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List of Famous Stand-up Comedians

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List of famous stand-up comedians, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top stand-up comedians in the world? This includes the most prominent stand-up comedians, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable stand-up comedians is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic stand-up comedians 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 stand-up comedians.

List ranges from Jerry Seinfeld to Larry David, plus much more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known stand-up comedians to the lesser known stand-up comedians of today, these are some of the best professionals in the stand-up comedian field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous stand-up comedians ever?" and "What are the names of famous stand-up comedians?" then you're in the right place. (298 items)
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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Jay Leno is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Roseanne Barr is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Ray Romano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Rebel Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Larry David is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Alison Arngrim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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David Cross is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Kevin James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Lisa Lampanelli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Doug Stanhope is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Bob Newhart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Freddie Prinze is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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Chris Tucker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Stand-up Comedians
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