In assembling this list of Best Stand Up Male and Female Comedians Of Our Time, we considered a couple of things such as the quality of their materials, presentation, timing, delivery, proficiency, and their degree of influence. Stand up comedy has taken the entertainment industry by storm and for several years now, comedians have grown out of minstrelsy.
We simply have to give it up for some stand-up comedians who have built a successful career out of making people laugh. While it is not easy to say things that would trigger a burst of thunderous laughter and applause, comedians like Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Poehler, Leslie Jones, Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Wanda Sykes, and many others have not only thrived in doing this but are equally making a meaningful difference in the world.
While these fellas have given us more of the one really effective weapon that mellows our stressful existence – laughter; their talent and craftsmanship have gone a long way to propel stand up comedy into what you see today not just at live events but also on your flat screen right in the comfort of your home. Although there are so many extremely talented comedians, only the 10 best have found a place on the list.
Best Stand Up Male and Female Comedians
1. Dave Chappelle
David Khari Webber “Dave” Chappelle is one of those entertainers who can get your ribs cracking with laughter just by their expression. The American comedian who can’t be left out in this list of best stand up male and female comedians is also a screenwriter, an actor, television and film producer.
His stand up routines focus on social problems like racism and relationship issues. He also dwells on politics, pop culture, and current events. As an actor, he started out with minor roles in 1993, appearing in box office hits like Con Air and The Nutty Professor. He landed his first lead role in the 1998 comedy film, Half Baked. Dave Chappelle is praised for his works and considered by fellow comedians like Kevin Hart as the greatest stand-up comedian of our time.
Quick Facts About Dave
Birth Date: August 24, 1973
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA
School: Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Profession: Stand Up Comedian, Television and Film Producer
Career Start: 1991
Credits: Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle’s Show
Awards: BET Comedy Awards, NAMIC Vision Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Black Reel Awards, Primetime Emmy Award, Grammy Award, Primetime Emmy Award.
2. Eddie Murphy
Edward Regan “Eddie” Murphy is ranked No. 10 on Comedy Central’s list of 100 Greatest Stand-up Comedian of All Time for obvious reasons. He is practically a household name for decades in the American entertainment industry and across the continent.
The New York-born entertainer is certainly one of the best stand up male and female comedians of our time. Besides featuring in tons of movies and television show, Murphy is a role model to several contemporary comedians including Chris Rock.
Quick Facts About Eddie
Birth Date: April 3, 1961
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, United States
Schools: Roosevelt High School, Nassau Community College.
Profession: Stand Up Comedian, Actor, Writer, Singer, and Director
Career Start: Since the 1980s
Credits: Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America.
Awards: Image Award, People’s Choice Award, ShoWest Convention Award, American Cinematheque Award, Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award, Golden Raspberry Award, Women Film Critics Circle Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award, Critics Choice Award, and African-American Film Critics Association Award.
3. Chris Rock
Christopher Julius “Chris” Rock III became prominent in the early 1990s as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. Thereafter, he began to feature in series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO as well as playing other prominent movie roles.
Rock’s comic presentations typically revolve around family, race relations, politics, romance, and music in the United States. In a poll conducted by Comedy Central, he was voted as the fifth-greatest stand-up comedian, and in the UK, he was voted the 9th greatest stand-up comic in 2007 and 2010.
Quick Facts About Rock
Birth Date: February 7, 1965
Birthplace: Andrews, South Carolina, United States
Schools: James Madison High School, Stuyvesant High School
Profession: Comedian, Actor, Writer, Television and Film Producer, Director.
Career Start: 1984
Credits: Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker, Head of State, Madagascar.
Awards: Four Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards
4. Louis C.K.
Louis Székely, known professionally as Louis C.K. is among the best stand up male and female comedians of this generation for several reasons. Every fan of C.K. knows him for his use of self-deprecating, observational, shock, and dark humor.
In 2017, he ranked 4th on Rolling Stone’s list of 50 best stand-up comics of all time. He takes credit for the innovation of direct-to-consumer sales of tickets and DRM-free video concert downloads in 2001, when he released his debut comedy album, Live in Houston, through his website.
Quick Facts About Louis
Birth Date: September 12, 1967
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
School: Newton North High School
Profession: Stand-Up Comedian, Writer, Actor, and Filmmaker
Career Start: Since the 1990s
Credits: Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Louie, Louis C.K. Oh My God, Saturday Night Live
Awards: Six Primetime Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards
5. Bill Burr
Bill Burr is the co-founder of All Things Comedy network and is best known for his stand up comedy specials. He is described as the “comedians’ comedian” by observers of the US stand-up comedy circuit. In other words, Burr is perceived as a comedian whose work is appreciated and followed by fellow professional comedians.
Quick Facts About Bill
Birth Date: June 10, 1968
Birthplace: Canton, Massachusetts, United States
School: Emerson College
Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter
Career Start: 1992
Credits: The Heat, Date Night, Walk of Shame
6. Tina Fey
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Elizabeth Tina Fey is the first female to fall on our list of best stand up male and female comedians. She takes credit for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live and the comedy series 30 Rock. After breaking into the industry as a featured comedian in the improvisational comedy group, The Second City, Fey has been able to pull off a series of great achievements.
Quick Facts About Tina
Birth Date: May 18, 1970
Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Schools: Beverly Hills Middle School, Upper Darby High School, University of Virginia
Profession: Stand-Up Comedian, Television Producer, Musician
Career Start: 1997
Credits: Baby Mama, Means Girls, Sisters
Awards: Nine Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, seven Writers Guild of America Awards, AP Entertainer of the Year Award, and Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
7. Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart commands as many as 66.2 million followers on Instagram and he stands true to his motto: Live, Love & Laugh. Thanks to his career attainments, he had an army of defenders after he withdrew from hosting Oscars 2018, following a far back homophobic tweet.
Kevin went from winning several amateur comedy competitions at New England clubs to becoming one of the finest comedians of this generation. He can’t be left out of this list.
Quick Facts About Kevin
Birth Date: July 6, 1979
Birthplace: North Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Schools: Castlemont High School, Temple University
Profession: Comedian, Television and Film Producer
Career Start: 1987
Credits: The Wedding Ringer, Ride Along, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.
Awards: BET Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, Acalpulco Black Film Festival, three Teen Choice Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Billboard Touring Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, and three Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
8. Sarah Silverman
Sarah Kate Silverman has been making people laugh for decades. Through her comics, she addresses controversial topics like racism, social taboos, and endorses her comic characters in an ironic fashion. She has performed on Saturday Night Live and has produced and starred her own show, The Sarah Silverman Program.
Quick Facts About Sarah
Birth Date: December 1, 1970
Birthplace: Bedford, New Hampshire, United States
Schools: Derryfield School, New York University
Profession: Stand Up Comedian, Television and Film Producer
Career Start: 1990
Credits: There’s Something About Mary, School of Rock, Wreck-It Ralph
Awards: 60th & 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, Seymour Cassel Award
9. Wanda Sykes
It’d be mischievous if Wanda Sykes didn’t make this list of best stand up male and female comedian. She was named one of the 25 funniest people in America in 2004 by Entertainment Weekly and her writing on The Chris Rock Show earned her the 1999 Emmy Award.
Quick Facts About Sykes
Birth Date: March 7, 1964
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Schools: Arundel High School, Hampton University
Profession: Stand Up Comedian, Actress, Writer, Producer
Career Start: 1987
Credits: Waxed, Wanda at Large, Monster-in-Law
Awards: Primetime Emmy Awards, American Comedy Awards, BET Comedy Awards, GLAAD Media Awards
10. Amy Schumer
Amy Beth Schumer has steadily stolen the hearts of Americans, earning herself a special spot as the youngest on this list of best stand up male and female comedians of our time.
At Comedy Central’s Reality Bites Back and the fifth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Schumer made it to the second and fourth position respectively. Her comedy special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo premiered on HBO on October 17, 2015, and she is the star behind the sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, which aired on Comedy Central on April 30, 2013.
More than making us laugh, Amy Schumer joined the list of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2015.
Quick Facts About Amy
Birth Date: June 1, 1981
Birthplace: Upper East Side, New York City, United States
Schools: William Esper Studio, South Side High School, Towson University
Profession: Stand-Up Comedian, Actress, Writer, Producer
Career Start: 2004
Credits: Trainwreck, Inside Amy Schumer, Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff
Awards: Writers Guild of America Award, Golden Globe Award