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Old February 24th, 2011, 06:27 PM
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Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of all Time

Agree or Disagree? They are in reverse order by the way.

100. Gallagher
99. Janeane Garofalo
98. Louis C.K.
97. Sandra Bernhard
96. Joey Bishop
95. Andrew Dice Clay
94. David Alan Grier
93. George Wallace
92. Louie Anderson
91. Jim Breuer
90. Dana Carvey
89. Kevin James
88. Paula Poundstone
87. Brett Butler
86. Jay Mohr
85. David Cross
84. Drew Carey
83. Norm MacDonald
82. Howie Mandel
81. Dick Gregory
80. Bobby Slayton
79. Dom Irerra
78. Cedric The Entertainer
77. Paul Reiser
76. Robert Schimmel
75. Eddie Izzard
74. Paul Rodriguez
73. Elaine Boosler
72. Bernie Mac
71. Red Buttons
70. Wanda Sykes
69. Pat Cooper
68. Dave Attel
67. Kevin Pollack
66. Shelley Burman
65. Sinbad
64. Richard Belzer
63. Jackie Mason
62. Eddie Griffin
61. Bobcat Goldthwait
60. Jeff Foxworthy
59. Gilbert Gottfried
58. Larry Miller
57. Richard Jeni
56. Colin Quinn
55. Alan King
54. D.L. Hughley
53. David Brenner
52. Damon Wayans
51. Lewis Black
50. Denis Leary
49. Freddie Prinze
48. Tim Allen
47. Henny Youngman
46. Adam Sandler
45. Richard Lewis
44. Joan Rivers
43. Dave Chappelle
42. Flip Wilson
41. Jon Stewart
40. Mort Sahl
39. Billy Crystal
38. Bill Maher
37. Martin Lawrence
36. Jim Carrey
35. Phyllis Diller
34. Buddy Hackett
33. Andy Kaufman
32. Albert Brooks
31. George Burns
30. Garry Shandling
29. Milton Berle
28. Jack Benny
27. Jay Leno
26. Ray Romano
25. Bob Hope
24. Redd Foxx
23. Steven Wright
22. Robert Klein
21. Dennis Miller
20. Sam Kinison
19. Bill Hicks
18. Jonathan Winters
17. Don Rickles
16. Ellen Degeneres
15. David Letterman
14. Bob Newhart
13. Robin Williams
12. Jerry Seinfeld
11. Johnny Carson 10. Eddie Murphy
9. Roseanne Barr
8. Bill Cosby
7. Rodney Dangerfield
6. Steve Martin
5. Chris Rock
4. Woody Allen
3. Lenny Bruce
2. George Carlin
1. Richard Pryor
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First of all - they really hate Louis C.K. although I know some people like him - I have heard worse.

I don't even consider Bill Mahr a comedian anymore - he is a commentator.

I like Woody Allen, but as a standup, at #4, I dont think so.

I never liked Johnathon Winters that much.

I actually think Joan Rivers was hilarious in her day - her original act was killer funny. Far better than Ellen Degeneris.

Jerry Seinfeld's show was funny - but as a standup, dry cleaner jokes, really?

Eddy Izzard had one HBO show that was hilarious, but a second one really flopped.

I would personally put Robin Williams higher, but I know some people don't like him.
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I do agree about Rodney Dangerfield - one of the last great classic comedians (before Don Rickles and other insult comedy dogs came along).

Did Jim Carrey do standup? I would like to see that.
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Andy Kaufman was way too bizarre for me..Do you remember the SNL cloned show...Fridays? Michael Richards was on it. as was Larry David. Andy did a routine, where he really went off the deep end...the looks [of horror]on the others faces was priceless.

Andrew Dice Clay,shot himself in the foot..had a short lived sit com, and faded away....

I have seen Joan Rivers twice..of course, with her old faces..hardly recognize her now!

IN the 50/60's those old time comedians on the Ed Sullivan Show, used to send my parents, into gales of laughter.
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Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of all Time

Agree or Disagree? They are in reverse order by the way.

100. Gallagher
99. Janeane Garofalo
98. Louis C.K.
97. Sandra Bernhard (not on my list)
96. Joey Bishop
95. Andrew Dice Clay (I do not think he should be on the list .)
94. David Alan Grier
93. George Wallace
92. Louie Anderson
91. Jim Breuer
90. Dana Carvey
89. Kevin James
88. Paula Poundstone
87. Brett Butler
86. Jay Mohr
85. David Cross
84. Drew Carey
83. Norm MacDonald
82. Howie Mandel
81. Dick Gregory
80. Bobby Slayton
79. Dom Irerra
78. Cedric The Entertainer
77. Paul Reiser
76. Robert Schimmel
75. Eddie Izzard
74. Paul Rodriguez
73. Elaine Boosler
72. Bernie Mac
71. Red Buttons
70. Wanda Sykes
69. Pat Cooper
68. Dave Attel
67. Kevin Pollack
66. Shelley Burman
65. Sinbad
64. Richard Belzer
63. Jackie Mason -----in my top 10
62. Eddie Griffin
61. Bobcat Goldthwait
60. Jeff Foxworthy
59. Gilbert Gottfried
58. Larry Miller
57. Richard Jeni
56. Colin Quinn
55. Alan King
54. D.L. Hughley
53. David Brenner
52. Damon Wayans
51. Lewis Black
50. Denis Leary
49. Freddie Prinze
48. Tim Allen
47. Henny Youngman
46. Adam Sandler
45. Richard Lewis
44. Joan Rivers
43. Dave Chappelle
42. Flip Wilson
41. Jon Stewart
40. Mort Sahl (a satirist ,not a comedian)
39. Billy Crystal
38. Bill Maher (in my top 10)
37. Martin Lawrence
36. Jim Carrey
35. Phyllis Diller
34. Buddy Hackett
33. Andy Kaufman (in my top 10)
32. Albert Brooks
31. George Burns
30. Garry Shandling
29. Milton Berle
28. Jack Benny
27. Jay Leno
26. Ray Romano
25. Bob Hope
24. Redd Foxx
23. Steven Wright
22. Robert Klein
21. Dennis Miller
20. Sam Kinison
19. Bill Hicks
18. Jonathan Winters
17. Don Rickles
16. Ellen Degeneres
15. David Letterman
14. Bob Newhart
13. Robin Williams
12. Jerry Seinfeld
11. Johnny Carson 10. Eddie Murphy
9. Roseanne Barr
8. Bill Cosby
7. Rodney Dangerfield
6. Steve Martin
5. Chris Rock
4. Woody Allen
3. Lenny Bruce
2. George Carlin
1. Richard Pryor
(I agree with #2 and 1)

Where is Marilyn Michaels ?
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When I saw the title of this list I thought for sure George Carlin would be #1,
the man was brilliant.
A lot of the names I've never heard of, and a lot of others don't deserve to be on such a list.

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I agree with Donna. George Carlin was the absolute BEST IMO. Janeane Garolafo and Sandra Bernhard? They don't belong on any "funny" list! What loosers they both are! Richard Pryor was funny, but nowhere as creative, or funny as George Carlin.....That's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it!

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I think I would put George Carlin at #1 Ithought he was super funny.Then Chris Rock another funny Man!Ihave never seen Lenny Bruce so I dont know about him.I dont care for Bill cosby or Adam Sandler or Jerry Seinfeld( do like Jerrys sitcom tho)I did watch Robin Willams on show time a couple Of weeks ago very funny boy that guy sure sweats alot up on stage by the end of the show he looked like he just came out of a swimming pool! I also find lewis Black very funny. They never mentioned Danna cook very funnu.
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Andy Kaufman was way too bizarre for me..Do you remember the SNL cloned show...Fridays? Michael Richards was on it. as was Larry David. Andy did a routine, where he really went off the deep end...the looks [of horror]on the others faces was priceless.

Andrew Dice Clay,shot himself in the foot..had a short lived sit com, and faded away....

I have seen Joan Rivers twice..of course, with her old faces..hardly recognize her now!

IN the 50/60's those old time comedians on the Ed Sullivan Show, used to

send my parents, into gales of laughter.
During the 1980's we lived in the same area .I would often see him shopping .He was quite vulgar .
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I think I would put George Carlin at #1 Ithought he was super funny.Then Chris Rock another funny Man!Ihave never seen Lenny Bruce so I dont know about him.I dont care for Bill cosby or Adam Sandler or Jerry Seinfeld( do like Jerrys sitcom tho)I did watch Robin Willams on show time a couple Of weeks ago very funny boy that guy sure sweats alot up on stage by the end of the show he looked like he just came out of a swimming pool! I also find lewis Black very funny. They never mentioned Danna cook very funnu.
IN my opinion the 2 best satirists ever were Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce .To a lesser degree one could add Howard Stern .
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I think the only way to judge this is by looking at each comedian at their best (Best standup comics of all time).

You age at the time you saw these people has a lot to do with it. Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce were before my time. I remember some comedians but there were over my head as a kid: Bob Newhart, Alan King, Joey Bishop.

I never "got" Richard Pryor but he obviously suffered from being compared to Bill Cosby who as a kid I thought was just hilarious. As a kid I also like Alan Sherman (not on there as far as I saw) a lot.

Johnny Carson was very popular - biggest sellout in Vegas in his day (back when Vegas had BIG stars) but was he that funny?

The ones I have seen do solo standup shows (live or on TV) that "killed" include (no particular order) Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers (at her peak).

I remember Freddie Prinze was very funny at his time (died young, too bad). I saw David Brenner in Vegas and he was way funnier than I expected.

I liked George Carlin, but not when he was younger (hippy-dippy weatherman?) - but his last stuff was really good.

I like seeing Andy Kaufman a lot more now than I did when he was "famous." Knowing his real life makes what he did much funnier.
back then

New comedians - none of them. There is actually a Sinbad HBO show where he is really funny - better than Jerry Seinfeld (never found his act even remotely funny).

Dennis Miller is higher than Bill Maher - but they are both more commentators now than comedians.

George Burns and Gracy Allen should have been higher - they were classic.

I dont care for Ray Romano, Wanda Sykes, Jonathan Winters, Albert Brooks (at all),
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I saw a Sam Kinison show where I could not understand a single word he said all night long. At first we thought it was our seats so we moved but it was just bad.

If you recall he used to eat the microphone. In this case, he was just blew out the sound system and I guess they couldn't turn him down enough.

Andrew Dice Clay? I "got" it, but it didn't get me.

Richard Jeni is a weird story. He is kind of unknown but I guess he was very successful as a comedian, very highly paid (he could deliver night after night). He committed suicide a few years ago - had massive depression.
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I guess this is one of Richard Pryors more well-known bits. He reminds of modern day comedians (Dana Cook?). Its OK but I didnt laugh much.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17HzV...eature=related


Here is Jim Carrey stand up... (also not so funny)

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IN my opinion the 2 best satirists ever were Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce .To a lesser degree one could add Howard Stern .
I like to listen to Howard Sterns show I find it very funny not everyones cup of tea but thats alright. Never heard of Mort Sahl probaly before my time I think comedy has changed alot over the course of time. Could you imagine if Chris Rock or Andrew Dice Clay were around and did there acts back in the 50s and 60s!
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I would put both Jeff Foxworthy and Bob Newhart in my top ten. They are both basically clean and inventive comedians. Any comedian, no matter how funny, who uses four letter words in every sentence belongs at the bottom of my list.
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I just watched those Jim Carey and Richard Pryer clips did not laugh once I think Chris Rock is alot funnier then those guys hands down
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