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50 Funniest People Now

Good comedy is hard to find, luckily Rolling Stone has complied a list of the 50 Funniest People Now – and this list is good. It does not only feature regularly talked about stars like Louis C.K, Tina Fey and Jon Stewart, this list also showcases Scott Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins and Marc Maron.

I have featured a few of my favourites below: Bill Hader, John Oliver, Hannibal Buress and Aziz Ansari to name a few. The list just kept growing, there were a lot of cutbacks, thats how great this list is. To view the entire list click here.

1. Louis C.K.

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In 2013, Louis C.K. is the Great American Comedian: our chubby, schlubby, ginger-haired conscience, id, and jester-in-chief. He’s a poet of existential malaise, but his signature standup bit, “Everything is Amazing and Nobody’s Happy,” extols the beauty of life and the magic of modern technology. He’s a devoted single father who quips, hilariously, about child-rape. He’s relentlessly politically incorrect, and one of the most politically trenchant comedians going, whose jokes stake out a savagely smart left-of-center perspective on class, race, and American history. He’s a crusty old-school stand-up’s-stand up and a groundbreaking internet entrepreneur. His TV show is a new kind of high-low pop-art, a little bit Jackie Gleason, a little bit Jean-Luc Godard. He can make you laugh, and cry, just by eating ice cream, a whole pint of it, straight out of the carton, while lying in bed. A funny man who contains multitudes.

9. Bill Hader

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In his own understated way, Hader has become one of America’s best comic actors. On Saturday Night Live, he’s infinitely versatile and a master impressionist: His Alan Alda is dead on, his versions of Al Pacino and Keith Morrison (of NBC’s Dateline) are howlingly funny, and his over-the-top take on Democratic strategist James Carville is so good that no one else should ever attempt an imitation of the Ragin’ Cajun. Then there’s Stefon, the flamboyantly gay Weekend Update “city correspondent” who hypes increasingly bizarre New York nightclubs (one features “DJ Baby Bok Choy” a giant 300-pound Chinese baby who wears tinted aviator glasses and spins records with his little ravioli hands”). It’s SNL’s weirdest and greatest character in years.

13. Aziz Ansari

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Is the world’s greatest hip-hop comedian an Indian-American from South Carolina? Whether dishing uproariously about his close encounters with Kanye West, or strutting through Parks and Recreation as Tom Haverford, the most swagged-out government bureaucrat in the history of Pawnee, Indiana, Ansari has captured the rhythms, and the silliness, of hip-hop culture like almost no one else. His most ingenious bit: Raaaaaaaandy, his “baller” fratboy meta-stand-up alter-ego, invented for the Judd Apatow’s “Funny People“, and perfected in his stage show (“Hit me up on Myspace.com slash Randy, with eight a’s”).

19. David Cross

Cross has been busy in recent years: He created and starred in his own IFC series, The movies, and is currently reprising his most famous role, as “analrapist” Dr. Tobias Funke on Arrested Development. And he continues to kill as a stand-up, releasing three comedy albums in the last decade. The most recent, 2010’s Bigger and Blackerer, reminds you that he’s got supreme skills as a political comedian and a Carlin-esque gift for skewering American absurdity, with excellent bits about Mormons, gimmicky Coors Light cans, and the root of his lifelong depression: “Very recently I discovered that, the entire time, I had a rock in my shoe.”

23. Hannibal Buress

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Buress is our era’s top inheritor of the late, lamented Mitch Hedberg’s stoner comedy mantle, with a vaguely blitzed delivery and an ability to come up with brilliantly weird riffs on anything from the best use of pickle juice to the deficiencies of rap videos (“some of ’em say ‘To Be Continued,’ but they never have the second video. There’s so much suspense! Are they gonna pour more champagne on these bitches or is somebody gonna bring a towel?”). The Chicago native got into comedy almost by accident (“I saw some other people, and I was like, ‘These people are really bad. I can be really bad.’ So I went on to be bad for a few years,” he recalled recently), eventually landing writing gigs on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. The weekly stand-up nights he hosts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory have become an always-packed hipster must-see.

26. John Oliver

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After six years as The Daily Show’s Senior British Correspondent, Oliver is still finding things in America that are too ridiculous to leave unmocked. The Birmingham, England, native has been an essential part of the show’s campaign coverage for two presidential elections; this spring he sat down with former Presidential candidate Herman Cain for an extended interview. (You won’t hear a politician give a speech against an invading alien menace on Meet the Press, but Oliver got one out of Cain.) Oliver turned down a regular gig on NBC’s Community to stay with Jon Stewart, and he’s brought his boisterous, exquisitely silly style to his stand-up series on Comedy Central, which has featured everyone from Maria Bamford and Eugene Mirman to Hannibal Buress and his Daily Show colleague Kristen Schaal.

27. Rob Delaney

How much wit and wisdom,and toilet humor, and nasty sex, and Mitt Romney-baiting,can you cram into 140 characters? A whole lot, if you’re Rob Delaney, the L.A.-based stand-up who has staked claim to the mantle World’s Funniest Tweeter. More than anyone else, Delaney has made Twitter a forum for comedy, filling his feed with a non-stop flow of horndoggery (“NO FATTIES* *may pass thru my fuck palace without getting a loving scrubdown from my strong hands”), Dadaist riffs (“I don’t know why other men have nipples, but I have mine for ‘nursing’ my family of rats under the Santa Monica pier”), and, occasionally, rock criticism (“‘Don’t call me daughter’ ‘Roger that; we’ll just keep calling you ‘Eddie Vedder, Master Lyricist.'”). #Follow.

33. Nick Offerman

As Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, Offerman glowers from behind his signature mustache as the perfect sendup of the Libertarian clinging to a bygone macho idea. “Capitalism: God’s way of determining who is smart and who is poor,” he explains. Offerman had minor roles on a series of network shows, but it wasn¹t until he was 38 that he landed Swanson, who touts the simple joys of breakfast food and woodcarving, a skill Offerman himself has mastered, with a fatherly stoicism that¹s both hilarious and oddly charming. There’s no other character quite like him on TV, and few as funny.

37. Scott Aukerman

Last year, Aukerman turned beloved his Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast into an IFC series. The result was essential TV for comedy fans, as Aukerman retained his goofy, engaging hosting style while juggling characters, games and interviews with his famous comedian friends. Aukerman was also was the father of the Earwolf Podcast Network, the brains behind the web series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis and the host of the Comedy Death Ray stand-up showcase at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. If you’ve ever dreamed of hearing Margaret Cho and David Wain answer questions like “Would you rather make sweet passionate love to a sycamore, or direct an all-kangaroo shot-for-shot remake of E.T.?,” then you will want to familiarize yourself with Aukerman’s work immediately.

38. Patton Oswalt

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Oswalt helped bring stand-up to indie-rock clubs with the Comedians of Comedy tour, and he’s spent years skewering American excess and stupidity. After starring on The King of Queens and in films like Young Adult and Ratatouille, he wrote Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, a book of essays about growing up as a geeky outsider. He’s also willing to suffer for a joke: Upon admitting he¹d never actually eaten KFC’s Famous Bowl, a dish he called a “failure pile in a sadness bowl” in one of his most beloved bits, he agreed to try one and wrote about his near-death meal experience for the AV Club.

40. Paul F. Tompkins

The dapper, mustachioed Tompkins first surfaced as a regular player on Mr. Show in the Nineties, and went on to become something of a comedic jack-of-all-trades. His impression of Gary Marshall and Werner Herzog on Earwolf’s Comedy Bang Bang podcast will replace their actual voices in your head, and his own Pod F. Tompkast highlights his whimsical, lightning-fast wit. But it’s his tongue-in-check observational stand-up that most earns him the respect of his die-hard fans. “I do not understand why people write letters to magazines,” goes a typical quip. “It accomplishes nothing; it’s pointless. If you want to see your name in print that bad, write on a piece of paper and look at it: ‘Ah, there it is. Just as I always dreamed.'”

47. Jimmy Fallon

Fallon is comedy’s Nice-Guy-in-Chief, having effortlessly made the transition from SNL fixture to host of late night television’s most amiable, most casually cool, talk show. He comes on like a goofball, but he’s something of a closet hipster; music geeks around the world will eternally be in his debt for bringing the Roots to network TV. And speaking of music, Fallon has chops, and it’s in musical parodies that he really shines: Slow-jamming the news, dueting with Bruce Springsteen, and teaming with Justin Timberlake for the already-legendary “History of Rap” medleys.

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