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The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time

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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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  • George Carlin1
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    George Carlin

    1937-05-12

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

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  • Richard Pryor2
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    Richard Pryor

    1940-12-01

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Robin Williams3
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    Robin Williams

    1951-07-21

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Dave Chappelle4
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    Dave Chappelle

    1973-08-24

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

  • Eddie Murphy5
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    Eddie Murphy

    1961-04-03

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Rodney Dangerfield6
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    BirthplaceDeer Park, New York, United States of America

  • Bill Burr7
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    Bill Burr

    1968-06-10

    BirthplaceCanton, Massachusetts, USA

  • Chris Rock8
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    Chris Rock

    1965-02-07

    BirthplaceAndrews, South Carolina, United States of America

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  • Steve Martin9
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    Steve Martin

    1945-08-14

    BirthplaceWaco, Texas, United States of America

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  • Redd Foxx10
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    Redd Foxx

    1922-12-09

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

  • Don Rickles11
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    Don Rickles

    1926-05-08

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

  • 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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  • Mitch Hedberg15
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    Mitch Hedberg

    1968-02-24

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • Ricky Gervais16
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    Ricky Gervais

    1961-06-25

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

  • John Candy17
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    John Candy

    1950-10-31

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

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  • Chris Farley18
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    Chris Farley

    1964-02-15

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Louis C.K.19
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    Louis C.K.

    1967-09-12

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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  • Carol Burnett20
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    Carol Burnett

    1933-04-26

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America

  • Ron White21
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    Ron White

    1956-12-18

    BirthplaceFritch, Texas, USA

  • Gabriel Iglesias22
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    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, USA

  • Jim Gaffigan23
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    Jim Gaffigan

    1966-07-07

    BirthplaceUSA, Illinois, Elgin

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  • Kevin Hart24
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    Kevin Hart

    1979-07-06

    BirthplaceNorth Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

  • Norm Macdonald25
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    Norm Macdonald

    1963-10-17

    BirthplaceQuebec City, Canada