My favorite Stand Up comedians

by TheDarkRiddler | created - 09 Jan 2012 | updated - 09 Jan 2012 | Public

I'm a huge fan of stand up and this is my ultimate picks. Some of them may shift around, but the top 2 will never change.

1. 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 ...

Funniest man in the universe, how he can talk about giraffes and have me rolling on the floor is beyond me.

2. Dave Chappelle

Writer | Chappelle's Show

Dave Chappelle's career started while he was in high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC where he studied theatre arts. At the age of 14, he began performing stand-up comedy in nightclubs. Shortly after graduation, he moved to New York City where he quickly established ...

Love him, love him to death. Please come back Dave.

3. Patton Oswalt

Actor | Young Adult

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 (1993). His other ...

Very funny guy, love his albums, his films and King of Queens etc.

PS: He's getting oscar buzz atm for Young Adult (2011). I never thought i would see that ;)

4. 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), Confetti (2006) and Alien Autopsy (2006).

Just put him in a room filled with hecklers. Enter hilarity.

5. Omid Djalili

Actor | The Mummy

Omid Djalili is a British Iranian stand-up comedian and actor. Omid had great success performing A Strange Bit of History, which won the Spirit of The Fringe award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1994, Omid has since become a fringe favorite with a string of sell-out shows. In 1995 it was with Short ...

Very funny man, bring on the belly dance.

6. Aziz Ansari

Actor | Parks and Recreation

Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Fatima, a medical office worker, and Shoukath, a gastroenterologist. His family is from Tamil Nadu, India. He graduated from NYU as a business major in 2004. He graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science in ...

This is the only one of stand up newcomers on my list. I really like his style and look forward to more of him.

7. 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 ...

This one speaks for itself, though he's not higher because it took me a while to get into him.

8. 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 ...

"Are people actually shaving in there??"

9. Ray Romano

Actor | Everybody Loves Raymond

Ray Romano grew up in Forest Hills, Queens. He performed in the NYC comedy club circuit before landing a guest spot on The Letterman Show. It was here that he propelled his TV show Everybody Loves Raymond.

He was also the voice of the Mammoth in the extremely successful Ice Age Series Movies.

He is ...

Brilliant man. I love his carnege hall performance.

10. Jim Carrey

Actor | The Truman Show

Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color (1990) but leading roles in Ace Ventura: ...

His Unnatural Act is awesome, and it doesn't hurt that he's among my top actors.