Comedians

The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time 

Ranker Comedy
Updated April 11, 2019 1.8k votes 289 voters 9.4k views 39 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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Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 45 from Washington, D.C., USA
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Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 49 from USA, North Carolina, Wilkesboro
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Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 48 from Manchester, New Hampshire, United States of America
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Patton Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 50 from Portsmouth, Virginia, United States of America
5
Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 51 from Washington, D.C., United States of America
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Bob Odenkirk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 56 from Berwyn, Illinois, United States of America
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Maria Bamford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 48 from USA, California, Port Hueneme
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Patrice O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1969-2011) from New York City, New York, USA
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David Cross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 54 from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
10
Demetri Martin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 45 from New York City, New York, United States of America
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John Mulaney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
MichaelaEvans added John Mulaney Age 36 from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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Brian Posehn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Brian Posehn Age 52 from Sacramento, California, United States of America
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Marc Maron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Marc Maron Age 55 from Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America
14
Todd Barry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 54 from New York City, USA, New York
15
H. Jon Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 52 from Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
16
Eugene Mirman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 44 from Soviet Union
17
Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 57 from Colony of Aden
18
Mike Birbiglia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Mike Birbiglia Age 40 from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, USA
19
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 54 from Newton, New Jersey, United States of America
20
Flight of the Conchords ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Flight of the Conchords
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Emo Philips is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Emo Philips Age 63 from Chicago, Illinois, USA
22
Paul F. Tompkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Daniel Carin added Age 50 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
23
Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1965-2010) from New York City, New York, United States of America
24
Tim Heidecker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 43 from USA, Pennsylvania, Allentown
25
Jim Norton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Age 50 from Bayonne, USA, New Jersey