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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
12,422 4,593
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George Carlin Dogma, Cars, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

2
9,340 5,315
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Robin Williams Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji

3
9,466 3,391
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
11,327 3,531
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Dave Chappelle Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show

5
8,439 3,340
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Eddie Murphy Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, Coming to America

6
8,166 3,790
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Chris Rock Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker, Madagascar, Head of State

7
12,041 4,902
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Louis C.K. Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Louie, Louis C.K. Oh My God

8
5,625 4,651
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Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time', Comedian

9
5,232 3,417
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Steve Martin The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos!, Bowfinger

10
4,900 2,890
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Rodney Dangerfield Back to School, Rover Dangerfield, Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me

11
6,764 2,672
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Aaron719 added Bill Burr The Heat, Date Night, Walk of Shame

12
5,494 3,003
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
5,863 4,454
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
3,804 3,212
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

The Funniest Professional Athletes

15
3,355 2,304
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Steven Wright Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers, Babe: Pig in the City

16
4,836 2,867
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
4,199 5,404
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Bill Cosby The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby: Himself, Uptown Saturday Night

18
4,134 2,634
Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
4,201 3,316
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
3,308 2,041
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Don Rickles Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2

21
4,190 3,107
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

43 Hipsters Who Are Trying Way Too Hard

22
2,961 1,768
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
2,904 2,067
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
3,187 1,897
Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show, Ocean's Eleven, Transformers

25
3,204 2,866
Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
2,469 1,861
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Bob Newhart Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show, Elf

27
2,886 2,304
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
2,832 2,581
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

The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time

29
3,309 2,767
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

30
2,059 1,110
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Mel Brooks The Producers, Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles

31
2,233 1,902
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Billy Crystal Monsters, Inc, Monsters University

32
2,312 1,585
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Johnny Carson The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Space Ghost, The Tonight Show

33
1,582 1,416
Lenny Bruce is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
3,326 3,071
Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Aziz Ansari Parks and Recreation, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic

35
2,926 2,049
Ron White is listed (or ranked) 35 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

The 16 Funniest SNL Digital Shorts in Show History

36
2,819 1,739
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Chris Farley Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, Black Sheep

37
1,683 664
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation

38
2,277 1,356
Jim Jefferies is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
2,934 2,974
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
2,407 1,788
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Jon Stewart The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The 78th Annual Academy Awards

41
3,346 2,411
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

42
1,297 1,215
Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 42 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

All of Jimmy Kimmel's 'Celebrities Read Mean Tweets

43
2,716 2,861
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Sarah Silverman Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock, There's Something About Mary

44
1,880 1,454
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Jonathan Winters It's a Mad, Mad, Mad

45
1,848 857
John Candy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
MusculMogul added John Candy SCTV, Spaceballs, Planes

46
2,859 2,144
Gabriel Iglesias is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Gabriel Iglesias Magic Mike, All That, Planes

47
1,857 1,811
Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Joan Rivers Fashion Police, The Joan Rivers Show, The Joan Rivers Show

48
1,657 1,536
Andy Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Andy Kaufman Taxi, Heartbeeps, I'm from Hollywood

49
1,725 1,369
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Bob Hope The Bob Hope Show, The 50th Annual Academy Awards, Bob Hope: The First 90 Years

50
2,160 1,445
Cheech and Chong is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Cheech and Chong