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: Jul 23, 2024

  1. 1.

    George Carlin

    (4.69) 35 votes.

  2. 2.

    Dave Chappelle

    (4.90) 10 votes.

  3. 3.

    Mitch Hedberg

    (4.69) 29 votes.

  4. 4.

    Richard Pryor

    (4.74) 19 votes.

  5. 5.

    Doug Stanhope

    (4.70) 20 votes.

  6. 6.

    Bill Hicks

    (4.57) 30 votes.

  7. 7.

    John Caparulo

    (5.00) 5 votes.

  8. 8.

    Brian Regan

    (4.60) 20 votes.

  9. 9.

    Zach Galifianakis

    (4.61) 18 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.

    Sam Kinison

    (4.50) 8 votes.

  16. 16.

    Maria Bamford

    (4.38) 16 votes.

  17. 17.

    Todd Barry

    (4.60) 5 votes.

  18. 18.

    Jonathan Winters

    (4.60) 5 votes.

  19. 19.

    Eugene Mirman

    (4.60) 5 votes.

  20. 20.

    Tim Allen

    (5.00) 2 votes.

  21. 21.

    Billy Connolly

    (5.00) 2 votes.

  22. 22.

    Albert Brooks

    (5.00) 2 votes.

  23. 23.

    Dov Davidoff

    (5.00) 2 votes.

  24. 24.

    Sean Rouse

    (5.00) 2 votes.

  25. 25.

    Gabriel Iglesias

    (4.43) 7 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.