Who Are The Best Stand-Up Comedians Of All Time?

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We are all living a very busy life right now, and as the old saying goes, comedy is the best medicine. Believe it or not, you can measure people’s intelligence by the type of things they laugh at. Humour is directly linked with intelligence.

Today, we have researched and discovered the top 10 best stand-up comedians of all time who have crossed all limits for making us laugh and smart. A good comedian is the one who not only makes us laugh but also makes us think.

Today, we have listed the top ten best stand-up comedians of all time. So, without wasting much time, let’s move to our first pick.

Jim Gaffigan

One of the old-timers in this list is Jim Gaffigan, who began his comedy career in the late eighties but only gained worldwide fame after his first appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in 1999. His comedy can be classified as largely observational, clean as it typically revolves around relatable topics like parenting and food.

Interestingly, David Letterman was also one of the idols of Jim Gaffigan, and after this appearance, he never looked back. Since then, he has been nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Comedy Album, has created an autobiographical sitcom called “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and authored two books.

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart is easily one of the most famous stand-up comedians in the world right now. If you have been anywhere near the American pop culture in the last decade, you must have heard about Kevin Hart. The man has been everywhere. He has been hosting award shows, doing movies, and stand-ups at the same time. Despite being one of Hollywood’s biggest names right now, he has stuck to his beginnings and continues to sell out stadiums for his stand-up acts.

Mike Birbiglia

Mike is an absolute expert in delivering long-form jokes that revolve around anecdotes and storytelling that are peppered with humor. When watching his stand up, you would notice that his comedy is often self-deprecating and based on personal life experiences.

He gained mainstream recognition after the success of his one-man show “Sleepwalk With Me” in 2008. Since then, he has been making rounds, and his Netflix comedy special “My girlfriend’s Boyfriend” that was released in 2013, gained public acclaim and critical success.

Tig Notaro

The story of Tig Notaro is somewhat unique. Despite performing stand-ups since early 2006, she did not really gain public attention until 2012, when she disclosed to her audience that she is suffering from breast cancer, during a stand-up.

She also revealed some other personal difficulties she had been facing at that time. This stand-up became wildly popular and was termed as one of the greatest stand-up performances ever by comedian Louis C.K. Since then, she has beaten cancer and become one of the best female comedians of all time.

Chris Rock

Like Kevin Hart, Chris Rock is known worldwide for his Over-the-Top stand-up comedy. His humor usually revolves around the man-woman relationship and American race relations. He loves to talk about politics, and we are all aware of how serious and nasty it can become, but Chris Rock finds a way to make it hilarious.

It is one of his best qualities that makes him one of our generation’s most popular stand-up comedians. He has also been recognized as the idol for some of the best comedians like Kevin Hart and Aziz Ansari.

Jerry Seinfeld

Now let’s be honest, we are all aware of who Jerry Seinfeld is. His 90s Sitcom named “Seinfeld” was one of the most influential sitcoms of all time. Jerry Seinfeld’s humor revolves around the day to day activities as he picks small yet annoying things and circulates his comedy around those things.

It is really effective as almost everyone in the audience can relate to what he is talking about. We can also safely say that Jerry Seinfeld was most people’s first exposure to stand up comedy due to the huge success of his show science “Seinfeld.”

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle is one of the most famous stand-up comedians in the world right now. Since he stepped into the scene of stand-up comedy in the 2000s, he has become one of this generation’s most defining comics.

Dave gained huge popularity after his Comedy Central sketch show “Chappelle’s Show.” He got even more famous after he walked away from the show. Dave loves to talk about American culture, sexuality, and race matters and be totally honest about them.

Bill Burr

Bill burr is easily one of the funniest stand-up comedians of all time. He goes on a hilarious yet no-holds-barred rant on controversial things like gender equality, religion, and feminism.

He had also been referred to as “the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor” by Rolling Stone magazine back in 2013. He is known for being ruthless and not holding back. He is also an actor who has done prominent roles and TV shows, including Breaking Bad.

Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff Foxworthy is the largest selling comedy recording artist in American history. He also won a bestselling Author and Grammy award nominees. Born in 1958, Jeff Foxworthy gained worldwide popularity after performing an opening act for country music superstars Emmylou Harris and Garth Brooks. Despite being one of the OG comedians, we are sure that his work can be considered some of the best comedy performances.

Louis C.K

Louis C.K is, in our opinion, the best stand up comedian of all time. Many of you would agree that Louis CK has had a level of success that remains still unmatched by any other comedian. The main focus of his humor is putting a mirror in society’s eyes and still being courageous enough to be able to laugh at them. Louis C.K has inspired many of these stand-up comedians in this list.


Stand-up comedy is an art, and these comedians are the best-of-the-best artists. Now we do agree that comedy can be subjective, and you may not completely agree with the list, but you have to understand that we have not made this list according to our personal opinions, and we have done our research before coming down to these names.

Regardless, you may have a different opinion than ours or even the general public, and it’s alright because you are more than welcome to use the comment section down below and your top 10 list for others to see.

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