Top 10 Funniest Stand-up Comedians

The Top Ten

George Carlin George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and reflections on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects.

Friend of my mine introduced him to me couple of years ago. Since then, he's my favorite. Very observant and analytical to the bone. His material is educative and stimulates logical thinking. Worth watching again and again.

I have to agree that Carlin is the best of the best... He not only jokes but he's serious about what he saying and makes perfect sense and what he says is fact..

This guy has to be the best stand-up comedian ever! I am not American, not even a native English speaker, but I read 2 of his books, and I Know all his specials!

His name itself is one damn joke.

Robin Williams Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. He died in 2014.

On MJ's death - a doctor said: "Taking propofol to sleep is like taking chemotherapy because you're tired of shaving your head! "

'We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture. '

hands down the best at ad lib quickest thinking comedian ever

No script needed, Williams is quick on his feet and sure to get a laugh. Incredibly in tune with the human condition. Love this guy!

Dave Chappelle David Khari Webber "Dave" Chappelle is an African American stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and actor.

I like comedians who cross the line. People who hate this man are just snowflakes who can't take offensive jokes and have no sense of humor. Dave Chappelle's delivery is so simple, yet genius.

No one knows how to play the humor with the brains of his/her audience better than dave chappelle. Comedians like russell peters is famous just because of a couple lines he said that made him an amazing one hit wonder. However Dave chappelle doesn't have a few lines that stand out from the rest of his work, because ALL OF HIS LINES stand out. And he doesn't have to make reference to race just to be funny. He can make reference to virtually anything. I'm not even talking about the Chappelle Show, I'm talking about just his stand up alone. Dave Chappelle's the best... If you don't believe me... Just you tube his name, and you'll understand.. Trust me

It all depends on how you view comedy but Dave Chappelle by far has my number when it comes to humor. I would give Richard Prior props for being father of this type of humor hands down. Without Richard there wouldn't be over half of these comedians. Dave didn't invent this comedy like richard, but he did transcend it to a different level better than Pryor did. His stand up alone was amazing, but his show was biggest income for comedy central as well. Like said humor varies from person, so no it won't make you think but he does great job at bring the his stories to life on stage that you don't even have to have great imagination to feel drawn in. With perfect timing an delivery, story telling, voice acting, animation, crossing boundaries in good way, bringing all races/sexs in on joke and great energy, makes Dave a legend with so few comedians being as versatile as him.

The best ever. This man is so much more than a stand up. Practically anybody can be a stand up nowadays. It is actually is getting kinda annoying everybody thinks they can be one and many are successful. Even though they aren't even funny. Chappelle is mad funny I could watch his specials on repeat. He is a real artist and will never be another like him. My favorite thing about him would have to be his stories he comes up with that are out of this world funny. I'm getting sick of all the comedians that are trying to go up on stage and just tell stories from their life where has all creativity gone. I don't want to go a show just to hear an autobiography try to write a joke people. Anyways Chapelle rules and is the best and if he isn't then it is definitely Hedberg.

Eddie Murphy Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984.

How can this guy not be better then Chris Rock! Chris started out because of him. nuff said

When we talk about his stand-up comedy... it is enough to say: WATCH "DELIRIOUS" AND "RAW" So funny!

He has always been my favorite, especially when he played in "COMING TO AMERICA" I have always loved Eddie Murphy, he will always be one of my all time favorites. Great job Eddie Murphy and keep up the good work!

Eddie Murphy no second thought. All these people don't know what comedy is and have to do insults and putdowns just to make them seem funny, Eddie Murphy is naturally funny. Don't believe me check out some of his programs mentioning some like Beverly Hills Cop 1,2, and 3. He is awesome and has been doing it strong and well for more than 20 years. Will Smith is great as well.

Richard Pryor Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and social critic. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed vulgarities and profanity, as well as racial epithets.

If you want to literally LOL, experience the tear-jerking hilarity of Pryor, @ the very top of his game, watch this knock-out, best ever performance entitled: "Wanted, Live in Concert". Filmed live in LA, in late 70's, Pryor's in a red shirt, blk pants on the cover, to be sure. So face-hurting funny, I saw this movie in theatres when it first came out, at least 5 times. I kept telling friends who invited me along...funnier every time! His facial expressions, spot on mimicry of his father's abusive words, tone, demeanor, all hilarious!

Murphy wasnt even close. Hart's recent father, children relationship attempts are good, but Prior just slayed it! Nothing was off limits, he imitates his father, grandmother, children, black vs. white culture; stereo-typing cultures by this self debasing king of comedy is nothing short of GENIUS...including his lazer-like mimicry of then top prize fighters, dogs, deer, nature...all of it! Adult viewing, some hard core content at end. Killer - ...more

Why the hell is Richard Pryor not in the Top 10? He inspired George Carlin, Russel Peters and many others to become comedians. He was the one who introduced the use of colorful vulgarities into the stage and encouraged comedians to talk about things people would never dare talk about in real life. He was one of the first, along with Lenny Bruce, comedians to let us see society's real face. A classical comedian and he's positioned 12? Disappointing.

Yes, Richard Pryor was all by himself and changed comedy forever. Johnathon Winters was the first to do improv. and Richard took that to another level. He got famous clean and then talked like they really talked like. Some guys never served their country and heard talk like that before. If you didn't live where Richard and other black men lived and grew up.. Don't judge him or them.

Why is richard pryor on number five this guy should be on top he is the funniest guy on earth where do you think chris rock gets it from people don't understand how funny he is man that just got me od tiet right now cause he should Be the Best this is just bad wats wrong with you people man so damn retarded richard pryor to me you are the funniest guy in the whole universe R.I. P

Louis C.K. Louis Székely, known professionally as Louis C.K., is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and editor.

The best out there today by a long shot. Not only does he speak so many true statements about everyday life that people never think about until they hear it but he makes it absolutely hilarious! To me he is so much funnier than Dane Cook could ever hope to be and I believe he rivals the greats of Robin Williams and George Carlin. If he continues to come out with more stuff as good or funnier than what he has out right now, I believe that he will go down as the best comedian of all time.

Louis C. K. Is the best working comedian. There are no other comedians today who are getting new, fresh material year after year for their fans. Louis seems to be gaining more and more recognition from every person who is a fan of comedy, or a comedian themselves. You will never hear a bad word about the guy, and you will never hear a bad joke either. He is the most relatable stand-up out today, and arguably the most original in a long time. If anybody today were to take the position of a true stand-up legend, Louis will be able to if he keeps up his pace.

Absolute funniest comedian in the world in my opinion. He is straight forward, honest and his whitty observations are what expands his fan base. One aspect about his comedy that I thoroughly enjoy, is how he is capable of making a variety of jokes without really offending anyone (at least I speak for myself) In other words, he doesn't rely on demeaning female jokes, or raunchy sexual humor inorder to get ahead. Although he does have bit of these kind of jokes in his act, the reality that he doesn't rely on them shows that he has a lot of substance as a comedian. He is truly talented and doesn't need to rely on any particular "kind" of joke to get ahead in his career. that is what I admire

I hope he can maintain his down-to-earth approach with his material. Louis C.K. seems like a comedian that can evolve. His parental stories touch on a common thread with folk my age. I don't know how he will be able to keep his connection with his audience whilst experiencing celebrity. When comedians' are hungry they experience peak/highly creative moments, and when fame and fortune hits, comedians lose their grip on life's grittiness.

Chris Rock Christopher Julius Rock III is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s.

Funniest guy I have ever seen! There are a lot of people in Russia who likes his jokes
Wait for him in Moscow

funniest guy I've ever seen he has a lot of fans in Bulgaria, we wait him here.

Chris rock he's the best, he sets up his jokes very well and he makes sense

Hands down the best stand-up comedian for me, I have actually seen most of the others & who people call "Greats" but didn't find it all that amusing. I'd say if others here are great then Chris Rock is definitely "GOD" of stand-up.

Jerry Seinfeld Jerome Allen "Jerry" Seinfeld is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. He was born on April 29, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for playing himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he created and wrote with Larry David. As a stand-up comedian, Seinfeld specializes ...read more.

No Stand-Up comedian has toured, gone on late night shows, and done interviews so consistently throughout his career, AND done so with new and fresh material almost every time! His bits/routines are always topically and preformed masterfully. Definitely top 5 right now, could be number one when its all said and done!

I've spent a lot of my life watching comedy shows and I must say I love Jerry Seinfeld as an actor and comedian! But surely Eddie Murphy deserves deserves a higher placing then 20? I mean Delirious is one of the greatest comedy shows ever as well as RAW! And kevin hart deserves to be higher too!

Stands out as the elegant comedian of everyday-life with its contradictory details, without compromising his language. The T.V. -series have 'Seinfeld' throughout all episodes written on them. And although the show belongs to a radically different era, it is as actual today as it was in the 90s. Love Seinfeld!

I once had a leather jacket that got ruined in the rain. Why does moisture ruin leather? Aren't cows outside a lot of the time? When it's raining, do cows go up to the farmhouse, "Let us in! We're all wearing leather! Open the door! We're going to ruin the whole outfit here! " - Jerry Seinfeld.

Gabriel Iglesias Gabriel J. Iglecias, known professionally as Gabriel Iglesias and comically as Fluffy, is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer and voice actor.

I'm watching him right now and I can barely type this because I'm laughing so dang much!

He is so funny... I love his jokes he should be on the top.. And for the record he's not fat he's FLUFFY!

"rink diet soda now, so you can have regular cake later"

Wonderful storyteller. Incredibly talented at mimicry (sound effects, accents, attitude of characters) and completely hilarious. I caught the attention of my entire household with my uncontrollable laughter at his genuinely engaging, warm, self-deprecating routine. Love. Him. He needs to be way higher on this list. Way.

Bill Cosby William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr., is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. ...read more.

You need to separate the man from his work. The man from 1965 to 1970 won 6 straight Grammys for Best Comedy Album and was hugely influential to Jerry Seinfeld and other comics later. He is a master of stand up and you simply can't erase his legacy in the genre because of the allegations. Just listen to any of the Grammy winning albums. Himself, Sports, Why Is There Air, or To Russell My Brother Whom I Slept With. All highly influential.

The because was a good story teller. He should have been a sixth grade teacher. Who else gave a care about Fat Albert and the gang? And his so-called social commentary was lame. He was never as trenchant as Carlin, Williams, Rock or Murphy. In fact his social commentary was always pedantic and moralizing. He told lame morality stories and now I guess that little joke is on him.

Only one on this list that actually made me gut role laugh where I couldn't catch my breath. Amazing comedian that influenced multiple generations (as well as comedians) with his sitcoms, comedy specials, records, cassettes, cartoons, movies, and the plethora of other work he did over the past 40 years.

What his cosby show did was show a normal family. His timing was excellent. His nonverbals were histerical! He helped to appeal to an American Audience not just one race over another. He is a very generous person. He skipped a panel in order to help a youth get a mentor. He helped a mother give her 17 year old a birthday party and paid for everything.

The Contenders

Bill Hicks William Melvin "Bill" Hicks was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and musician.

Oh please, come on, at the time of writing Bill is the 8th greatest comedian, I suppose that this is why Trump was voted in...don't let the general public have a vote. If he was still alive he'd be pointing to the de-intellectualisation (if there is such a word) of America and the fact that he only 8 is further proof than that...I felt like I was dressed as Boy George at a clan rally...sharp, insightful, brutal brought real insight to his comedy, intelligent and told you what was going wrong in the world and why he should have been made emperor. He was to comedy what America Idiot is to music...one nation controlled by the media...he saw it happening in every aspect of life. A true comedy genius very sorely missed by me and my friends.

The best and most ingenious comedian of modern times. He makes jokes and satirizes the stupidity of our way of life that we think is so important. He talks about issues most comedians wouldn't dare touch because they are fake and don't really have much to say. Topics discussed include the government, smoking cigarettes, religion & hypocrisy, consumerism & advertisement, selling out in music as well as just talking about stupid people in general. He also is one of the only comedians today that bring up the issue of mind altering drugs as helping society instead of harming it as so many people claim. His sketch on Marijuana vs Alcohol is one of the best of all time sketches in my opinion and brings to life undeniable truths about pot. Like he said, seriously if you are against drugs, than you need to delete all your music, cause most of the good songs were probably made by people using drugs. Bill ingeniously argues that drugs take us to higher point in thinking and creativity that we ...more

The best and most relevant comedian even too this day. He is far better than the others on this list. Seriously, Russel Peters is number one! Who is voting on this list. I am in my early 20's yet I still realize that there is far better comedy out there than Peters or Dane Cook. These guys aren't even funny and they reuse old jokes, which is like beating a dead horse. Dane Cook is one of the worst comedians ever, straight up. Anyway, Bill Hicks should be number one because he was the pinnacle of comedy. Bill Hicks challenged people's core beliefs in such an ingenious way through his humor, that it was like he created a painting of our society with his jokes. He was considered by his listeners to be prophetic and that he actually speaks more on our society today, than he did in the past. He defended everything he believed yet people still don't understand him. The man was crying out to us through his satire. No one can top him; it was as if he was working for world peace, in an insane ...more

I'm sorry but Bill Hicks isn't funny or insightful, and I don't know about you but I could see what he was going to say a mile away. Sad that's he's dead but if he was alive he'd be talking about how "great" he is because he was that arrogant. But I do agree with you on this: Dane Cook is one of the worst comedians ever.

Needs to be at #1. No comedian except for George Carlin even comes close. He took nearly every stupid thing in American life and made it hilarious. He was not only funny but deep as well and made you question all your idiotic beliefs. How talentless hacks like Russell Peters or Dane Cook is embarrassing and a smack in the face to all comedic talent. Bill Hicks prophesied many thing that came to pass such as corporations controlling our lives or the abundance of mediocre pop music. I don't want to sound elitist, but his comedy is only for those who are open minded and smart enough to understand him. He was so truthful yet humorous at the same time. People need to take time to listen to real comedy that makes you think as well as laugh at absurdities of our world.

Kevin Hart Kevin Darnell Hart is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2000 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for ...read more.

He's the funniest guy ever. You 'll die laughing if you see his concerts. The best and funniest stand-up comedy ever! Promise. Download some of his movies and watch the whole thing without stopping cause his jokes are interconnected. I couldn't stop laughing when I went to his concert. He is the best for sure!

He is one of my FAVORITE comedians today! This guy has a way of telling a story that can make a situation that's happened to nearly all of us, seem like the most hilarious thing you've ever heard. Nearly all of his material is on things that everyone can relate with. I LOVE THIS GUY!

I've seen all three of his specials and saw the last one live. Funniest guy ever! Everything is funny; his facial expressions, impersonations and jokes are the best! Check him out if you haven't yet!

He almost died in a car crash. And I almost died listening to him.

Mitch Hedberg Mitchell Lee "Mitch" Hedberg was an American stand-up comedian known for his surreal humor and unconventional comedic delivery.

"I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it."

"I got a business card, cause I wanna win some lunches. That's what my business card says: "Mitch Hedberg, Potential Lunch Winner."

"I saw this wino, he was eating grapes. It's like, "dude, you have to wait."

"A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer. "

"An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience. "

"Dogs are forever in the push up postion. "

"Every time I go and shave, I assume there's someone else on the planet shaving. So I say, 'I'm gonna go shave, too. '"

"I had a stick of CareFree gum, but it didn't work. I felt pretty good while I was blowing that bubble, but as soon as the gum lost its flavor, I was back to pondering my mortality. "

"I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, 'You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit. ' As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit. "

"Wearing a turtleneck is like being strangled by a really weak guy, all day. Wearing a backpack and a ...more

For the rest of my life I won't be able to go to a restaurant and hear names called out more than once without thinking of his bit about the Dufrenes.

Saw him and fell in love with his humor. Sadly, I also found out that he had died. What he would have offered would of been priceless.

Daniel Tosh

Daniel Tosh is thoroughly funny. He has no limits, no boundaries he wont push. He isn't afraid of making the crowd gasp, in fact, I think he enjoys it. He is "HILARIOUS, " if Louis C. K doesn't mind my use of the word. I enjoy his show "Tosh.0", but for the REAL DEAL you have to check out his hour special, "Completely Serious". He's a comic genius.
"My girlfriend is Korean... For this joke. "

He's like Dane Cook, if Dane Cook actually told jokes.

Should be #1 or at least #2, He is the best comedian I've ever seen and I've seen all of these people. Plus he has a top rated show Tosh.0 and is becoming a household name.

Just saying, If you want to laugh, Daniel Tosh is the way to go.

P.S. why is Dane Cook even on this list?

Like a great Champagne, Daniel Tosh is is getting better and better with a little aging. Daniel is one of the few "Comedy Gods" and he is still doing stand-up. If you do not like laughing until you fall over at a live show, he may not be your type. It's wonderful that somebody can shoot an entire arsenal of critical notes aimed carefully at anybody and everybody, yet (nearly) nobody is ever really insulted. He is truly gifted in making people laugh, now he is aged and perfect in a really imperfect world of funny! Do you want proof? Look how the ladies dress their best when he performs. It, s like a contest! He is the prime bubbly ready to pop... GO DANIEL! Love, Mother

Jim Carrey James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is well known for comedic roles in films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask , Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Cable Guy, Liar Liar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, ...read more.

I can't believe Jim Carrey didn't make to the top ten! Super funney in all of his movies!

Jim Carrey is the best and he is the most wonderful Grinch, from how the Grinch stole Christmas and I really love his sense of humor

I love this man. Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, Ace Ventura 1 & 2, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bruce Almighty, and more are movies I've seen him in. None of them are bad at all. One movie I want to see is Liar, Liar.

hes just so funny i die by laughing to much lol

Jim Gaffigan James Christopher "Jim" Gaffigan is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice-over artist, and author.

Jim Gaffigan is CRIMINALLY underrated. He's funnier than every single comedian on this list (except for Robin Williams and Dave Chappelle). Get this man in the Top 3.

Jim should be number one. His jokes about food, being fat, and McDonalds are hilarious. Also, he's family friendly. I watched him live in Greensboro, NC and he was AMAZING. He has shows on Netflix such as: Cinco, Mr. Universe, and many more. I do hope you put this into consideration. He's the funniest comedian I've aver heard besides Robin Williams. I love how he uses a second voice, which is a voice he uses as if member of the audience is making comentary on his act, while still maintaining the flow of his routine. His little round on Hot Pockets had me laughing for days and repeating his jokes to friends and family. I hope you guys try him!

I have a tough sense of humor. I find very few comedians to be funny actually so when I heard Jim I thought "Oh no, here we go again, another comedian using sex as a one way ticket to peoples sense of humor" but honestly, I was wrong. His jokes are clean but not cheesy. They focus on real life events and how life is irritating.But he's not complaining the whole time, he does funny voices and is a very relatable person. He brings attention to how silly things are and I just love his sense of humor.

Jim is funny to people of all ages. He doesn't rely upon cursing or other typical comic methods. He takes ordinary topics and makes them funny. Even my five year old was laughing at old videos of his Hot Pocket routine. I first heard Jim on the radio and thought he was great. His second voice, which operates as if an audience member is making commentary on his act, while maintaing the flow of his routine, is genius.

Bill Burr William Frederic "Bill" Burr is an American comedian, writer, and actor. He is best known for his stand-up comedy specials.

Seriously. This guy is hilarious. He's not offensive or degrading, for all the women out there who appreciate that. Why is Bill Burr number 38?! He is top 5 material.

I'm VERY certain that people that are voting on this list haven't seen this guy as he would be in the top 5 EASILY with Pryor, Carlin and others.

Simply one of the funniest stand up comedians on the planet... I didn't stop laughing for a whole hour with his Let It Go special.

Easily my favourite. No other comic has continuously made me laugh more than Bill Burr. That is notoriously difficult to do, to be so consistent. With other comedians, I just like some of their stuff, I nitpick but legit all of Bill Burr's videos are gold. His stuff ain't even offensive (maybe except to a woman), he maneuvers race well, his female voice is hilarious and his references and explanations are on point. What he says is true and makes sense, but he sounds like a cranky old white guy (well these days he actually is) that you can't take seriously.

Lenny Bruce Leonard Alfred Schneider, better known by his stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and screenwriter.

Even though I know his material is a little dated. It is a complete disrespect to have Lenny Bruce this low on a stand up comedian list. This is a guy that even George Carlin praised extensively for pushing the boundaries of what could be said on stage. Every successful and funny comedian recognizes the impact Lenny Bruce had in stand-up.

Lenny Bruce.. What can you say? The man who along with George Carlin (who Lenny inspired by the way) Changed how T.V. and networks.Not to mention the law handled comedy etc. Without them we would still be stuck in the puritan hell that existed before they put their lives on the line. Seriusly.. Look both Lenny Bruce up and George carlin. THEY WENT TO JAIL for YOU! and Freedom of speech. This list should be.. Lenny Bruce in #1 position and George Carlin in #2.

It all starts with Lenny.

Lenny's later battles with the legal and show biz establishments tend to obscure his brilliance doing schtick (Check out his bits on Religions Incorporated, Bad Comedian Playing the Palladium or Mein Kampf Arises).

And realize that, of all the guys you have on your list, "Lenny did it first. "

The reason Lenny Bruce (and other older comedians) is this low on the poll is because those voting are too young to know him. Let's face it, the majority of people voting here are under 50. Same reason Richard Pryor is lower than Chris Rock, for instance.

Jeff Dunham Jeffrey "Jeff" Dunham is an American ventriloquist, producer, and stand-up comedian who has also appeared on numerous television shows, including Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, The Tonight Show and Sonny With a Chance.

I admit that I've only seen one of Jeff Dunham's specials but it was hilarious. Unlike many of the other comedians listed here he is capable of being funny without being vulgar and using f-bombs and other such words as the main source of humour. The only comedian that I know of that was better than Jeff Dunham in this respect was Red Skelton who unfortunately is not in this list.

Jeff Dunham most indefinitely has a knack at comedy. On just his facial expressions alone, someone would laugh. His jokes are so priceless, that our family has inside jokes based on some of his improvisation. It's something that one can enjoy over and over, which is a rarity in itself.

best ever love his puppets and special peanut and walter he is the gretest ever done stand up

I have heard a lot of jokes and seen several comedians and yet I barely crack a smile. I was beginning to believe I had a dry sense of humor til I came across JEFF DUNHAM. He is amazing! I enjoy laughing and can't wait to see some new material.

Eddie Izzard

Simply the best. He seems to really enjoy his performances, and audiences can feel it. Everyone can feel it, even from their own home. If I could recommend just one comedian, I would recommend him. There can be none other who uses such a variety of topics with such effectiveness, apart from perhaps George Carlin. However, with Izzard, you can tell he enjoys poking fun.

This bloke is the best comedian in the world if you ask me! His jokes combine serious topics and give it an incredible absurd twist. His joke about "Stealing empires with the cunning use of flags" to reflect on the colonial empire of England is awesome. Bottom line: His shows are incredibly sharp, and really funny in a surprising and absurd way. Refreshing

I was exhausted after a day of delays at the airport. They put me up in a hotel. Against my better judgement, I flipped on the T.V. and Dressed To Kill was on HBO. By all rights, I should have nodded off immediately, but I was up laughing for another two hours. Do you have a flag?

Best comedian most Americans have never seen. Smartest material out there. Quick as Robin Williams. Genius on so many levels. For anyone who hasn't seen him in concert, just watch a few clips on YouTube and you'll get a sense quickly how brilliant he is.

Doug Stanhope Douglas Gene "Doug" Stanhope is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author known for his cynical, controversial comedy style and libertarian political views.

So, underrated. Needs to be way higher, like up there with George Carlin and Richard Pryor. Perhaps the best comic out there today. Stanhope doesn't spoon feed you his jokes. People consider what he has to say controversial, but the s*** he says is true to the point of hilarity. He is usually wasted on stage and smokes what looks like an entire pack on one set, while ranting about stupidity in society. He is not as famous as many of the people ahead of him on the list, but he must have balls to say and criticize some of the things he does. He is also becoming more deservedly well known through his appearance on the show Louis, when he plays Louis CK's friend, Eddie, who said he wanted to go through and end his life. I believe Doug and Bill Hicks should both be much higher on this list.

He is by far my favorite stand up comic. The fact that he is not hugely successful is 100% his choice since he has said many times in the past that he prefers to do stand up for his fans. I'm a huge fan of dark comedy in general, so as soon as I discovered him he instantly became my favorite! I highly recommend you check out his stuff.

Without a doubt one of the best comics of his generation. To many people dismiss him as crude or offensive when if they listened to what he was saying they would hear some of the best social commentary for decades. He also has a brilliant gift for darkly poetic descriptions which are both amazingly funny and revolting.

42nd place? Sure... Dane Cook is better than him?! Really?! In times when popularity means mediocrity, being unpopular seems to be a good sensor to know if you're really good, I hope I become one of the most unpopular stand up comedians ever, like Doug Stanhope, he's the real Saint Graal of truthful stand up comedy, all hail Doug!

Lewis Black Lewis Niles Black is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, social critic, actor and voice actor. He is known for his angry face and his belligerent comedic style, in which he often simulates having a mental breakdown.

Listen to Lewis Black every night falling asleep - I find something exceptionally calming about his caustic, but down-to-earth jokes. I've listened to most of the comedians on this list, but there are non I can listen to with the regularity of Mr. Black and still enjoy.
Give him time - there's something very intelligent in much of what he says.

He is without a doubt, one of the top funniest men alive. His actions, like rolling his eyes and raising his voice, just crack me up. Nobody will ever fill Rodney's shoes but, if I were you' I'd add a Lewis Black show to my bucket list. This guy is hilarious. Top 5 in my opinion. He seems like an average Joe and then starts to lose his mind. A must see act!

Unlike most people, I don't think that cursing is automatically making comedy any easier, it's just a form in which Mr. Black's comedy is at it's maximum potential. Strange enough, I do listening to Lewis Black falling asleep too.

Amazing comedian, love his "back in black" thing on the the Daily Show. Also his standup is awesome too. I think he should be higher. Also, who likes Jeff Dunham, to me its not funny, by the way I get the jokes I just don't think he's funny.

Rodney Dangerfield Rodney Dangerfield was an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer and writer, known for the catchphrase, I don't get no respect!, and his monologues on that theme.

Rodney is #47? Ask the comedians rated above him who's funnier. You'll then get a proper ranking for him: Definitely Top 5. Mike Birbiglia edges out Rodney?

Rodney's gravestone: There goes the neighborhood.

My favorite of all times.

"I called triple A. They left the car, towed me away! " Dangerfield has some of the most hilarious one-liners I've ever heard in my life, and his entire being with the bugged-out eyes, the woe-is-me voice, and loud suits only make him that much more idiosyncratic. I wish he was in The Top 10, although considering how little respect he got in life perhaps it is appropriate he's here.

Dangerfield's the man. Watch any of his spots on Johnny and you'll agree. Many of the people rated above are hacks next to this ace of comedy.

Why is Rodney ranked way down the list? He is definitely in the top 10. Let us not forget not only his classic one-liners but also how many comedians he introduced to the world through his comedy club.

Jeff Foxworthy Jeffrey Marshall "Jeff" Foxworthy is an American stand-up comedian, actor, television and radio personality, author, and voice artist.

You might be a Redneck! How is he only at #69 this guy is so funny and was on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour like hello this guy is awesome!

Saw him in November. I don't think I stopped laughing until he left the stage. So funny. Would love to see him again

'If you own a home with wheels on it and several cars without, you just might be a redneck. '

Quality redneck comedian, legendary world round for his sarcastic humour.

Jimmy Carr James Anthony Patrick "Jimmy" Carr is an English stand-up comedian, television host and actor, known for his signature laugh, deadpan delivery, dark humour, and use of edgy one-liners.

I like the fact he has a lot of interaction with the audience. Cutting down all the hecklers. Personally I like the dark comedy. Who cares if it's offensive. It are just jokes. You just gotta love British sense of humour.

Says what others are thinking in the nice way. Yes that is the nice version. Should not be taken as offensive as he is just making jokes. One of the best comics ever and one of the few greats!

"I'm not saying Michael Jackson was guilty. But if I was a billionaire paedophile, I'd buy a funfair for my back garden."

"My girlfriend said she wanted me to tease her, so I said: 'Alright, fatty? '"

"When I was a kid, I used to have an imaginary friend. I thought he went everywhere with me. I could talk to him and he could hear me, and he could grant me wishes and stuff too. But then I grew up, and stopped going to church."

Some of my favourite Jimmy Carr jokes.

Its quite funny to say to a girl whose suckin you off, 'its rude to talk with your mouth full. ' its even funnier if she replies, 'Well its not full. '

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