comedians The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time  

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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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Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Zach Galifianakis The Hangover, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Hangover Part II

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Patton Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Patton Oswalt Ratatouille, The King of Queens, Magnolia

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Patrice O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Patrice O'Neal Scary Movie 4, 25th Hour, Head of State

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Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Dave Chappelle Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show

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Demetri Martin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Demetri Martin Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Demetri Martin. Person., Important Things with Demetri Martin

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Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Janeane Garofalo Ratatouille, Wet Hot American Summer, Dogma

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H. Jon Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
H. Jon Benjamin Archer, Bob's Burgers, Wet Hot American Summer

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Todd Barry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Todd Barry The Wrestler, Pootie Tang, Wanderlust

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Maria Bamford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Maria Bamford Adventure Time, CatDog, Stuart Little 2

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Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Sarah Silverman Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock, There's Something About Mary

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Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Louis C.K. Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Louie, Louis C.K. Oh My God

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Bob Odenkirk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Bob Odenkirk Saturday Night Live, Breaking Bad, Nebraska

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Marc Maron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Marc Maron Almost Famous, Sleepwalk with Me, Maron

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Brian Posehn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Brian Posehn Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Wedding Singer, Brother Bear

The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time

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Eugene Mirman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Eugene Mirman Bob's Burgers, Flight of the Conchords, Delocated

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John Mulaney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
MichaelaEvans added John Mulaney Saturday Night Live, Mulaney

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Mike Birbiglia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Mike Birbiglia The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids, Going the Distance

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Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Greg Giraldo Comedian, Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn

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Jim Norton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Jim Norton Spider-Man, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Cop Out

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David Cross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
David Cross Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Small Soldiers, Kung Fu Panda

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Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Eddie Izzard Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches

The Best Celebrity Impersonators Ever

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Tim Heidecker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Tim Heidecker Bridesmaids, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

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Scott Aukerman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Daniel Carin added Scott Aukerman Austin Powers: Goldmember, Shark Tale, Mr. Show with Bob and David

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Paul F. Tompkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Daniel Carin added Paul F. Tompkins Tangled, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, There Will Be Blood

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Dana Gould is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Dana Gould The Simpsons, Mystery Men, Girls Will Be Girls

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Flight of the Conchords is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Flight of the Conchords

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Andy Kindler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Andy Kindler Bob's Burgers, I Am Comic, Who's the Caboose

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Eddie Pepitone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Daniel Carin added Eddie Pepitone Old School, The Muppets, The Search for Santa Paws

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Harris Wittels is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Harris Wittels

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Eric Wareheim is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Eric Wareheim Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

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Beth Lapides is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Beth Lapides Luster

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Emo Philips is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Emo Philips UHF, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Relative Strangers

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Greg Behrendt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Greg Behrendt He's Just Not That Into You, Never Been Thawed, Freeze Out

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Reggie Watts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Daniel Carin added Reggie Watts Comedy Bang! Bang!, Fort Tilden

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Kathy Griffin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Kathy Griffin Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Pulp Fiction, Kathy