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Poll: Who is the greatest standup comic of all time?
  • 13.1% - Richard Pryor 1123
  • 29.7% - George Carlin 2559
  • 18.7% - Bill Cosby 1612
  • 2.5% - Chris Rock 219
  • 4.4% - Louis CK 375
  • 4.4% - Jerry Seinfeld 375
  • 1.3% - Dane Cook 111
  • 0.8% - Joan Rivers 70
  • 1.8% - Bill Hicks 157
  • 5% - Steve Martin 429
  • 5.2% - Rodney Dangerfield 446
  • 13.1% - Somebody else 1128
8604 votes

Well, how do you fare compared to the Zeitgeist? Chat up your fellow wooters and let us know how lame this poll was or what obvious choices we missed. For example: Was this poll a) STUPID, b) DUMB, c) POINTLESS or d) ALL OF THE ABOVE?

janet3425


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Jack Benny

Boredmaster


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Robin Williams or Eddie Murphy. Eddie Murphy was ENORMOUS in the 80's. His shows, and Mike Tyson's fights, were THE BIGGEST TICKETS. Bigger than Super Bowl tickets. Anyone who votes for Dane Cook needs to re-evaluate their sense of humor. Seriously.

hawkm7


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Boredmaster wrote:Robin Williams or Eddie Murphy. Eddie Murphy was ENORMOUS in the 80's. His shows, and Mike Tyson's fights, were THE BIGGEST TICKETS. Bigger than Super Bowl tickets. Anyone who votes for Dane Cook needs to re-evaluate their sense of humor. Seriously.



Holy crap I forgot about Robin Williams. How could they not add him to this list but add Chris Rock and Joan Rivers?

torturegarden


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I voted for Richard Pryor, but Mitch Hedberg would be a close second.

dtierce


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George Burns

Samus


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Boredmaster wrote:Robin Williams or Eddie Murphy. Eddie Murphy was ENORMOUS in the 80's. His shows, and Mike Tyson's fights, were THE BIGGEST TICKETS. Bigger than Super Bowl tickets. Anyone who votes for Dane Cook needs to re-evaluate their sense of humor. Seriously.



Serious, Dane Cook? How did he make the list?

Eddie Murphy. Good call. Probably the most important comedian to black culture after Richard Pryor, and of course Dave Chapelle is responsible for some of the greatest comic satire in history (Clayton Bigsby, Tyrone) and epic mass-cult sketches of Rick James, Prince, etc.)

water rat


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Sam Kinison

gfresh1


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I dont disagree with the top 2, but how is Steve Martin not getting more respect? I have all of his early standup on vinyl. He was brilliant.

trixierix


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I'm no prude so I can laugh at an Eddie or Pryor joke any day but there is a gift in Cosby's storytelling that is gold evertime. It's another talent all together to be able to be funny to anyone.

trixierix


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Seriously how is Eddie Murphy not on here and Dane Cook is? Has Woot employees never seen Raw or Delirious.

mkmiller


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Not sure I can call him a standup comic, but Phil Hartman was very funny. I always enjoyed his characters and humor. He is greatly missed.

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I would not put down Robin Williams, surely a comic great, but he is amusing, as opposed to actually funny. Few comedians really make me laugh- the laugh- so-hard-you-quit-breathing kind. My favorite is Dylan Moran- now he is FUNNY, not just amusing, clowning, witty, or insightful.

teal32288


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Ron White

shubhox


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Russell Peters!

devildog7


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Brian Regan!!!

SinnFein


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Richard Pryor hands down.

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SinnFein wrote:Richard Pryor hands down.



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bellar1


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hawkm7 wrote:Holy crap I forgot about Robin Williams. How could they not add him to this list but add Chris Rock and Joan Rivers?



Robin Williams wasn't funny. That's why they didn't add him to the list. He's an egotistical, neurotic, eccentric who is only funny to himself and people with blue hair and diapers. If you're laughing at his chatter you're more than likely walking with a cane.

genocyber36


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Eddie Izzard.

bellar1


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How about real comedians and not movie stars?

Gary Gulman
Mitch Hedberg
John Heffron
Ralphie May
Dat Phan
Lisa Lampinelli
Al Lubell
Josh Blue
Billy Connelly
Jim Norton
Pat Condell (my favorite)
Sam Kinison
Dave Attell
Greg Giraldo
Jim Gaffigan
Daniel Tosh
Bill Maher
Sarah Silverman
Ellen DeGenerate Gambler
Ricky Gervais
(Ok, now I'm naming TV & Movie stars)
Iliza Shlesinger

Jim Carrey was hysterical as a comic. If we're doing movie star comics then I vote for him.


procop


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Carlin. He was not just a comic... a standing philosopher.

gholt121


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Where is:
George Burns?
Robin Williams?
Gracie Allen?
Bob Hope?
Redd Foxx?
Sam Kinison?
Abe Vigoda?



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fat50strat


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No Dave Chappelle mention? Not one? Fail. He has broken his own record at (I believe) the comedy store for longest standup. He is up there with Pryor. Carlin towards the end got too philospohical and self righteous to me.

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gholt121


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Who the he77 keeps voting for Dane Cook?? :|



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nyyankeeez


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I have to vote for the atheist. Carlin! You're the man!

Jesus, you can go fiddle faddle yourself!!!!

Earl Wajdyk


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Can't recall his name, they did a movie about him. Controversial and iconoclastic. Could improvise from a newspaper...take that back, so could I! Otherwise, George Carlin, or maybe George Bush.

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stephenjsullivan


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Sam Kinnison!

aabbud


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Phyllis Diller
Rita Rudner
Rowan Atkinson!!
Monty Python! :P
MR WARMTH Don Rickles
Johnathan Winters
Rodney Dangerfield

so so many more!

aabbud


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Earl Wajdyk wrote:Can't recall his name, they did a movie about him. Controversial and iconoclastic. Could improvise from a newspaper...take that back, so could I! Otherwise, George Carlin, or maybe George Bush.



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whataworld


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Mitch Hedberg. He is the only one I can quote from memory, and often, in everyday conversation.

ardubu


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Mr. USO - Bob Hope.
They even named a ship after him!

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Ihaterebates


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Almost voted for Carlin, then chose Cosby because he makes me laugh with distressing my hatred of foul mouthed comics. I had the privilege of seeing Cosby live in Las Vegas once and even live on stage he made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt, without resorting to filthy language. Shows me he is an educated man who has a vocabulary that goes beyond four letter words.

Just to indicate how old I'll be next Wednesday, I'd nominate Red Skelton (especially his Pledge of Allegiance) and Victor Borge for the same reason.

PaPa_Howe

Told U So


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Billy Crystal needs to be in the list, and not part of the "also ran" grouping. It also would be interesting to see the age breakout of those in the voting group. Looking at these names just makes you laugh!!!

jbenedi


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Earl Wajdyk wrote:Can't recall his name, they did a movie about him. Controversial and iconoclastic. Could improvise from a newspaper...take that back, so could I! Otherwise, George Carlin, or maybe George Bush.



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etolendi


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Brian Regan or Daniel Tosh!

nlevake


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Sam Kinnison.

Honorable mentions Rita Rutledge, Margaret Cho.

jdw57


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Jonathon Winters

ninobravo


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Lenny Bruce.

Seriously, how is he not included in these deliberations?

It's a travesty that he's become a footnote in this kind of discussion.

Carlin and Bill Hicks kept the fire burning, too...

mytdawg


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Had to vote for Carlin just because his entire body of work spanned generations. But Bill Hicks was right there. They both had genius insight into the evil machinations that have become our society.