Top 10 Funniest Stand-up Comedians
Not just the best comedian of all time, but a brilliant observational philosopher. I think he had a heart of gold to go with his unique point of view. Should have a statue.❤
Although I'd been listening to George Carlin for decades, I finally saw him in person in 2005 just outside Philadelphia. Wow was he sharp! That man knew his material cold... No ad libbing... No stalling... He could deliver his material word for word and each word had been chosen for a specific reason - there was no filler - not a word wasted... Brilliant. I've done stand up comedy but I'd take off my hat for George any day of the week. I was sorry he left the planet at such a young age. If you've never heard him do the Hippy DIppy Weatherman report on Johnny Carson - say his 1966 appearance, check it out sometime.
What was really impressive about George was not just that he was great at political satire or the way he criticised the society (with a great sense of humor); he was also very articulate. His stand ups seemed mostly like captivating and funny speeches. Most comedians these days are just complaining about their lives or ridiculing themselves because that's what it takes to be "a good comedian". George would make you laugh, he would make you see the point he was trying to make and he would never bore you. But he would never do those thing by complaining about his life (criticising the society in general is completely different) or ridicule himself with silly stunts. And that's what makes his comedy stand out from the rest
This guy is not a stand-up comedian. To sum up George Carlin in a singular term would be far too insulting for a man of his stature. A philosopher par excellence, his biting satirical takes on the inanities of mankind in general, and Americans in particular can spark ideas and riots with equal aplomb. The others on this list may be good, but were he among us today, none of them would have been able to match the sheer ferocity of George's well-honed skill. There's a reason why so many of the greats call him an influence.
Honestly nobody had energy and heart quite like Robin Williams his comedy on stage or screen is immortal. Everyone should aspire to his kindness and light.
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!
No one can beat this man. He has the quickest wit I have ever seen or heard. Coupled with this he is a fantastic actor. I never tire of watching him, his role in the birdcage was amazing. I have seen that movie about 15 times and I still miss little bits here and there.
I would love to have dinner with Robin Williams.
Perhaps the greatest of all time. A master of making jokes about the most politically sensitive topics, tearing them apart in such a way but you can't help but agree and laugh. The way he ties jokes in throughout his specials is masterful as well, sometimes a joke starts at the beginning of the special, and it all clicks into place when he delivers the punchline at the end
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.
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.
Rich is the best hands down. The measurement is stand up comedian, did you listen to his work? If you want to use T.V. shows or movies ok then did you watch his T.V. shows or movies. He had a comedy album that beat rb albums on the charts. Just cause it did not happen yesterday doesn't mean it's forgotten. Forgetting history is forgetting the present and the future.
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.
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
Eddie Murphy is one of the greatest and most iconic comedians of all time, he inspired many comedians after him, some being the best (Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle, Kevin Hart). He revolutionised comedy with "Delirious" which still after countless times watching it, I laugh every time, it is perfect, the bit about ice cream is a classic. His other special, "Raw" is great as well, the Bill Cosby impression is hilarious. His stand-up was incredible and still holds up to this day. HIs impressions are always spot on, the Mr T impression in Delirious, Bill Cosby in Raw, James Brown in Delirious, Michael Jackson in Delirious, one of the best comedians when it comes to impersonating others.
His sketches on SNL as Buckwheat and Mr Rob, are still iconic to this day and if it weren't for him, SNL probably would've died out in the 80s.
His movies were good as well, Coming to America is a classic movie, funny movie as well, his other movie with same director, John Landis, Trading Places ...more
Eddie Murphy was to comedy what Eddie Van Halen was to rock guitar. There's pre Eddie Murphy comics, then there are after Eddie Murphy comics. In my opinion the best ever when he came out.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Just saw his show in a small venue in San Diego. That's what's great about him. After selling out an arena, a couple days later he does an intimate show where he tells new jokes and let's the audience ask him anything. Anything. The show was scheduled for no more than 3 hours but lasted over five hours. It was awesome.
He's just amazing! I don't think there's a person who can't laugh while watching him! His impressions are amazing and extremely funny as well!
So far, I've only been able to find two specials from him, but I've seen both of them about 20 times! He's just amazing! And he definitely deserves to be higher in this list!
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
Simply the greatest ever. The only one that could match him in his wittiness and his commentary about the stupidity of our way of life was George Carlin. He was truly a man that died way before his time and did his comedy for the ascension of human mass consciousness. 16 is way too low. Either move him up to 1 or 2 for the benefit of mankind, or hang yourself. You voters seriously can't think Russel Peters and Dane Cook are better than the Man in Black. If you don't think Hicks is funny, then you seriously have no sense of humor or you better check your own inferior belief systems. Many of the things he talked about in his routines have come true merely 2 decades after his death, unfortunately. You people are sheep! Wake up!
I agree that Bill was ahead of his time and we really need him today as much if not more that before. I miss Bill Hicks more than ANY other celebrity that has passed away. Most people don't agree with Bill, but those are the people Bill was trying to wake up. I wish Bill was here to see how America has even gone further into the depths of Hell so that his comedy could make it somewhat better. Bill Hicks was the best comedian that EVER lived and no one will ever come close. And I am so glad Bill never went Commercial to sponsored products, have a talk show or a sit-com. Bill never sold out or compromised his integrity and so few comedians (Yes, I'm talking to you Larry the Cable Guy, Tim Allen and Bill Cosby) can say they stood for something and didn't let corporate America buy them out.
15! Yes, Bill Hicks is the greatest comedian ever times 15! Every year his new stuff is excellent, and surprising. His popularity will grow until his work is no longer comedy, but instead will become the old incredible anecdotes of how idiotic the world used to be. He is not your typical clinically dead for 18 years comedian. They should wire his grave marker with an LED scrolling screen so with the right diving rods employed we could get some more great material. His attitude would no doubt be intact from that stage. AND there's precedent for the work of great dead talent... -> Keith Richards... KEITH!
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.
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.
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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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.
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!
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.
"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
"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 ordered a chicken sandwich but I think the waitress misunderstood me because she said, "How would you like your eggs? " So I tried to answer her anyhow. I said "Incubated, and then raised, and then beheaded, and then plucked and then cut up then put onto a grill then put onto a bun. S***, it's gonna take awhile. I don't have time, scrambled! "
His delivery is perfect and he takes things that happen in everyday life that no one pays attention to and makes them hilarious "I opened a yogurt and under the tab it said Please Try Again, it was having a contest I was unaware of... Or maybe Yoplait was trying to inspire me "Come on Mitch, don't give up"" He could also easily be considered the best punchline comic of all time
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. "
If there's something Daniel Tosh knows about comedy, it's that
1. Nothing is sacred.
2. People enjoy the suffering of others.
A good example is his show. There is not one show where he doesn't make fun of every nationality or at the least most of them. There is also not one show where someone is not shown in pain and he makes it hilarious. He is a riot and I enjoy his dark twisted humor.
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...
You guys do realize this is top ten STAND UPS. CARREY is a HERO of mine. But is definitely NOT a top ten stand up. Top ten Actor sure. He is a talented artist in so many ways even a good painter. Love him like a family member. That all being said the people who knew this was a top ten stand up are not to big of fans of modern stand up I see look how high ellen and Seinfeld are oh and Russell Peters. Watch Netflixs Mulaney, Birbiglia, Burr, and Jeselnik will change your opinion of stand up. Oh and for those of you who think I'm jealous you couldn't be more wrong I have so much stand up material that would blow your mind. Even people that hate me are like ok that is good. Another bit of info watch I love you Philip Morris most Carrey fans haven't seen it. I think it is very very very under rated.
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
God! I should agree with you guys! He should be at the top ten list. He is so funny that I nearly peed myself with laugfter. Especially in the movie the mask and Mr Popper's penguins. I forgot most of the movies that I watched with Jim Carrey in it.
His stage shows are endlessly bring chortles to me. And he seems like a sweetheart in real life. And he's a pretty good actor. Give him more roles!
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've watched sooo many standup routines and yes, I laugh out loud and agree many are very funny. But Jim Gaffigan is different. He makes me laugh almost hysterically and non-stop in all of his comedy shows. He's just a good guy too. Doesn't have to use profanity to make a great joke. He is absolutely my number one. This is just too subjective for what your taste is.. everyone is diff! But Jim Gaffigan has made every one of my family members laugh as hard as I have. He's THAT great! A master! Jeanne should get a little credit as she writes his routines w him! What a great wife! They are a team!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like many others have said, this man is criminally underrated. If you haven't heard of him, I highly suggest you watch his special "No Refunds" on Amazon Prime, possibly the funniest drunken comedy special I have ever seen. His bit on nationalism alone should have got him to at least #3.
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 stuff 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At #37 spot Rodney still gets no respect for being the king! He got his start late in life, and also helped young comedians like Sam Kinison and Andrew Dice Clay get their start because he knew how hard it was! RIP Dangerfield! He should be #1.
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.
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
Quality redneck comedian, legendary world round for his sarcastic humour.
If you have to re-crank your car at every intersection, you might be a redneck.
I cannot believe I am going to see him live in 6 days. He has been my favorite comedian since I was 11 or 12, and his jokes have made my life so much better. Thanks to John Mulaney for being so hilarious and day brightening.
Edit: he was GREAT
Why, oh why is he so low on this list? The guy is hilarious, and he's the one that actually made me seriously like stand-up comedy. Probably the best thing about him, is that his performances really sound like something that might happen to anyone BUT WITH A TWIST!
No joke I've watched the specials and listened to them at least 20 times over between showing friends who will love it, forcing it on friends who are skeptical, and watching and rewatching drunk or otherwise. So sassy, fantastical and hilarious.
I've listened to both of his albums on Spotify at LEAST a dozen times each... His wit is sharp, and his timing is spot-on! When my spirits need a boost, I find myself going back to his albums again and again. Smart, funny and honest humor!