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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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Dogma, Cars, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, Blazing Saddles
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Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji
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Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show
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Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, Coming to America
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Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker, Madagascar, Head of State
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Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Louie, Louis C.K. Oh My God
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The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos!, Bowfinger
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Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time', Comedian
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Aaron719 added The Heat, Date Night, Walk of Shame
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Back to School, Rover Dangerfield, Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me
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Mitch Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Almost Famous, Lords of Dogtown, Los Enchiladas!
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Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
PhillyHilfiger added Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer
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Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2
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Jim Gaffigan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
It's Kind of a Funny Story, Away We Go, 17 Again
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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Office, The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction
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Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Daily Show, The Aristocrats, Lewis Black: Black on Broadway
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Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers, Babe: Pig in the City
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Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen, Bill Hicks: Sane Man, Bill Hicks Live: Satirist
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The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby: Himself, Uptown Saturday Night
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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
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Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Dirty Work, Billy Madison, Saturday Night Live
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Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Harlem Nights, Sanford, Norman... Is That You?
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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Bernie Mac Show, Ocean's Eleven, Transformers
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Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show, Elf