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Top Ten Best Comedians

Comedy is an art. There are various forms of comedy ranging from satire, pun, gag, farce among others. All these are meant to invoke laughter and cause amusement to the audience. The literary world has witnessed a rise in the number of comedians hitting the limelight. Most of these comedians rise to become the crème de la crème of the literary scene. Some have a made reputations that have never been surpassed. The question remains, what makes a good comedian? The following is the list of the greatest names in the comedy world.

1.Louis C.K.

Top in the list is the Mexican-America comedian; Louis C.K who was born on September 12, 1967 in Washington D.C. Louise is a writer and a director. Some of his works include; Louie, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Down to Earth and Louis C.K: Oh My God. He has won several accolades and has been nominated on several others.

2.Dave Chappelle

Another great comedian is Dave Chappelle. Born in August 24, 1973, Dave is a household name among comedy fans. He became widely known for his Chappelle’s show which is a sketch comedy television series. He began his career at a tender age of 14 year! In 2005, his show; Chappelle’s Show won the Best Comedic Performance.

3.Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari is an actor and comedian who was born in Columbia, South Carolina. Aged 31, Aziz is well known for his rib cracking jokes on everyday life and self-depreciation. One of his best jokes is, “I have no interest in art. Let me clarify – I have no interest in non-nude images.”

4.Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart was born in North Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.  He is an actor and comedian. He had a humiliating start as he was booed off stage several times. He raised again all odds to become a successful comedian and has been nominated for many awards and has won several.

5.Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress is an American comedian, actor and writer. He was born in 1983 in Chicago Illinois. He is a stand-up comedian and has featured in several television shows like The Late Night Show with David Letterman.

6.Daniel Tosh

Daniel Dwight Tosh was born in Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany. He grew up in Florida and attended University of Central Florida. Among his best works include Daniel Tosh: Completely serious and Brickleberry. Recently, he was caught in a controversy about a serious joke he made on rape during a comedy club; Laugh Factory. Daniel hosts Tosh.O, a Comedy Central Television show.

7. Bill Burr

Bill Burr is an American comedian and actor, born in Canton Massachusetts. He is such a talented and hilarious stand up comedian that some people refer to him as a “comedians’ comedian” implying that his works are closely followed by other comedians. He likes to give jokes on dating, race relation, politics and professional sports.

8. Rickey Smiley

Rickey Smiley is an American actor, television host, radio presenter and stand-up comedian famously known for his comical prank calls. Prank calls have never gotten better.

9.Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy, whose real name is Edward Reagan Murphy is an American comedian, born on April 3, 1961. Eddie Murphy is also an actor, musician and director. In 1997, Eddie won the Best Actor for his role in The Nutty Professor.

10. Sarah Silverman

Born in December 1, 1970, Sarah Kate Silverman is a Jewish-American stand up comedian and actress. She has featured in movies like School of Rock (2003) and Wreck-it Ralph (2012).One time she said, “Your inability to see yourself clearly is what’s keeping you alive.”


It is very difficult to arouse laughter among people considering the fact that people are different. What is amusing to one, may not work for another. In the past, some jokes and witty statements, though meant to be humorous have aroused controversy and criticism. Some comedians, unfazed by criticism, have launched successful careers in comedy. Some have progressed to become the best comedians the world has ever seen.



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