Best and worst comedians


I like lists like this.

It makes me want to zip off to Youtube to see some clips from the people that I’m unfamiliar with.

Hey! Who is the Welshman? in “Something about Mary” that played the guy on crutches?

He does some great stand-up comedy, and sweats buckets. I’m not so much into physical comedy, but he and “Kramer” were/are two of the best at it.

I guess the Monty Python crew were tough to beat. I met Michael Palin once in London, and he was as down-to-earth as they come.

One thing I notice is that few of these people were funny for decades. It seems that a lot of these people got fried on coke or couldn’t think of much new material once they hit 40.

Often, they have 30 minutes of good material, but after they’ve made it onto the talk show circuit or done a Comedy Central special, they’ve got to find all new material. That’s pressure.

And that makes me appreciate comic strips (like Dilbert or Calvin and Hobbes) or shows (like the Simpsons or Seinfeld) that were consistantly funny for years.


[quote=“Mother Theresa”]I don’t think anyone mentioned Steven Wright. I expect one would find a very strong divergence of opinion on him.



Wanda Sykes is good, but her timing is meh…

Sarah Silverman??!?! I not only get embarrassed listening to her, but revolted.

Margret Cho is okay, especially when she riffs on her parents…






Our Dr. McCoy is frequently very funny.


For me best would be:

Peter Sellers
Rowan Atkinson (before Mr. Bean)
Ronnie Baker
Ronnie Corbet
Mel Brooks
Benny Hill (from his BBC Series 54 to 67, his 1967 ITV Special, and Thames TV programs from 69 to 78, after 1978 they suck)
Eric Sykes
Kenneth Williams
Sid James
Jim Carey
Robin Williams
John Byner
Frank Gorshin
Bob Newhart
Harvey Corman
Rolf Harris
Charlie Drake
Ben Elton
Johnny Wayne & Frank Shuster (Canadian)
Kids In The Hall (Canadian)
Four On The Floor (Canadian)
Graham Chapman
Eric Idol
Michael Palin
John Cleese
Johnny Carson


Rosanne Barr for me that the only one. hehe


The Monty Python gang (but of fuckin’ course)
Steve Coogan (Saxondale, interview)
Rowan Atkinson (including Mr. Bean, but of fuckin’ course)
John Sessions
Chris Morris
Jimmy Carr
Eugene Levy
Stephen Wright
Emo Phillips


I saw Rosie’s ex, Tom Arnold, live once in Tempe, Arizona. He wasn’t prepared at all, and he was horribly unfunny. In the end, he fell back on telling jokes about life with Rosie. Very frustrating, getting ripped off like that.

I can find nothing funny at all in Dane Cook and Alex Reymundo, both of whom are quite hot right now. Denis Leary is an appealing actor, but his stand up is flat and not nearly as intelligent as he’s given credit for.

I love Larry the Cable Guy and his buds on the Blue Collar Tour. Steve Martin is probably my all time favorite, and of course Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks come immediately to mind when I think of my favorite comedians of yesteryear. Eddie Murphy had some great routines way back when.


The greatest:


I’ll just say my favorites: W. C. Fields, Groucho Marx, Abbott and Costello, Lenny Bruce, Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, Jerry Lewis (for some of his movies with Dean Martin, and in Visit to a Small Planet, even though I barely remember those movies), Bill Cosby (for his records in the '60s), Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, Don Rickles, Jonathan Winters, Flip Wilson, George Carlin, Mel Brooks, Lily Tomlin (“got a problem? we don’t care; we don’t have to; we’re the phone company”), Richard Pryor, Cheech and Chong, John Cleese, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Billy Crystal, Bob Newhart, Steve Wright, Mike Myers, Eddie Izzard, and Mitch Hedberg.


Hmm, I guess I missed this thread the first time around.

Here’s a few that seem to be missing.

Ben Elton
Alexei Sayle
Ade Edmondson
Rik Mayall
Neil Innes
Stephen Fry
Hugh Laurie
Dawn French
Jennifer Saunders
Hale & Pace


A couple:

What it’s like having kids

This guy’s insane, gotta watch more - Company


Bill Burr is the greatest stand up comedian walking the planet today, and I will bump this thread in two years when we are all treating him like Louis CK is being treated now.


burr’s mm podcasts are hilarious (plus, he’s on breaking bad!), on the other hand louis ck is undoubtedly a genius - the best of today’s generation


Not quite, but yeah



Frankie Boyle.

You may require subtitles if you are not familiar with the accent.




Bill Burr can be okay. I like him riffing more than I do his actual jokes.

There are a lot of stand up sets on Netflix. I haven’t really been through most of them but I really dig some of them.

Ricky Gervais’ Humanity is great (I always like his specials)

John Mulaney’s Comeback Kid (his new one is alright too, but I don’t think his best stuff is on Netflix)

Dave Chapelle has 4 different specials and they’re all great.

Ali Wong is okay, but I find some of her punchlines too predictable. Her shtick is funny.

Patton Oswalt’s Annihilation is a must-watch as far as I’m concerned. The last 20 minutes kills me every time.

Kevin James is boring.

Judd Apatow really made me laugh. Some very interesting stories too. Not top of my list though.

Louis CK pulls his dick out and jacks off in front of unsuspecting women, so fuck that guy.

Neal Brennan was very funny but also quite moving. Very different to your typical comedy special.

Sarah Silverman was fine, there are a few good laughs but it didn’t change my life either.

Anthony Jeselnik is very funny. Not the kind of comedy you should watch with your grandmother though.

Jim Jefferies’ Freedumb is good for a laugh but a lot of his best stuff is found elsewhere.

I think Bo Burnham’s special is another ‘must-watch.’ He’s hilarious.