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!
The MasterV 454 Comments
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'
AMAZING MATERIAL, AND HE REFRESHES IT every time TOOV 319 Comments
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!
He's a geniusV 243 Comments
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!
A comrfic geniusV 157 Comments
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
Marty the ZebraV 124 Comments
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
The true Legend of Stand up comedyV 168 Comments
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!
lolV 123 Comments
he's so good, he doesn't even need to swear to make you laugh - danajs24
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!
Best Feel Good Clean Comedian. His comedy is so observant and makes you laugh and think at the same time. He is my BEST comedian.He is pure GENIUS.V 108 Comments
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?
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. - RVA_101V 96 Comments
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.
I believe Bill died at 36, but that's apple's for oranges... I agree with your comment though, once I got a hold of some of his recordings, I listened to only him for maybe a year straight. He never apologized for being so brash and frankly, so intellectually superior to almost everyone around him. He never had to in my eyes. I've seen many people obviously not understand many of his jokes, because quite frankly, they were not equipped to understand. He told his stories without making compromises, and that is something rarely seen. - Ned964
He's the best ever sadly before I could ever see him liveV 117 Comments
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?
He’s terrible, not even funny at all!V 166 Comments
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!
DamV 328 Comments
"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
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.
Very very funny...
Brilliant. Sadly, just as troubled. Why some of our greatest entertainers are so prone to depression is still a mystery. I'm glad I got to see him, and he is missed...While everyone else is quoting him, "My friend offered me a frozen banana. I said no thanks. On second thought, a want a regular banana later, so yeah". - Ned964V 90 Comments
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.
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
His voices create excellent imagery - a sense required to enjoy true quality
'Some places you have to pay to camp, you have to pay to sleep outside. That's got to be insulting to the homeless people'V 104 Comments
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!
I've seen him live, and can report that he is just plain funny and relevant to the world we live in. Great energy in the room, and much laughter.V 25 Comments
He amazes me with his punchlines and the energy he has on stage. Very funny man
He may cuss a little too much sometimes but other than that this guy is hilarious
This right here it's kryptocronokunnalite
when Katt give you something to laugh about. He really makes you cry for the good of laughter's tears.
Love him, makes me laugh every time.V 70 Comments
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"
I have watch many funny guy every since I was little and no one is more funny that fluffy I laughed so hard I thought my brain was going to explode he should be at the top and I think the best jokes he have is about his and other peoples weightV 293 Comments
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. - PrincelyVirtu
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!
Best living comic.V 27 Comments
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.
Just about all the comedians on this list owe a little bit to Lenny for pushing the boundaries of free speech.
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.
Exactly. We have to take into consideration the age of many of the voters on this site. Not only are they too young to know much about Lenny, but they probably have not been exposed to many great comics because of the adult themed nature of there acts. - Ned964
Why is he 29 this man is top three, how is Kevin Hart ahead of him and Dane Cook absolute disrespectV 4 Comments
He is absolutely terrible. He has no talent and he steals jokes, from everyone, he moves around to much, jeez called stand up comedy not run around yell stories comedy
Nope you are wrong he makes this stuff up in his head while he is up there talking and Dane cook is very good at stand up comedy!
JEEZ TIMMY! Don't FLOAT ABOVE ME WHILE I'm DYING IN THE ABYSS! Uh john your son over here just tried to kill me in your pool, yeah that's right float away from me float away..
Dane Cook is one of the few comics ths t can make me laugh so hard I cry. Not too much can make me laugh these days. And the fact he moves around while he's telling his jokes makes it all the more funny. he's animated not boring and just standing still in one place with the same old style as the rest. he's original. My opinion one of the best. Thanks for making bad days brighter and good days even better. Thanks for the laughs.
Top 3 for sure. Right there with carlin and chris rockV 100 Comments
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