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The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time  

Ranker Comedy
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This list contains information about the best alternative comedians, loosely ranked by user votes. The best alt comedians come in many forms. Some famous alternative comedians got their start at Largo in Los Angeles while other alternative stand-ups find the funny in absurd TV series. A few hilarious alternative comedians have gone on to become some of the most successful stand-ups in the world.

Who will you find on this top alternative comedians list? Patton Oswalt has to be at the top. Oswalt came up in the alternative comedy scene in the late-1990s. He later teamed-up with fellow alt-comics Maria Bamford, Brian Posehn, and Zach Galifianakis on the Comedians of Comedy Tour bringing their underground humor all over the country. Todd Barry is another hilarious comedian who emerged from the alt comedy scene.

In many ways – including hosting stand-up shows and booking alt-comics on her TV series – Sarah Silverman has helped countless alternative stand-up acts to get mainstream exposure. Other hilarious alternative comics featured on this list include Janeane Garofalo, Dana Gould, and David Cross.

Do you have a favorite alternative comedian? Give the best comics a thumbs up and share some of your favorite jokes in the comments section.

 

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Jim Norton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Spider-Man, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Cop Out
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Reggie Watts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Daniel Carin added Comedy Bang! Bang!, Fort Tilden
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Dana Gould is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
The Simpsons, Mystery Men, Girls Will Be Girls
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Eric Wareheim is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
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Jon Dore is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Leigh Rousson added How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life), Stag, Held Up
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Harland Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Leigh Rousson added There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
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Eddie Pepitone is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Daniel Carin added Old School, The Muppets, The Search for Santa Paws
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Andy Kindler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Bob's Burgers, I Am Comic, Who's the Caboose
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Harris Wittels is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Harris Wittels
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Ron Sparks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Leigh Rousson added Ron Sparks Medium Raw, Video on Trial, Stars on Trial
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Beth Lapides is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Beth Lapides Luster
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Seán Cullen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Leigh Rousson added The Love Guru, Slings & Arrows, The Ellen Show
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Greg Behrendt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
He's Just Not That Into You, Never Been Thawed, Freeze Out
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Kathy Griffin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Pulp Fiction, Kathy