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The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time

Updated April 11, 2019 2.9k votes 355 voters 11.9k views39 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
    120
    42

    Dave Chappelle

    Block Party, Half Baked
  • 2
    93
    49

    Zach Galifianakis

    The Hangover, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • 3
    65
    27

    Bob Odenkirk

    Saturday Night Live, Breaking Bad
  • 4
    71
    34

    Patrice O'Neal

    Scary Movie 4, 25th Hour
  • 5
    83
    46

    Sarah Silverman

    Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock
  • 6
    62
    30

    David Cross

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Small Soldiers
  • 7
    94
    61

    Louis C.K.

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Louie
  • 8
    75
    43

    Maria Bamford

    Adventure Time, CatDog
  • 9
    68
    38

    Demetri Martin

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Demetri Martin. Person.
  • 10
    84
    56

    Patton Oswalt

    Ratatouille, The King of Queens
  • 11
    69
    48

    John Mulaney

    Saturday Night Live, Mulaney
  • 12
    48
    27

    Eddie Izzard

    Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen
  • 13
    47
    26

    Mike Birbiglia

    The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids
  • 14
    54
    35

    Marc Maron

    Almost Famous, Sleepwalk with Me
  • 15
    45
    27

    H. Jon Benjamin

    Archer, Bob's Burgers
  • 16
    41
    23

    Todd Barry

    The Wrestler, Pootie Tang
  • 17
    48
    32

    Brian Posehn

    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Wedding Singer
  • 18
    44
    28

    Tim Heidecker

    Bridesmaids, Tim and Eric Awesome Show
  • 19
    42
    26

    Flight of the Conchords

  • 20
    33
    16

    Reggie Watts

    Comedy Bang! Bang!, Fort Tilden
  • 21
    42
    27

    Eugene Mirman

    Bob's Burgers, Flight of the Conchords
  • 22
    37
    22

    Paul F. Tompkins

    Tangled, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • 23
    39
    25

    Greg Giraldo

    Comedian, Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy
  • 24
    45
    33

    Janeane Garofalo

    Ratatouille, Wet Hot American Summer
  • 25
    39
    30

    Emo Philips

    UHF, Journey to the Center of the Earth