The 25 Best Comedians of the Decade

The 25 best comedians of the decade, NOT the most popular, but the best
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“ Im Alan Partridge, Saxondale, Without his Alan Partridge there would be no David Brent which means no Michael Scott. Plus his countless amazing films Hamlet 2, Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull story, The Trip(which is a BBC series now), The Parole Officer. This man is a genius ” - kwakumel
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 went on to study at University College, London, where he gained a degree in Philosophy...
“ Brilliant, what else is there to say ” - kwakumel
“ His FX series Louie is amazing, one of the best stand ups ive ever seen ” - kwakumel
Sarah Silverman
Two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman is one of the most versatile talents in entertainment, with credits including that of actress, creator, writer, executive producer, comedian, and author. Silverman will next be seen in both The Book of Henry and The Lonely Island's Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping...
“ One of the best hands down ” - kwakumel
Sacha Baron Cohen
British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born in Israel...
“ Borat, Bruno, Ali G, this man has 3 characters and entertains nations ” - kwakumel
Tina Fey
Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish, and English ancestry...
“ Her work on SNL, was the reason many people payed attention when the show was going down the toilet. 30 Rock is amazing also ” - kwakumel
Seth MacFarlane
Writer, Ted
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister, Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He is of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and descends from Mayflower passengers...
“ Created one of the best animated series in history ” - kwakumel
“ R.I.P, this man is a stand up great ” - kwakumel
“ Look up his work, hes great...absolutley brilliant ” - kwakumel
Bill Maher
Bill Maher was born William Maher in New York City, New York, and grew up in River Vale, New Jersey. His father, William Aloysius Maher, Jr., who was of Irish descent, was a radio announcer and news editor. His mother, Julie (Berman), was a nurse, who was from a Jewish family. Maher was raised in his father's Catholic faith...
“ A great Political Comedian, Religulous was one of the best documentaries ive ever seen, and Politically Incorrect was great, and hes getting better because Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO is amazing ” - kwakumel
Craig Ferguson
By August of 1994, Craig Ferguson was established as one of Great Britain's leading comedians - he had just had huge success at the Edinburgh Festival. In January 1995 he moved to Los Angeles where he now works as an actor-writer-director-producer-creator.
“ Quite possibly the most underrated Talk Show Host, hes brilliant and hilarious ” - kwakumel
Conan O'Brien
Conan O'Brien grew up in a large, Irish Catholic family in Massachusetts. At an early age, he began a love of comedy and goofing off, this carried on when he entered the prestigious Harvard University, acting out many pranks in his time, as well as become the president of the Harvard humor magazine...
“ His name, you know his brilliance ” - kwakumel
“ Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn was great, and too bad it was cancelled, he really is a genius, His special Long Story Short was great ” - kwakumel
Chris Rock
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. Rock has been in stand-up comedy for several decades...
“ Brilliant ” - kwakumel
George Carlin
Actor, Dogma
Born and raised by his mother in Manhattan, New York City. His parents divorced when he was two months. His mother (as well as his father) worked in marketing, where they met. The long hours the mother worked left the young George by himself for long hours every day, providing him (in his own words)...
“ What else do i need to say ” - kwakumel
“ Not recognized enough, but hes one of the reasons SNL isnt 100% Crap now ” - kwakumel
“ His show The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret is so well written and wet your pants hilarious ” - kwakumel
Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt has been headlining at comedy clubs all over the United States since 1996, as well as appearing in his own standup specials on Comedy Central and HBO. He was chosen as Entertainment Weekly's "It" comedian in 2002. He is a regular on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His other television credits include appearances on Seinfeld and NewsRadio...
“ One of the best hands down, and watch Big Fan hes a brilliant dramatic actor ” - kwakumel
Steve Carell
Actor, The Office
Steve Carell, one of America's most versatile comics, was born Steven John Carell on August 16, 1962, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is the son of Harriet T. (Koch), a psychiatric nurse, and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer. His mother is of Polish descent and his father is of Italian and German ancestry (Steve's grandfather had changed the surname from "Caroselli" to "Carrell")...
“ Didn't think id leave him out do you, well hes amazing ” - kwakumel
Bill Burr
Actor, Date Night
Bill Burr is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and podcaster. He is best known for playing Patrick Kuby in the crime drama series Breaking Bad, and creating and starring in the Netflix animated sitcom F Is for Family. In 2008, Burr's voice was featured in the game Grand Theft Auto IV as Jason Michaels of the biker gang The Lost MC in the mission "No Love Lost"...
“ He should be more famous ” - kwakumel
“ His show the Winner should never have been cancelled ” - kwakumel
“ Too Funny ” - kwakumel
Carlos Mencia
Carlos Mencia is undoubtedly one of today's most popular entertainers and comic-thief. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, nationwide sold-out tours, films, or ability to steal jokes, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a wide and diverse audience...
“ Alright, i know people are going to think hes a joke-stealing theif loud unfunny idiot. Watch him on WTF with Marc Maron he explains it and he didnt steal a thing, not many people have the courage to follow Dave Chappelle's great show, but he did and i give him credit ” - kwakumel
Amy Poehler
Actress, Inside Out
Amy Meredith Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to high school teachers Eileen Frances (Milmore) and William Grinstead Poehler. Her brother is comedian Greg Poehler. She is of Irish (from her mother) and English, German, and Portuguese (from her father) descent. Amy was first involved with sketch comedy when she joined the group My Mother's Flea Bag when she was attending Boston College...
“ Parks and Recreation, Mean Girls, Baby Mama SNL..great ” - kwakumel
Will Ferrell
John William Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay (Overman), a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician. His parents were both originally from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine...
“ His name...nuff said ” - kwakumel