The Definitive - All Time Greatest Stand-Up Comedians

by sandy1873 | created - 08 Jun 2011 | updated - 06 Jul 2011 | Public

Not in order of greatness with the exception of Billy Connolly, who is without doubt the daddy of stand-up.

Let me know who I have missed and I will tell you why you are wrong.

1. Billy Connolly

Actor | Brave

Billy Connolly was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He left school to work in the shipyards becoming a welder and joined the Territorial Army (in the parachute regiment) at around the same time. He developed an interest in folk music, eventually becoming an accomplished banjo player and a ...

2. Eddie Murphy

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Edward Regan Murphy was born April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian (Laney), a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer who was also an amateur comedian and actor. After his father died, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at a Breyer's Ice Cream plant...

3. Ricky Gervais

Writer | The Office

Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and ...

4. Freddie Starr

Actor | Violent Playground

The tale of Freddie Starr is a long twisting turning plot of "rags to riches" fame, ending in near destitution and self destruction.

In the end his immense success led to absolute failure. If things had developed a little more slowly for him this unique talent could have been one of the true heroes ...

5. Chris Rock

Actor | Top Five

Christopher Julius Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Rosalie (Tingman), a teacher and social worker for the mentally handicapped, and Julius Rock, a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman, whose own father was a preacher.

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6. Frankie Boyle

Art_department | Hangar 10

Frankie Boyle was born on August 16, 1972 in Glasgow, Scotland as Francis Martin Patrick Boyle. He is known for his work on Hangar 10 (2014), Caledonian MacBrains (2002) and Distraction (2003).

7. Lee Evans

Actor | Le cinquième élément

In 2014 Whilst being interviewed by Jonathon Ross on his show, he announced his immediate retirement from Stand Up and Touring after the premature death of his manager from a heart attack. He is now determined to spend more time with his wife Heather and daughter Molly, or Little Mo as he calls her.

8. Jackie Mason

Actor | The Jerk

Jackie Mason was born on June 9, 1931 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA as Jacob Moshe Maza. He is an actor and writer, known for The Jerk (1979), Caddyshack II (1988) and History of the World: Part I (1981). He has been married to Jyll Rosenfeld since August 14, 1991.

9. Rodney Dangerfield

Actor | Rover Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield was born Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921 in Deer Park, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. He was the son of Dorothy "Dotty" (Teitelbaum) and Phillip Cohen, who performed in vaudeville under the name Phil Roy. His father was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, and ...

10. Roseanne Barr

Producer | Roseanne

Roseanne Barr, one of America's funniest comedians, has another side that not many people have seen. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. During her teenage years, she worked as a dishwasher at a local restaurant. She married Bill Pentland and they had three children together. They remained ...

11. Jerry Sadowitz

Actor | Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

Jerry Sadowitz was born on November 4, 1961 in New Jersey, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (2009), Rab C. Nesbitt (1988) and Jerry Sadowitz: Total Abuse Show (1988).

12. Jerry Seinfeld

Writer | Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Betty (Hesney) and Kalman Seinfeld. His father was of Hungarian Jewish descent, while Jerry's maternal grandparents, Salha and Selim Hosni, were Syrian Jewish immigrants (from Aleppo). He moved with his family, including sister Carolyn, to ...

13. Denis Leary

Writer | Rescue Me

Denis Leary was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Nora (Sullivan) and John Leary, Irish immigrants who had grown up together. His mother was a maid and his father was an auto mechanic. After a childhood in the 1960s, Leary went to Emerson College in Boston, where he tried his ...

14. Richard Pryor

Actor | Superman III

Highly influential, and always controversial, African-American actor/comedian who was equally well known for his colorful language during his live comedy shows, as for his fast paced life, multiple marriages and battles with drug addiction. He has been acknowledged by many modern comic artist's as ...

15. Eddie Izzard

Actor | Ocean's Thirteen

Best-known for his surreal and digressive stand-up, British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962, in Aden, Yemen, where his English parents -- Dorothy Ella, a nurse and midwife, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant -- worked for British Petroleum.

Izzard worked as a street ...

16. Peter Kay

Actor | Phoenix Nights

He was taught metal work at school by the actor Steve Coogan's dad, and like Coogan he was an altar boy. He proposed to his wife Susan on one knee outside 'Andy's Records', because it was the first place where they kissed. He's worked everywhere, in a factory packing toilet rolls, in a supermarket,...

17. Bill Bailey

Actor | Hot Fuzz

Bill Bailey is known for his sharp wit and classic sense of humor. he is most famous for being in Never Mind The Buzzcocks, celebrity game-show in which he is a team captain. Bill is a stand up comedian, and has also starred in cult comedies such as Spaced and of course Black Books. He was given ...

18. Bill Hicks

Actor | Ninja Bachelor Party

Born in Georgia but raised in Houston since the age of 7, this self-described "Prince of Darkness" was compelled to use the comedy stage as his philosophic soapbox. At 13, he would sneak out of his suburban house to hustle his way onto open-mike night rosters. In two brief decades, Hicks worked his...

19. Jimmy Carr

Writer | I Want Candy

Jimmy Carr was born on September 15, 1972 in Isleworth, London, England. He is known for his work on I Want Candy (2007), Alien Autopsy (2006) and Confetti (2006).

20. Robin Williams

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...

21. Les Dawson

Actor | Demob

Les Dawson was born on February 2, 1931 in Manchester, England. He was an actor and writer, known for Demob (1993), The Loner (1975) and The Les Dawson Show (1978). He was married to Tracy Dawson and Meg Dawson. He died on June 10, 1993 in Manchester.

22. Steve Coogan

Actor | Philomena

Steve Coogan was born on October 14, 1965 in Middleton, Manchester, England as Stephen John Coogan. He is an actor and producer, known for Philomena (2013), 24 Hour Party People (2002) and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013). He was previously married to Caroline Hickman.

23. Joan Rivers

Actress | Spaceballs

Joan Rivers was born on June 8, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joan Alexandra Molinsky. She was a writer and actress, known for Spaceballs (1987), Iron Man Three (2013) and Rabbit Test (1978). She was married to Edgar Rosenberg and James Bennat Sanger. She died on September 4, ...

24. Chic Murray

Actor | Gregory's Girl

Chic Murray was born on November 6, 1919 in Greenock, Scotland as Charles Thomas Mackinnon Murray. He was an actor, known for Gregory's Girl (1980), Casino Royale (1967) and I'm Not Feeling Myself Tonight (1976). He was married to Maidie Dickson. He died on January 29, 1985 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

25. Roy 'Chubby' Brown

Writer | U.F.O.

Roy 'Chubby' Brown was born on February 5, 1945 in Grangetown, Middlesbrough, England as Royston Vasey. He is a writer, known for U.F.O. (1993), The League of Gentlemen (1999) and Roy Chubby Brown: Obscene and Not Heard (1997).

26. Barry Humphries

Actor | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

His father was an affluent construction manager. Barry was a very intelligent boy who attended Melbourne University. There, he began in revues and doing some impersonations. He moved to London around 1960 and began his TV career. He has created numerous characters, including Dame Edna Everidge and ...

27. Stewart Lee

Writer | Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

Stewart Lee was born on April 5, 1968 in Wellington, Shropshire, England. He is known for his work on Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (2009), This Morning with Richard Not Judy (1998) and Kombat Opera Presents (2007). He has been married to Bridget Christie since 2006. They have two children.

28. Steven Wright

Actor | Natural Born Killers

Steven Wright was born on December 6, 1955 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Steven Alexander Wright. He is an actor and producer, known for Natural Born Killers (1994), Reservoir Dogs (1992) and So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993).

29. Dave Allen

Writer | Dave Allen at Large

Born of a prominent Irish journalist in Dublin, Ireland, Dave Allen started out working and touring through English theatres and night clubs. Only occasionally working on radio, he made his first TV appearance on the BBC's "New Faces." He managed to tour with The Beatles while they were still ...

30. Bernard Manning

Actor | The Impressionable Jon Culshaw

Bernard Manning was born on August 13, 1930 in Ancoats, Manchester, Lancashire, England as Bernard John Manning. He was an actor and writer, known for The Impressionable Jon Culshaw (2004), The Great British Striptease (1980) and The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club (1974). He was married to ...