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The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time

Updated October 6, 2020 1.3m votes 94.6k voters 2.2m views233 items

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

This list ranks 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. Beyond that, this is a diverse list of people with different styles who approach different types of subject matter. Many of the popular comedians listed below worked their way up through the stand up circuit and eventually landed shows or specials on Netflix or Comedy Central, while others started their own YouTube channels 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 observant, an orator, an absurdist, blue collar, or alternative, all of the funny comedians on this list are unique, hardworking, and hilarious. They're some of the biggest and most famous names in the game, whether current or beloved goofy old comics. 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 the ability to connect with people in order 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 on the greatest standups of all time. Then check back to see if any of your favorites broke into the top 20 comedians.  

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    1937-05-12

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  • Richard Pryor2
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    1940-12-01

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  • Dave Chappelle4
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    1973-08-24

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  • Eddie Murphy5
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    1961-04-03

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  • Bill Burr7
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    1968-06-10

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  • Steve Martin9
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    1922-12-09

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  • Don Rickles11
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    Don Rickles

    1926-05-08

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  • Bill Murray12
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    Bill Murray

    1950-09-21

    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Bernie Mac13
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    Bernie Mac

    1957-10-05

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

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  • Mel Brooks14
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    Mel Brooks

    1926-06-28

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Ricky Gervais15
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    Ricky Gervais

    1961-06-25

    BirthplaceSouth East England, Eurasia, Reading, United Kingdom, England

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  • Chris Farley16
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    Chris Farley

    1964-02-15

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Mitch Hedberg17
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    Mitch Hedberg

    1968-02-24

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • John Candy18
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    John Candy

    1950-10-31

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

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  • Louis C.K.19
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    1967-09-12

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  • Carol Burnett20
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    Carol Burnett

    1933-04-26

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  • Kevin Hart21
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    Kevin Hart

    1979-07-06

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  • Gabriel Iglesias22
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    1956-12-18

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    1966-07-07

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    1922-01-17

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