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The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time 

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Updated August 4, 2020 1.2M votes 85.1k voters 2.1M views 238 items

List Rules Must perform stand-up comedy. It's nice to be funny on film and TV, but stand-up is an art of its own.

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 Netflix or Comedy Central, while others started their own YouTube channel and put their best jokes 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 crowdranked list of the greatest standups of all time, or make your own contributing list and give your voice more weight in the calculations. 

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Dec. at 71 (1937-2008) from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1940-2005) from Peoria, Illinois, United States of America

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Dec. at 83 (1921-2004) from USA, New York, Deer Park

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Bill Burr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Aaron719 added Age 50 from Canton, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Dec. at 69 (1922-1991) from USA, St. Louis, Missouri

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Mitch Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Dec. at 37 (1968-2005) from Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

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Age 92 from New York City, USA, New York

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1957-2008) from USA, Chicago, Illinois

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Jim Gaffigan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
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Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
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John Candy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
MusculMogul added Dec. at 44 (1950-1994) from Newmarket, Canada

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PhillyHilfiger added Age 39 from USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
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Ron White is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
Age 62 from Fritch, Texas, United States of America

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