“A comic says funny things; a comedian says things in a funny way”.
Stand-up comedy is a comic style in which a comedian performs in front of audience, usually speaking directly to them. The performer is commonly known as a comic, stand-up comic, stand-up comedian, or simply a stand-up. In stand-up comedy, the comedian usually recites a grouping of humorous stories, jokes and one-liners typically called a monologue, routine, or act. Some stand-up comedians use props, music, or magic tricks to enhance their acts. Stand-up comedy is often performed in comedy clubs, bars and pubs, nightclubs, colleges, and theaters.
1. George Carlin
George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic and author. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects.
2. Louis C.K.
Louis Székely (born September 12, 1967), known professionally as Louis C.K., is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and editor.
3. Richard Pryor
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, and actor.
4. Dave Chappelle
David Khari Webber “Dave” Chappelle, born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and actor.
5. Chris Rock
Christopher Julius “Chris” Rock III (born February 7, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, and producer.
6. Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American comedian and actor. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance.
7. Eddie Murphy
Edward Regan “Eddie” Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer.
8. Jerry Seinfeld
Jerome Allen “Jerry” Seinfeld (born April 29, 1954) is an American comedian, actor, director, writer, and producer.
9. Bill Cosby
William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author.
10. Daniel Tosh
Daniel Dwight Tosh (born May 29, 1975) is an American comedian, television host, actor, writer, and executive producer.
11. Steve Martin
Stephen Glenn “Steve” Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer and musician. Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show.
12. Bill Hicks
William Melvin “Bill” Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and musician.
13. Janeane Garofalo
Janeane Garofalo (born September 28, 1964) is an American film actress, stand-up comedian, liberal political activist, and writer.
14. Maria Bamford
Maria Elizabeth Sheldon Bamford (born September 3, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and voice actress. She is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy involving jokes about depression and anxiety.
15. Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Cherrie Barr (born November 3, 1952) is an American actress, comedian, writer, television producer, director, she was also the 2012 presidential nominee of the California-based Peace and Freedom Party.