Comedy

The Funniest Deadpan Comedians of All Time

List Rules
Vote up the stand-up comedians and comic actors who perform in deadpan.

This list contains information about the best deadpan comedians, loosely ranked by user votes. The best deadpan comedians come in many forms. Some famous deadpan comedians got their start working New York comedy clubs while other deadpan comics found the funny on Saturday Night Live. A few hilarious deadpan comedians have gone on to become some of the most successful stand-ups in the world.

Who will you find on this top deadpan comedians list? Todd Barry has to be at the top. Whether he is riffing with the crowd or sarcastically analyzing the appeal of egg salad sandwiches, Todd Barry's deadpan delivery encourages endless laughter. Norm Macdonald's deadpan style worked great as the host of “Weekend Update” just as it does on the stand-up stage.

Tig Notaro finds the funny in dark topics using personal experiences and deadpan delivery. Other hilarious comics featured on this best deadpan comedians list include Steven Wright, Sarah Silverman, and Michael Ian Black.

Which deadpan comedian do you think is the funniest? Give the best comics a thumbs up and share some of your favorite comedy specials in the comments section.

Photo:
Ranked by
  • Norm Macdonald
    1
    Dirty Work, Billy Madison, Saturday Night Live
  • Steven Wright
    2
    Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers, Babe: Pig in the City
  • Bob Newhart
    3
    Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show, Elf
  • Mitch Hedberg
    4
    Almost Famous, Lords of Dogtown, Los Enchiladas!
  • Aubrey Plaza
    5
    Parks and Recreation, Safety Not Guaranteed, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Nick Offerman
    6
    Parks and Recreation, We're the Millers, 21 Jump Street
  • Anthony Jeselnik
    7
    Miss March, Down and Dirty with Jim Norton, Down & Dirty with Jim Norton
  • Bea Arthur
    8
    The Golden Girls, Maude, Lovers and Other Strangers
  • Jimmy Carr
    9
    8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 O'Clock Live, Distraction
  • Johnny Carson
    10
    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Space Ghost, The Tonight Show
  • Chevy Chase
    11
    Christmas Vacation, Caddyshack, Vacation
  • Buster Keaton
    12
    The General, Steamboat Bill, Jr.
  • Demetri Martin
    13
    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Demetri Martin. Person., Important Things with Demetri Martin
  • Conan O'Brien
    14
    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live, Carson on TCM
  • Richard Ayoade
    15
    Submarine, The Watch, The Boxtrolls
  • Dennis Miller
    16
    Dennis Miller Live, Dennis Miller, Dennis Miller: The Raw Feed
  • Ben Stein
    17
    Win Ben Stein's Money, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Jane Curtin
    18
    Kate & Allie, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Antz
  • Fred Armisen
    19
    Saturday Night Live, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Easy A
  • Tig Notaro
    20
    Walk of Shame, In a World..., Have Tig at Your Party
  • Ed Asner
    21
    Up, Elf, JFK
  • Sarah Silverman
    22
    Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock, There's Something About Mary
  • Bill Hicks
    23
    Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen, Bill Hicks: Sane Man, Bill Hicks Live: Satirist
  • H. Jon Benjamin
    24
    Archer, Bob's Burgers, Wet Hot American Summer