American actor and comedian Rodney Dangerfield (1921 - 2004) as he appears in Caddyshack, directed by Harold Ramis, 1980. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Ultimate Best Stand-Up Comedians Of All Time

They say laughter is the best medicine, and there’s no better source of it than stand-up comics. From the unique one-liners George Carlin to the humor of Rodney Dangerfield, stand-up comedians have been making us laugh for decades. In this list, let’s remember the funniest comedians of all time, based on their ability to make us laugh until our sides ache.

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I myself did a stint at stand-up comedy in the late 80s and early 90s at a comedy bar called, Snickerz. Did a lot of open mic nights as well as a guest spot on their local tv show called, Nightshift. Comedy is not pretty is a quote from Steve Martin. Not always easy to do stand-up. So much fun if your joke lands right. Trust me a lot of mine bombed. Great experience doing stand-up, and great memories.

We have a great local comic scene around the Metro Detroit area. Lots of open mic stand-up comedians working on their material. Places like Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, The Nail has comedy nights on Fridays with Knuckle Heads Comedy. Detroit House of Comedy offers the best in stand-up comedy. Have a fun night out and do something different. Support your local stand-up comedians.

These comedians have made us laugh through the toughest of times, and their humor has stood the test of time. So sit back, relax, and get ready to laugh as we celebrate The Ultimate Best Stand Up Comedians Of All Time

  • George Carlin


    George  Carlin, the man is an absolute Legend, and his material only ever becomes more relevant despite the fact that he died 15 years ago.

  • Rodney Dangerfield

    Rodney Dangerfield  stand-up comedian, actor, producer and writer, known for the catchphrase, I don’t get no respect!, and his monologues on that theme. He worked tirelessly on material, writing down notes constantly till his routine was perfect.

  • Steve Martin

    Steve Martin, an actor, comedian, writer, producer, playwright, author, and musician. Remarkable talent on a banjo. Writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. Steve Martin continues to deliver his talent. Wish one more time he would tour doing stand-up. Seen him at Pine Knob back in 1978.


    Lenny Bruce  inspired so many comics and is known for pushing the envelope in comedy. Lenny Bruce even went to jail a time or two for pushing the boundaries of what could be said on stage. He also was a social critic and screen writer.

  • Bill Cosby

  • Eddie Murphy

    Eddie” Murphy is an comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984. Movies like Beverly Hills Cop to The Nutty Professor, to characters like Buckwheat and James Brown. Eddie Murphy quotes are part of American culture to this very day.

  • Richard Pryor

    Richard Pryor stand-up comedian, and actor. Pryor was known for topical issues of the times. His acting ability was off the charts and made us all laugh. His comedy albums I had to hide from my parents because of the language.


    Redd Foxx, a stand-up comedian, and actor. Foxx gained success with his raunchy nightclub act before “King of the Party Records”, he performed on more than 50 records in his lifetime. From 1971-77 best known for his role on the tv show, Sandford & Son

  • Robin Williams

     Robin Williams started as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance. He passed away in 2014.

  • Jerry Seinfeld


    Jerry Seinfeld  stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for playing himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, created and wrote with Larry David. As a stand-up comedian, Seinfeld specializes in observational comedy. He is the creator and host of the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

  • Jim Carrey


    Jim Carrey is an actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is well known for comedic roles in films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Cable Guy, Liar Liar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Bruce Almighty.

  • Sam Kinison

    Sam Kinison “If you’ve seen him before, you’re gonna want to see him again. And if you haven’t seen him before, you’re gonna get a kick out of Bad Sam.”

  • Andrew Dice Clay

    Andrew Dice Clay,  stand-up comedian and actor. He rose to prominence in the late 1980s with a brash, deliberately offensive persona known as “The Diceman”. In 1990. I remember the late 80’s and early 90’s, sitting in my van with friends and drinking beers until the sun came up just listening to the Dice and laughing our asses off. Good times.

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