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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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  • 1
    George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    22,074
    9,453

    George Carlin

    1937-05-12

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

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  • 2
    Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    17,458
    7,503

    Richard Pryor

    1940-12-01

    BirthplacePeoria, USA, Illinois

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  • 3
    Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    21,868
    9,427

    Dave Chappelle

    1973-08-24

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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  • 4
    Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    16,103
    7,336

    Eddie Murphy

    1961-04-03

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 5
    Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    19,585
    9,294

    Robin Williams

    1951-07-21

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • 6
    Rodney Dangerfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    10,641
    6,091

    BirthplaceDeer Park, New York, United States of America

  • 7
    Bill Burr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    15,120
    7,495

    Bill Burr

    1968-06-10

    BirthplaceCanton, Massachusetts, USA

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  • 8
    Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    13,535
    8,626

    Chris Rock

    1965-02-07

    BirthplaceAndrews, South Carolina, United States of America

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  • 9
    Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    6,701
    4,525

    Redd Foxx

    1922-12-09

    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

  • 10
    Don Rickles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    7,624
    5,122

    Don Rickles

    1926-05-08

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

  • 11
    Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    9,858
    6,785

    Steve Martin

    1945-08-14

    BirthplaceWaco, Texas, United States of America

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  • 12
    Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    6,625
    3,697

    Bill Murray

    1950-09-21

    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, United States of America

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  • 13
    Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    7,165
    4,951

    Bernie Mac

    1957-10-05

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

  • 14
    Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    5,721
    3,536

    Mel Brooks

    1926-06-28

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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  • 15
    Mitch Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    9,462
    6,925

    Mitch Hedberg

    1968-02-24

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • 16
    Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    6,862
    4,113

    Chris Farley

    1964-02-15

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • 17
    John Candy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    5,733
    2,704

    John Candy

    1950-10-31

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

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  • 18
    Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    15,376
    11,443

    Louis C.K.

    1967-09-12

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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  • 19
    Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    9,105
    6,740

    Ricky Gervais

    1961-06-25

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

  • 20
    Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    4,396
    2,706

    Carol Burnett

    1933-04-26

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, USA

  • 21
    Jim Gaffigan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    8,675
    6,534

    Jim Gaffigan

    1966-07-07

    BirthplaceUSA, Illinois, Elgin

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  • 22
    Ron White is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    6,123
    4,309

    Ron White

    1956-12-18

    BirthplaceFritch, Texas, United States of America

  • 23
    Gabriel Iglesias is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    6,558
    4,825

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, USA

  • 24
    Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    11,278
    8,896

    Kevin Hart

    1979-07-06

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 25
    Norm Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time
    7,356
    5,453

    Norm Macdonald

    1963-10-17

    BirthplaceCanada, Quebec City

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