15 Greatest Standup Comedians In The World

George Carlin

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George Carlin

“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.

George Carlin

Bonnie /CC BY-SA 2.0 | George Carlin

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.

Louis C.K.

Flowizm /CC BY- 2.0 | Louis C.K.

3. Richard Pryor

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, and actor.

Richard Pryor

Alan Light /CC BY- 2.0 | Richard Pryor

4. Dave Chappelle

David Khari Webber “Dave” Chappelle, born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and actor.

Dave Chappelle

Stilness /CC BY-SA 4.0 | Dave Chappelle

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.

Robin Williams

Eva Rinaldi /CC BY-SA 2.0 | Robin Williams

7. Eddie Murphy

Edward Regan “Eddie” Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer.

Eddie Murphy

David Shankbone /CC BY-2.0 | Eddie Murphy

8. Jerry Seinfeld

Jerome Allen “Jerry” Seinfeld (born April 29, 1954) is an American comedian, actor, director, writer, and producer.

Jerry Seinfeld

Alan Light /CC BY-2.0 | Jerry Seinfeld

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.

Steve Martin

Joella Marano /CC BY-SA 2.0 | Steve Martin

12. Bill Hicks

William Melvin “Bill” Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and musician.

Bill Hicks

RanZag /CC BY-2.0 | Bill Hicks

13. Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo (born September 28, 1964) is an American film actress, stand-up comedian, liberal political activist, and writer.

Janeane Garofalo

Edwin Torres /CC BY-2.0 | Janeane Garofalo

14. Maria Bamford

Maria Elizabeth Sheldon Bamford (born September 3, 1970)[1] 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.

Maria Bamford

Markla /Public Domain | Maria Bamford

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.

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