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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39 13
Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
The Hangover, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Hangover Part II

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39 13
Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show

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34 12
Patrice O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Scary Movie 4, 25th Hour, Head of State

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25 8
Maria Bamford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Adventure Time, CatDog, Stuart Little 2

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38 19
Patton Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Ratatouille, The King of Queens, Magnolia

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20 5
Bob Odenkirk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Saturday Night Live, Breaking Bad, Nebraska

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29 13
Demetri Martin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Demetri Martin. Person., Important Things with Demetri Martin

8
23 8
Marc Maron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Almost Famous, Sleepwalk with Me, Maron

9
38 22
Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Louie, Louis C.K. Oh My God

10
17 4
Brian Posehn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Wedding Singer, Brother Bear

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21 8
David Cross is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Small Soldiers, Kung Fu Panda

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21 8
Todd Barry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
The Wrestler, Pootie Tang, Wanderlust

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Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock, There's Something About Mary

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17 6
Eugene Mirman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Bob's Burgers, Flight of the Conchords, Delocated

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17 6
Mike Birbiglia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids, Going the Distance

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21 10
John Mulaney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
MichaelaEvans added Saturday Night Live, Mulaney

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19 9
H. Jon Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Archer, Bob's Burgers, Wet Hot American Summer

18
10 2
Paul F. Tompkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Daniel Carin added Tangled, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, There Will Be Blood

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21 14
Jim Norton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Spider-Man, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Cop Out

20
24 17
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Ratatouille, Wet Hot American Summer, Dogma

21
15 9
Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Comedian, Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn

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12 7
Emo Philips is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
UHF, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Relative Strangers

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11 6
Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches

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10 6
Tim Heidecker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Bridesmaids, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

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7 4
Scott Aukerman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Daniel Carin added Austin Powers: Goldmember, Shark Tale, Mr. Show with Bob and David