Comedians

The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time 

Ranker Comedy
Updated April 22, 2020 8.8k votes 1.2k voters 19.9k views 40 items

List Rules Vote up the funniest, most creative comedians who do the most impressive off-the-cuff improvisational comedy.

This list contains information about the best improv comedians, loosely ranked by user votes. The best improvisational comedians come in many forms. Some famous comedians who are great at improv started at Second City while other improv comedians thrive on the stand-up stage. A few hilarious improv comedians have gone on to become some of the most successful stand-ups in the world.

Who will you find on this top improv comedians list? Amy Poehler has to be at the top. Not only did Poehler become a household name after starring on Saturday Night Live, she also co-founded the famed Upright Citizens Brigade improv troupe. Her UCB partners in comedy, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, are also among the best improvisational comedians of all time.

Todd Barry has been known to go on stand-up tours based solely on crowd work, so each set is completely improvised and unique. Other hilarious comics featured on this best improv comedians list include Stephen Colbert, Kristen Wiig, and Jane Lynch.

Which improvisational comedian do you think is the funniest? Give the best comics a thumbs up and please add any hilarious improv stars we may have missed.

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Matt Donnelly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Matt Donnelly added Matt Donnelly
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Paul Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
ALPHAGAMING added Paul Mattingly
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Colin Mochrie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 61 from Scotland, Kilmarnock
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Ryan Stiles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 59 from USA, Washington, Seattle
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Brent Mukai is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Aaron1 added Brent Mukai

My name is Brent Mukai! I am a comedian, actor/voice actor and screenwriter born in Hawaii, now living in Las Vegas.

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Wayne Brady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 46 from Columbus, Georgia, United States of America
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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 56 from USA, Massachusetts, Concord
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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 51 from Irvine, California, United States of America
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Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 45 from Washington, D.C., USA
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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 47 from USA, Massachusetts, Newton
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Mike "Nug" Nah... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Nug Nahrgang added Mike "Nug" Nahrgang
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Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 45 from Canandaigua, New York, United States of America
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Keegan-Michael Key is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 47 from Southfield, Michigan, United States of America
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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 48 from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 55 from Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America
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Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 54 from Washington, D.C., USA
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Jordan Peele is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 40 from New York City, New York, United States of America
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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 35 from Sea Cliff, New York, United States of America
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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
simonbarrie19932 added Age 76 from Scotland
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Jason Mantzoukas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 46 from Nahant, Massachusetts, United States of America
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Tracy Morgan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 50 from New York City, New York, United States of America
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Nick Kroll is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Nick Kroll Age 40 from USA, Town of Rye, New York
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Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 58 from USA, Evergreen Park, Illinois
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Zach Woods is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 34 from Virginia Beach, USA, Virginia
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Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Age 71 from New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Continental United States