Comedy Dead Comedians Who Left Great Stand Up Behind  

Benjamin Dunn
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List Rules Stand Up Comics Who Died Before They Were Done only. (No Actors.) Upvote the comedians who left the most great comedy behind.

This is a list of the best stand up comedians who died too early. These stand up comedians died before they had run out of steam and, for most, died in the prime of their career. Stand up comedy is a hard profession and drives the people in it into some pretty rough life styles. Because of this, there are many more premature deaths in the world of comedy than there are in other professions. Not all stand up comedians succumb to this, but some of the best stand ups have died too soon. This list contains stand up comedians who are dead now (R.I.P.) and who died before their time.

This doesn't necessarily mean that the stand up comics on this list died early or young. Most of them were middle aged or, in the case of George Carlin, down right old. This list is for the stand up comics that died with plenty of comedy left in them. So much so that it is tragic to lose them. The famous dead comedians on this list are white, black, asian, latino and everything in between. Some of these deaths occurred recently, whereas others happened decades ago. 

All items on this list contain videos of some of the best performances by the deceased comedians in question. Please note that some of these videos contain harsh language and may not be suitable for work. Vote up your favorite stand up comedian who died to soon and add any that you think have been overlooked. 
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John Candy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Dead Comedians Who Left Great Stand Up Behind
Photo:  Uncle Buck

Age: Dec. at 44 (1950-1994)

Birthplace: Canada, Newmarket

Credits: SCTV, Spaceballs, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Uncle Buck

Also Ranked

#13 on The Funniest People of All Time

#18 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

#37 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#45 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

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Ranker Video
Video: YouTube
Died: 2014
Age: 63
# of Albums: 7

Age: Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Credits: Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji, Aladdin

Also Ranked

#22 on The Best Actors in Film History

#1 on The Funniest People of All Time

#31 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#1 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

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John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Dead Comedians Who Left Great Stand Up Behind
Photo:  Animal House

Age: Dec. at 33 (1949-1982)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Humboldt Park, Illinois

Credits: The Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live, Animal House, 1941

Also Ranked

#14 on The Funniest People of All Time

#3 on The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

#39 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

#61 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Dead Comedians Who Left Great Stand Up Behind
Photo: Paramount Pictures

Age: Dec. at 33 (1964-1997)

Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America

Credits: Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, Black Sheep, Wayne's World 2

Also Ranked

#10 on The Funniest People of All Time

#16 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

#2 on The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

#89 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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