His recent passing brought new waves of adulation and analysis to a decades old body of work that is unsurpassed in stand up comedy. Carlin turned cynical curmudgeon-ness into comedy, when he wasn't challenging decency laws and morality by taking his Seven Dirty Words routine all the way to the Supreme Court
The first and perhaps only "Rockstar" comedian, Pryor's populairty in the 80s rivaled any athlete, actor or politician. Best known for his dead on impersonations, legendary story telling and uncomfortable honesty Pryor simply changed the game forever and showed everyone that the funniest guy in the room could also be the coolest.
Underrated and obscure thanks in large part to his early death at 34 from pancreatic cancer, Hicks has attained cult status in the years following his passing. With a reputation as an "Outlaw Comic" Hicks hilarious take on drugs, politics and humanity straddles the line between base humor and high satire. Uber-intelligent, cynical and biting Hicks raised stand up comedy to an art form and showed the world just how powerful the genre could be at delivering a social message.
He is an all time greatest stand up comedian. He has a wide arsenal of mature and immature material and if something goes wrong he could make you laugh without saying actual words
Yes, he's known predominantly for racial humor but black or white, young or old - funny is funny and Chris Rock is one of the funniest human beings on the planet. Perhaps the greatest testament to his skill is how mainstream he's become: despite talking about controversial topics such as race and sex and working very "Blue" he's loved by inner city minorities, white suburban dads, and elderly WWII vets.
More people are probably familiar with Lenny's legal troubles and drug use than his actual comedy act, and I'm not sure if that's a compliment or an insult to his prodigious personality. Yes, Bruce was hilarious and revolutionary and boundary breaking - but his most important legacy are the struggles he faced to getting to stand on stage and say what he felt. Every single comedian today who curses or uses sex or race in their acts owes Bruce everything.
He is a great comedian with such sick coms suchas the office the best sick com of alltime and some legendary stand up that maek you laugh 4 hours pz vote for him cos we al know how amazing he is ....
Every bit as funny as Pryor, Black, Carlin and Hicks but doesn't have to resort to foul language to make his audience laugh.
The GREATEST insult comic of all time - a true legend that is a patriarch to comedy. HAIL RICKLES. Why isn't he in the top 10 or possibly 5???
Very funny black comedian. Life tragically cut short or he might have attained Pryor/Cosby like status.
Besides the amazing job he did playing Terry on Reno 911? His stand up is some of the funniest stuff I've ever seen with the strongest flow. His new show Pretend Time is going to be hilarious.
He doesn't curse as much although it is not a problem and he does funny impersonations
Hysterical. Just got DVD "A Thinker Who Loves *****". Never have seen anything like this guy. The Jews and Blacks stuff is brilliant! Imagine Lenny Bruce in front of an all-Black audience. Unbelievable!
You Guys Are Freakin Loosing Your Mind Without Cristpher Titus... This Guy Makes Me Laugh So Freaking Hard!!!
This guy deserves to be in the top ranked comics of all time. Check out his HBO special. Not for the easily offended. Very funny!!
His "dentist accidently injecting himself with novacane" sketch is one of the funniest of all time
Shandling had a long and successful career as a comedian, writer, and comedic actor. He influenced the best and brightest comedians out there today. And his show "The Larry Sanders Show" is widely recognized as one of the best comedy shows ever.
Their wry, off-the-wall, irreverent and frequently politically-incorrect humor not only made people laugh, but it gave them something to think about.
Co-creator of the show Seinfeld and star/creator of Curb Your Enthusiasm. But, before all that, he was a stand up comic; well-respected by his peers.
Star of the show "King of Queens." But he was a hilarious stand-up comedian before he got that show.
Ali G! Borat. Bruno... OK, forget the Borat movie. Watch Ali G. interviewing the Beckhams. You'll cry laughing.
Eugene Mirman is funnier than 95% of the people on this list. Check out his Comedy Central Presents special. Absolutely hilarious.