Famous Comedians Not Listed on the Comedy Central List of Greatest Comedians

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Famous Comedians Not Listed on the Comedy Central List of 100 Greatest Comedians The writers of Comedy Central have created a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians. [1] Their list is heavily weighted to the very modern era, including numerous 21st century American TV talk-show hosts. Many are not recognizable names. The order demands debate, with Robin Williams, for example, being ranked 13th, behind Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld, and Don Rickles, for another, being ranked 17th, behind those and Ellen Degeneres. The following comedians were not included in the list. The vast majority are Jews. Their exclusion is particularly ironic seeing that four of the American-born entertainment products, the motion picture industry, the Broadway musical, and improvisational theatre, in addition to stand-up comedy, are creations of Jews.

Marty Allen*, the man with the goofy face

Sandy Baron*, also known as the friend of Seinfeld’s parents at Del Boca Vista

Victor Borge*, his piano playing was a hallmark of his act

Mel Brooks*, Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein are among his classic movies, began as a writer for Sid Caesar’s The Show of Shows, developer with Carl Reiner of The 2000 Year Old Man, “Knew Joan of Arc? I dated her!”

Sid Caesar*, perhaps the greatest sketch comedian of all time,

Myron Cohen*, his self-effacing Jewish humor endeared him to millions

Professor Irwin Corey*, the absent-minded, tuxedoed professor

Lou Costello, with Bud Abbott as the straight man, they delighted millions of movie goers with their predicaments, the highest paid entertainers in the world during WWII, the writers of the classic “Who’s on First”

Norm Crosby*, the Master of Malapropisms, a favorite of celebrity roasts

Dom De Luise, the TV actor was also a skilled comic

Tom Dreesen, second only to George Carlin in Tonight Shoe Starring Johnny Carson appearances

Bob Gould and Ray Eliot, the Bob and Ray duo spun straight interviews into uproarious comedy, the Komodo Dragon

Shecky Greene*, with Wayne Newton and Siegfried and Roy, a top Las Vegas act for decades, a “must-see” show

Stanley Myron Handelman*, the ultimate nerd

George Jessel*, Georgie was a early 20th century favorite

Mickey Katz*, the Yiddish comic was the father of Broadway star Joel Grey

Danny Kaye*, TV, movies, comedy, he did it all

Jerry Lewis*, the draw of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, he hosted the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon for decades and recorded his own singing album of Al Jolson tunes

Chico Marx*, the Marx Brothers were active through five decades,

Groucho Marx*, also the star of You Bet Your Life with sidekick George Fenneman, “I love my cigar, too, but I take it out every once in a while,” to a couple with many children

Gummo Marx*, the Marx Brothers are widely considered to be among the greatest and most influential comedians of the 20th century.

Harpo Marx*, they performed in vaudeville, Broadway, and TV

Zeppo Marx*, the American Film Institute judged five of their films as the top 100 comedy films, and two, Duck Soup and a Night at the Opera, in the top fifteen.

Jan Murray*, the host of Treasure Hunt was also a celebrity roast regular

Carl Reiner*, a writer and actor on the Sid Caesar show, he is the father of Rob Reiner and co-developer with Mel Brooks of The 2000 Year Old Man

Mark Russell, the political satirist sang and played the piano in frequent TV specials

Allan Sherman*, Chicago-raised Sherman was famous for his comedy albums, “Hello, mother, hello, father”

Dick Smothers, the straight man on The Laugh-in and their own TV show

Tom Smothers, the absent-mind brother

Skip Stephenson, frequent Tonight Show With Johnny Carson guest, presented the cheerleader chant for his high school, Immaculata Conception, “give me an I, gve me an m . . .”

Jackie Vernon, made the vacation photo presentation a classic act

Paul Winchell*, the ventriloquist with dummies Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff was also one of the top Hollywood voice-over cartoon artists and the inventor of an artificial heart

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