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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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Robin Williams Died 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
Eddie Murphy age 54

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

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

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

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Sam Kinison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Sam Kinison Died at 39 (1953-1992)

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Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Billy Crystal age 70

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

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Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Bill Hicks Died at 33 (1961-1994)

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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s

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

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

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Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Denis Leary age 60

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Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Howie Mandel age 62

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

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

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Paul Reiser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Paul Reiser age 61

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

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

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