America’s 20 Funniest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time

There’s a new study out, which set out to determine America’s funniest stand-up comedians . . . using SCIENCE.  Sort of.

  

First, they gave 2,722 comedy fans a long list of comedians, and asked them to select their favorites.  They used that feedback to cut the list to a Top 20, and then had 120 volunteers watch a stand-up special by each one.

 

 The participants’ audio responses were recorded and analyzed by a program that registered “laughter” at 60 decibels and higher.  Then, they ranked the comedians by how much laughter they could generate per hour. In the end, ROBIN WILLIAMS was #1 . . . totaling 4 minutes and 51 seconds of condensed laughter per hour.

  

Here’s the full ranking:

 

1.  Robin Williams . . . 4 minutes, 51 seconds

2.  Eddie Murphy . . . 4 minutes, 47 seconds

3.  Redd Foxx . . . 4 minutes, 11 seconds

4.  Jim Carrey . . . 3 minutes, 56 seconds

5.  Bernie Mac . . . 3 minutes, 40 seconds

6.  Joan Rivers . . . 3 minutes, 33 seconds

7.  Dave Chappelle . . . 3 minutes, 17 seconds

8.  Bill Hicks . . . 3 minutes, 12 seconds

9.  Don Rickles . . . 3 minutes, 6 seconds

10.  Richard Pryor . . . 3 minutes, 2 seconds

11.  Kevin Hart . . . 2 minutes, 57 seconds

12.  Steven Wright . . . 2 minutes, 55 seconds

13.  Lewis Black . . . 2 minutes, 51 seconds

14.  Jim Gaffigan . . . 2 minutes, 39 seconds

15.  Chris Rock . . . 2 minutes, 36 seconds

16.  Tig Notaro . . . 2 minutes, 28 seconds

17.  Mitch Hedberg . . . 2 minutes, 19 seconds

18.  Tiffany Haddish . . . 2 minutes, 15 seconds

19.  Bill Burr . . . 2 minutes, 7 seconds

20.  Sebastian Maniscalco . . . 2 minutes, 3 seconds

 

 It’s great that objective data was used . . . but to be fair, a sample size of 120 volunteers is small, and they only monitored fairly loud laughter.  But these are the comedians that had those participants ROLLIN’.