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The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time

Updated July 9, 2020 11.0k votes 1.4k voters 21.5k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Matt Donnelly

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    Paul Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Paul Mattingly

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    Ryan Stiles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Ryan Stiles

    Two and a Half Men, The Drew Carey Show
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    Colin Mochrie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Colin Mochrie

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

    Let's Make A Deal, The Wayne Brady Show
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    Brent Mukai is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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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.

  • 7
    Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Steve Carell

    The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin
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    Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Will Ferrell

    Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
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    Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Dave Chappelle

    Block Party, Half Baked
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    Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Amy Poehler

    Parks and Recreation, Inside Out
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    Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Kristen Wiig

    Bridesmaids, Despicable Me 2
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    Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Tina Fey

    Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls
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    Keegan-Michael Key is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Keegan-Michael Key

    Just Go With It, Role Models
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    Mike "Nug" Nahrgang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Mike "Nug" Nahrgang

    The Greatest Game Ever Played, The Love Guru
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    Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Conan O'Brien

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live
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    Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Stephen Colbert

    The Daily Show, he Colbert Report
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    Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Kate McKinnon

    Saturday Night Live, Ted 2
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    Jordan Peele is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Jordan Peele

    Key & Peele, Little Fockers
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    Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Billy Connolly

    Brave, The Last Samurai
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    Jason Mantzoukas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Jason Mantzoukas

    The League, The Dictator
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    Tracy Morgan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Tracy Morgan

    30 Rock, Cop Out
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    Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Jimmy Fallon

    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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    Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Jane Lynch

    Glee, Wreck-It Ralph
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    Nick Kroll is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Nick Kroll

    The League, I Love You
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    Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time
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    Christopher Guest

    This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show
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