Top 10 Funniest Stand-up Comedians
The Top Ten
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.
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!
Never seen the Chapelle Show, so this is just based on his stand up gigs.
I think he's hilarious and it's so refreshing to see a black comic that doesn't just base 100% of their jokes on those boring "black people this white people that" nonsense he's got the right balance and I love the voice he puts on when he's pretending to be one of his white friends
His white accent is the best, hands down one of the best stand up comedians in history.
FUNNIEST GUY EVER! I love it when he switches from his real voice to a white mans voice. BRILLIANT!
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
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.
I think a a lot of younger people voted on this list. Richard pryor is by far one of the funniest people to grace this earth. It's a shame he's so far down, let alone on the contenders list.
Richard Pryor is the measuring stick of all comedians.. He was the best.. and always will be
EVERYONE over the age of 40 knows that Pryor was the king. Ask any of the comedians on this list (the ones still living I mean) and they will tell you he was GOD!
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.
Clearly number 1. I've never laughed so hard in my life before listening to Hilarious. (His latest stand-up performance)
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.
I watch his show every week, he has me on the floor laughing every time I see his stand up, especially his special 'Hilarious'
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.
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.
he's so good, he doesn't even need to swear to make you laugh
The Master of Comedy, He changed the Comedy world and took it to a new level!
I don't think people who have not seen jerry's work should vote in here... It'll be a big mistake... he is the best... ever!
There's very little advice in men's magazines, because men don't think there's a lot they don't know. Women do. Women want to learn. Men think, 'I know what I'm doing, just show me somebody naked. '
The fact that he could do a whole routine and never use a swear word tells you volumes about is skill with the English language. He never had to work "blue" to be funny; he didn't have to go there.
The fact that Dane Cook is above Bill is insane. I disown my generation
He is more funny than anyone on this list, and he keeps it clean. Its easy to cuss a lot, but keeping it clean and hilarious is leaps and bounds beyond everyone here! Why the heck isn't Bill at least in the top 10?
The very best in my entire lifetime and I am 66 years old. I have been laughing at him and his stories since before I was a teenager. I love Bill Cosby!
Alright, I want to put it to everyone like this. What is comedy supposed to be? Is it just supposed to make us laugh or is the truth of the matter more important. I will argue that the greatest comedians have the ability, talent, and heart to not only make us laugh hysterically, but to bring into question our thoughts/philosophies and cultural beliefs. I would even argue that this is the purpose of comedy itself; education, knowledge, and greater conscious understanding through the human feeling and enjoyment of laughter. When it came to this purpose no one f put it down like Bill Hicks, George Carlin and Lenny Bruce were the only two in the same ball park as this genius. I am one of those people who claim that he was in a sense a prophet because he spoke to America(and the world) about a future in which he foresaw that basically parallels our own present period. Have you looked around at the world recently? Corporate domination of our lives and society through the deception of ...more
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 social critic of all time and fall over pee yourself a little funny, but only to smart people. He was too honest and real to reach the mainstream in the pre-internet 80's-early 90's. For a man who died at just 32, he left a large body of intellectually mature work, and some great jokes.
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. - aj2005
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.
"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 feel in love with his humor. Sadly I also found out that he had died. What he would have offered would of been priceless.
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.
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
I can't believe Jim Carrey didn't make to the top ten! Super funney in all of his movies!
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
SO FUNNY! OF DUMB AND DUMBER, AND HOW DID numetalhead GET AWAY WITH SAYING bitch ON DAVE CHAPPELLE NUMBER 5 ON THIS LIST? OMG I GOT AWAY WITH IT TOO WOHO!
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.
every special (except noble ape) has at least 1 part that made me cry because it was so funny
So good, one of the best of all time. I think Gaffigan is amazing and needs more air time all over the world. At this point I'm just typing to make this little bar go farther. END
Waffle house in a nutshell: This place looks familiar. I think I threw up in here. oh, there it is.
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.
Unlike what some people think, he wasn't vulgarity for the sake of vulgarity.
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.
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.
Just about all the comedians on this list owe a little bit to Lenny for pushing the boundaries of free speech.
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.
Intellectually funny, relatable, European transvestite. LOVE HIM. He makes sure to have a joke for everyone, and bridges cultural gaps. His self referential "writing on the hand" bits are awesome.
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
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.
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?
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!
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.
If it weren't for my horse, I never would have spent that year in college.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"If you mow your lawn and find a car, you might be a redneck" HOW CAN JEFF NOT BE HIGHER
"If you go to the Family Reunion to meet women, you might be a Redneck..."
'If you own a home with wheels on it and several cars without, you just might be a redneck. '
I would just like to point out that he is the Number 1 selling comedian of all time. HOW IN THE WORLD IS HE NOT ATOP THIS LIST! I just simply don't see the logic here. Wow.
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. '