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 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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76
1,864 1,529
Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
naphtali added 8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 O'Clock Live, Distraction
77
1,748 1,771
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Everybody Loves Raymond, Beavis and Butt-head Do America, The Drew Carey Show
78
1,683 1,385
Hannibal Buress is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
PaulScanlon added The Eric Andre Show, Neighbors, Daddy's Home
79
2,053 3,194
Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Real Time with Bill Maher, Religulous, Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home
80
1,662 1,604
Doug Stanhope is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
And Punching the Clown, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Man Show
81
1,858 1,660
Tracy Morgan is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
30 Rock, Cop Out, Saturday Night Live
82
1,968 1,461
Tim Allen is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Home Improvement, Toy Story, Toy Story 3
83
1,677 1,421
Anthony Jeselnik is listed (or ranked) 83 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
84
1,742 1,856
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
1,308 741
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bringing Down the House, The Golden Girls, The Match Game
86
1,727 1,801
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
87
1,645 1,535
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
1,639 1,542
Ray Romano is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown
89
1,980 1,904
Jeff Dunham is listed (or ranked) 89 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
90
1,650 1,890
Gilbert Gottfried is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Aladdin, Hollywood Squares, Aladdin and the King of Thieves
91
1,519 1,370
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Price Is Right, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Aristocrats
92
1,032 1,697
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Countermoon added Deal or No Deal, America's Got Talent, Howie
93
1,030 795
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Martin Short Show, Frankenweenie, Mars Attacks!
94
1,330 1,315
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The Jack Benny Program, To be or not To Be, Broadway Melody of 1936
95
1,445 1,440
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
1,712 1,944
Kevin James is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The King of Queens, Here Comes the Boom, Hitch
97
1,137 885
Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Shrek
98
1,889 2,073
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 98 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
99
1,421 1,921
Andrew Dice Clay is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Blue Jasmine, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Dice Rules
100
1,037 942
Chris Tucker is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
JanThourot added Silver Linings Playbook, The Fifth Element, Rush Hour 2