Comedy The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s  

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List Rules Vote up the male comedians that were the best at stand up in the '80s

These men are some of the best 80s comedians, all of whom were inspired by the 1970s generation of comics, but made stand up comedy their own. The funniest 80s stand up comedians were in their prime during this decade, but much of their success lasted several decades (and TV shows later). For instance, before he was a 1990s movie star, Robin Williams was known for being one the best male comedians of the 80s. From the Comedy Store stages in Los Angeles to the Mork and Mindy soundstage on television, Williams’ reputation as one of the best 80s stand up comedians is what led to his meteoric rise to fame. Robin Williams is not the only one of the funniest 80s comedians to stay famous forever, as this list of the top 80s comedians will be a nostalgic trip down comedy lane.


Vote up the men you think are some of the funniest 80s stand up comedians, whether it is the weird standup character created by Bobcat Goldthwait or the deadpan one liners delivered by Steven Wright. Like Wright, many of the top 80s stand up comedians came from the city of Boston, including Lenny Clarke and Denis Leary. But a list of the best 80s stand ups — or in this case, the best 80s male comedians — would be incomplete without famed jokesters Rodney Dangerfield and Eddie Murphy. It was during this time that Dangerfield became known, not only as one of the funniest 80s male comedians, but also as a legend. Meanwhile, Murphy’s stand up specials solidified him as one of the funniest male comedians of the 80s. Check out this list of great 80s comedians, and specifically great 80s male comedians, like Sam Kinison and Billy Crystal.

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202 80
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Died at 63 (1951-2014)
2
143 51
Rodney Dangerfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Died at 83 (1921-2004)
3
151 57
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 57
4
116 53
John Candy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
emilyl added Dec. at 44 (1950-1994)
5
130 64
Steven Wright is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 63
6
130 66
Sam Kinison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Dec. at 39 (1953-1992)
7
103 57
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 70
8
83 66
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
9
83 67
Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Dec. at 33 (1961-1994)
10
102 87
Andrew Dice Clay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
11
83 68
Bobcat Goldthwait is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
12
68 58
Louie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
13
59 63
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 63
14
61 71
Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 58
15
50 62
Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 72
16
47 62
Emo Philips is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 63
17
34 59
Paul Reiser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 61
18
25 53
Lenny Clarke is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 65
19
25 54
Jake Johannsen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
20
38 92
Arsenio Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 63