Top 10 Funniest Stand-up Comedians
George Carlin got me through a lot of tough spots in my life. I once considered him the greatest comedian, but I later realized he wasn't. George was a modern day philosopher.
George Carlin isn't just hilarious, he is truthful in what he says.
"I gotta tell you folks, when it comes to bull... big time, major league bull, you have to stand in AWE... of the all time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, RELIGION. No contest! No contest! " "Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man! Living in the sky, that watches everything you do. And this invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do! And if you do any of these ten things, he has a place full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry for ever and ever till the end of time... BUT HE LOVES YOU." -George Carlin
The "But he loves you" part makes me laugh every time.
Marvelous Comedian with outstanding materials to awaken our conscious state clouded by the senseless stupidity of world ignorance, ridiculous media spins, outrageous political rhetoric, and careless people who don't give a damn! He's really a true PATRIOT of what a Real American should be in expressing his DEMOCRATIC FREEDOM of SPEECH to Voice the Sarcasm, Irony, Mystery, and Criticisms of why the United States of America is suffering from Amnesia, Consternation, and Idleness! He blows your Mind where not Man's Ever Been! REALITY at his Best Jokes! Laugh with a sense of Dignity, Regret, Ambition, Reincarnation?
What really can I say about him that hasn't been said? Even if I disagreed with him on somethings, it can't be denied that he was a comedy genius. I used to not like him, but after reflecting and looking at some standup routines, I realized how wrong I used to be.
One of my favorite Disney movies is Aladdin and Robin Williams really cracks me up while paying the Genie . I really love Robin Williams and I would love to meet him someday .
Here is a man who once said "Where would this country be, without this great land of ours?" What? "Uh, excuse me, Mr. President, in the dictionary under redundant, it says 'see redundant.'" "Well, you can say that again."
Surely a tragedy and will be missed by many. Williams achieved tremendous success by anyone's standards, and this man will be remembered as one of, if not "THE" greatest comic genius of all time. And that is incredible, because the man was NOT funny at all. If anything "good" comes as a result of his passing, let's hope that the terribly debilitating disease that "depression" is, gets much needed attention.
Robin Williams should be #ONE (1)! He had the quickest wit in the BIZ. ! Our brightest star has ascended to the heavens, to twinkle down on us. What memories we have of him. NO ONE was quicker with ad libs, NO ONE. Joan Rivers was right behind him. Quick, until the end at 81 years old. Someone asked her about something stupid Selena Gomez said, Joan zipped back, oh THAT college graduate!
Best living comedian there is.
Honestly, he may even be the greatest comedian in history.
The way he can go from silly jokes to political and social satire is masterclass.
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.
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.
Eddie should be top 3, never mind only scraping into the top 20. Now that is delirious! This man practically reinvented comedy and to me he is the greatest crossover comedian because he actually forged a very successful acting career and most importantly, remains funny. Seriously it's a disgrace he is not in the top 3!
I don't understand how Eddie Murphy isn't top 3. He went from being completely raunchy and innapropriate with "Delirious" and "Raw", to cleaning up his act and starring in movies to this day that make a whole family laugh. Personally I like old Eddie, but both styles of comedy get the job done. It's a disgrace he's so low on the list.
Was hard to choose between a young Eddie Murphy and George Carlin but his specials are before their time laugh out loud, great material. He also influenced a lot of current comedians and has been feature in a lot of top ten lists like these as one of the best.
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.
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
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.
Richard Pryor pretty much started every other black comedian on this lists career, they all cite him as an influence. George Carlin is brilliant due to his personal and observational humor, a lot of people find Carlin offensive though due to his beliefs which is an unfair basis to judge his comedy in my opinion.
Louis was the first comedian I ever watched a special of. I binged all of his clips on YouTube and then went on to buy his specials.
The man is hilarious.
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 definitely think that Chris rock should be one of the top 3 comedians on this list.
The reason being is because not only did he help influence Dave Chappelles career, but he also talks about relationships, everyday things, not just like Russell Peters - Races - I like Russell, he's from my hometown but... I don't think he's as funny as Chris Rock.
Hm, was hoping 'Vote' would give an option to vote against him. Alas, no such luck. I will say his entire repertoire consists of 'Hey guys, I'M BLACK! ' and people somehow break out into raucous laughter. One of the worst comedians I've heard. I'll take the likes of Jimmy Carr any day.
CR Kills it. "What ever happened to crazy? ", Bigger and Blacker is one of the best ever. How the hell is Dane cook above Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Mitch Hedberg, Bill Cosby, etc... I am only 29, is the "new generation" that poisened by Jersey shore and I am 16 and Pregnant?
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.
I love him the most funniest person in the history of the world! And plus I am only 11, I love him so much and he makes me laugh like there is no tommorow I grew up listening to this guy since I was like 6 or something I love the stages of fatness I love him a lot makes me laugh all the time plus he can do those car sounds and beatboxing and stuff it is really good I don't get why he isn't at the top he is sweet guy! Love em peace out
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.
I was very sad one night and wanted to distract myself, so I started watching him. There was something catchy about the name "Fluffy" and I do not regret looking at one of his shows. It was called "sorry for what I said when I was hungry" His voices and impersonatings are so amazing. Also the fact that he makes fun of himself and his son all the time kill me
He is so funny! But actually, he is fat, and it isn't something to be proud of. Not saying people need to all be skinny, but you need to maintain a healthy weight. But he admits that he is fat and that makes me glad except for the fact that once again, being morbidly obese is not something to flaunt. Though he is an awesome comedian.
This guy is very talented but also very funny to watch. I bet if you don't laugh about this guy, there's something wrong in your brain. Even though when I am from the Netherlands, Kevin Hart is the greatest comedian in the world to watch. I've been several times to his shows. But I keep laughing about them. I really think Kevin Hart should be a more successful person. I met him once backstage, when me and my girlfriend had bought a backstage ticket, but when you talk with Kevin Hart, it seems to be it is your best friend.
You really need to go to one of his shows. I bet you'll laugh about them as well.
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He is my favorite comedian because he's so honest and open and his delivery is so perfect. I wasn't expecting him to be that funny, he will get you from all kinds of different angles--whereas most comedians are one dimensional. He tells stories and acts them out so well! You should check out his first DVD, it's great and I never laughed so hard at such good-spirited/light-hearted jokes. Another thing about most comedians these days is that they try to shock you with subjects or sometimes talk about very dark and depressing topics or just use comedy as a way to vent--which can be funny, but in the long run you tend to appreciate the comedians who've tried to keep it somewhat wholesome/light/positive and try to connect with their audience on a level of love and not bitterness or negativity.
Has some of the most classic lines I ever heard that simply get stuck in your head. I think David Chappelle and some other comedians that have been around longer have more extensive material and better jokes but I've never laughed harder than when I hear Kevin Hart. He really knows how to combine everyday life with original material that is relevant to the current times with classic lines.
What can I say the guy is a comedic rock star for sure! Followed his career since Soul Plane an I also watched all the movies he starred in an the one's were he was a guest on the show. This guy is so funny! I also follow him on Instagram an I truly believe that he is the only comedian who gives us something to laugh about everyday! What else can I say, he's just to funny.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"I used to do drugs, I still do, but I used to too. " "I bought an ant farm, those little ers didn't grow. " More people need to watch this man, he is easily the best at what he does. His delivery and humor are so difficult it's intimidating to see mitch do it so effortlessly. If you don't think so then let's just agree that your wrong. His jokes are far more witty, relatable, clean, simple, complex, suprising, and far more ingenuitive than anyones on this list. It's scary so many people vote about a subject they obviously know so little about.
"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."
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
Daniel Tosh is leagues ahead of a few comedians ahead of him. In my opinion, Daniel Tosh is better than Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, and Pryor. There's nothing worse than having to sit through a comedy special while African American's say the "N" word four hundred times in a special. That, and the excessive use of the word "Crack" is really un-funny. Daniel Tosh is offensively funny, intellectually amusing, and has a far better delivery than half the comedian above him.
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. "
Daniel Tosh is incredible. He doesn't bs and informs the crowd that jokes aren't necessarily based on real events. I also love his racial insensitivity, but thankfully unlike Mencia, he doesn't have to tell the crowd every joke that he's going to say what he wants.. He just does and doesn't look for the "ok". I wish I could lessen Cook's vote because he's garbage. No reason for him to be in the top 10.
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.
In terms of expression, Jim Carry is the best. He is a natural comedian and very flexible actor. He deserve to be on top one. He is also the most famous comedian. Anyway, I think this list is not about the best but, who deserve most to go to hell. The top one is the most worth it to be in hell. That is why Jim is not worthy to go to hell. He should be the least on the list. No offense...
Jim Carrey uses his entire body as a tool for his comedy not to mention his amazing facial expressions. He is also an extremely intelligent man, I love everything he does. And he does not point fun at other people for laughs that is true genius! I cannot believe he is not in top ten let alone number one! X
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.
Jeff Dunham is the best and most brilliant comedians of all time! All of his characters have unique and hilarious personalities, they are all like a bunch of miniature comedians. If you're not a big fan of ventrilquist he will get you hooked. Jeff is definitely a genius! At a time in which ventriloquism was considerd dead he brought it back to life. How on earth is he not in the top ten!?! Jeff Dunham is the only ventriloquist act that has all types of comedy! I HIGHLY recommend you check his comedy out!
I give him credit because he has to be funny and also do it with puppets. The relationship that the puppets have is so amazing. I love LOVE love Peanut and Jose the Jelopanio on a stick just make the show so much fun and enjoyable. I watch a lot of comedy but still Jeff is over all my favorite. He has such talent and is amazing what he does with a art that others would make fun of and call the nerd or odd ball out he give hopes to all like him with hidden talents
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 is the best... Period. Sure, some of his jokes are a bit forced, but they are funny. Peanut, Walter, and Achmed are the most hilarious things, and most of the time when I watch Jeff Dunham's specials, I hardly think he's even talking an that the puppets are. He is the best and will be until the end of time.
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.
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.
It has been said that Doug Stanhope is "the comedian of comedians". I feel this is an accurate statement. If there ever was a pantheon of stand-up comedians, this man would be the over-seer. Being a connoisseur of stand-up myself, (Bruce, Hicks, Pryor, Carlin, Wright, Kinnison, Dice-Clay, Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Barr, Whoopi, Martin Lawrence, Rock, Foxx, Hedberg, Burr, etc.) I do not make this statement lightly. If you call yourself a fan of stand-up comedy, and you have NEVER heard Doug Stanhope, I suggest you stop what you are doing and START FROM THE TOP DOWN. #24? This entire site loses credibility on this ranking ALONE.
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.
People don't consider him as one of the best a lot of the time simple because he's 'crude'. And while this is true, the ideas he entertains are, in my opinion, extraordinarily original and observant. Aristocrat joke was brilliant. The abortion piece was unlike any other. He's one of the greats.
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!
Frankly, it's criminal that Mr. Black isn't in the top 5, let alone 10. He really knows his stuff, and he's one of the angriest people you're likely to hear. Do yourself a favor and fins everything you can, because it will make you roll off your seat.
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.
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.
I agree with all the other positive comments about Bill Burr. I have always held the late Sam Kinnison as my measuring stick for comedians who make me bust a gut laughing. For the conservatism of the 80's he was edgy and unapologetic for his comedy and definitely not politically correct. To me, Bill Burr is the first comedian since Sam Kinnison that has made me laugh that hard and consistent. Out of the 4 one-hour specials that I have seen of his, there may be only 1 or 2 moments where there are dead spots in his routine. That's pretty remarkable for four hours of comedy! For my money, he's the best guy out there today and I would put him in the top 3 of all-time.
While most people would compare Bill Burr to Louis CK, I would argue that he is more like Stephen Colbert a sharp mind and a quick wit behind an idiot alter ego. He's referred to himself as "that loud guy in the bar with uninformed logic", which perfectly describes his stage act, which in my opinion is the ultimate angry, stupid white guy routine on stage.
To me he's the best American standup comic working today because he can kick in all directions without being a total dick and be so funny doing it that he can literarly make me pee my pants.
He's also become one of the primary voices against mass hysteria and political correctness, and he does it without falling into rants of narrow mindedness and bigotry, something comedians like George Carlin and Bill Maher unfortunatly couldn't help.
It is now 2016 and Bill Burr is finally getting some well deserved credit for being one of the best if not the best comedians in the world today. His netflix animated show F is for Family is also hilarious and is bringing this mans brilliance to a wider audience. He can also act! he was the pasty redhead that held up the train in the Breaking Bad episode " Dead Freight" as well as a few others. Whatever you do don't listen to his "me undies" commercial because that will be stuck in your head all day.
I was so poor, If I hadn't been born a boy, I wouldn't have had anything to play with. I met the Surgeon General--He offered me a cigarette. My parents didn't like me. My bath toys were a radio and a toaster. I came home from work and my wife met me at the front door in a negligée. She was coming home too. The doctor told me I have to keep smoking cigarettes if I want to stop chewing gum. My marriage is on the rocks again, yeah, my Wife just broke up with her boyfriend. I asked my Father if I could go ice skating, He said, "Wait til it's warmer". I told my Father I wanted to go to the zoo. He said, "If they want you, they'll come and get you". My Mother never breast fed me. She said she liked me as a friend. My wife likes to talk dirty to me when she has sex. Yesterday she called me from a motel. Rodney wrote jokes that will be just as funny and just as fresh 100 years from now. Not many comics can do that. He deserves more respect.
"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.
No way should he be this far down, especially since a lot of the people who looked up to or were inspired by him are ranked higher then him on this list. Hedberg was great but he still was nowhere near as good as Rodney.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Damn, how can Jimmy be the number 40? No way, this guy, if not number 1 should be in at least top 10. It doesn't matter how many times I've seen his shows, he always gets me. He's simply awesome and the best the Britain has to offer.
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!