->''"Some people think that they can stand up in front of a room full of people, say something, and make them laugh. They hope they're right."''

Stand-up comics frequently say that this form of entertainment is both the most difficult to perform and most rewarding. Even if certain comics make it into mainstream television and movies, they will often return to the stand-up circuit.
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!!Comedians:

* Creator/DaveAllen: Irish comedian active throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties. Known for his apparently laid back style (possibly the world's only sit-down, stand up comedian, he would appear sat on a bar stool drinking from a glass of whisky and, up until the early eighties, smoking a cigarette) concealed an incisive and sharp edged style of material. He was known particularly for his attacks on organised religion and authority, as well as for his observational material.
* Creator/TimAllen: Observational and family comedy, with a routine on do-it-yourself [[IncrediblyLamePun home improvement]] concerning his efforts to make things around the house better, with the catchphrase "So I rewired it!"
* Creator/WoodyAllen: Most famous for his film career, he started out as a stand-up comic in the early '60s.
* Creator/AzizAnsari: Tiny Indian guy, huge hip-hop swagger. Best known for TV work on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' and the MTV sketch show ''Series/HumanGiant'', as well as for playing an (extremely) exaggerated version of himself named '''RAAAAAAAANDY''' in Judd Apatow's cinematic love letter to [=Stand-Up Comedy=], ''Film/FunnyPeople''.
* Music/BillBailey: Comedian and musician, he's also a fixture in film and TV, starring in ''Series/BlackBooks'', ''NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'' and ''Series/{{QI}}'' and appearing in ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' and ''Film/HotFuzz''
* MariaBamford: A comedian known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy in the weirdest ways imaginable, as well as the many different voices she uses. Auditioned to be a ''Saturday Night Live'' cast member during the 2003-2004 season, but was passed up in favor of Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson. Also shows up on ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' as the voice of most of the minor female characters.
* Creator/ShelleyBerman
* Creator/RichardBelzer: Was a writer during the early days of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (and once stood in for Chevy Chase on Weekend Update when Chase was out for injuring his groin during a political sketch); has turned to drama since then.
* Creator/LewisBlack: A comedian with NoIndoorVoice, he usually rants about what he hates in politics and life in general, with the recurring segment "Back in Black" on ''Series/TheDailyShow''. Did voicework on the short-lived Creator/CartoonNetwork show ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}'' as the Gore-Ax (a.k.a The Scrap Metal Spirit of Insanus) as well as Mr. E on ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''.
* Radio/BobAndRay
* Creator/VictorBorge: a comedian who dual-classed in concert piano.
* Creator/FrankieBoyle: Despite doing a lot of TV--particularly ''Series/MockTheWeek''--he never left the stand-up circuit. Famous for his very dark, cynical and often offensive material.
* Creator/RussellBrand: Famous for his bohemian style of clothing, controversial behavior, and love of women. His stand-up frequently focuses on his personal shame, and often included bits where he reads from and comments on newspapers. Was married to pop singer Music/KatyPerry, making all the things he said about her being his life and his reason for living HarsherInHindsight. Brand now hosts the FX channel's answer to ''The Daily Show'' called ''Brand X with Russell Brand''.
* Creator/LennyBruce: Not as famous as some of the comics whom he inspired, but his vulgarity and willingness to mock religious and social institutions in a time when such topics were off-limits helped make stand-up comedy what it is today.
* Creator/BillBurr: Short tempered man who riffs on the limitations imposed by masculinity and frequently mocks CloserToEarth and related DoubleStandard tropes.
* Creator/EdByrne: Irish comedian and frequent guest on ''Series/MockTheWeek'', who is a self-professed nerd and generally self-deprecating.
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin: A comedian famous for his dirty mouth, he was actually jailed because of his routine in the '70s. His routine also frequently takes shots at organized religion and drugs. His acting roles include ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'' and ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', not to mention the [[PlayingAgainstType Conductor on "Shining Time Station"]]. He's the creator of the SevenDirtyWords routine, and was the very first host on the very first episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (Carlin also hosted an episode on the show's tenth season [1984-1985] and, unlike his first time hosting, actually participated in sketches. Carlin was such a huge part of ''SNL'''s history that the very first episode reran following his death in June 2008). His later work (starting with ''What Am I Doing in New Jersey?'') tended to be scathing socio-political commentary, and apart from the SevenDirtyWords routine, this is arguably what he is best known for today; Carlin himself regarded his later work as his best.
* Creator/AdamCarolla: Famous co-host of TheManShow and TheAdamCarollaShow podcast. His ability to do off-the-cuff improvisation is among some of the best in the business, and his brand of observational humor (mostly complaining) has earned him the most downloaded podcast in the world.
* Creator/JimmyCarr: British comedian known for his black humor and deadpan delivery
* Creator/JasperCarrott: Long-running British comic from [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham]], known for his schtick of finishing shows by reading out absurd insurance claim forms.
* Creator/DaveChappelle: Together with Creator/ChrisRock, probably the most prominent black comedian/actor of his generation. He created ''Series/ChappellesShow''. His career abruptly ended when he realized that CelebrityIsOverrated and many of his fans only loved him for his stupid catchphrases ("I'm Rick James, bitch!" being the most popular). He has appeared on stand up stages, talk shows, and occasional independent projects, but he has had no desire to reclaim the fame he walked away from at its height.
* Creator/CheechAndChong: stand-up comedians and actors known for their [[StonersAreFunny stoner comedy]]; recorded a string of successful albums and followed with a string of successful movies in the 1970s to early 1980s before breaking up; reunited in 2008.
* Creator/MargaretCho: Korean-American whose comedy focuses largely on the differences between Korean and American culture, and dealing with her sometimes-overbearing(but well-meaning) mom.
* Creator/AndrewDiceClay: Controversial stand-up comedian and star of films. Known for his brand of insult humor. The man behind the persona, Andrew Silverstein, has more recently [[IAmNotSpock begun to distance himself from "The Diceman"]], citing people's conflation of the act with his actual self.
* Creator/BillyConnolly: Scottish folk musician, stand-up and actor, commonly known as "The Big Yin". Does a great deal of material about sex, religion and Scotland (obviously).
* Creator/DaneCook: A comedian who has enjoyed a recent massive rise to prominence, including dramas and comedies in film. His style of humor is manic, varied and very disorganized, which has led to a massive LoveItOrHateIt Internet audience. Like Creator/JimCarrey (and several other celebrities), he auditioned to be a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' cast member, but didn't make it (Cook auditioned for the 2002-2003 season, and was passed up for Will Forte).
** He really gets bashed on a lot (e.g. on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''Series/{{Community}}'', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'') with the consensus being that he does simple, unfunny jokes that go nowhere and uses his full name very often.
* Creator/BillCosby: His family-friendly tales of childhood and parenthood became the basis for several [=TV=] shows, including the animated ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'' and the biggest sitcom of TheEighties, ''Series/TheCosbyShow''. While he had other shows and films to his credit prior to these [such as ''Series/ISpy''], it's his '80s work, including copious commercial endorsements, that looks to be his biggest legacy beyond his original stand-up. Was also on the 1970s educational show ''Series/TheElectricCompany'' along with a then-unknown Creator/MorganFreeman (though he didn't stay on the show as long as Freeman did, and unlike Freeman, Cosby doesn't regret being on the show).
** ''AudioPlay/IStartedOutAsAChild'' (1964)
* Creator/DavidCross: Bald, bespectacled actor and comedian known for his incredibly dark, ironic sense of humor. Is known for his acting work on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' (as Tobias), the ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' films and the HBO sketch series ''Series/MrShow''. He had a feud at one point with Creator/LarryTheCableGuy.
* Creator/SeanCullen: Known for his comedic songs and stream-of-consciousness style.
* Creator/RodneyDangerfield: Known for his self-deprecating one-liners and stories about how he couldn't "get no respect."
* Creator/LarryDavid: Most famous for being the co-creator and showrunner on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and the creator and star of ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'', he started out as a stand-up comedian.
* Creator/EllenDeGeneres
* Music/DougAnthonyAllStars- [[UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} Australian]] BlackComedy Musical trio.
* Creator/JeffDunham: A ventriloquist who uses a cast of puppets with myriad quirky personalities. Despite ventriloquism being a traditionally [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids family friendly]] comedic skill, he should not be considered a kid friendly performer, although he is not overly vulgar.
* Creator/BillEngvall: One of the [[Series/BlueCollarComedy Blue Collar]] comics, though his act contains very little material about Southern life. He is the creator of the famous "[[AskAStupidQuestion Here's Your Sign]]" routine, in which he proposes that stupid people should be given signs so that the non-stupid can easily identify them.
* Creator/CraigFerguson: Was Mr. Wick on ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' and is currently the host of ''Series/TheLateLateShow''.
* Creator/JeffFoxworthy: The most famous of the Blue Collar comics, and the creator of "You Might Be a Redneck". Sales of his various comedy records since the late 1980's has made him one of the best-selling comedy performers of all time.
* Redd Foxx: Well-known for playing GrumpyOldMan Fred Sanford on ''Series/SanfordAndSon''.
* Creator/StanFreberg: Also a voice actor for the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon series. He was the voice of Pete Puma from "Rabbit's Kin" and the dopey Baby Bear on Chuck Jones's short-lived Three Bears series, featuring a DysfunctionalFamily of bears (the father has a short temper and [[WouldHitAChild would hit a cub]] and the mama bear is too passive to protect her son from her husband's wrath).
** ''AudioPlay/{{Omaha}}'' (1958)
** ''AudioPlay/StanFrebergPresentsTheUnitedStatesOfAmerica'' (1961) (1996)
* Creator/JohnFugelsang: Actor, political comedian, and TV commentator.
* Creator/JimGaffigan: Well-known for his bits about food, particularly his Hot Pockets routine, as well as numerous jokes [[SelfDeprecation making fun of himself]], especially his pale skin. A gimmick of his act is that he will frequently follow up his jokes with disapproving comments about them in a different voice, as if to suggest that is what the audience is thinking.
* Creator/{{Gallagher}}: [[TheEighties Eighties]] prop comic famous for smashing produce, most notably watermelons.
* Creator/JaneaneGarofalo: Stand-up comedienne who worked with Creator/BenStiller on ''Series/TheBenStillerShow'' and was a cast member on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' during its 20th season (1994-1995). Her time there was described once as "...being the Indian given the smallpox-infested blankets by the white settlers." [[note]] In other words, she hated it there and left mid-season.[[/note]]
* Creator/GregGiraldo: Best known for the Creator/ComedyCentral roasts, he was also a judge on ''Series/LastComicStanding''.
* [[Music/ChildishGambino Donald Glover]]: Probably better known as his rapper alter ego Childish Gambino and for his role as Troy on ''Community'', he also does stand-up and did a Comedy Central special in 2011.
* Creator/BobcatGoldthwait
* Creator/GilbertGottfried: Screechy- voiced, obnoxious comedian and occasional kids' show voice actor (he's Iago in the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' movies, was the first voice of Dr. Bender on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', and the voice of the child-hating Tickle-Me-Psycho doll on ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}'', among other roles). Like Creator/EddieMurphy, Gottfried was also an ''SNL'' cast member during its troubled sixth season, worth nothing because Gottfried back then didn't squint, had a full head of black hair, and '''''actually had [[NoIndoorVoice an indoor voice]]'''''.
* DickGregory: Legendary African-American comedian who later became a social activist.
* Creator/KathyGriffin: Her stand-up concentrates on her experiences with celebrities to the point that some stars actively avoid her for fear of becoming part of her act while others flock to her because they think she's funny. She had a long-running RealityShow called ''My Life on the D List'' which showed her attempts to build her career. Her mom has become a star in her own right thanks to her swearing and love of boxed wine.
* Creator/BuddyHackett: Known for his BorschtBelt style of Comedy.
* Creator/NeilHamburger: Actually the AntiHumor persona of musician Gregg Turkington.
* Creator/MikeHarding: [[OopNorth Mancunian comedian]] of a piece with Creator/BillyConnolly and Creator/JasperCarrott, performing observational Northern humour alternating with folk music. Also an author and radio presenter.
* Creator/KevinHart: Similar to Steve Harvey below, immensely popular in the African-American community but not very popular in the mainstream.
* Steve Harvey: A very popular comedian in the black community but not as popular in the mainstream. He had a sitcom, ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow'', and was in ''Film/TheOriginalKingsOfComedy''. He now has hit it big, writing a book (''Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man''), having his own radio show, his own dating site (despite, or maybe because of the fact that he is on his third marriage), a televised talk show, and is the current (as of 2/4/11) host of ''Series/FamilyFeud''.
* Creator/MitchHedberg: Combined observational humor with bizarre non-sequiturs. Famous for his laid back persona, he has been described as a stoner version of Creator/StevenWright. Died of a drug overdose, turning some of his drug-related jokes into {{Funny Aneurysm Moment}}s.
* Creator/RichardHerring: Started out as one half of the comedy due [[Creator/StewartLee Lee]] and Herring, he went on to be a pioneer of using the internet for comedy. Has blogged EVERY DAY since 2003, and is particularly well known for his podcasts ''As It Occurs To Me'' and ''The Collings & Herrin Podcast''. Is particularly fond of turning all his shows into [[FunWithAcronyms Acronyms]] - so that ''As It Occurs To Me'' becomes 'AIOTM' (aiotm).
* Creator/BillHicks: Best known for his scathing socio-political commentary.
* Russell Howard: British comedian who has a generally optimistic view, and especially loves nostalgic stories about childhood and his crazy family.
* Creator/JessicaHynes
* Creator/GabrielIglesias: Known for his loud, boisterous style with exaggerated vocal impersonations. Prefers to tell funny, real life stories and usually refuses to do political or social commentary jokes. Known for his love of chocolate cake and being "[[BigFun fluffy]]." Was a cast member on ''Series/AllThat'' when they revamped the cast in 2000 and was part of the first group of comedians in ''Last Comic Standing''.
* The Tenderloins, a comedy group who have come to be known as the ''Characters/ImpracticalJokers'' on Tru TV's reality TV show.
* RobinInce: British comedian known for his highly cerebral style of comedy; his routines revolving either around the wonders of science or the horrors of bad books.
* Creator/EddieIzzard: Responsible for translating the [[SurrealHumour surreal style of humour]] of Creator/MontyPython into something you could do as stand-up, resulting in a definite shift in British comedy. Is an avowed transvestite(crossdresser) but is straight.
* Creator/RichardJeni: Appeared more than any other comedian on Series/TheTonightShow other than its hosts.
* Creator/MiltonJones: British comedian whose style is characterized by clever one-liners and often features truly magnificent puns.
* Creator/AndyKaufman: He found comedy clubs the most receptive venues for acts which were closer to experimental theater than conventional stand-up. His ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' routine was one of the highlights of the very first ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' broadcast, and he was a frequent guest performer there and on the ''SNL'' {{Expy}} ''{{Fridays}}'', where he refused to do a sketch about restaurant patrons smoking weed and got into a fight with Michael Richards (the movie ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'' depicts this with Creator/JimCarrey as Andy Kaufman, [[Creator/NormMacDonald Norm [=MacDonald=]]] as Michael Richards, and [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Caroline Rhea]] as Melanie Chartoff). A LoveItOrHateIt performer [save for his success as Latka - an adaptation of one of his stage characters - on ''Series/{{Taxi}}''], but highly influential in his love of experimentation.
* Creator/PeterKay: Observational comedy drawing on the distinctive culture of [[OopNorth the north-west of England]], with MemeticMutation by the truckload. Wrote and starred [[LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles many times over]] in ''PhoenixNights'' and ''MaxAndPaddysRoadToNowhere''.
* Creator/SamKinison: A bitter, bitter man (especially towards women) with NoIndoorVoice. Did guest appearances on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' during its 11th season (and hosted during its 12th season, which was one of three episodes that had to be put on a five-second delay out of fear of foul language and controversial statements, joining Creator/RichardPryor and Andrew "Dice" Clay). Was considered for the role of Al Bundy on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' (with Roseanne Barr as Peg).
* Music/JonLajoie: Though he does more parodies than actual comedy routines.
* Creator/ArtieLange: A {{Joisey}} blue-collar comedian most famous for his time on TheHowardSternShow.
* Creator/LarryTheCableGuy: Git-r-done! Another Blue Collar comic. Known to younger generations as the voice of Mater in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' films. Has quite a big {{Hatedom}}, many of whom are unaware that Larry is actually an AffectionateParody comedy character performed by comedian Daniel Whitney.
* Creator/MartinLawrence: Manic black comedian who had his own show, ''Series/{{Martin}}'', on Creator/{{Fox}} (it was canceled after the actress who played Martin's girlfriend, Gina, accused Lawrence of sexually harassing her) and was banned from ever hosting ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' again after launching into a particularly disgusting monologue about women's hygiene.
* Creator/DenisLeary: A mixture of critiquing current culture and joking about his family and past, Leary is extremely fond of [[ClusterFBomb profanity]]. Many of his jokes are slanted towards BlackComedy.
* Creator/StewartLee: A favourite among other comedians, he is a Brit with a slow deadpan delivery who does long, rambling routines in a self-referential style.
* Creator/JayLeno: Succeeded Johnny Carson as host of ''Series/TheTonightShow'.
* Creator/SeanLock: British comedian who mixes observational humor with surrealism. Known for appearing on many [[PanelShow panel shows]] and for writing material for other popular comedians.
* George Lopez
* Series/LosRayosGama (Puerto Rican comedy group)
* Creator/LouisCK: His work mostly centers around rather dark comedy, which is mostly based on his own life. He used to make jokes (and [[LuckyLouie a TV-Show]]) about how shitty his marriage was, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment got divorced]], and now he makes jokes (and [[{{Louie}} a TV-show]]) about how shitty it is to be a single father in his forties.
* Music/StephenLynch: Most famous for being vulgar and taking RefugeInAudacity.
* Creator/NormMacDonald: Famous for his ability to make the most mundane statements hilarious with his unique delivery. For the ultimate Norm [=MacDonald=] routine, see his performance at the Bob Saget roast. Was a Weekend Update anchor on ''SNL'' during its 20th season ([[JustHereForGodzilla making that the only reason anyone ever really watched that season back in 1994]]), but got fired in the late-1990s by NBC executive Don Ohlymeier for allegedly "...not being funny." Returned to host ''SNL'' on its 25th season (1999-2000) and claimed that the reason why he's so "[[PrecisionFStrike Goddamn]] funny" is because the show has gotten worse since he left.
* Creator/LeeMack: [=Stand-Up=] comic and comedic actor best known for his role on ''Series/NotGoingOut'' and as a team captain on British [[PanelGame panel show]] ''Series/WouldILieToYou'' opposite David Mitchell. [[OopNorth Northern]], and slightly bitter about it.
* Creator/BillMaher: Known for his caustic criticism of politics and religion and his darkly sarcastic tone, as well as hosting the political talk shows ''Politically Incorrect'' and ''Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher''.
* JasonManford: Northern England comedian who is a regular on ''Series/WouldILieToYou''.
* Creator/DemetriMartin: An extremely intellectual comedian who does a lot of one-liners, and also heavily features drawings and musical accompaniment in his stand-up shows. Also had a TV show called ''Series/ImportantThingsWithDemetriMartin'' and is a law school dropout (according to the UK comedy special ''If I...'').
* Creator/SteveMartin: The king of goofiness. He merged his stand up routine with other performance art including musical numbers, skits and props. Known for his perpetually white hair since the 70's. Was once ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s most frequent guest host -- to the point that many people mistook him for one of the "Not Ready for Primetime" regulars -- and tied with Alec Baldwin until Baldwin broke his own record by hosting the first episode of season 37 [[note]] Despite this, Steve Martin has made the most overall appearances on the show -- 15 episodes he hosted + 11 cameo appearances; compare to Alec Baldwin, who hosted 16 times and made eight cameo appearances[[/note]]. Has had a successful string of film roles, often playing TheEveryman.
* Jackie Mason: Jewish comedian. Is the voice of Krusty the Clown's rabbi father on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (as seen on such episodes as "Like Father, Like Clown," "Today, I Am a Clown," and "Once Upon a Time in Springfield," among others)
* Music/AndersMatthesen: Danish comedian, radio host, actor, musician and film director.
* Creator/MichaelMcIntyre: Hyperactive British observational comedian, frequent [[PanelGame panel show]] guest. Broke through into the public eye in a big way after his appearance in a Royal Variety Performance. Responsible for two of the fastest-selling standup comedy DVD's of all time.
* KevinMeaney: A comedian who often made fun of his mom, sings songs, and uses the phrase "That's not right!" a lot. He's also an actor, appearing on UncleBuck, TheNightmareRoom, the movie Film/{{Big}}, TheDayMyParentsRanAway, and even GarfieldAndFriends and RockosModernLife.
* Carlos Mencia
* Radio/RoyDMercer: A fictional character created by radio hosts Brent Douglas and Phil Stone for the purpose of a prank call show, which was also released on CD for many years.
* Creator/DennisMiller: Notorious for his obscure historical and pop culture references as well as having a [[SophisticatedAsHell loquacious, yet vulgar vocabulary]]. Was on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' as a Weekend Update anchor ("That's the news and I am ''outta here''!") from 1985 to 1991 (becoming the longest-running Weekend Update anchor with six years. TinaFey and SethMeyers are the only other ''SNL'' cast members who are tied with Miller). Is currently a Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}} commentator, but does do the occasional stand-up special.
* Creator/BobMonkhouse
* Creator/MontyPython
** ''AudioPlay/AnotherMontyPythonRecord'' (1971)
** ''AudioPlay/TheMontyPythonMatchingTieAndHandkerchief'' (1973)
** ''AudioPlay/MontyPythonLiveAtDruryLane'' (1974)
** ''AudioPlay/MontyPythonsContractualObligationAlbum'' (1980)
* Dylan Moran: Poetic drunken Irishman with a similar style to Eddie Izzard. Also visible in TV and film, as the central character of ''Series/BlackBooks'' and a role in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''.
* Creator/EddieMurphy: Getting his start on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (in the early 1980s when the show was floundering after the remnants of the original cast left and a new, not-necessarily-better cast was hired in its place), he branched into film with the ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' movies in the 80's and ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'' and ''Film/DrDolittle'' films in the 90's. Besides voicing Donkey in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' films, his more recent films have mostly been looked down upon, though his role in the film ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'' received an Oscar nomination.
* Creator/AlMurray: Best known for his work as The Pub Landlord
* Creator/BobNewhart: His signature stand-up routines were his "telephone conversations", in which the audience only heard his character's side of the conversation. He later headlined several successful sitcoms: ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' and ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow''. He is the uncle of short-lived ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' cast member Paul Brittain.
* Nichols and May (Creator/MikeNichols and Creator/ElaineMay): A highly influential improvisational comedy team from the late 1950s.
* Creator/RossNoble: The king of improv, he often creates an entire show out of the tiniest of comments or actions from the audience, as his surreal imagination jumps from one topic to another at lightning speed.
* JimNorton: A comic who specializes in BlackComedy. He is best known as the [[SixthRanger third mic]] on the OpieAndAnthony radio show.
* Creator/DaraOBriain: Irish standup who's best known as the presenter of ''Series/MockTheWeek''.
* Creator/MichaelOConnel: Wheelchair-bound observational comedian with Muscular Dystrophy, who bases a lot of his comedy on how people in wheelchairs are treated by people ''not'' in wheelchairs. His catchphrase is "First, I'd like to object to the use of the phrase ''Stand-Up'' comedy..."
* Creator/PattonOswalt: A sort of geek-philosopher, who often uses pop-culture examples to give his take on real events.
* Martin Pearson
** ''AudioPlay/TheUnfinishedSpellingErrorsOfBolkien (2004)''
* Creator/RussellPeters: Famous Canadian stand up comedian of Indian descent.
* Creator/EmoPhillips: A comedian very committed to his stage persona (typically he only gives interviews as this character) as a PsychopathicManChild twisting straightforward observations into the contorted perspective of his character.
* Creator/JohnPinette: French-Irish comedian (his stomach is Italian). His jokes center on his life, his travels, and food. Especially food. Also a talented singer. And for all that, he's probably best known as the carjacked fat guy in the final ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode.
* Creator/BrianPosehn
* Creator/PaulaPoundstone: An observational comedienne and regular panelist on ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'', Poundstone has a particular knack for identifying and [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the comedy we often overlook in everyday life. Was the original voice of Brendon's mom on ''HomeMovies'' during its short run on UPN.
* GregProops: Improvisational comedian, known for ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' and his podcast ''Podcast/TheSmartestManInTheWorld''
* Creator/RichardPryor: Considered the godfather of stand-up comedy (next to Creator/GeorgeCarlin). He talked a lot about growing up in the slums and drug abuse (as his mom was a hooker, his father was her pimp, and his grandmother ran a whorehouse). Was the first black celebrity to host ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and the one whose appearance cemented ''SNL'''s reputation as the edgy, late-night sketch show that wasn't afraid of making fun of touchy subject matter (in this case, racism), as proven with the "Racist Word Association" sketch and a multi-part sketch where a black man is picked out of a police line-up for crimes he didn't commit.
* Creator/BrianRegan: A clean comic; he takes many of the oldest routines people have ever considered and works to make them funny again. Part of the humor comes from his general deprecation of himself, a sort of ObfuscatingStupidity that makes the material funny again.
* Creator/DonRickles: (a.k.a. Mr. Warmth, The Merchant of Venom, The Czar of the Zinger); Don Rickles is one of the 20th Century's most famous funny men and one of the great masters of insult comedy. Unlike many insult comics who only find short-lived success, Rickles has enjoyed a sustained career in insult performance. For more than 55 years he has appeared in top showrooms in Atlantic City, Reno Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. He was a frequent guest of ''TheTonightShow'' starring Johnny Carson; Johnny was the one who made famous Rickles' entrance theme, La Virgen de la Macarena which is played to this day whenever Rickles comes out. He has won two Emmys for a documentary about his life and career as a stand up comedian, "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project". Was/is good friends with the late Music/FrankSinatra, the late Music/DeanMartin, and Bob Newhart. For the younger generation he is more famous as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' films.
* Creator/JoanRivers: American standup comedienne and talk show host. She often said outrageous things, but she was a pioneer for women in comedy. Without her contribution, there would be no Roseanne Barr, no Tina Fey, and so on.
* Creator/ChrisRock: Started out as a cast member on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in the early 1990s, but quit that show due to CreativeDifferences and lack of good roles. Has done stand-up ever since, mainly focusing on racial differences and relationships.
* Creator/JoeRogan
* JerrySadowitz: Scots-Jewish comedian known for the utterly shocking and depraved nature of his material based on a view of total misanthropy (he hates everyone regardless of race, religion or sex) and his incredible skills as a magician. A very prescient routine about Jimmy Saville is currently circulating the internet.
* Creator/BobSaget: He worked "blue" prior to and after his work on the family-friendly DomCom ''Series/FullHouse'' and ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos''. Nowadays his work is angled towards shocking people by being far removed from the squeaky clean Danny Tanner. Is also the uncredited narrator for ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* MortSahl: One of the first standup comics to deal in topical, political humor, Sahl was also the first to perform on college campuses and the first to hit on the idea of recording and releasing his performances on albums.
* Kristen Schaal
* Robert Schimmel: Blue humor at its finest. His sex jokes and bathroom humor frequently [[CrossesTheLineTwice trod over the line]]. Everything about himself was fodder for his stand-up--including his heart attack and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Sadly, he died in 2010 of injuries sustained in a car accident.
* Creator/JerrySeinfeld: Observational humor taken to its apex with his own wildly successful self-titled sitcom. Despite his financial success, has remained fairly unseen since his show ended and still tours the stand-up community.
* Creator/AllanSherman
* Creator/SarahSilverman: Imagine ReddFoxx was reincarnated as a Jewish princess, and you've got the idea of what her humor is like. Was a writer and cast member on ''Saturday Night Live'' for its 19th (1993-1994 season), but wasn't [[ScrewedByTheNetwork given a lot of screentime, had all of her sketches banished to dress rehearsal, and ended up getting fired via fax]]. Has done voicework on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (as a fourth grade girl named Nikki who has a crush on Bart, but can't decide whether to kiss him or beat him up),''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' (as one half of the Pesto brothers. Her sister, Laura, plays the other half), and the movie ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' (in one of the few things she's done that doesn't require her to be vulgar and politically incorrect). Besides her sister, Laura, Sarah also has another sister named Jodyne (who's a screenwriter) and another sister named Susan, who lives in Israel and is a rabbi.
* TheSklarBrothers (Randy and Jason): [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Twin brothers who do stand-up comedy together]]. Also known for their various skit-works on Creator/{{ESPN}}, playing twin {{Dumbass DJ}}s on ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', and voicing conjoined twin brothers, Biff and Chip, on ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''.
* Creator/DougStanhope: Extremely dark and pessimistic humor. [[TheAlcoholic Has an almost professional affinity for hardcore drugs and alcohol]] and will typically drink or smoke on-stage, if not both. His risqué style has often led to audience-walkouts and rants from MoralGuardians.
* Creator/JoshThomas: Australian comedian who specializes in self-deprecating sex comedy.
* Creator/ChristopherTitus: Explicitly calls his routine "[[GallowsHumor Therapeutic Stand Up]]." Bases most of his comedy on his extremely dysfunctional life, featuring a judgmental, hypocritical, functioning alcoholic father who married and divorced five times, a manipulative, manic-depressive mother who had a 180 IQ, was a concert pianist, spoke four languages, and was in so many beauty pageants in the 1960s that she qualified for Miss California, a string of relationships with abusive women (one of which was his own wife, Erin), a brother who smokes weed, a sister who was raised by his mentally deranged mother and ultimately killed herself after her boyfriend left her again, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a Mormon uncle]]. Had his own show on Creator/{{FOX}} (''Series/{{Titus}}'') based on his stand-up special ''Norman Rockwell is Bleeding'', but it got axed due to its dark humor and ExecutiveMeddling.
* Creator/DanielTosh: Host of the unexpectedly successful (at least to the network) Creator/ComedyCentral show ''[[Series/{{Tosh0}} Tosh.0]]'' where he rips on various internet videos. No one is sure if he's gay or straight, and has come under fire for his misogynistic remarks (such as suggesting that a female rape victim deserved what she got).
* Creator/ArnaudTsamere: A French surrealist comedian who has worked in television and on stage.
* Creator/UncleYo: a staple of the American convention circuit, he specializes in fandom comedy. Definitely OneOfUs.
* Creator/TimVine: British comedian known for being a HurricaneOfPuns in human form.
* Creator/RonWhite: The fourth and most vulgar of the Blue Collar comics, and the only one not to be a regular on the troupe's television series.
* Creator/RobinWilliams: Frantic, motor-mouth style comedy that doesn't let up. He calmed down a touch after he quit cocaine. He had a varied career, ranging from comedies and dramas in movies as well as the television sitcom that made him a star, ''Series/MorkAndMindy''. Won an Oscar playing a psychiatrist in the film ''Film/GoodWillHunting.''
* Creator/LarryWilmore: Comedian and writer, recurring contributor to ''Series/TheDailyShow'' where he discusses race relations. Now has his own Daily Show {{spinoff}} ''Series/TheNightlyShow with Larry Wilmore''
* Creator/TimWilson: Comedian-singer from the South.
* Creator/JonathanWinters: One of the pioneers of {{improv}}isation, his act has influenced many other comics including Robin Williams, which earned him a guest spot on ''Series/MorkAndMindy.'' In some instances he is able to go on for hours about any particular subject, switching between different characters and different topics on the same subject. Has had several other television and movie roles.
* Creator/MichaelWinslow: The guy who makes noises in the ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' movies.
* Creator/StevenWright: Known for his deadpan delivery and surreal stories with their own weird internal logic: "One time I parked my car in a tow-away zone. When I came back, the entire ''area'' was gone."
* Music/BoBurnham: (In)famous for his heavily satirical and offensive comedy/music.
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!!Comedy Works:
* Film/ColinQuinnLongStoryShort
* Theatre/TheDangerousBrothers
* Podcast/PeacockAndGamblePodcast
* AudioPlay/OmeHenk
* Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion
* Series/BlueCollarComedy

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!!Stand-up Comedy tropes:

[[AC:Tropes]]
* AwfulWeddedLife
* BorschtBelt
* CollectiveGroan
* IsThisThingOn
* {{Rimshot}}
* VaudevilleHook
* TalkingToHimself: Out of necessity in trying to depict a variety of characters by yourself
* ToughRoom

[[AC:Routines]]
* StockShticks
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