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  1. Robin Williams "We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture."
  2. Steve Martin "There is one thing I would break up over and that is if she caught me with another woman. I wouldn't stand for that."
  3. Jerry Seinfeld "Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you've got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn't your biggest problem.Maybe you should get rid of the body before you do the wash."
  4. Woody Allen "I'm very proud of my gold pocket watch. My grandfather, on his deathbed, sold me this watch."
  5. Eddie Murphy "I'm Gumby Damnit"
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These people are who i consider to be the funniest people ever with some quotes, any suggestions ....

I'd be hard pressed to make changes to this list. I still remember watching Robin Williams: Live at the Met when I was younger. Unbelievably funny performance.

I wouldn't bump anybody on this list for him, but Norm MacDonald did a great stand-up routine a few years ago, before he got the SNL gig.

Yes that live at the met performance may be one of the best selling cds i have a copy and I think it may be the funniest thing i've ever seen, also if you like robin williams his new hbo stand up performance "On Broadway", i downloaded it from Kazza, it is very hilarious as well...

Reading the comments on Williams reminds me of another great comedian he and I both love - Jonathan Winters. That man is tons funnier than his appearances on Mork and Mindy might lead some to believe.

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L. Bangs

Hmmmm... Honest impressions?

Robin Williams is a litte too high. He had his hayday, but his schtick has getting very tired and very forced for about ten years now.

Seinfeld is, IMHO (get pies ready!) the most over-rated comedian today. A funny guy, but not as funny as everyone thinks. (Search Listology for the generic "comedy is the most subjective of the arts" disclaimer).

Steve Martin - Excellent choice. Same with Allen.

Bob Newhart? The guy practically created a straight-face style all his own, and it is terrifc.

Bill Murray? Heck, he even made a good chunk of The Man Who Knew Too Little funny, and believe, there was nothing funny in that script.

Aykroyd is also almost always funnier than his material.

Bonnie Hunt cracks me up, and she doesn't need no stinking script! She has been responsible for some of my favorite Letterman moments, but she ain't everybody's cup of tea. Three great television shows (two bombs, sadly), plus she got many of the good laughs out of Jerry Maguire.

Sadly, many of my favorite female comedians died way too young. :( Lily Tomlin is still with us!

Well, there's a few comments and ideas... Great list, one that fits in great here!

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L. Bangs

I just noticed the lack of an "alive" tag, so I'll throw in Bill Hicks, Lenny Bruce, Rabelais, and Gilda.

And, for good measure, Madeline Kahn and Gene Wilder (who had a huge hand in each of Brooks' classic comedies, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein).

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L. Bangs

Shame on me for not mentioning John Cleese as well...

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L. Bangs

I agree all those people are great but to say jerry sienfeld is just not funny is a little weird he co wrote one of the best TV shows (if not the best) tv show of all time. Also his stand up comedy is the most popular today.

Well, now, gee, I didn't say Jerry wasn't funny. I said he *was*, just not as funny as most think.

I like his show; I happened to catch the first episode the first time it ran and didn't miss an episode for several seasons, but I think for the last few seasons, it coasted more on phenomena than on quality. I certainly wouldn't say it was the greatest television show ever, or ever the greatest sitcom ever (I'd go with The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, or Cheers), or even the greatest sitcom of the 90s (Absolutely Fabulous, The Simpsons, or NewsRadio, in my book). That's the sort of ranking I mean when I say (again, IMHO) he is over-rated. I don't mean he stinks. He certainly doesn't.

I also think the role of his supporting cast is being a bit overlooked lately. They had at least as much to do with the show's humor.

He is pretty good at stand-up, but again, I didn't think he was one of the greats, and I saw him live and in his prime around 1993.

So, I think he *is* funny. He's made me laugh several times. I just think he (and especially his show) is over-rated. But hey, that's just my lonely opinion. Obviously, most disagree.

Again, great list!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

And while you're on the Gene Wilder path, don't forget Mel Brooks...funny as a comedian and a comedy writer, whether you're talking about "2000 Year Old Man" or "The Producers.".

Mel brooks is funny i remember him in robin hood men in thights movie as a traviling rabbi very funny guy...

Another "why am I just now remembering this one?" and then I'll try to shut up a bit.

Richard Pryor. One of the greats. Any doubts should be disolved by his Anthology that was released at the beginning of the year.

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L. Bangs

Dont be sorry at least your puting forth some great suggestions I totally agree with Richard Pryor but for me Eddie Murphy was a bigger influence and is more mainstream and has been able to inspir more people than Pryor just because Murphy is more famous. To make a better list I should have made it longer and i would includ many of your suggestions.

Where is Bill Hicks?? He may not be as popular but he owns the stage.