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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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Brent Mukai is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Mike
Nug Nahrgang added Mike "Nug" Nahrgang The Greatest Game Ever Played, The Love Guru, Cube Zero

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Colin Mochrie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Colin Mochrie Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Lucky Numbers

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Ryan Stiles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Ryan Stiles Two and a Half Men, The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK)

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70 97
Wayne Brady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Wayne Brady Let's Make A Deal, The Wayne Brady Show, Whose Line is It Anway?

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60 109
Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Steve Carell The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Despicable Me

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Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Kristen Wiig Bridesmaids, Despicable Me 2, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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34 90
Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live, Carson on TCM

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28 75
Keegan-Michael Key is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Keegan-Michael Key Just Go With It, Role Models, Key & Peele

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28 79
Jordan Peele is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Jordan Peele Key & Peele, Little Fockers, Mad TV

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation, Inside Out, Mean Girls

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28 84
Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Kate McKinnon Saturday Night Live, Ted 2, Sisters

The Funniest Black Comedians of All Time

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30 90
Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Will Ferrell Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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31 94
Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Stephen Colbert The Daily Show, he Colbert Report, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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24 76
Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Tina Fey Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls, 30 Rock

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26 85
Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Dave Chappelle Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show

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Jason Mantzoukas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Jason Mantzoukas The League, The Dictator, Ride Along

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17 76
Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Jane Lynch Glee, Wreck-It Ralph, The 40-Year-Old Virgin

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18 88
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Jimmy Fallon Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Fever Pitch

The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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Matt Besser is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Matt Besser Bad Teacher, Year One, The Soloist

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13 69
Nick Kroll is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Nick Kroll The League, I Love You, Man

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12 71
Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Chris Hardwick Talking Dead, Attack of the Show!, Chris Hardwick's All-Star Celebrity Bowling

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12 71
Tracy Morgan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Tracy Morgan 30 Rock, Cop Out, Saturday Night Live

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Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Christopher Guest This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show, The Princess Bride

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10 72
Marc Maron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Marc Maron Almost Famous, Sleepwalk with Me, Maron

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Paul Scheer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Paul Scheer The League, Year One, Piranha 3D

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Zach Woods is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Zach Woods The Office, The Other Guys, Silicon Valley

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7 62
Jack McBrayer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Jack McBrayer 30 Rock, Wreck-It Ralph, Despicable Me

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5 60
Matt Walsh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Matt Walsh The Hangover, Ted, Old School

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4 59
Rob Corddry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Rob Corddry Old School, The Daily Show, Hot Tub Time Machine

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4 61
John Lutz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
John Lutz

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Jo Koy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Jo Koy Showtime at the Apollo, ComicView, Laffapalooza! #7

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Ian Roberts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Ian Roberts Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Superman Returns, Bring It On

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3 60
Todd Barry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Todd Barry The Wrestler, Pootie Tang, Wanderlust

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3 61
Chris Gethard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
Chris Gethard The Other Guys, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Dictator