The 100 Greatest People of Comedy

The 100 greatest contributors to the art and business of comedy in the modern age. (post-Lenny Bruce circa 1965)  Contributions can come in the form of standup, sketch, or film and television performance, writing, and/or production.

 

  1.  Richard Pryor  (1940-2005)  Contributions to the form:  Groundbreaking standup with classic sets like Live in Concert, Live on the Sunset Strip, and Live and Smokin.  Co-wrote Blazing Saddles.  Harry Monroe in Stir Crazy and Monty Brewster in Brewster’s Millions.
  2.  Mel Brooks (born 1926)  Contributions to the form: Wrote, directed and starred in Blazing Saddles, History of the World Part I, Silent Movie, and Spaceballs.  Wrote and directed The Producers and Young Frankenstein film and theatre projects.  Three-time Emmy nominee for writing on Caesar’s Hour.
  3.  Larry David (born 1947)  Contributions:  Creator of the legendary sitcom Seinfeld, for which he served as executive producer and head writer from 1989-1996. Creater, writer and star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  4.  John Cleese (born 1939)  Contributions:  Co-founder and central player in Monty Python comedy troupe, along which he starred in Monty Python’s Flying Circus sketch comedy show from 1969-1974.  Monty Python would go on to create comedy film classics like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and The Meaning of Life.  Co-wrote and starred in British sitcom Faulty Towers.  Wrote and starred in A Fish Called Wanda.
  5.  Lorne Michaels (born 1944) Contributions: Creator and producer of Saturday Night Live.  Executive producer of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  Executive producer of The Kids in the Hall, 30 Rock, Portlandia, and Documentary Now!  Produced the films Mean Girls, Tommy Boy, The Three Amigos!, Wayne’s World, and Coneheads.
  6.  Will Ferrell (born 1967) Contributions: Legendary stint on Saturday Night Live from 1995-2002, with classic characters like Alex Trebek, George W. Bush, James Lipton, Harry Carry, Robert Goulet and cow-bellist Gene Freckle.  Co-writer and star of Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Talladega Nights.  Frank the Tank in Old School, Jacobim Mugatu in Zoolander, and Buddy Hobbs in Elf.  Founder of the website Funny or Die.
  7.  Eddie Murphy (born 1961)  Contributions:  Cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980-1984 with classic characters like Buckwheat, Mr. Robinson, Gumby, Stevie Wonder, John David Stutts, Tyrone Green, and James Brown.  Axel Foley in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. Billy Ray Valentine in Trading Spaces, Prince Akeem in Coming to America, Donkey in Shrek, Reggie Hammond in 48 Hrs, and practically everyone in The Nutty Professor.  Classic standup sets including 1983’s Delirious and 1987’s Raw.  Legendary appearances on Carson, Letterman and other late night shows
  8.  David Letterman (born 1939) Contributions: Hosted Late Night with David Letterman from 1982-1993 and The Late Show with David Letterman from 1993-2015.  Executive Producer of Everybody Loves Raymond.
  9.  Bill Murray (born 1950) Contributions: Cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1976-1980. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters, Carl Spackler in Caddyshack, Ernie McCracken in Kingpin, Herman Blume in Rushmore, Phil Connors in Groundhog Day, John in Stripes, and Tripper Harrison in Meatballs.
  10.  Norman Lear (born 1922) Contributions: Produced classic 70’s sitcoms All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude.
  11.  Carl Reiner (born 1922) Contributions:  Co-wrote and acted on Caesar’s Hour and Your Show of Shows.  Created, wrote and acted on The Dick Van Dyke Show.  Directed The Jerk.  Performed The 2000 Year Man act as a duo with Mel Brooks, leading to the release of five comedy albums.
  12.  Carol Burnett  (born 1933) Contributions: Star of The Carol Burnette Show that ran from 1967-1978.  Starred in The Garry Moore Show from 1959-1962.
  13.  Robin Williams (1951-2014) Contributions: Daniel Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire, The Genie in Aladdin, and Armand Goldman in The Birdcage.  Numerous stand up classics including  A Night at the Met, An Evening With Robin Williams and Live on Broadway. Mork in the sitcom Mork & Mindy. Regular guest on Carson and Letterman.
  14.  George Carlin (1937-2008) Contributions: Prolific and hugely influential standup comic with over twenty comedy albums to his credit including Class Clown, Carlin on Campus, FM & AM, Carlin at Carnegie and You Are All Diseased.  Frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show.  Wrote five books including Brain Droppings and Napalm and Silly Puddy.
  15.  Louis C.K. (born 1967) Contributions: Prolific standup comedian, during which he churned out classic recordings including Shameless, Live at the Beacon Theatre, Oh My God and Chewed Up.  Created, wrote and starred in FX series Louie.  Co-wrote for The Chris Rock Show and Better Things.
  16.  Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) Contributions:  Groundbreaking stand up comedian who pushed the boundaries of what one can joke about in public.  Of the sets that weren’t shut down on obscenity charges, The Carnegie Hall Concert is one of his best remembered.
  17.  Woody Allen (born 1935) Contributions: Wrote, directed and starred in Annie Hall, Manhattan, Sleeper, Bananas and Crimes and Misdemeanors. Accomplished standup comic with comedy albums Woody Allen, Volume 2, and The Third Woody Allen Album.  Wrote for The Tonight Show and Caesar’s Hour.
  18.  Jerry Seinfeld (born 1954) Contributions:  Co-created, produced, wrote and starred in Seinfeld from 1989 to 1998.  Legendary standup with comedy albums like I’m Telling You for the Last Time and Stand Up Confidential. Creator and host of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
  19.  Chris Rock (born 1965)  Contributions:  Standup classics including Bring The Pain and Bigger and Blacker.  Cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1990-1993.  Wrote, directed and starred in the films I Think I Love My Wife and Top Five. Host of The Chris Rock Show from 1997-2000.  Created the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris which ran from 2005-2009.  Two-time Academy Awards host.
  20.  Garry Shandling (1949-2016) Contributions: Co-creator, writer and star of  The Larry Sanders Show from 1992-1998 and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show from 1986-1990.   Frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show.  2-time Emmys and 4-time Grammys Host.  Beloved standup with specials like Alone in Vegas and Stand-Up.
  21.  Peter Sellers (1925-1980) Contributions:  Lionel Mandrake, Merkin Muffley, and Dr. Strangelove in Dr. Strangelove and Inspecter Jacques Clouseau in The Pink Panther film series.   Performed on the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show.
  22.  Bill Cosby (born 1937) Contributions:  Numerous classic comedy albums including To Russell My Brother Who I Slept With, Himself and Why Is There Air?  Produced and starred in NBC sitcom The Cosby Show from 1984-1992.  Created, hosted, and voiced Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids from 1972-1985.
  23.  Dave Chappelle (born 1973)  Contributions:  Legendary standup with classic specials like Killin’ Them Softly, For What It’s Worth, and The Age of Spin.  Co-wrote and starred in Chappelle’s Show from 2003-2006.   Wrote and starred in stoner classic Half Baked.
  24.  Johnny Carson (1925-2005) Contributions: Hosted The Tonight Show from 1962-1992.
  25.  Tina Fey (born 1970)  Contributions:  Cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1997-2006, for which she would ascend to head writer and helm the Weekend Update chair.  Creator and star of hit NBC comedy 30 Rock. Writer of high school classic Mean Girls.  Creator of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Acclaimed three-time co-host of the Golden Globes.  Kate Holbrook in Baby Mama, Claire Foster in Date Night and Kate Ellis in Sisters.
  26.  Steve Martin (born 1945) Contributions: Wrote and starred in The Jerk, Three Amigos, and The Man With Two Brains.  Neal Page in Planes Trains and Automobiles and George Banks in Father of the Bride. 15-time Saturday Night Live host.  Classic comedy albums such as A Wild and Crazy Guy and Let’s Get Small.  Three-time Academy Awards host.
  27.  Jonathan Winters (1925-2013) Contributions:  Released countless classic comedy albums including The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters, Here’s Jonathan and Whistle Stopping.  Television fixture, appearing on everything from The Steve Allen Show to The Garry Moore Show to Mork & Mindy and Hee Haw.  Hosted two separate stints of The Jonathan Winters Show.
  28.  Joan Rivers (1933-2014) Contributions: Frequent guest on The Tonight Show.  Starred in The Late Show from 1986-1987 and The Joan Rivers Show from 1989-1993.  Standup
  29.  Don Rickles (1926-1917) Contributions: Insult comic, Late night regular on Carson, Conan, Leno, etc. Roasts
  30.  Harold Ramis  (1944-2014) Contributions: Wrote and directed Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This.  Wrote the screenplays for Ghostbusters, Animal HouseStripes and Meatballs.  Original head writer of SCTV.
  31.  Jim Carrey (born 1962) Contributions:  Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura movies, Charlie Baileygates/Hank Evans in Me Myself and Irene, Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask, Chip Douglas in The Cable Guy, and Fletcher Reed in Liar Liar.  Cast member on In Living Color from 1990-1994.
  32.  Matt Stone and Trey Parker  Contributions: Creators of South Park.  Wrote the film Team America: World Police and the Tony-award winning play The Book of Mormon.  Starred in BASEketball.
  33.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus (born 1961) Contributions: Elaine on Seinfeld, Selina Meyer on Veep, and Christine Campbell on The New Adventures of Old Christine.  Cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1982-1985.
  34.  Jon Stewart (born 1962)  Contributions:  Host of The Daily Show from 1999-2015.  Two-time Academy Awards host.
  35.  Andy Kaufman  (1949-1984) Contributions: Latka Gravas on Taxi from 1978 to 1983.   Classic characters and acts including Foreign Man, Mighty Mouse, and Tony Clifton.  Frequent guest on Saturday Night Live, Carson and Letterman.
  36.  Phyllis Diller (1917-2012) Contributions: Pioneering female comic.  Appeared on numerous television programs including Laugh-In, The Ed Sullivan Show and The Gong Show.  Renowned standup with comedy albums including Are You Ready for Phyllis Diller? and Wet Toe in a Hot Socket!
  37.   Redd Foxx (1922-1991) Contributions:  Pioneering stand up talent with over 50 comedy albums to his credit including Uncensored and You Gotta Wash Your Ass.  Fred Sanford on Sanford and Son from 1972-1977.
  38.  Judd Apatow (born 1967)  Contributions:  Produced and developed Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, Girls, Love, and Crashing.  Directed The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, This Is 40, and Trainwreck.  Produced Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Pineapple Express and Bridesmaids.
  39.  Doug Kenney (1946-1980)  Contributions: Co-founded National Lampoon magazine.  Co-wrote Caddyshack and Animal House.
  40.  Jay Leno (born 1950) Contributions:  Hosted NBC’s The Tonight Show from 1992-2009 and 2010-2014.  Frequent guest on Carson.  Four time host of the White House Correspondents Dinner.
  41.  Seth MacFarlane (born 1963) Contributions:  Created, developed and starred in Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, and The Orville.  Wrote, directed and starred in Ted and A Million Ways to Die in the West.
  42.  Farrelly Brothers Contributions:  Wrote and directed Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, and Me Myself and Irene.  Directed Kingpin.
  43.  Conan O’Brien (born 1963) Contributions:  Late Night with Conan O’Brien from 1993-2009 and Conan from 2010 to present.  Writer on The Simpsons during prime years of 1991-1993. Two-time host of the Emmy Awards.
  44.  Chris Farley  (1964-1997) Contributions:  Cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1990-1995 with classic characters like Matt Foley, Chippendales dancer, Superfan Todd O’Connor, Bennett Brauer and host of The Chris Farley Show.  Tommy Callahan in Tommy Boy, Mike Donnelly in Black Sheep, Jimmy No-Nose in Dirty Work, and the Bus Driver in Billy Madison.
  45.  Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker (active 1977-1994)  Contributions:  Wrote the films Airplane,  Kentucky Fried Movie and the Naked Gun Series.  Created the ABC series Police Squad!
  46.  Gene Wilder  (1933-1916) Contributions:  The Waco Kid in Blazing Saddles, Leopold Bloom in The Producers, Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dr Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein, and Skip Donahue in Stir Crazy.
  47.  Billy Crystal (born 1948) Contributions:  Nine-time Academy Awards host.  Co-wrote, directed and starred in Mr. Saturday Night.  Mitch Robbins in City Slickers, Harry Burns in When Harry Met Sally… and Ben Sobel in Analyze This.  Saturday Night Live cast member during 1984-85 season with characters like Fernando and Lew Goldman.  Comedy specials including Don’t Get Me Started and Mahvelous!
  48.  Dick Gregory (1932-2017)   Contributions:  First black stand up to cross over into mainstream success.  Over 15 comedy albums to his credit including Running For President and In Living Black & White.
  49.  Rodney Dangerfield (1921-2004) Contributions:  Stand up comic who released legendary No Respect album.  Al Czervik in Caddyshack.  Co-wrote and starred in Easy Money and Back to School.  Built historic night club Dangerfield’s.  Frequent guest on Sullivan, Carson, and The Dean Martin Show.
  50.  Keenan Ivory Wayans (and Family) Contributions:  Created, wrote and starred In Living Color, which ran from 1990-1994 and starred siblings Damon, Kim, Shawn, Marlon, and Dwayne.   Wrote, directed and starred in I’m Gunna Get You Sucka.  Co-wrote Hollywood Shuffle.  Produced Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (co-written by and starred brothers Shawn and Marlon).  Co-created Scary Movie franchise with Shawn and Marlon.
  51.  Bob Newhart (born 1929) Contributions:  Starred in The Bob Newhart Show from 1972-1978 and Newhart from 1982-1990.  Released the classic The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, the first comedy album to reach #1 on the Billboard charts.
  52.  Mike Judge (born 1962)  Contributions:  Creator of the shows Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill and Silicon Valley.  Wrote and directed Office Space and Idiocracy.
  53.  Adam Sandler (born 1966) Contributions:  Wrote and starred in Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and The Waterboy.  Robbie Hart in The Wedding Singer and Sonny Koufax in Big Daddy.  Cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1990-1995 with classic bits like Opera Man, Canteen Boy, and The Hanukah Song.   Five comedy albums including They’re All Gonna Laugh at You! and What the Hell Happened to Me?
  54.  Stephen Colbert (born 1964) Contributions: Host of The Colbert Report from 2005-2014 and The Late Show since 2015.  Co-created Strangers with Candy.  Correspondent on The Daily Show from 1997-2005.  Wrote for Saturday Night Live.  Hosted The White House Correspondents Dinner in 2006.   Author of three satire books including I Am America (And So Can You!).
  55.  Bill Hicks (1961-1994) Contributions:  Groundbreaking standup comedian with comedy specials including Relentless, Revelations, Dangerous, and Rant in E-Minor.
  56.  Dan Aykroyd (born 19520) Contributions: Part of the original cast of Saturday Night Live from 1975-1979 with classic characters like Irwin Mainway, Beldar Conehead, Fred Garvin, and Yortuk Festruk.  Wrote and starred in Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers, and Coneheads.
  57.  Chevy Chase (born 1943) Contributions:  Cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1975-1976 where he helmed the Weekend Update desk.  Ty Webb in Caddyshack, Clark Griswald in Vacation franchise, Irwin Fletcher in Fletch, Dusty Bottoms in The Three Amigos! and Emmett Fitz-Hume in Spies Like Us.  Pierce Hawthorne on the NBC series Community.
  58.  Lily Tomlin (born 1939) Contributions:   Cast member on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In from 1969-1973.  Released comedy albums This is a Recording and That’s The Truth.  Cast member on The Carol Burnette Show from 1972-1973.  Frankie Bergstein on Netflix series Grace and Frankie.
  59.  John Belushi (1949-1982) Contributions:  Cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1975-1979 with classic characters like Samurai FutabaThe Singing Bee, and the Cheeburger Cheeburger guy.  Bluto in Animal House and Jake Blues in The Blues Brothers.  Performer for National Lampoon comedy troupe from 1973-1975.
  60.  Ricky Gervais (born 1961) Contributions:  Created, wrote, directed and starred in The Office (original) and Extras.  Wrote, directed and starred in the films The Invention of Lying and Special Correspondents.  Hosted the podcast The Ricky Gervais Show.  Four-time host of the Golden Globes.
  61.  Phil Hartman (1948-1998) Contributions:  Cast-member on Saturday Night Live from 1986-1994 with classic characters like Bill Clinton, Frank Sinatra, The Anal Retentive Chef, Ronald Reagan and The Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer. Bill McNeal in Newsradio.  Voice of Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz on The Simpsons.  Co-wrote Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.
  62.  Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael-Key Contributions: Created, wrote and starred in sketch comedy series Key and Peele from 2012-2015.  Cast members on Mad TV together from 2004-2008.  Produced and starred in Keanu.
  63.  John Candy (1950-1994)  Contributions: Del Griffith in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Buck Russell in Uncle Buck, Barfolomew in Spaceballs, and Irv Blitzer in Cool Runnings.  Second City Television cast member from 1976-1979 and 1981-1983.
  64.  Norm MacDonald (born 1959) Contributions:  Weekend Update host and cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1993-1998.  Created and starried in ABC sitcom Norm from 1999-2001.  Legendary appearances as a late night guest and Comedy Central roaster.
  65.  Steven Wright (born 1955) Contributions: Standup comic with acclaimed releases I Have a Pony, When the Leaves Blow Away, and A Steven Wright Special.
  66.  Ben Stiller (born 1965) Contributions:  Co-wrote, directed and starred in Zoolander and Tropic Thunder.  Ted Stroehmann in There’s Something About Mary, Greg Focker in Meet the Parents, White Goodman in Dodgeball,  and Tony Perkis in Heavyweights.  Directed The Cable Guy.  Wrote, directed and starred in the 13-episode run of The Ben Stiller Show from 1992-1993.  Extended cameos on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development
  67.  Jim Gaffigan (born 1966) Contributions:  Acclaimed standup comedian with comedy specials including Obsessed and Mr. Universe. Creator, writer and star of The Jim Gaffigan Show.
  68.  Mitch Hedberg (1968-2005) Contributions:  Standup comic with legendary special Comedy Central Presents and albums Strategic Grill Locations and Mitch All Together.
  69.  Bernie Mac (1957-2008) Contributions:  Starred in The Bernie Mac Show from 2001-2006.  Anchored The Original Kings of Comedy, one of the most successful comedy tours of all time.  Pastor Cleaver in Friday and Stan Ross in Mr. 3000.
  70.  Rowan Atkinson (born 1955) Contributions:  Creator, co-writer and star of Mr. Bean from 1990-1995.  Co-writer and star of Blackadder.  Star of the Johnny English film series.
  71.  Sam Kinison (1953-1992) Contributions:   Legendary standup comic with specials Louder than Hell and Breaking All The Rules.
  72.  Paul Mooney (born 1941) Contributions: Co-wrote several Richard Pryor specials and head writer on The Richard Pryor Show.  Writer on Chappelle’s Show.  Writer on Sanford and Son, Good Times, and In Living Color.  Numerous stand up specials including Race, Analyzing White America, and Know Your History.
  73.  Seth Meyers (born 1973) Contributions: Host of Late Night with Seth Meyers since 2014.  Cast member at Saturday Night Live from 2001-2014 where he ascended to head writer and the Weekend Update desk.  Hosted White House Correspondents Dinner in 2011.
  74.  Sacha Baron Cohen (born 1971) Contributions:  Creator and star of The Ali G Show and Who is America?.  Co-wrote and starred in Borat, Bruno, and Ali G: Indahouse.
  75.  Andy Samburg (born 1978) Contributions:  Cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2005-2012 with classic digital shorts like Lazy Sunday, Dick in a Box, Mother Lover, and I’m On a Boat.  Co-created the Lonely Island comedy team.  Jake Peralta on Brooklyn Nine Nine. Co-wrote and starred in Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping and Hot Rod.  Produced and starred in HBO sports mockumentaries 7 Days in Hell and Tour De Pharmacy.
  76.  Bill Maher (born 1956) Contributions:   Host of Politically Incorrect from 1993-2002 and Real Time with Bill Maher from 2003-Present.   Numerous stand up specials including Stuff That Struck Me Funny, The Decider and But I’m Not Wrong.
  77.  Christopher Guest (born 1948) Co-wrote and stared as Nigel Tufnel in Spinal Tap.  Co-wrote, directed and starred in Waiting For Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and Mascots.
  78.  Whoopi Goldberg (born 1955) Contributions:  Numerous stand up specials including the one woman act Direct From Broadway.  Four-time Academy Awards host.  Sister Mary Clarence in Sister Act, Terry Doolittle in Jumpin Jack Flash and Sarah Mathews in Made in America.
  79.  Steve Carell (born 1962) Contributions:  Michael Scott on NBC’s The Office from 2005-2013.  Correspondent on peak years of The Daily Show from 1999-2005. Brick Tamland in Anchorman and Andy Stitzer in The 40-Year Old Virgin.
  80.  Zach Galifianakis (born 1969) Contributions:  Host of popular web series Between Two Ferns. Co-creater and star of FX comedy Baskets.  Alan Garner in The Hangover and Marty Huggins in The Campaign.  Standup comedy specials including Live at the Purple Onion.
  81.  Mike Myers (born 1963)  Contributions: Cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1989-1995, with classic characters like Wayne Campbell, Sprockets, and Linda Richman.  Wrote and starred in Austin Powers and Wayne’s World.
  82.  Leslie Nielson (1926-2010) Contributions:  Detective Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun film series.  Dr. Rumack in Airplane!
  83.  Albert Brooks (born 1947) Contributions: Wrote, directed and starred in Modern Romance, Lost in America, and Defending Your Life.  Voiced various characters on The Simpsons. Successful comedy albums like Comedy Minus One and A Star Is Born.  Frequent guest on Carson.
  84.  Bill Burr (born 1968) Contributions:  Standup comic with specials including Why Do I Do This?, Let it Go and You People are All the Same.  Host of the Monday Morning Podcast.  Creator and star of Netflix series F is for Family.
  85.  Cheech and Chong Contributions:  Wrote and starred in Up in Smoke.  Released numerous stoner comedy albums which included well known routines like Earache My Eye, Basketball Jones, and Sister Mary Elephant.
  86.  Rowan and Martin Contributions:  Hosted Laugh In from 1968-1973.
  87.  John Oliver (born 1977) Contributions:  Host of Last Week Tonight since 2014.  Senior British Correspondent on The Daily Show from 2006 to 2013.  Co-hosted the comedy podcast The Bugle from 2007-2015.  Ian Duncan on Community.
  88.  Seth Rogan (born 1982) Contributions:  Co-wrote and starred in Superbad, Pineapple Express, This is the End, and Sausage Party. Ben Stone in Knocked Up,  Ken Miller in Freaks and Geeks and Ron Garner in Undeclared.
  89.  Kevin Hart (born 1979) Contributions:  Arena-filling standup with popular comedy sets like I’m a Grown Little Man, Laugh at My Pain, and Let Me Explain.  Jimmy Callahan in The Wedding Ringer, Darnell Lewis in Get Hard, and Ben Barber in Ride Along.
  90.  The Smothers Brothers  Contributions:  Oft-censored hosts of CBS’ The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour from 1967-1969.  Released several classic comedy albums including At the Purple Onion and Curb Your Tongue Knave!.
  91.  Bill Hader (born 1978) Contributions:  Cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2005-2013 with classic characters like Stefon, Vincent Price, James Carville, and Al Pacino.  Co-creater and star of Documentary Now!  Dr. Aaron Connors in Trainwreck and Officer Slater in Superbad.  Creative consultant and producer for South Park since 2008.  Creator, director and star of Barry.
  92.  John Mulaney (born 1982) Contributions:  Standup comedian with specials The Top Part, New in Town and The Comeback Kid.  Writer on Saturday Night Live from 2008-2014, during which he co-created the character Stefan.  Writer on Documentary Now!  Andrew Glouberman on Big Mouth.
  93.  Weird Al Yankovic (born 1959) Contributions:  Released countless song parodies including Amish Paradise, Eat It, Fat and Like a Surgeon. Wrote and starred in UHF.
  94.  Dan Harmon (born 1973) Contributions:   Co-created Rick and Morty.  Created Community.
  95.  Matt Groening (born 1954) Contributions:  Created The Simpsons and Futurama.
  96.  Hannibal Buress (born 1983) Contributions:  Standup comedian with comedy specials including My Name is Hannibal, Animal Furnace, and Live From Chicago.  Lincoln Rice on Broad City. Co-host, writer and producer on The Eric Andre Show.
  97.  Kristin Wiig (born 1973) Contributions:  Cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2005-2012 with classic characters like Target lady, Kat, Penelope, and Michele Bachmann.  Wrote and starred in Bridesmaids.  Cynthia Morehouse in Spoils of Babylon, Dr. Erin Gilbert in Ghostbusters.
  98.  Kevin Smith (born 1970) Contributions:  Writer, director, and star of Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Dogma, and Mallrats.
  99.  Brian Regan (born 1958) Contributions:  Standup comedian with comedy specials including I Walked on the Moon, Standing Up, and The Epitome of Hyperbole.
  100.  Aziz Ansari (born 1983) Contributions:  Tom Haverford in Parks and Rec from 2009-2015. Co-creator, writer and star of Master of None.  Co-creater and star of Human Giant.  Accomplished standup with specials including Dangerously Delicious and Buried Alive.

 

Bubble: Michael O’Donoghue, Gilda Radner, John Swartzwelder, Roseanne Barr, Dana Carvey, David Brenner, Tracey Ullman, Peter Cook, Fred Armisen, Nick Offerman, Eddie Izzard, Eric Idle, Michael Shur, Greg Daniels, Patton Oswalt, Martin Short, Sarah Silverman, Larry Miller, Melissa McCarthy, Ellen Degeneres, Robert Klein, Jeff Ross, Billy Connelly, Freddie Prinze, Danny Devito, Denis Leary, Amy Poelher, Martin Lawrence, Patrice O’Neal, Simon Pegg, Amy Schumer, Greg Giraldo, The Coen Brothers, Neil Simon, Flip Wilson, Larry Wilmore, Demitri Martin, Wanda Sykes, Benny Hill, John Landis, Dom DeLuise, Jack Black, Jason Alexander, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, Tracey Morgan, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, David Cross, Sarah Silverman, Maria Bamford

Pre-Lenny Bruce icons: Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hope, Marx Brothers, Jerry Lewis, W.C. Fields, Abbott and Costello, Jack Benny, Three Stooges, Buster Keaton, Sid Caesar, Lucille Ball, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Laurel and Hardy, Milton Berle, Moms Mabley, Mort Sahl, Will Rogers, Phil Silvers, Harold Lloyd, Jackie Gleason, Mae West, Fatty Arbuckle, Fred Allen, Eddie Cantor

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