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List of famous satirists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top satirists in the world? This includes the most prominent satirists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable satirists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic satirists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned satirists.

Bill Hicks and Barry Humphries are only the beginning of the people on this list.

From reputable, prominent, and well known satirists to the lesser known satirists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the satirist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous satirists ever?" and "What are the names of famous satirists?" then you're in the right place. (12 items)
Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Satirists
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William Melvin Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist and musician. His material—encompassing a wide range of social issues including religion, politics, and philosophy—was controversial and often steeped in dark comedy. At the age of 16, while still in high school, Hicks began performing at the Comedy Workshop in Houston, Texas. During the 1980s, he toured the U.S. extensively and made a number of high-profile television appearances, but it was in the UK that he amassed a significant fan base, filling large venues during his 1991 tour. He also achieved some recognition as a guitarist and songwriter. Hicks died of pancreatic ...more on Wikipedia

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Barry Humphries is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Satirists
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John Barry Humphries, (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, actor, satirist, artist, and author. He is best known for writing and playing his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. He is also a film producer and script writer, a star of London's West End musical theatre, an award-winning writer, and an accomplished landscape painter. For his delivery of dadaist and absurdist humour to millions, biographer Anne Pender described Humphries in 2010 as not only "the most significant theatrical figure of our time … [but] the most significant comedian to emerge since Charlie Chaplin".Humphries' characters have brought him international renown, and ...more on Wikipedia

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Armando Iannucci is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Satirists
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Armando Giovanni Iannucci (; born 28 November 1963) is a Scottish satirist, writer, director, and radio producer. Born in Glasgow to Italian parents, Iannucci studied at the University of Glasgow followed by the University of Oxford, leaving graduate work on a D.Phil about John Milton to pursue a career in comedy. Starting on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 4, his early work with Chris Morris on the radio series On the Hour transferred to television as The Day Today. A character from this series, Alan Partridge, co-created by Iannucci, went on to feature in a number of Iannucci's television and radio programmes, including Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge and I'm Alan Partridge. ...more on Wikipedia

Anwar Maqsood Hameedi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Satirists
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Anwar Maqsood Hameedi (Urdu: انور مقصود حمیدی) popularly known as Anwar Maqsood is a Pakistani scriptwriter, television host, satirist, humorist, and infrequent actor. He is well known for his drama write-ups for Pakistan Television Corporation in the late 1970s and 1980s. ...more on Wikipedia