The 25 Best
Stand-Up Comedians of All Time

Wouldn't expect much movement up or down on this list. That's probably because a fair portion of comics on the list are dead. Here's where they fall after dropping the mic, along with quite a number that haven't gotten the light yet.

Most Recent Review: Oct 20, 2017

  1. 1.
    Richard Pryor

    Richard Pryor

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.82) after only 17 votes. | Review This Comedian

  2. 2.
    George Carlin

    George Carlin

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.73) after only 33 votes. | Review This Comedian

  3. 3.
    Mitch Hedberg

    Mitch Hedberg

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.74) after only 25 votes. | Review This Comedian

  4. 4.
    Dave Chappelle

    Dave Chappelle

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.88) after only 8 votes. | Review This Comedian

  5. 5.
    Brian Regan

    Brian Regan

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.69) after only 16 votes. | Review This Comedian

  6. 6.
    Bill Hicks

    Bill Hicks

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.57) after only 30 votes. | Review This Comedian

  7. 7.
    Eddie Izzard

    Eddie Izzard

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.67) after only 12 votes. | Review This Comedian

  8. 8.
    Zach Galifianakis

    Zach Galifianakis

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.53) after only 18 votes. | Review This Comedian

  9. 9.
    Bill Burr

    Bill Burr

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.71) after only 7 votes. | Review This Comedian

  10. 10.
    Patton Oswalt

    Patton Oswalt

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.58) after only 12 votes. | Review This Comedian

  11. 11.
    Maria Bamford

    Maria Bamford

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.47) after only 15 votes. | Review This Comedian

  12. 12.
    Steve Martin

    Steve Martin

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.75) after only 4 votes. | Review This Comedian

  13. 13.
    Emo Philips

    Emo Philips

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.45) after only 11 votes. | Review This Comedian

  14. 14.
    Jonathan Winters

    Jonathan Winters

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.60) after only 5 votes. | Review This Comedian

  15. 15.
    Earthquake

    Earthquake

    Overall Rating: 54321 (5.00) after only 2 votes. | Review This Comedian

  16. 16.
    Dov Davidoff

    Dov Davidoff

    Overall Rating: 54321 (5.00) after only 2 votes. | Review This Comedian

  17. 17.
    Albert Brooks

    Albert Brooks

    Overall Rating: 54321 (5.00) after only 2 votes. | Review This Comedian

  18. 18.
    Billy Connolly

    Billy Connolly

    Overall Rating: 54321 (5.00) after only 2 votes. | Review This Comedian

  19. 19.
    Sean Rouse

    Sean Rouse

    Overall Rating: 54321 (5.00) after only 2 votes. | Review This Comedian

  20. 20.
    Paul Mooney

    Paul Mooney

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.63) after only 4 votes. | Review This Comedian

  21. 21.
    Sam Kinison

    Sam Kinison

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.44) after only 8 votes. | Review This Comedian

  22. 22.
    Steven Wright

    Steven Wright

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.35) after only 13 votes. | Review This Comedian

  23. 23.
    Eugene Mirman

    Eugene Mirman

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.50) after only 5 votes. | Review This Comedian

  24. 24.
    Bernie Mac

    Bernie Mac

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.50) after only 4 votes. | Review This Comedian

  25. 25.
    Woody Allen

    Woody Allen

    Overall Rating: 43210 (4.50) after only 4 votes. | Review This Comedian

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Methodology

Taken from ratings by Dead-Frog Members on both writing and performing, the scores are averaged and then judged against each other on their Bayesian Average. On this scale comedians with a lower regular average may rank higher because of the number of votes they've received.