Each comedian included has had a particularly notable year, not only performing at the top of his or her game comedically but influencing culture and changing their industry. For C.K., Handler and Wiig, this year marks the first time they have been included on the list. Colbert was last included in 2006, the year after "The Colbert Report" debuted on Comedy Central.
The list was selected by Time's editors. Comedians Aziz Ansari, Marc Maron and Melissa McCarthy also made the short list of finalists for Time 100.
Stephen Colbert's busy year has been marked by not only producing possibly the most consistently funny television show in America four nights a week, but providing a public service by educating