nololtoday


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Mitch Hedburg, Robin Williams or Eddie Murphy.


lololol or maybe Judy Tulula.

wmdangry


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Gallagher was my all time favorite

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janet3425 wrote:Jack Benny



You took the words out of my mouth. Jack could keep an audience laughing for minutes on end with a facial expression, and not say a word. Even better; he didn't rely on profanity.

ctseka


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Bob Newhart should have been included

klaatujim


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Bob Hope

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dtierce wrote:George Burns



what about Louis Black. He's right up there.

BeckyGriffith


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Robin Williams!

ZootsAlures


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Jonathan Winters & Don Rickles are the two cornerstones for most of the comedians listed in this WOOT Poll. Example: Robin Williams' always tipped his hat to Jonathan Winters

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Dave Chapelle

kre8v1


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The dead ones: Oscar Wilde, Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain, etc.; really, really old guys: Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Jonathan Winters, etc.; the old guys: Richard Pryor (RIP), George Carlin (although he got very, very testy at the end,there--with good reason, I might add, may he RIP), Robin Williams,etc. Now: Jim Carrey, Mitch Hedberg (RIP), Eddie Izzard, Louie Anderson, & last but not least, Jim Jeffries!

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ctseka wrote:Bob Newhart should have been included



I concur!

kre8v1


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rspicer1 wrote:what about Louis Black. He's right up there.



Absolutely!

kre8v1


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How could I NOT remember STEPHEN COLBERT????

SidPacker


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Steven Wright

janeeley68


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Carol Burnett, Lucielle Ball are my favorites along with Tim Conway.

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Once again Rodney gets no respect.

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procop wrote:Carlin. He was not just a comic... a standing philosopher.


I have to agree that Carlin and Prior are the best over all. The influence of each on today's comedy is immense, and Carlin's body of work is huge and magnificent. Watch him on the A&E Actors Studio interview, and you will see what a brilliant man he really was.

But he owes a lot of his early ideas to Lenny Bruce -- and nobody's mentioned Lenny Bruce. Why? Lenny Bruce was the first person to poke holes in the 'walls' that Richard Pryor and George Carlin eventually brought down.

Today's comedians owe almost everything to Richard Pryor and George Carlin.

But Lenny Bruce, was the first, and they both owe a great deal to him.

Thank you!!!
-- Deb

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What?! No Johnny Carson?! it's a trap you woot! ;)

Johnny was the master and that's the reason that everyone on that list idolized him. It's either Johnny or Jack Benny.

Classic and forever.

Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't mean that they hate you, or anyone else.

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I love so many of these comics. Somebody needed the name of the guy who improv'd on the newspaper: Mort Sahl. Funniest guy I ever saw? Hands down, Bill Cosby, in his earlier days. Laughed so hard I fell off my chair!

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[quote postid="5548778" user="fat50strat"]No Dave Chappelle mention? Not one? Fail. He has broken his own record

He is awesome!

harumman


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Since the only one I saw live on stage was Rodney Dangerfield in the 80's and my side still hurts he gets my vote

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Dave Chappelle

grrosey


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Robin Williams. He can work a room and does well adjusting to an audience.

vladistov


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Any number of the early comedians, really. It took a genuine talent to instill laughter without the profanity and lewdness relied upon by so many contemporary comedians.

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Seriously? no Robin Williams??

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It's a tough call for the top three. I gave the edge to Cosby because his routines were clean. The next two pushed the envelope sometimes. Nothing wrong with that but to be as funny as Cosby and keeping it clean I have to give him the edge.

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Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner

wvnana


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What about Ellen Degeneres?

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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?



Johnathan Winters was Robin Williams hero

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Dave Chappelle

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Jack Benny and Bob Hope were far better comedians than any on that list.

bart888


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Robin Williams..made me laugh till I cried!
Old school Jonathan Winters

piegon


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George Carlin by a mile. EVERTHING GOES BACK IN HIS DAY.JUST LIKE TODAY.HA-HA-HA

piegon


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wvnana wrote:What about Ellen Degeneres?

OH PLEASE

piegon


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bruce3221 wrote:Jack Benny and Bob Hope were far better comedians than any on that list.

Dry Old Humor Not Bad

jcbc93


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Red Foxx, Don Rickles, Jackie Mason, Lucille Ball...

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Where's Bob Newhart? His stand-up phone call routines are classics.

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gfresh1 wrote: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.



I agree!! I love Steve Martin, but voted for George Carlin because he is just...well George Carlin... But I think Steve Martin should be second!!! Odd.

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Jonathan Winters. Whom do you think Robin Williams got inspiration? Also check out Patrick Melton's stuff.

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Carlin,Cosby, and Pryor should be at the top. I'll throw in three of my current favorites, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, and Christopher Titus. Loved Titus' "Norman Rockwell is Bleeding " show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08pyrHAfepU