This comedian is known for his political or taboo subjects and his dark satirical style. He also appeared in a number of films.
- George Carlin is often considered one of the most important stand-up comedians of all time. In the late 1980s, Carlin focused much of his material on American society and politics, making his routine taboo. Carlin died in 2008 of heart failure.
This comedian is known for his insult humor and staring role on C.P.P Sharkey.
- Frank Sinatra encouraged his friends to go see Don Rickles. Rickles' audience quickly grew, landing him roles on late night television and a two-year stint on NBC's C.P.O Sharkey. Rickles died in 2017 due to kidney failure.
This comedian is best known for his deadpan delivery style.
- Bob Newhart gained popularity when his 1960 album The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart reached number one on the Billboard pop album chart. Newhart is known for his deadpan, almost stammering style. He is still alive and active today.
This comedian is best known for her cackling laugh and eccentric stage persona.
- Phyllis Diller's eccentric stage persona included wild hair and colorful clothes, along with self-depricating humor. Diller was one of the first female comedians to make it big in America. Diller died in 2012 at age 95.
This comedia co-wrote Blazing Saddles and was a prominent figure in Saturday Night Live history.
- Richard Pryor is listed as the number one comedian of all time on Rolling Stone's list of the 50 best comedians. He was the first African American host for SNL, and deeply influenced the direction of the show. Pryor died in 2005 of a heart attack.
This comedian is best known for her red carpet appearances, and her comedic takes against celebrities and politicians.
- Joan Rivers career started in 1965 after she was a guest on The Tonight Show, which at the time was hosted by her idol, Johnny Carson. Her comedic style was considered too harsh and gossipy by some. Rivers died in 2014 after a complication from surgery.
This comedian is known for his improvisation skills and various voices. Many might know him as an actor rather than a comedian.
- Robin Williams is not only known for his expressive comedy style, but also his iconic roles in various children's movies. Williams began his stand-up career in San Francisco in 1970. He died in 2014 by suicide.
This comedian is perhaps most identified with her dancing and her major 1990s sitcom.
- Since 2003, Ellen DeGeneres has hosted her own talk show, showcasing her amazing comedic talents. In the early 1980s, DeGeneres was touring and performing stand-up comedy. She is still active today, and has even dappled in television and film.
This comedian is well-known for his standup, but many would recognize him for his self-titled sketch comedy show from the early 2000s.
- Dave Chappelle's career began when he was featured in a montag of random people telling jokes in America's Funniest People. After his appearance, he decided to pursue comedy full-time. Chappelle is still actively performing stand-up.
This comedian is most famous for starring as himself in an eponymous sitcom. He's otherwise known for his observational humor.
- Jerry Seinfeld is best known for his role as a semi-fictional version of himself in Seinfeld. Before his successful show, Seinfeld performed at various open-mic nights in New York before committing to stand-up comedy. He still actively performs today.