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: Feb 11, 2023

  1. 1.

    George Carlin

    (4.71) 35 votes.

  2. 2.

    Mitch Hedberg

    (4.73) 28 votes.

  3. 3.

    Richard Pryor

    (4.79) 19 votes.

  4. 4.

    Dave Chappelle

    (4.90) 10 votes.

  5. 5.

    Brian Regan

    (4.65) 20 votes.

  6. 6.

    Bill Hicks

    (4.57) 30 votes.

  7. 7.

    Bill Burr

    (4.72) 9 votes.

  8. 8.

    Eddie Izzard

    (4.62) 13 votes.

  9. 9.

    Patton Oswalt

    (4.57) 14 votes.

  10. 10.

    Zach Galifianakis

    (4.53) 18 votes.

  11. 11.

    Maria Bamford

    (4.50) 16 votes.

  12. 12.

    Louis C.K.

    (4.41) 35 votes.

  13. 13.

    Emo Philips

    (4.42) 12 votes.

  14. 14.

    Jonathan Winters

    (4.60) 5 votes.

  15. 15.

    Sam Kinison

    (4.44) 8 votes.

  16. 16.

    Paul Mooney

    (4.63) 4 votes.

  17. 17.

    Billy Connolly

    (5.00) 2 votes.

  18. 18.

    Dov Davidoff

    (5.00) 2 votes.

  19. 19.

    Sean Rouse

    (5.00) 2 votes.

  20. 20.

    Albert Brooks

    (5.00) 2 votes.

  21. 21.

    Eugene Mirman

    (4.50) 5 votes.

  22. 22.

    Steve Martin

    (4.50) 5 votes.

  23. 23.

    Bo Burnham

    (4.36) 7 votes.

  24. 24.

    Gabriel Iglesias

    (4.36) 7 votes.

  25. 25.

    Bernie Mac

    (4.50) 4 votes.

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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.