The 25 Stand-Up Comedians
with the Best Material

They're eminently quotable. They mislead you perfectly and then twist you off in another direction. They write in perfect little joke haikus, except the grasshopper in dead at the end of them. Here's the list of stand-ups who make you think "I wish I thought of that."

Most Recent Review: Jan 24, 2022

  1. 1.

    George Carlin

    (4.67) 36 votes.

  2. 2.

    Dave Chappelle

    (4.83) 12 votes.

  3. 3.

    Mitch Hedberg

    (4.68) 28 votes.

  4. 4.

    Brian Regan

    (4.72) 18 votes.

  5. 5.

    Richard Pryor

    (4.72) 18 votes.

  6. 6.

    Doug Stanhope

    (4.70) 20 votes.

  7. 7.

    John Caparulo

    (5.00) 5 votes.

  8. 8.

    Zach Galifianakis

    (4.61) 18 votes.

  9. 9.

    Bill Hicks

    (4.55) 31 votes.

  10. 10.

    Bill Burr

    (4.67) 9 votes.

  11. 11.

    Emo Philips

    (4.58) 12 votes.

  12. 12.

    Eddie Izzard

    (4.54) 13 votes.

  13. 13.

    Patton Oswalt

    (4.50) 14 votes.

  14. 14.

    Greg Giraldo

    (4.67) 6 votes.

  15. 15.

    Steve Martin

    (4.75) 4 votes.

  16. 16.

    Sam Kinison

    (4.50) 8 votes.

  17. 17.

    Maria Bamford

    (4.38) 16 votes.

  18. 18.

    Jonathan Winters

    (4.60) 5 votes.

  19. 19.

    Eugene Mirman

    (4.60) 5 votes.

  20. 20.

    Todd Barry

    (4.60) 5 votes.

  21. 21.

    Billy Connolly

    (5.00) 2 votes.

  22. 22.

    Sean Rouse

    (5.00) 2 votes.

  23. 23.

    Tim Allen

    (5.00) 2 votes.

  24. 24.

    Albert Brooks

    (5.00) 2 votes.

  25. 25.

    Adam Ferrara

    (5.00) 2 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.