Top 10 Funniest Stand-up Comedians
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Alright, I want to put it to everyone like this. What is comedy supposed to be? Is it just supposed to make us laugh or is the truth of the matter more important. I will argue that the greatest comedians have the ability, talent, and heart to not only make us laugh hysterically, but to bring into question our thoughts/philosophies and cultural beliefs. I would even argue that this is the purpose of comedy itself; education, knowledge, and greater conscious understanding through the human feeling and enjoyment of laughter. When it came to this purpose no one f put it down like Bill Hicks, George Carlin and Lenny Bruce were the only two in the same ball park as this genius. I am one of those people who claim that he was in a sense a prophet because he spoke to America(and the world) about a future in which he foresaw that basically parallels our own present period. Have you looked around at the world recently? Corporate domination of our lives and society through the deception of consumerism and advertisement. Religion run amok in fundamentalism, and literal translations of sacred texts. Ronald Regan being called a great president and Ayn Rand being compared to classical philosophers that embodied truth instead of lies and distortions to merely meet their own ends; or that of their employers. Corporations buying up American culture through the guise of easy entertainment and the marginalization of authentic art. Money spent on war and defense instead of feeding poor and starving people within our own country and that of impoverished countries (not underdeveloped, impoverished! ). Also discusses peoples patriotic stupidity to a government that clearly has demonstrated time and time again that it doesn't give a f that we have been put through from our schools, our government, our religions, and our jobs. He was so far ahead of his time, its not even fair to compare Hicks to the other comedians, even though some of them are really good. Bill's name will undoubtedly live on because his talent wasn't just getting you to laugh, but to also see reality as it is actualized and not how our feeble indoctrinated minds want to comprehend it. I guarantee you, If he was around today, he would be calling most of the people ahead of him on this list shills and "suckers of Satan's c***" along with the vast majority of musical acts today. Bring back the good and talented musical acts our generation grew up listening to in the 90's/early 2000's like Nirvana, 2Pac, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sublime, Biggie, Eminem(he is still legit), Wu-Tang Clan etc. And put these fools like Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Toby Keith, pretty much any contemporary country or rock band, Jay-Z(sold out), LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, Drake etc. On the chopping block and our society may start to gain its consciousness back. Until then, fight the fight in your mind and spread truth to others and Bill Hick's legacy will never disappear. My generation needs to wake up and get their heads out of their own asses! I could only imagine what Hicks would have said in the midst of the stupidity of social networking and the mindless sheep inhabiting the websites of Facebook and Twitter. I honestly wish he was around today because we need such an honest, intelligent, and good person in times of the sheer ignorance and banality that people pass for today. Rest in Peace to one of America's finest heroes and forgotten patriots!
The best and most ingenious comedian of modern times. He makes jokes and satirizes the stupidity of our way of life that we think is so important. He talks about issues most comedians wouldn't dare touch because they are fake and don't really have much to say. Topics discussed include the government, smoking cigarettes, religion & hypocrisy, consumerism & advertisement, selling out in music as well as just talking about stupid people in general. He also is one of the only comedians today that bring up the issue of mind altering drugs as helping society instead of harming it as so many people claim. His sketch on Marijuana vs Alcohol is one of the best of all time sketches in my opinion and brings to life undeniable truths about pot. Like he said, seriously if you are against drugs, than you need to delete all your music, cause most of the good songs were probably made by people using drugs. Bill ingeniously argues that drugs take us to higher point in thinking and creativity that we could use to solve our problems. I know this idea is not a popular opinion, but it is one that he believed in and defended. The way he did his sets made you understand that he was merely doing comedy as an outlet to express hidden possibilities in his mind that he observed from the larger world. No one has yet to reach his level of comedy and satire. Him along with George Carlin should be on top of every list of the best comedians.
The best and most relevant comedian even too this day. He is far better than the others on this list. Seriously, Russel Peters is number one! Who is voting on this list. I am in my early 20's yet I still realize that there is far better comedy out there than Peters or Dane Cook. These guys aren't even funny and they reuse old jokes, which is like beating a dead horse. Dane Cook is one of the worst comedians ever, straight up. Anyway, Bill Hicks should be number one because he was the pinnacle of comedy. Bill Hicks challenged people's core beliefs in such an ingenious way through his humor, that it was like he created a painting of our society with his jokes. He was considered by his listeners to be prophetic and that he actually speaks more on our society today, than he did in the past. He defended everything he believed yet people still don't understand him. The man was crying out to us through his satire. No one can top him; it was as if he was working for world peace, in an insane world
15! Yes, Bill Hicks is the greatest comedian ever times 15! Every year his new stuff is excellent, and surprising. His popularity will grow until his work is no longer comedy, but instead will become the old incredible anecdotes of how idiotic the world used to be. He is not your typical clinically dead for 18 years comedian. They should wire his grave marker with an LED scrolling screen so with the right diving rods employed we could get some more great material. His attitude would no doubt be intact from that stage. AND there's precedent for the work of great dead talent... -> Keith Richards... KEITH!
Needs to be at #1. No comedian except for George Carlin even comes close. He took nearly every stupid thing in American life and made it hilarious. He was not only funny but deep as well and made you question all your idiotic beliefs. How talentless hacks like russel peters or dane cook is embarrassing and a smack in the face to all comedic talent. Bill hicks prophesized many thing that came to pass such as corporations controlling our lives or the abundance of mediocre pop music. I don't want to sound elitist but his comedy is only for those who are open minded and smart enough to understand him. He was so truthful yet humorous at the same time. People need to take time to listen to real comedy that makes you think as well as laugh at absurdities of our world
The best social critic of all time and fall over pee yourself a little funny, but only to smart people. He was too honest and real to reach the mainstream in the pre-internet 80's-early 90's. For a man who died at just 32, he left a large body of intellectually mature work, and some great jokes.
Simply the greatest ever. The only one that could match him in his wittiness and his commentary about the stupidity of our way of life was George Carlin. He was truly a man that died way before his time and did his comedy for the ascension of human mass consciousness. 16 is way too low. Either move him up to 1 or 2 for the benefit of mankind, or hang yourself. You voters seriously can't think Russel Peters and Dane Cook are better than the Man in Black. If you don't think Hicks is funny, then you seriously have no sense of humor or you better check your own inferior belief systems. Many of the things he talked about in his routines have come true merely 2 decades after his death, unfortunately. You people are sheep! Wake up!
Stand-up comedy is not my favorite form of comedy. It's often shallow, plat and simple minded in my opinion; often very artificial. Bill Hicks provided intelligent humor with an edge and tons of irony that really goes unnoticed by the average population. He stands out in the lamentably world of stand up comedy. He's no screaming teenager-appealing Dane Cook, and he needs to get recognized by the younger generations. He was the one and only
The best comedian that has ever lived. Not only was he hilarious, he was honest and believed every word he said. The most original comic of all time, and a prophet too. His thoughts were too real for his time and it's such a shame that he was taken from us at such a young age, during the peak of his career.
George Carlin is a hack compared to Hicks. Carlin's jokes were forced and he only said what he did to look "bad" and like he didn't care. Hicks truly didn't care. Comedy's finest.
How in the name of insanity on crack is Bill Hicks NOT the top pick of this bunch?
Bill Hicks mix of political message and plain "d***jokes" is masterful, his timing is ever so perfect...
The mere fact that he is not at the top of this list makes this list a fraud in and of itself, and it should be printed out on a hardcopy before deleted from the world entirely, just so we can take that last copy in existence and burn the crap out of it.
So... Yeah. Seriously?
Bill Hicks is the kind of comedian that in addition to being able to send you into wild convulsions of laaughter can actually hit home and influence you on a philosophical level. He opened my eyes to so much of the injustice in america and around the world in a hilariously dark and strangely warm way. No doubt the best comedian and satirist ever, his work will squeegee your third eye squeaky clean.
How can Jeff Dunham get voted higher up than Bill Hicks? If Hicks was still alive, I'm sure that he'd draw a comparison between what's wrong with society & the fact that Dunham had a #1 show... it's like American Gladiator's all over again (lol). "We're a virus with shoes, ok?" Lines like that were absolute & complete geniusness at a level that will never be reached again.
Seriously... For the sake of humanity move the man up to #1! Easily the best comedian of all time and is also a legend that will never be forgotten. It is a grievance that he isn't in at least the top 5. I can honestly say most of you voting have no idea what real intelligent humor is. The man was like a comedy prophet, and always told the truth. Maybe Hicks was right and we are really screwed laugh out loud!
Amazing person, he and George Carlin were the only ones really able to make us laugh.
He spoke for the common man unless they were stupid and couldn’t decipher what he was saying or refereeing to. He verbally fought against political oppression and tyranny. It seems to me that comedians like Bill Hicks and George Carlin have a real freedom of speech and say virtually everything that we would want to! Check out an Australian comic called BRENDON BURNS, 2007 Perrier award winner. That gig was fantastic!
18 years after his death and we still discuss this genius of a man. A man who not only told jokes or philosophised on stage, he bore his soul to us. To you, to me, everyone. He gave us back our voice, he's the one guy in the union meeting sticking up for us, he's the one guy laying it out like it really is, and it made people squirm in there seats. RIP, simply the greatest. Keith punk82
Seriously Robin Williams above the greatest comedian who ever lived. If there was a single regret I hold is that my parents didn't have me a few years earlier so I could have seen the great man perform. Seriously Robin "Its my material Honest" Williams. The man who would steal a joke unless it was bolted down. We truely are a "Virus with shoes" if he is number 16,
Bill Hicks was a genius, the the single most influential comedians since Lenny Bruce. Period. He took on subjects that other comedians of his time would not even touch. He spoke out, and beseeched people to think for themselves, though his message was not heard while he was alive, it resonates now more than ever.
Although dead his shows are still insanely accurate to the current times. I sometimes have to pause and remind myself that he is not talking about the 2000's.
Best comedian by far. He could assault the crowd and then bring them back in at any moment.
I guess the majority of people who have voted are waiting for their thumbs... Seriously!?! DANE COOK... JEFF DUNHAM... I have lost all hope. Squeegee your third eyes people. Then you will see Dane sucking on Satan's scaly pecker while Jeff laps up the slobber.
Bill was light years ahead of his time. He burned so brightly, and despite being tragically taken from us at such an early age, has left us a legacy that will be as important to us as it will to many many generations to come. And then there's Goat Boy... Mwah ha ha
There really is nobody that has come close to him. He is the Artist comedian. I can't think of anybody else who is. Unbelievably honest intelligent comedy. A satirical, ironic, raw, unyielding authenticity; a natural leader.
Are you kidding me? This man should be number one, he's like the Jesus of comedians, criticizing everyday ignorance and the sad stat in how our world is, he's educational to everyone, its a shame he had to die before he became truly famous.
One of the most insightful and intelligent comedians that has ever graced a stage. Not only did he give a profound critical look at our society, he did it in the most humorous and entertaining way possible. Bill hicks is (was) a legend among men.
The true American hero should definitely be in the top three! The U.S. wasn't ready for him while he lived, so he became huge in the U.K. instead, but I think it's time for US to understand that his criticism came from a deep love to the country!
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