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The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s 

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Updated May 5, 2020 3.4k votes 843 voters 60.6k views 30 items

List Rules Vote up the male comedians that were the best at stand up in the '70s

The best 70s comedians range from Richard Lewis to Richard Pryor, from David Letterman to David Brenner, and from Bob Newhart to Bob Hope. A list of game-changing comics of the decade must also includes men like Albert Brooks and Redd Foxx, who were two of the best male comedians of the 70s. Andy Kaufman, quite obviously, is a legendary funnyman that rose to prominence in the 1970s. He has to be considered one of the funniest 70s stand up comedians because he redefined humor with his odd, oftentimes unsettling, stage act.

Another recognizable name on this list is George Carlin, whose stand up comedy was so influential that it led to a famous court case about obscenity and the First Amendment. These great comedians of the decade, like Dave Allen and Flip Wilson, were inspired by 1960s humor but they largely forged their own path and paved the way for everyone else. 


In fact, Bill Maher once explained that his generation of comics spawned from the standup of Robert Klein, who is not only one of the best 70s male comedians, but one of the greatest comics of all time. A list of the top 70s stand up comedians must also include Jerry Seinfeld, who was truly in his onstage prime. The comedians on this list range from old school comics like George Burns to future talk show legend Jay Leno.  The elephant in the room here is Bill Cosby. Likely one of the best comedians of that era. Before growing infamous in the 2010s, Cosby was a standup sensation in the 1970s. His personal life aside, he must be included in this list for it to be accurate. This list of great 70s comedians — not including the women but rather the great 70s male comedians — is full of legendary comics. Be sure to vote up who you think deserves the top spot!

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George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Dec. at 71 (1937-2008) from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Dec. at 65 (1940-2005) from Peoria, Illinois, United States of America
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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Age 73 from Texas, USA, Waco
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Bob Newhart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Age 89 from Oak Park, USA, Illinois
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Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Dec. at 69 (1922-1991) from USA, St. Louis, Missouri
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Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Dec. at 100 (1903-2003) from England, London
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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Age 64 from New York City, New York, United States of America
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Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Dec. at 71 (1916-1987) from Bushwick, New York City, New York, United States of America
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George Burns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Dec. at 100 (1896-1996) from New York City, USA, New York
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Andy Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Dec. at 35 (1949-1984) from New York City, New York, USA
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Flip Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Dec. at 65 (1933-1998) from Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
12
Robert Klein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Age 77 from New York City, USA, New York
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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Age 71 from USA, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Jay Leno is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Age 68 from USA, New York, New Rochelle
15
Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Age 81 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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David Brenner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Dec. at 78 (1936-2014) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
DaveReinhart added Age 72 from Los Angeles, USA, California
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Richard Lewis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Age 71 from New York City, USA, New York
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Albert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Age 71 from Los Angeles, USA, California, Beverly Hills
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Dave Allen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
Dec. at 69 (1936-2005) from Firhouse, Republic of Ireland
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Jimmy Tarbuck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
BestBoy added Age 79 from Liverpool, England
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Stanley Baxter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
BestBoy added Age 92 from Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Russ Abbot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
BestBoy added Age 71 from Chester, England
24
Norman Wisdom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
BestBoy added Dec. at 95 (1915-2010) from England, London
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Frank Carson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s
BestBoy added Dec. at 86 (1926-2012) from Belfast, United Kingdom