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The Funniest Improv Comedians of All Time

Updated July 9, 2020 11.0k votes 1.4k voters 23.0k 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 Donnelly1
    561
    160

    Matt Donnelly

  • 2
    484
    139

    Paul Mattingly

  • Ryan Stiles3
    456
    176

    Ryan Stiles

    Two and a Half Men, The Drew Carey Show
  • Colin Mochrie4
    463
    181

    Colin Mochrie

    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  • Wayne Brady5
    413
    182

    Wayne Brady

    Let's Make A Deal, The Wayne Brady Show
  • 6
    323
    143

    Brent Mukai

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

  • Steve Carell7
    286
    180

    Steve Carell

    The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin
  • Will Ferrell8
    236
    167

    Will Ferrell

    Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • Dave Chappelle9
    211
    157

    Dave Chappelle

    Block Party, Half Baked
  • Amy Poehler10
    207
    168

    Amy Poehler

    Parks and Recreation, Inside Out
  • Tina Fey11
    177
    150

    Tina Fey

    Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls
  • Keegan-Michael Key12
    164
    144

    Keegan-Michael Key

    Just Go With It, Role Models
  • Kristen Wiig13
    190
    171

    Kristen Wiig

    Bridesmaids, Despicable Me 2
  • Mike "Nug" Nahrgang14
    173
    173

    Mike "Nug" Nahrgang

    The Greatest Game Ever Played, The Love Guru
  • Conan O'Brien15
    170
    182

    Conan O'Brien

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live
  • Kate McKinnon16
    129
    157

    Kate McKinnon

    Saturday Night Live, Ted 2
  • Billy Connolly17
    15
    11

    Billy Connolly

    Brave, The Last Samurai
  • Stephen Colbert18
    140
    178

    Stephen Colbert

    The Daily Show, he Colbert Report
  • Jordan Peele19
    114
    149

    Jordan Peele

    Key & Peele, Little Fockers
  • Jason Mantzoukas20
    77
    140

    Jason Mantzoukas

    The League, The Dictator
  • Tracy Morgan21
    70
    130

    Tracy Morgan

    30 Rock, Cop Out
  • Jimmy Fallon22
    88
    179

    Jimmy Fallon

    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Nick Kroll23
    61
    131

    Nick Kroll

    The League, I Love You
  • Jane Lynch24
    60
    136

    Jane Lynch

    Glee, Wreck-It Ralph
  • Zach Woods25
    53
    124

    Zach Woods

    The Office, The Other Guys