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The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time

Updated August 31, 2021 6.7k votes 684 voters 15.5k views59 items

 

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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  • 1
    311
    105

    Dave Chappelle

    Block Party, Half Baked
  • 2
    259
    86

    Bob Odenkirk

    Saturday Night Live, Breaking Bad
  • 3
    210
    120

    Zach Galifianakis

    The Hangover, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • 4
    171
    114
    MichaelaEvans added

    John Mulaney

    Saturday Night Live, Mulaney
  • 5
    177
    121

    Patton Oswalt

    Ratatouille, The King of Queens
  • 6
    110
    69

    Flight of the Conchords

  • 7
    139
    99

    David Cross

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Small Soldiers
  • 8
    118
    84

    Patrice O'Neal

    Scary Movie 4, 25th Hour
  • 9
    100
    69

    Eddie Izzard

    Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen
  • 10
    93
    66

    Brian Posehn

    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Wedding Singer
  • 11
    84
    58

    Mike Birbiglia

    The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids
  • 12
    180
    157

    Louis C.K.

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Louie
  • 13
    95
    72

    Marc Maron

    Almost Famous, Sleepwalk with Me
  • 14
    110
    90

    Demetri Martin

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Demetri Martin. Person.
  • 15
    143
    126

    Sarah Silverman

    Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock
  • 16
    114
    97

    Maria Bamford

    Adventure Time, CatDog
  • 17
    89
    71

    H. Jon Benjamin

    Archer, Bob's Burgers
  • 18
    64
    51
    Daniel Carin added

    Reggie Watts

    Comedy Bang! Bang!, Fort Tilden
  • 19
    21
    4
    Stock4-3 added

    Bill Hader

    Superbad, Inside Out
  • 20
    21
    4
    JazzFan added

    Jack Black

    School of Rock, King Kong
  • 21
    77
    68

    Tim Heidecker

    Bridesmaids, Tim and Eric Awesome Show
  • 22
    68
    58

    Todd Barry

    The Wrestler, Pootie Tang
  • 23
    63
    53
    Daniel Carin added

    Paul F. Tompkins

    Tangled, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • 24
    64
    57

    Greg Giraldo

    Comedian, Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy
  • 25
    21
    7
    JazzFan added

    Andy Kaufman

    Taxi, Heartbeeps
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