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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142 57
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

2
109 39
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 57

3
104 39
Rodney Dangerfield is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Died at 83 (1921-2004)

4
101 43
Steven Wright is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 62

5
89 36
John Candy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
emilyl added Dec. at 44 (1950-1994)

6
100 54
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
75 49
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 67

8
64 51
Bobcat Goldthwait is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s

9
61 50
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s

10
64 54
Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Dec. at 33 (1961-1994)

11
75 72
Andrew Dice Clay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s

12
50 47
Louie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s

13
47 48
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 62

14
52 57
Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 60

15
39 45
Emo Philips is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 62

16
38 46
Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 71

17
26 45
Paul Reiser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 58

18
21 39
Jake Johannsen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s

19
18 42
Lenny Clarke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 64

20
29 67
Arsenio Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
age 62