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The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s  

Ranker Comedy
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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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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
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Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 57
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Rodney Dangerfield is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Dec. at 83 (1921-2004)
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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
Sam Kinison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Dec. at 39 (1953-1992)
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Steven Wright is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 63
7
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 67
8
Bobcat Goldthwait is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
9
Andrew Dice Clay is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
10
Louie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Louie Anderson age 65
11
Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Dec. at 33 (1961-1994)
12
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
13
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 63
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Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 61
15
George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
leach1982files added Dec. at 71 (1937-2008)
16
Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 72
17
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
CHag added age 64
18
Emo Philips is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 63
19
Paul Reiser is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 61
20
Arsenio Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 63
21
Jake Johannsen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
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Lenny Clarke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 65