio

76
1,482 1,201
Hannibal Buress is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
PaulScanlon added The Eric Andre Show, Neighbors, Daddy's Home

77
2,012 2,039
Katt Williams is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1, Norbit, First Sunday

78
1,517 1,418
Doug Stanhope is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
And Punching the Clown, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Man Show

79
1,562 1,548
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Everybody Loves Raymond, Beavis and Butt-head Do America, The Drew Carey Show

80
1,903 2,852
Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Real Time with Bill Maher, Religulous, Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home

81
1,634 1,349
Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
naphtali added 8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 O'Clock Live, Distraction

82
1,590 1,498
Bill Engvall is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Blue Collar TV, Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie, Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road

83
1,207 652
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live, Animal House

84
1,581 1,679
Demetri Martin is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Demetri Martin. Person., Important Things with Demetri Martin

85
1,644 1,469
Tracy Morgan is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
30 Rock, Cop Out, Saturday Night Live

86
1,677 1,277
Tim Allen is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Home Improvement, Toy Story, Toy Story 3

87
1,498 1,379
Mike Birbiglia is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids, Going the Distance

88
1,425 1,256
Anthony Jeselnik is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
gschwayze added Miss March, Down and Dirty with Jim Norton, Down & Dirty with Jim Norton

89
1,547 1,609
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Dennis Miller Live, Dennis Miller, Dennis Miller: The Raw Feed

90
1,439 1,371
Ray Romano is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown

91
1,756 1,687
Jeff Dunham is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Freak_Show1 added Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity, Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself, Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special

92
1,463 1,690
Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Aladdin, Hollywood Squares, Aladdin and the King of Thieves

93
866 1,483
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Countermoon added Deal or No Deal, America's Got Talent, Howie

94
1,193 1,186
Ranker Video
The Jack Benny Program, To be or not To Be, Broadway Melody of 1936

95
1,282 1,290
Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
I Heart Huckabees, Nine to Five, Nashville

96
1,319 1,227
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Price Is Right, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Aristocrats

97
1,532 1,751
Kevin James is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The King of Queens, Here Comes the Boom, Hitch

98
838 660
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Martin Short Show, Frankenweenie, Mars Attacks!

99
1,324 2,000
Ranker Video
Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

100
1,704 1,809
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Countermoon added Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Fever Pitch