It has never been an easy undertaking attempting to make hundreds of strangers laugh for one hour. A few great comedians in history have successfully achieved this feat. Here is a round-up of famous comedians through history that has made large audiences laugh so hard they could have cracked their ribs.
Famous for his unflinching critical examinations of controversial topics like racism and other contemporary issues, Pryor is widely regarded as the greatest stand-up comedians of all time. No stranger to vulgarities and profanity, he reached a diverse audience with his vigorous perceptions and storytelling style. He was one of the famous comedians in history that spoke gruffly about blacks, whites, and his very own devils. Pryor won many awards including 5 Grammy and an Emmy Awards.
A splendid spectator, Carlin’s skillful satirical reflections on governmental issues, religion, psychology, and various social taboos made his style of comic drama remarkable and unique. Widely renowned as one of the best comedians ever, Carlin could be profoundly philosophical and astute one moment, then vulgar and juvenile the next. His brilliant integration of character comedy, wordplay and parody made him a great and popular stand-up comic whose work will probably never be rivaled. He got many awards including a posthumous Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Extremely vivacious with an extraordinary capacity for improvisation, Williams was one of the most talented comedians to ever grab a mic. His outstanding specials in the 1970s and 80s were quick, frenzied, brimming with hysterical impressions which prepared him for an enormously successful career in the film industry. He was one of the funniest talk show guests and won several honors including 7 Golden Globe, 4 Grammys, and 2 Emmy Awards.
While not precisely a-giggle-a-minute sort of entertainer, Bruce had a penchant for freestyling with whatever crosses his mind on the stage. He was popular for his counter-culture comedy style which landed him in several career-wrecking-level of controversies. His skillful integration of politics, sex, vulgarity, and religion with satire in an open and critical comedy style earned him a place among the greatest and most influential comedians in history.
The startling pile of sexual assault allegations against him aside, the legendary Bill Cosby is one of the popular stand-up comedians in history. Cosby is an ace storyteller whose humorous collections of the childhood experiences and his family-friendly sitcom “The Cosby Show” were warmly received across the various spheres of society. He influenced numerous other comedians including Richard Pryor and Jerry Seinfeld. He received many awards including 9 Grammys, the Kennedy Center Honor and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
The greatest affront comedian ever, Rickles spent over five decades making Americans laugh with his trademark zingers. From women to minorities and even his buddy Frank Sinatra, none was spared from his jabs. His extremely quick jokes some way or another never annoyed individuals once the laugh smoke cleared. He nailed every performance and became one of the popular and influential stand-up comic entertainers of all time. He won several awards including a Primetime Emmy Award and the Johnny Carson Award for a “lifetime of comedic excellence.”