Personal Favorites - Best Stand-Up Comedians

  • George Carlin
  • Richard Pryor
  • Lenny Bruce
  • Mort Sahl
  • Bill Hicks
  • David Brenner
  • Denis Leary
  • Steven Wright
  • Eddie Izzard
  • Sam Kinison
  • Lewis Black
  • Wendy Leibman
  • Margaret Cho
  • Mitch Hedberg
  • David Chappelle

Not a Margaret Cho fan?

Oooof! I forgot Margaret! Thanks!

Thanks for not listing Chris Rock. The most over-rated comedian/actor of all time.

I agree. Actually, I really can't stand Chris Rock. It's one thing to be an in-your-face confrontational comedian, like Kinison or Hicks, but Rock suffers from an amazing lack of substance in his humor (or lack thereof).

Margaret Cho
Mitch Hedberg
David Chappelle

The official comedic spokespeople of a new generation. The single most quoted comedians among teenagers for sure.

"My name is Gwen and I'm here to WASH YOUR VAGINA!"

Mitch Hedberg makes me scream with laughter. I love his bit about being in a death metal band with a wimpy name - Injured; then they changed their name to A Capella when they walked out of the pawn shop. Brilliant!

Mitch has a great website here for anyone interested. I'm definitely a fan although I haven't seen him outside his Comedy Central show and his too brief appearance in "Almost Famous".

Wait a second! He was in Almost Famous? I've seen that movie a dozen times - I feel like such a dweeb for missing him. What role did he play?

Oh yeah, I've seen him a couple of times on Letterman. He made the theatre erupt when he said he has an aloof relationship with ducks, unless there's bread involved.

He's sitting at the table playing poker when the lead singer offers up Penny Lane as a bet. A short Real Player version of the scene can be found on his website link above. I'd suggest a scan of the DVD if you have it. It's just a short cameo, but it's him.

Hmm...I'll have to fire up my DVD copy. Thanks!

Excellent List!

All these people don’t know what comedy is and have to do insults and putdowns just to make them seem funny, Eddie Murphy is naturally funny. Don’t believe me check out some of his programs mentioning some like Beverly Hills Cop 1,2, and 3. He is awesome and has been doing it strong and well for more than 20 years.

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its a nice one is another like alluc and tvlinks though it doesn't have a very large selection of films at the moment. Also, Youtube...mainly for its never ending supply of classic Chris Hansen clips :D

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