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 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
14,458 6,045
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Dogma, Cars, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

2
11,205 6,755
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Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji

3
11,426 4,267
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
14,045 4,373
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Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show

5
10,251 4,120
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Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, Coming to America

6
9,703 4,734
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Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker, Madagascar, Head of State

7
13,606 6,092
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Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Louie, Louis C.K. Oh My God

8
6,963 5,827
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Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time', Comedian

9
6,210 4,247
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The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos!, Bowfinger

10
8,680 3,360
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Aaron719 added The Heat, Date Night, Walk of Shame

11
5,940 3,507
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Back to School, Rover Dangerfield, Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me

12
6,349 3,741
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!

13
7,254 5,684
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

14
5,788 3,588
Jim Gaffigan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
It's Kind of a Funny Story, Away We Go, 17 Again

15
4,333 4,026
Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Daily Show, The Aristocrats, Lewis Black: Black on Broadway

16
4,124 2,512
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Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2

17
3,912 2,882
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Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers, Babe: Pig in the City

18
5,072 4,112
Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Office, The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction

19
4,735 3,243
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

20
4,839 6,697
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The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby: Himself, Uptown Saturday Night

21
5,229 3,909
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

22
3,858 2,575
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

23
3,623 2,148
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?

24
3,962 2,330
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

25
2,977 2,281
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Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show, Elf

26
3,741 3,477
Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Hangover, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Hangover Part II

27
3,430 2,790
Sam Kinison is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Sam Kinison Family Entertainment Hour, Back to School, Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me

28
4,097 3,375
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

29
3,294 3,148
Patton Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Ratatouille, The King of Queens, Magnolia

30
2,625 1,449
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Producers, Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles

31
2,457 1,011
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation

32
3,499 2,118
Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, Black Sheep

33
2,781 2,333
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Monsters, Inc, Monsters University

34
2,957 1,824
Jim Jefferies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
miriam added Legit, Down and Dirty with Jim Norton, Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God

35
3,445 2,474
Ron White is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Horrible Bosses, Sex and the City 2, Ron White: They Call Me Tater Salad

36
2,836 1,948
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Space Ghost, The Tonight Show

37
3,974 2,911
Daniel Tosh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious, Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts, Tosh.0

38
3,805 3,752
Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Parks and Recreation, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic

39
1,938 1,774
Lenny Bruce is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Lenny Bruce in 'Lenny Bruce', Dance Hall Racket, Thank You Mask Man

40
3,503 3,714
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now

41
2,249 1,752
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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad

42
2,876 2,306
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The 78th Annual Academy Awards

43
1,668 1,654
Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Countermoon added The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game, Kick-Ass

44
3,185 3,512
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock, There's Something About Mary

45
2,377 1,126
John Candy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
MusculMogul added SCTV, Spaceballs, Planes

46
3,524 2,685
Gabriel Iglesias is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Magic Mike, All That, Planes

47
2,126 1,639
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The Bob Hope Show, The 50th Annual Academy Awards, Bob Hope: The First 90 Years

48
2,047 1,639
Jeff Foxworthy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
RawnToler added Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Jeff Foxworthy: Totally Committed

49
2,067 1,945
Andy Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
Taxi, Heartbeeps, I'm from Hollywood

50
2,550 1,766
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time
The Lion King, Nash Bridges, Cars