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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14,112 5,799
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George Carlin Dogma, Cars, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

2
11,102 4,108
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
10,915 6,500
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Robin Williams Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji

4
13,521 4,229
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Dave Chappelle Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show

5
9,927 4,006
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Eddie Murphy Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, Coming to America

6
9,464 4,572
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Chris Rock Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker, Madagascar, Head of State

7
13,299 5,907
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Louis C.K. Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Louie, Louis C.K. Oh My God

8
6,761 5,621
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Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time', Comedian

9
6,074 4,089
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Steve Martin The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos!, Bowfinger

10
8,229 3,238
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Aaron719 added Bill Burr The Heat, Date Night, Walk of Shame

11
5,778 3,403
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Rodney Dangerfield Back to School, Rover Dangerfield, Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me

12
6,192 3,611
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
7,017 5,438
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
5,621 3,449
Jim Gaffigan is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
4,245 3,894
Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Lewis Black The Daily Show, The Aristocrats, Lewis Black: Black on Broadway

16
4,002 2,422
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Don Rickles Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2

17
3,820 2,785
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Steven Wright Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers, Babe: Pig in the City

18
4,916 3,975
Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Ricky Gervais The Office, The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction

19
4,624 3,137
Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
4,738 6,472
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Bill Cosby The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby: Himself, Uptown Saturday Night

21
5,072 3,763
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

22
3,660 2,495
Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Norm Macdonald Dirty Work, Billy Madison, Saturday Night Live

23
3,514 2,086
Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Redd Foxx Harlem Nights, Sanford, Norman... Is That You?

24
3,837 2,254
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
2,895 2,212
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Bob Newhart Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show, Elf

26
3,653 3,374
Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
3,344 2,699
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
3,984 3,255
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 28 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

29
3,227 3,045
Patton Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Patton Oswalt Ratatouille, The King of Queens, Magnolia

30
2,548 1,382
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
2,335 954
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation

32
2,701 2,269
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Billy Crystal Monsters, Inc, Monsters University

33
3,388 2,055
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Chris Farley Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, Black Sheep

34
2,832 1,747
Jim Jefferies is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
2,755 1,899
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Johnny Carson The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Space Ghost, The Tonight Show

36
3,340 2,402
Ron White is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
3,861 2,825
Daniel Tosh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Daniel Tosh Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious, Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts, Tosh.0

38
1,878 1,720
Lenny Bruce is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
3,725 3,645
Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Aziz Ansari Parks and Recreation, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic

40
3,409 3,590
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
2,191 1,708
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Jonathan Winters It's a Mad, Mad, Mad

42
2,807 2,228
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Jon Stewart The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The 78th Annual Academy Awards

43
1,610 1,591
Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 43 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

44
3,126 3,390
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Sarah Silverman Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock, There's Something About Mary

45
2,285 1,084
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
3,404 2,617
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
2,067 1,594
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Bob Hope The Bob Hope Show, The 50th Annual Academy Awards, Bob Hope: The First 90 Years

48
2,009 1,876
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
2,479 1,706
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Cheech and Chong The Lion King, Nash Bridges, Cars

50
1,965 1,582
Jeff Foxworthy is listed (or ranked) 50 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