Top 10 Legends of Stand-Up Comedy
#10 - MITCH HEDBERG [1968-2005]
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"I was in a casino, I was standing by the door and a security guard came over and said 'You're gonna have to move. You're blocking the fire exit.' As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit. Unless you are a table." A Minnesota native, Mitch Hedberg first gained national exposure in 1996 after performing at the prestigious Just for Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival, which aired on Comedy Central. That same year, Hedberg appeared on Late Night with David Letterman for the first time. Hedberg rapidly gained a cult following with his surreal humor and offbeat comic delivery. Hedberg died of a drug overdose in 2005.

#09 - WOODY ALLEN [1935- ]
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"I feel sex is a beautiful thing between two people. Between five, it's fantastic." Academy Award-winning director Woody Allen (Bananas) started out as a comedy writer, earning just $75 a week. In 1961, Allen embarked on his stand-up comedy career by making his debut at a club called the Duplex in Greenwich Village. His brilliant early stand-up comedy routines can be heard on the albums Standup Comic and Nightclub Years 1964-1968.

#08 - BILL HICKS [1961-94]
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"I was in Nashville, Tennesee last year. After the show I went to a Waffle House. I'm not proud of it, I was hungry. And I'm alone, I'm eating and I'm reading a book, right? Waitress walks over to me: 'Hey, whatcha readin' for?' Isn't that the weirdest fuckin' question you've ever heard? Not what am I reading, but what am I reading FOR? Well, godammit, ya stumped me! Why do I read? Well . . . hmmm . . . I dunno . . . I guess I read for a lot of reasons and the main one is so I don't end up being a fuckin' waffle waitress." Whether discussing American Gladiators, Doritos commercials, American Gladiators, Barry Manilow albums, The Love Connection or the Waffle House, Bill Hicks brilliantly dissected the banality of American culture. "Think of me as Chomsky with dick jokes," Hicks was fond of saying. Hicks died of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the age of 32. The late, great Richard Pryor once claimed that Hicks was "an inspired and inspiring truth teller, dangerous and brave and scary all at once."

#07 - CHRIS ROCK [1965- ]
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"Do you know what the good side of crack is? If you're up at the right hour, you can get a VCR for $1.50. You can furnish your whole house for $10.95." Voted as the fifth greatest standup comedian of all time by Comedy Central, Chris Rock embarked on his stand-up comedy career in 1985 at New York City's Catch a Rising Star. Rock was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1990-93 and appeared in a memorable role as a crack addict named "Pookie" in New Jack City (1991). Rock has starred in numerous HBO comedy specials, including Big Ass Jokes (1994), Bring the Pain (1996), Bigger & Blacker (1999) and Never Scared (2004).

#06 - SAM KINISON [1953-92]
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"Jesus is the only guy that ever came back from the dead that didn’t scare the fuck out of everybody! He’s the only guy that ever crawled out of the grave where people didn’t go, ooohhh! I just saw some fucker crawl out of his grave! I don’t believe I’m seeing this shit! Did you see that? This guy just crawled out of his box through the earth! . . . Jesus comes back, he doesn’t get any pressure, no static. Nobody’s upset. He climbs out, he’s walking around, nobody’s upset. They can eat with him and everything . . ." A former revival-style preacher, Sam Kinison embarked on a stand-up comedy career shortly after divorcing his first wife and got his first big break on Rodney Dangerfield's Ninth Annual Young Comedians Special, which first aired on HBO in 1984. Known for his intense style and trademark scream, Kinison unleashed an outrageous and uncensored form of comedy that included angry rants and attacks against conventional norms. In 1986, Kinison had a memorable role as "Professor Terguson" in Back to School, which also starred Dangerfield. Kinison, who was a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show, also appeared as Al Bundy's guardian angel in an 1989 episode of Married with Children. Just six days after marrying his girlfriend Malika Souiri in 1992, Kinison was killed in a car accident on U.S. 95 in California. His epitaph reads: "In another time and place he would have been called prophet."

#05 - EDDIE MURPHY [1961- ]
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"And this is the business to be in if you want some pussy. That's why I got in show bussiness, for pussy. I figured, if Jimmy Walker can fuck, I'm fucking everybody. And it's like that too. When you do TV shows, women would be throwing pussy at me on the street like frisbee." Hilarious, raunchy and often controversial (even Richard Pryor claimed that he found his comedy at times excessively insensitive), Eddie Murphy has been ranked No. 10 on Comedy Central's list of the "100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time."

#04 - RODNEY DANGERFIELD [1921-2004]
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"During sex, my girlfriend always wants to talk to me. Just the other night she called me from a hotel." Rodney Dangerfield built a legendary comedy career based on the catchphrase: “I don’t get no respect.” Early in his stand-up career, Dangerfield worked as an aluminum-siding salesman to help make ends meet. Adopting the Rodney Dangerfield persona with a vengeance, Dangerfield landed a memorable appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and never looked back. In 1969, Dangerfield opened his Manhattan nightclub, Dangerfields, which was later the venue for an HBO show that helped the careers of many young stand-up comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Sam Kinison, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Andrew Dice Clay, Bob Sagat and Rita Rudner, among many others. Dangerfield’s comedy album, No Respect, received a Grammy Award for “Best Comedy Album of the Year.” During the 1980s, Dangerfield made several memorable appearances in films, most notably as “Al Czervik” in Caddyshack, “Monty” in Easy Money and “Thornton Melon” in Back to School.

#03 - LENNY BRUCE [1925-66]
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"If Jesus had been killed 20 years ago, Catholic schoolchildren would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses." Uncompromising and extremely influential, Lenny Bruce stretched the boundaries of free speech and was frequently arrested on stage in the early 1960s. Bruce’s legal troubles mounted during this period, culminating with a six-month that found him guilty of obscenity on November 4, 1964. During the appeals process, Bruce died of a drug overdose in 1966 at the age of 40. Dustin Hoffman starred in a 1974 biographical film about Bruce, Lenny, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. In 2003, Bruce received a posthumous pardon for his obscenity conviction by New York Governor George Pataki. In 2004, Bruce was named No. 3 in Comedy Central’s list of the “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time” behind Richard Pryor and George Carlin.

#02 - GEORGE CARLIN [1937-2008]
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"Religion easily has the best bullshit story of all time. Think about it. Religion has convinced people that there's an invisible man . . . living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of 10 specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money." A brilliant comedian and social critic, George Carlin placed No. 2 on Comedy Central's list of the "100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians" behind Richard Pryor. Carlin's best-known routine was "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." For the record, the "Seven Dirty Words" are shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits.

#01 - RICHARD PRYOR [1940-2005]
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“I like makin' love myself . . . and I can make love for about three minutes. I do about three minutes of serious fuckin', then I need eight hours sleep . . . and a bowl of Wheaties!” One of the most influential comedians of all time, Richard Pryor had a storied career that includes an extensive body of work such as concert movies and recordings Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin’ (1971). Pryor received an Emmy Award in 1973 and five Grammy Awards in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981and 1982. In addition, Pryor appeared in many memorable films, including Silver StreakWhich Way is Up?Blue Collar and Stir Crazy. In 1980, Pryor was severely burned after setting himself on fire while freebasing cocaine and drinking 151-proof rum. In 1998, Pryor won the first Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2004, Pryor was voted No. 1 on Comedy Central’s list of the “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.” Pryor, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, suffered a cardiac arrest and died on December 10, 2005. He was posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

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Barry - 2008-01-22 09:52:38
Eddie Murphey is by fat the best, listening to his old-school stand up comedy can still make me hurt from laughing.

KA - 2008-01-22 10:39:54
Basically I agree with the list. Some order issues and I would take out Woody Allen and replace him Dave Chappelle.

Sandra Mendoza - 2008-01-22 10:54:19
What are you? 12? 42 You missed Tim Allen's MEN ARE PIGS, which hilariously displayed our gender differences. Brett Butler who interpreted the South for Northerners and who showed the North what we looked like to a transplanted Southerner now married to a Brooklyn Jew. I consider their heyday, the golden age of comedy where suddenly everyone was doing concept comedy.

sedum - 2008-01-23 10:39:40
could you have possibly gotten a more depraved picture of carlin?
Bill - 2008-01-24 18:25:32
I don't think Chapelle has reached "legend" status yet. He might someday, even though I don't find him funny in the least:) I'm pretty sure most of you are too young to remember Woody Allen's stand-up, as well. IMO, good list.
Steve - 2008-01-27 15:26:49
Red Foxx should replace Sam Kinnison

Jpe The Pirate - 2008-01-28 00:02:33
Very good list, I'm not too sure Pryor should be number 1 but he definitely deserves a spot. I was very glad to see Mitch Hedberg on there as he is by far my favorite.
Mai - 2008-01-29 05:39:52
ummm BILL COSBY??? I used to listen to his albums over and over again and now my children do the same. He is the proof you can be clean and still hilarious. (anyone remember the Chicken Heart?)

MIKEFUGU - 2008-01-29 21:02:42
Lenny Bruce and George Carlin !!!! the hell with religion and religious people!!!!
Matt - 2008-01-30 02:35:14
not a single british stand up on there, such a shame ever heard of Billy Connolly? Bill Bailey? Jimmy Carr? ok that last one was a bit too recent too be a "legend" lol

LaRoos - 2008-01-30 15:39:23
Mitch Hedberg is GOD... rip man... his thought process is SO out there... i relate to him the most
Footage - 2008-01-30 16:26:29
Yes, Billy Connely, "If you're going to shag a sheep, it's best to bring it to the edge of a cliff. It pushes back better."
Andy - 2008-01-31 09:03:05
Ummmm where is Robin Williams on this list? His stand-up was and still is legendary. Some of the best stuff I had ever seen!

Anonymous - 2008-02-01 16:51:47
Eddie Izzard not on the list?

pppcoop - 2008-02-02 14:08:17
dave chappelle should be on this
m-bartelt - 2008-02-03 02:28:10
Red Foxx isn't there? Neither is Steve Martin...

schumysbabe - 2008-02-03 12:29:27
yeah they are good but, billy connely could floor these guys 1 hand behind his back!
djmasey25 - 2008-02-03 15:49:35
Woody Allen sucks. and for all those who want chappelle on the list that is terrible when tim allen isnt on it. hell i watched home improvement on nick at nite last night and jim bruer and dave chapelle were the guests on tool time. that was funny damnit woody allen sucks!!!
Jk - 2008-02-03 16:25:29
Nice list. Good to see Mitch Hedberg on the list. The fact that it's missing Chapelle and Cosby is a little weird, but hey, you can't please everybody. And Carlin should be #1!
Anonymous - 2008-02-04 13:41:54
Yeah...for me Izzard's definitely the best...I can understand if he's not everyone's favourite, but at least he should be on the list
Matty - 2008-02-05 04:49:36
Sam Kinison! Excellent choice for the list!
cmoss - 2008-02-05 13:27:42
try Brian Reagan...hilarious!!!

egad - 2008-02-05 18:58:36
it's great to see mitch hedburg on the list. rip buddy
Nick - 2008-02-06 02:04:41
Chappelle is shit. He really is not that funny. The only problem I have with the list is Dangerfield. He had the best one liners, but he is better to read than to watch. He never does an act, just jokes that do not link, making more then 5 minutes of him boring. a half hour is just the same thing said different ways. Robin Williams stand up is very good, and may deserve a spot. The ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is also very talented, and can do both an act, or jokes on the spot.

Josh Bastard - 2008-02-06 02:41:04
You're list is almost correct, save for the fact that bill hicks was a lame ass second rate comedian. At least he did something amusing and died, hopefully painfully.
:::Vampire::: - 2008-02-06 12:49:38
Great list, I'd switch Carlin and Pryor, Move Hedberg up to at least 5, and replace Woody Allen with Carlos Mencia, but other than that youve got this... good job

Beth - 2008-02-08 00:31:56
I like the list 100% doesn't it get annoying when people try to tell you how to put together your own Top Ten lists??
Gina - 2008-02-10 02:37:37
Robin Williams strand up is great, that should so be on the list. Along with Denis Leary! They're way funnier than Woody Allen and Eddie Murphy.

mat - 2008-02-13 02:48:49
chapelle is good on his TV show, but his standup leaves more then a little to be desired. Cosby was good your right - but seriously, the only way he would be on the list is if you kicked Mitch and I would rather not do that. Richard deserves his #1 spot, he may not have been dead yet, but he is now RIP to Mitch and Rich
noize - 2008-02-14 03:39:04
yo, whutt bout that brit dude, eddie izzard, hez maaaaad!!!! should be here :) n murphy....the ultimate!!!
alex - 2008-02-16 08:36:09
Sorry, but Brigstocke is THE best. The religion sketch, the BT rant, all of them. He rocks.

ahall - 2008-02-23 01:12:22
steve martin???
Anonymous - 2008-02-23 20:43:30
Even though they were pretty funny, Sam Kinison and Woody Allen don't belong on this list. You need Jerry Seinfeld on there (if not for sheer talent, for what he did for stand up comedy) as well as Robin Williams. Dave Chappelle, despite being extremely funny, isn't quite as iconic as those two (yet).

Anonymous - 2008-02-29 05:10:29
REDD FOXX Paul Moony does Rowan Atkinson's live stuff count as stand up? if yes, definately should be added

Kayroh - 2008-03-01 03:05:31
Man... Richard Pryor = Win
SmartyPants - 2008-03-03 09:14:28
Brett Butler? Are you fucking kidding me? Bill Cosby? He couldn't be edgy if you shoved a sharpened pudding pop up his ass. Eddie Izzard has had some great material, and has laid an equal number of complete turds. He's a better actor than comic.
dave - 2008-03-03 11:16:27
seriously... this is the AUTHORS top ten comedians. I can think of a few other people, but everyone on this list is awesome. Good work.
Cate - 2008-03-06 01:33:55
Aw, man, you missed Eddie Izzard! But thanks for giving me some more comedians to check out! I have never heard of some of these guys.
Oleandress - 2008-03-06 14:21:40
Where the frick is Robin Williams?
Mustard - 2008-03-08 09:48:01
Retitle This - "Top 10 AMERICAN Legends of stand up Comedy" please.
John Patterson - 2008-03-13 07:42:11
I will kill the first fuck that even thinks that Dane Cook should even be allowed to read the Top 1000 comedians list. I mostly agree with the list outside of the order... Another comedian I loved was Emo Phillips.

Drew - 2008-03-13 10:38:16
Why so many Americans? Open your minds, folks.
Mark - 2008-03-13 11:00:21
Thank God nobody said DANE COOK. I would have thrown up in my mouth a little bit to choke that one down.
Eric D. - 2008-03-14 20:03:31
can I just say.... great list. I stumbled on this, i first saw numbers 10-8 at a glance and immediately gave this list credit. very good the whole way through, and thats coming from somebody who LIVES for comedy. i've been to many shows, never got to see any of these legends (i was suppose to see Mitch a few weeks after he died) but I hope i've seen a few in the making.
ruben - 2008-03-19 12:22:42
robin williams is best over all of them!!!!!!!
L337ERTEETER2010 - 2008-03-20 21:55:52
OMG HAX!!!!!!!!!1 WARE IS CARLOS MANCIA?!?!??!!/! THIS LIST IS GAY !! UR ALL A BUNCHA DEE DEE DEEERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous - 2008-04-06 18:31:23
"not a single british stand up on there, such a shame ever heard of Billy Connolly? Bill Bailey? Jimmy Carr? ok that last one was a bit too recent too be a "legend" lol" who the hell are those guys.
Bob S. - 2008-04-27 22:06:49
No Saget? Insane. Take a peek: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otMYxplFrs0
itsalljustaride - 2008-05-07 08:03:06
I realize this is just YOUR list of top 10's, but for whoever said Chappelle shouldn't be on here because he isn't iconic, and yet Hedberg IS on here...yeah. Chappelle may not be "iconic" yet, but Hedberg certainly isn't. That and Hedberg was a one-trick-pony. Every joke of his was the same delivery, that semi-sarcastic stoner emphasis. I liked his jokes, but I can only take so much of his delivery and it gets old. Kind of like Bobcat Goldthwait.
asdf - 2008-05-14 03:37:10
No one like Ricky Gervais huh? Anyways, I don't know why there's so much Mitch love, he's okay, but legendary? He has no showman ship, no way is he better than Robin Williams, and Williams didn't even scratch the list. Maybe I'm just not a sucker for corny one-liners.
robie_ran7 - 2008-06-12 13:29:31
Ok thats right we should totally name this The top 10 american legends its true. DONT EVEN THINK of putting Dane cook, CArlos Mencia, people just think about we have a mexican (not that i have any problems with them, i'm latin) talking like he is white, and all he does is" deed dee dee this, Beaners that f*cking tiring, all he does is diss arabs, mexicans, and retarded people. as for the list I don't i would totally put there Chapelle, even tim allen makes me laugh like a little kid. LOL. seriously i would take off woody allen and dangerfield... and put in robin williams
ham - 2008-06-12 17:06:16
who ever put the stuff about Jeff Dunham up I agree he is funny the first time you see his special but by now his jokes have been seen and repeated probably about a billion and a half times so by now his current jokes have gone stale
dwindle - 2008-06-16 02:10:02
Carlos Mancia isn't funny. You know why? Because the word "beaner" isn't funny. When you take that out of his act, there's nothing left. The guys an amateur hack.
KesheR - 2008-06-25 11:05:32
Taking off Woody Allen??? Are you fucking serious??? Allen is one of the funniest and most clever guys of all times!!!
Gigl - 2008-06-29 16:06:46
Bill Hicks is the undisputed no.1 comedian of all times...I always wanted to do comedy beside my music...then I saw Bill Hicks...He's so good that he makes other comedians silly and their jokes cheap...he's not only a comedian, but a leader...and he offers not entertainment but enlightment...watching him is an experience and an eye-opening revelation...He sits there at the top and nobody comes near!
Willie Williams - 2008-08-12 12:22:51
Great list. All you guys have mentioned some really good comedians. Perhaps a top 50 is in order here.
Willie Williams - 2008-08-13 11:22:10
Bill Connolly, Jim Davidson, and Eddie Izzard would be up there if this were a worldwide list. I would like to give recognition to Doug Stanhope, Steven Wright and Patton Oswald for people reading the comments.
Martin - 2008-09-17 07:58:55
I agree to the list, but I mean we have forgotten Jim Carrey. He`s scetches are som of the best. And LMAO ererytime. That guy is funny.
talentedfool - 2008-12-11 17:01:06

All great comedians, one name am shocked I haven't seen crop up is tommy tiernan. I suppose like a couple of others mentioned he is a bit young to be a legend. But i havent seen anyone, even people i didnt expect to like his comedy, fall in fits of laughter at some part of his acts. And as far as Dane Cook not being in the top 1000 i agree that his earlier comedy wasn't particularly great but he has really come of age in the past couple of years hence filling madison square gardern, you dont do that if your not funny.

Mark - 2009-04-13 19:31:45

I think some people are getting confused here. The title is "Legends" as opposed to just a Top 10 of standups For that reason, people like Williams and Cosby should have been on the list. For a "un-legend" top 10, I'd include Lewis Black and Al Murray

Rick - 2009-04-17 19:01:55

Lol who the hell said Mencia? Are you freakin kiddin' me?

Dennis - 2009-04-29 21:41:40

Whoever said to replace Mencia with Allen really really really mad me angry. I'm gonna go take a walk.

Kosa - 2009-06-15 18:22:52

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzKHQX59Wso

Anonymous - 2009-06-28 11:47:25

Chappelle and Seinfeld had me laughing out loud but Connolly just didn't do it. It wasn't bad, just wasn't hilarious. But anyway notice how you can comment without extreme anger at a guys personal comedian preference.

Crohuir - 2009-08-12 12:55:58

This is a good list, but it should be called Top 10 AMERICAN Legends. I do like a lot of these comedians, but there are a lot of British and Irish comedians who I personally rate higher. I know it's a personal thing or whatever, but check out guys like Dara o Briain, Andrew Maxwell, Neil Delamere, Lee Evans, Al Murray, Tommy Tiernan, Des Bishop, Peter Kay, Bill Bailey (esp music lovers) , Billy Connelly, Danny Bhoy (his actual name!) , Dylan Moran... I could go on forever! Maybe a lot of the stuff is very cultural and doesn't cross over, as a lot of comedians do comment on their society and I think Europeans are a lot more aware of American culture because of MTV and the like so we can get American comedians more easily. Oh and I can't believe that any comedy list would leave out Demetri Martin, the guy's a genius!

cheese - 2010-01-03 17:32:27

although he isnt old enough to be a legent ricky gervais is by far my favourite. so intellictual n clever. not to mention his podcasts n tv series uk office n extras. he has the record for most podcasts downloaded, n fastest selling stand up tour in history. he deserves notability. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_EXqdJ4L7I

17 - 2010-03-04 21:59:10

Bob Newhart and Robin Williams have to be here somewhere. Lets make a top 17 list just to be different.

LIAT - 2010-04-09 01:03:22

I cannot believe that no one called this, but Leary? Seriously? That two bit not funny joke stealing fuck? You do know that the whole "I'm an asshole" bit was taken from Louis CK and he stole like straight up word for word stole jokes from Hicks. As for taking Woody Allen off, that is preposterous he has definitely earned his spot on any list of comics. Most of the suggestions are stupid, Mencia? Not funny. Cosby? Not edgy. Chris Rock and Hedburg would be the only ones to switch, not that they aren't funny but they aren't the best and the most inventive. Throw in Steve Martin and maybe Williams or someone else from the seventies and your set. As for Seinfeld he didn't do enough for stand up, for sitcoms yes. All in all good list.

Two Norweigan blokes go into a bar..o your probably not swedish - 2010-12-13 05:21:19

Omg Dave Allen,Izzard and Bailey should seriously be on the list!Dave Allen is fricking legend!

Brianna - 2012-11-25 06:40:40

Without Dave Chapelle, George Carlin, and Richard Pryor there is no top 10. The fact that Dave Chapelle is missing from list is baffling. So I assume the list requires the comedian to have been around long time to be considered legendary. Dave Chapelle's Killen Em Softly is rated as one of the 10 best comedy stand-ups of all time. I've watched stand-ups by almost every major stand-up comedian, but Dave Chapelle is by far the funniest. Not even a competition. Sure, Dave Chapelle hasn't been around as long as many others, but the comedy punch he packs in the few specials he's done and the genius of some of his skits is stuff of legends. His Sesame Street skit from Killen Em Softly still stands as the best stand-up comedy skit I've ever seen.

Zorba jevon - 2012-12-31 11:01:48

Woody Allen belongs on this list. The best comedy writer on here. Billy Connelly is great, but these comedians have reached Mount Rushmore status. I am supriaed Cosby isn't on this list. Before Mitch Herbert. And anyone who thinks Carlos mencia belongs on here is Naive.

J - 2014-08-19 14:56:59

Louis ck? Robin Williams Dave chappelle ?

Anonymous - 2014-11-28 05:47:29

By far, Redd Foxx is the greatest. Quit-witted, innovative, situational, stroy-telling - you name it! Redd Foxx has done it all - and has influenced others who have gained legendary status. Even Pryor and Carlin said that he influenced them. By the way, since this list is about legends of stand-up (which means the comedians/comediennes must be LEGENDS of comedy), why aren't Cosby, Williams, Martin, Carson, Romero, Rivers, Mabley, Marin and other real legends NOT even considered? On another note, I do agree that Allen, Bruce, Carlin and Pryor should be on this list, after all, they paid their dues and are considered to have been innovative in helping change and ELEVATE comedy in some way or another.

Dang - 2015-06-14 15:17:30

Louis CK

Da Nang - 2015-10-11 17:43:43

Eddie Murphy is shit