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The Funniest Alternative Comedians of All Time

Updated April 11, 2019 2.7k votes 327 voters 11.0k 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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  • Dave Chappelle1
    106
    41

    Dave Chappelle

    Block Party, Half Baked
  • Zach Galifianakis2
    88
    44

    Zach Galifianakis

    The Hangover, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Bob Odenkirk3
    60
    23

    Bob Odenkirk

    Saturday Night Live, Breaking Bad
  • Sarah Silverman4
    76
    39

    Sarah Silverman

    Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock
  • Patrice O'Neal5
    65
    31

    Patrice O'Neal

    Scary Movie 4, 25th Hour
  • Maria Bamford6
    73
    39

    Maria Bamford

    Adventure Time, CatDog
  • David Cross7
    58
    25

    David Cross

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Small Soldiers
  • Patton Oswalt8
    79
    51

    Patton Oswalt

    Ratatouille, The King of Queens
  • Louis C.K.9
    85
    58

    Louis C.K.

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Louie
  • Demetri Martin10
    62
    38

    Demetri Martin

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Demetri Martin. Person.
  • John Mulaney11
    65
    45

    John Mulaney

    Saturday Night Live, Mulaney
  • Eddie Izzard12
    45
    24

    Eddie Izzard

    Valkyrie, Ocean's Thirteen
  • Marc Maron13
    53
    32

    Marc Maron

    Almost Famous, Sleepwalk with Me
  • H. Jon Benjamin14
    44
    25

    H. Jon Benjamin

    Archer, Bob's Burgers
  • Eugene Mirman15
    43
    25

    Eugene Mirman

    Bob's Burgers, Flight of the Conchords
  • Brian Posehn16
    46
    30

    Brian Posehn

    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Wedding Singer
  • Todd Barry17
    39
    21

    Todd Barry

    The Wrestler, Pootie Tang
  • Mike Birbiglia18
    42
    27

    Mike Birbiglia

    The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids
  • Flight of the Conchords19
    38
    23

    Flight of the Conchords

  • Emo Philips20
    39
    25

    Emo Philips

    UHF, Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Tim Heidecker21
    40
    26

    Tim Heidecker

    Bridesmaids, Tim and Eric Awesome Show
  • Paul F. Tompkins22
    35
    21

    Paul F. Tompkins

    Tangled, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • Reggie Watts23
    28
    14

    Reggie Watts

    Comedy Bang! Bang!, Fort Tilden
  • Janeane Garofalo24
    43
    32

    Janeane Garofalo

    Ratatouille, Wet Hot American Summer
  • Greg Giraldo25
    36
    25

    Greg Giraldo

    Comedian, Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy