Comedy is a professional act for entertainment intending to make the audience laugh. The funniest stand-up comedians make their audience laugh on jokes, sketches, and storylines.
Stand-up comedy can be characterized as the most intense yet challenging form of comedy. In stand-up comedy, the performer performs almost always as a solo performer and intends to make the audience laugh while standing in front of the audience.
Speaking on the microphone, every stand-up comedian has their way of performing.
Some make jokes on a political issue, while others like to address real-life issues and problems in a satirist yet ridiculous way.
Who are the ten funniest stand-up comedians around the world?
Stand-up comedy is observed in English speaking countries for quite a long time, but this was not popular in other parts of the world. However, now we are witnessing some stand-up comedians emerging from the sub-continent and Asia.
Here is the list of 10 funniest stand-up comedians of all time from around the world (2021);
1. Louis C.K:
Louis C.K is undoubtedly on the top of the ladder due to his humour and the way he performs. His comedy encourages his audience and gives them enough courage to laugh at their own mistakes, insecurities and embarrassments. Moreover, the most prominent feature of his comedy is how he creates the comic extensions on our follies and mistakes and makes us laugh at them.
Also, he is one of the comedians who have the guts to say everything upfront without any hesitation. From his comedy, one gets the sense that an art form’s boundaries are being pushed, and they are tested to other extremes.
2. Bill Burr:
Bill Burr was stated as the “disputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humour” by the Rolling Stone Magazine in 2013. He is among the funniest stand-up comedians who won’t mince words while ranting about any issue. Moreover, he triggers issues like feminism, gender quality and religion in his comic performances.
He is known as the most raged and the most abrupt stand-up comedian so far.
3. Amy Schumer:
Amy Schumer was a well known funniest stand-up comedian who succeeded to achieve this meteoric fame in just three years. She has a uniquely female perspective about relationships. Sometimes her humour also gets dark. Now she is known as a bonafide movie star and a social media celebrity.
4. Dave Chappelle:
In 2000 this major comedian breakout happened named as “Dave Chappelle”. He has embraced life’s brutality with tremendous honesty, especially on race, sexuality and American culture. He left stand-up comedy for some time but came back after an extreme hiatus in 2013.
5. Jerry Seinfeld:
Jerry Seinfeld is the stand-up comedians who took the realities and absurdities of life way too seriously. He picked up the most absurd details from daily life and portray them in his acts. His unique style was ridiculously famous and successful, but it was quite impossible to emulate despite its simplicity and decency. His unique and absurd style of stand-up comedy was appreciated so much that he always managed to sell out the arenas just with his shows.
6. Chris Rock:
The topics for the stand-up comedy acts of Chris Rock were mostly on American relationship with other races, politics and typical man-women relationships. He has this satirist tone in his acts in which he was habitual of roasting and performing stand-up comedy acts. He was so expert in his methods and ways that he left no stone unturn while satirizing the American political system and the struggle African Americans face in America.
Moreover, the way he raised an issue was so unique and provoking that he has inspired and influenced most of the comics, from Aziz Ansari to Kevin Hart. Chris Rock is yet the most identifiable yet audacious entertainers on the planet.
7. Tig Notaro:
Tig Notaro has been performing as a stand-up comedian since the early 2000s. But later on, she was diagnose with the breast cancer. While during her act of stand-up comedy, she announced her diagnose of breast cancer. She share about different issues that she was facing with her audience.
Louis C.K was also present in that show of hers and her fellow comedians, and he declare this performance by her as the “Greatest stand-up performance ever”. After that, she left stand-up comedy and keep battling with the disease.
Meanwhile, she released the audio of the mention-above show on iTunes. And that audio was listened and appreciated so much that it peak at no.1 on Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart.
8. Mike Birbiglia:
Mike Birbiglia had the most different style of stand-up comedy acts. He use to narrate long stories and anecdotes with a hint of humour in them. Moreover, they were built up so that they always end up with a vast meaning. The central theme or topic that Mike adopt was his own life.
His stories’ material was profoundly personal and full of extremes from his personal life experiences about life and relationships. This deep, long, yet meaningful humour has its perks, and the world adore him.
9. Kevin Hart:
Kevin Hart is now a well-known actor, profoundly famous for his unique comic roles in different series and movies. But before being an actor, Kevin Hart was a stand-up comedian, and besides all the fame and popularity, he still has the charm and place for stand-up comedy. He is still known to perform stand-up comedy acts.
Kevin Hart started stand-up comedy in small bars at a younger age with the stage name “Lil’ Kev, the Bastard”. As an amateur, he won several stand-up performances and competitions. His humour is mostly related to his personal life and revolves around the real experiences he has faced. Self-deprecation comedy and jokes on his own family life and experiences are the topics of his stand-up comedy acts.
10. Jim Gaffigan:
Jim Gaffigan is generally hailed as the “everyman comic”. His comedy is observational and clean. His comedy revolves around topics that mostly related to food and parenting. Besides, he has also been nominated twice for the Grammy Best Comedy Album category.
Stand-up comedy has always been a trend around the world by which the people had a chance to learn something, along with laughing themselves till their belly hurts. Moreover, the trend of stand-up comedy is increasing now day by day, and people should come forward and acknowledge the real humour and the message the stand-up comedians want to convey.