Top Ten Comedians Of All-Time

by Rafeal Crawford
Top Ten COmdeians

Music Life Social presents its top ten comedians of all-time and with any top ten list not everyone will be pleased some may say they got it right or got it wrong or what were they thinking.

The list was complied the impact they had on their culture, the entertainment industry, accolades, stand up act, television/film, and popularity. With that being said let the debate begin.

10. George Lopez

George Lopez

George got his start doing stand up at the local club in L.A., but got his break when he was approached by actress Sandra Bullock about having his own sitcom. In 2002 “The George Lopez Show” debut on ABC. The show was a hit from the gate making him one of the first Mexican American with a highly rated show for five seasons. Lopez would later do voice over work for films like Rio & Rio 2.

Claim to fame: The George Lopez Show, Rio (1&2), Smurfs (1&2)

9. Bernie Mac

Bernie Mac

“Who ya wit!” the Mac man himself hail from Chi-town made his first tv appearance on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam with the infamous line “I ain’t scared of you motherf*%$#^ers!”  From there he went on “The Original Kings Of Comedy”, having his own sitcom “The Bernie Mac Show” on Fox, to starring in films Life and Soul Men

Claim to fame: The Original Kings Of Comedy, Life, Soul Men, & Def Comedy Jam

8.Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry SeinFeld

Jerry Seinfeld began doing stand up in the early ’80’s which led to him landing his own sitcom Seinfeld, which he co-created and co-wrote with comedian Larry David. Seinfeld ran for nine seasons on NBC. The show was so successful NBC offered him $5 million per episode to return for a tenth season.

Claim to fame: Seinfeld (that’s all you need at 5 mil per episode)

7.Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle

Dave was doing stand up in the ’90’s, but it wasn’t until his 2000 HBO special “Killin’ ‘Em Softly” that put him on the map, and 2003 he brought us “The Chappelle Show.” making it the highest rated show on Comedy Central. He turned down $50 million from the network to do a third season because he didn’t want to compromise his views, and that shows you he’s true to his art form.

Claim to fame:Half Baked, Killin’ “Em Softly, Chappelle Show, For What It’s Worth

6. Roseanne Barr


Doing stand up in Denver,CO in the early eighties she began catching a buzz she was offered the role of Peg Bundy (Married With Children) she turned it down. Which was perfect timing cause ABC offered her own show Roseanne that ran from 1989-1997.

Claim to fame:Roseanne and She-Devil

5. Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

The native New Yorker got her big break with her 1985 HBO special Whoopi Goldberg:Direct From Broadway, and her comedic routines on HBO’s Comic Relief series. She would have a breakout performance for her role in The Color Purple (Academy Award Nominee) she should’ve won, but she would win her role in Ghost.

Claim to fame: The Color Purple, Jumpin’Jack Flash, Ghost, Sister Act (1&2), & The View

4.George Carlin

George Carlin

Known for his counter culture style of comedy, Carlin caught headlines for seven words you can’t say on television Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker,motherfucker, and tits. Those are the heavy seven. Those are the ones that’ll infect your soul, curve your spine and keep the country from winning the war.

Claim to fame: Carlin At Carnegie, Back In Town, Complaints & Grievances, It’s Bad For Ya

3.Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

Murphy got his comedic start on Saturday Night Live and quickly became a rising star on the show, so he got his own stand up special Delirious and starred in his first feature film 48 Hours, Trading Places, and to another classic stand up special RAW

Claim to fame: RAW, Coming to America, Nutty Professor, & Harlem Nights, …I could keep going but I’m not

2.Redd Foxx

Redd Foxx

I shouldn’t have to explain his accomplishments he’s the Godfather of Comedy…Google him

Claim to fame: Sanford & Son

1.Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor


No explanation needed he’s The Don!

Claim to fame: Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Louis CK, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Robin Williams, Mike Epps, Eddie Griffin, Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer,…he birthed your favorite comedian.

Honorable mention : Martin Lawrence (11),  Paul Mooney (12) Mike Epps (13), Louis CK (14), Kevin Hart (15)

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