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The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time

Updated July 9, 2020 11.9k votes 1.5k voters 26.2k views40 items

List RulesVote 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

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    Paul Mattingly

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    200

    Colin Mochrie

    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?
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    484
    194

    Ryan Stiles

    Two and a Half Men, The Drew Carey Show
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    441
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    Wayne Brady

    Let's Make A Deal, The Wayne Brady Show
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    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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    Steve Carell

    The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin
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    251
    192

    Will Ferrell

    Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
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    210
    179

    Dave Chappelle

    Block Party, Half Baked
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    220
    192

    Amy Poehler

    Parks and Recreation, Inside Out
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    189
    172

    Tina Fey

    Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls
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    202
    193

    Kristen Wiig

    Bridesmaids, Despicable Me 2
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    165

    Keegan-Michael Key

    Just Go With It, Role Models
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    Mike "Nug" Nahrgang

    The Greatest Game Ever Played, The Love Guru
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    207

    Conan O'Brien

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live
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    25
    19
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    Billy Connolly

    Brave, The Last Samurai
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    178

    Kate McKinnon

    Saturday Night Live, Ted 2
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    162

    Jordan Peele

    Key & Peele, Little Fockers
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    202

    Stephen Colbert

    The Daily Show, he Colbert Report
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    Jason Mantzoukas

    The League, The Dictator
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    143

    Tracy Morgan

    30 Rock, Cop Out
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    130

    Christopher Guest

    This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show
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    156

    Jane Lynch

    Glee, Wreck-It Ralph
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    143

    Nick Kroll

    The League, I Love You
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    Jimmy Fallon

    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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List Rules: Vote up the funniest, most creative comedians who do the most impressive off-the-cuff improvisational comedy.