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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33 10
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

2
30 11
Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show

3
33 15
Patton Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Ratatouille, The King of Queens, Magnolia

4
26 10
Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 4 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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25 10
Demetri Martin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Demetri Martin. Person., Important Things with Demetri Martin

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20 6
Maria Bamford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Adventure Time, CatDog, Stuart Little 2

7
25 11
Patrice O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Scary Movie 4, 25th Hour, Head of State

8
20 7
Marc Maron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Almost Famous, Sleepwalk with Me, Maron

9
29 15
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
14 2
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

11
15 3
Bob Odenkirk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Saturday Night Live, Breaking Bad, Nebraska

12
24 12
Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Ratatouille, Wet Hot American Summer, Dogma

13
19 8
John Mulaney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
MichaelaEvans added Saturday Night Live, Mulaney

14
19 8
Todd Barry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
The Wrestler, Pootie Tang, Wanderlust

15
6 0
Paul F. Tompkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Daniel Carin added Tangled, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, There Will Be Blood

16
15 5
Mike Birbiglia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids, Going the Distance

17
11 4
Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen, The Riches

18
14 7
Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Comedian, Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn

19
14 7
David Cross is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Small Soldiers, Kung Fu Panda

20
15 8
H. Jon Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Archer, Bob's Burgers, Wet Hot American Summer

21
12 6
Eugene Mirman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Bob's Burgers, Flight of the Conchords, Delocated

22
18 12
Jim Norton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Spider-Man, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Cop Out

23
8 5
Emo Philips is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
UHF, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Relative Strangers

24
8 5
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!

25
5 2
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

26
8 6
Flight of the Conchords is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Flight of the Conchords

27
9 8
Dana Gould is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
The Simpsons, Mystery Men, Girls Will Be Girls

28
4 3
Eddie Pepitone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Daniel Carin added Old School, The Muppets, The Search for Santa Paws

29
0 0
Ron Sparks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Leigh Rousson added Ron Sparks Medium Raw, Video on Trial, Stars on Trial

30
0 0
Seán Cullen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Leigh Rousson added The Love Guru, Slings & Arrows, The Ellen Show

31
0 0
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

32
0 0
Jon Dore is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
5 6
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

34
4 5
Eric Wareheim is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

35
3 4
Greg Behrendt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
He's Just Not That Into You, Never Been Thawed, Freeze Out

36
3 4
Reggie Watts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Daniel Carin added Comedy Bang! Bang!, Fort Tilden

37
6 8
Beth Lapides is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Beth Lapides Luster

38
4 6
Harris Wittels is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time
Harris Wittels

39
7 15
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