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The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time

Updated October 6, 2020 1.3m votes 90.9k 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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  • 1
    George Carlin
    24,065
    10,135

    George Carlin

    1937-05-12

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

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  • 2
    Richard Pryor
    18,811
    8,094

    Richard Pryor

    1940-12-01

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States of America

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  • 3
    Robin Williams
    21,510
    9,793

    Robin Williams

    1951-07-21

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • 4
    Dave Chappelle
    23,425
    10,237

    Dave Chappelle

    1973-08-24

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

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  • 5
    Eddie Murphy
    17,387
    7,927

    Eddie Murphy

    1961-04-03

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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  • 6
    Rodney Dangerfield
    11,671
    6,775

    BirthplaceDeer Park, New York, United States of America

  • 7
    Bill Burr
    15,989
    8,455

    Bill Burr

    1968-06-10

    BirthplaceCanton, Massachusetts, USA

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  • 8
    Chris Rock
    14,481
    9,301

    Chris Rock

    1965-02-07

    BirthplaceAndrews, South Carolina, United States of America

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  • 9
    Steve Martin
    10,784
    7,336

    Steve Martin

    1945-08-14

    BirthplaceWaco, Texas, United States of America

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  • 10
    Redd Foxx
    7,482
    5,078

    Redd Foxx

    1922-12-09

    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

  • 11
    Don Rickles
    8,302
    5,715

    Don Rickles

    1926-05-08

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 12
    Bill Murray
    7,421
    4,311

    Bill Murray

    1950-09-21

    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, United States of America

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  • 13
    Bernie Mac
    7,802
    5,580

    Bernie Mac

    1957-10-05

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • 14
    Mitch Hedberg
    10,190
    7,536

    Mitch Hedberg

    1968-02-24

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • 15
    Mel Brooks
    6,471
    4,009

    Mel Brooks

    1926-06-28

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 16
    Ricky Gervais
    9,833
    7,282

    Ricky Gervais

    1961-06-25

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

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  • 17
    John Candy
    6,493
    3,115

    John Candy

    1950-10-31

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

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  • 18
    Chris Farley
    7,622
    4,596

    Chris Farley

    1964-02-15

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • 19
    Louis C.K.
    15,946
    12,139

    Louis C.K.

    1967-09-12

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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  • 20
    Carol Burnett
    5,084
    3,126

    Carol Burnett

    1933-04-26

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America

  • 21
    Ron White
    6,816
    4,756

    Ron White

    1956-12-18

    BirthplaceFritch, Texas, United States of America

  • 22
    Gabriel Iglesias
    7,188
    5,342

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, USA

  • 23
    Kevin Hart
    11,850
    9,405

    Kevin Hart

    1979-07-06

    BirthplaceNorth Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

  • 24
    Jim Gaffigan
    9,203
    7,072

    Jim Gaffigan

    1966-07-07

    BirthplaceUSA, Illinois, Elgin

  • 25
    Norm Macdonald
    7,842
    5,963

    Norm Macdonald

    1963-10-17

    BirthplaceCanada, Quebec City