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American Stand-Up Comedians

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First submittedDecember 24, 2012
Last updatedJune 22, 2017
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Dates
Clue
Answer
1954-
NY sitcom about nothing.
Jerry Seinfeld
1958-
Cleveland. TV series in office. "Whose Line"
Drew Carey
1896-1996!
Cigar. Gracie. Oh, God.
George Burns
1958-
May be a redneck. Smarter than a 5th grader.
Jeff Foxworthy
1921-2004
Gets no respect.
Rodney Dangerfield
1958-
Sitcom, daytime talk show, lesbian.
Ellen DeGeneres
1925-2005
Tonight Show host from 1962 to 1992.
Johnny Carson
1933-2014
Brash New Yorker. Plastic surgery. "Can we talk?"
Joan Rivers
1935-
Neurotic Jewish comic, writer, director. "Sleeper"
Woody Allen
1937-
"I Spy." Family sitcom. Jello. Fat Albert. Scandal.
Bill Cosby
1937-2008
Seven Dirty Words. Hippie-dippie-weatherman. Bearded.
George Carlin
1945-
Wild & crazy. Banjo. "The Jerk."
Steve Martin
1947-
Late Night. Late Show. Indiana.
David Letterman
1950-
The chin. Tonight Show.
Jay Leno
1951-2014
Improvisational comic. Mork. Mrs. Doubtfire.
Robin Williams
1955-
Dreadlocks. Star Trek TNG. The View.
Whoopi Goldberg
1903-2003
"Thanks for the Memories." "Road" movies. USO shows.
Bob Hope
1952-
Female. Lowbrow family sitcom. Star Spangled Banner, spit.
Roseanne Barr
1929-
Telephone sketches. 80's sitcom set in Vermont.
Bob Newhart
1957-
Italian-American. Family sitcom. Ice Age.
Ray Romano
1965-
Red-haired prop comic.
Carrot Top
1913-1997
Freddie the Freeloader. Clem Kadiddlehopper. TV variety show. Pantomimist.
Red Skelton
1925-1966
Pioneering blue comic. Convicted of obscenity.
Lenny Bruce
1908-2002
"Mr. Television." Often in drag. Texaco Star Theater.
Milton Berle
1912-1996
Female. Backwoodsy. Big hat with price tag.
Minnie Pearl
1894-1974
Miserly character. Violin. Rochester. "Well."
Jack Benny
1926-2017
King of the insult comics.
Don Rickles
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level 69
Dec 23, 2012
Fun quiz. 20/27.
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level 50
Dec 23, 2012
Ditto. No Carol Burnett?
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level 71
Dec 23, 2012
I have to disagree with the description for Roseanne Barr: her show may have been about a working class family in Ohio that was just getting by, but that doesn't make it lowbrow. "Married with Children" is lowbrow; so are lots of sitcoms that focus on rich people, such as "The Nanny." Nice quiz otherwise; the only one I missed was Carrot Top (too lowbrow).
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level 76
Jan 16, 2015
Roseanne was set in fictional Lanford, IL.
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level 40
Dec 24, 2012
Obviously, you can't have everyone in here... but it'd be great to have Bill Hicks in. Outside of America he's generally regarded as the best standup your country has ever produced. (Maybe him or Chris Rock anyway.)
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level 86
Nov 27, 2018
He isn't generally regarded as the best comic the US has produced. _Some_ may think this, but I've never met one; makes it unlikely that this is some sort of general consensus. Don't get me wrong, I love Bill Hicks, own every DVD special he has. But there's no way he's even in my top 25 list of US stand up comedians.
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level 51
Jan 18, 2013
23 correct... missed Red Skelton, Minne Pearl, Jack Benny and Lenny Bruce. A little before my time. Seems like you can have a part 2 quiz...
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level 45
Jan 23, 2013
Loved this quiz!
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level 73
Jan 30, 2013
For being 29, i'm pretty proud of myself. only missed 4
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level 48
Dec 6, 2013
I expected Redd Foxx to be here. Oh well
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level 55
May 9, 2014
Bill Engvall
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level 44
Sep 11, 2014
Got halfway, and quit when I realized there was no clue for Bill Hicks, Louis C.K, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Sarah Silverman, etc. How Carrot Top warrants inclusion is beyond me.
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level 72
Aug 2, 2018
I was shocked going down through to see a clue for him.
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level 50
Oct 15, 2014
Catherine Tate? Tim Hawkins? Hello?
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level 61
Nov 30, 2017
Who?
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level 72
Aug 23, 2018
I'm sorry, I think you have a wrong number.
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level 64
Nov 4, 2014
Should update since two on this list has passed away.
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level 76
Jan 16, 2015
Many on this list have passed away. Why update for that reason? It doesn't make them any less great. (I've never heard of Carrot Top, so can't say for him/her.)
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level 72
Aug 2, 2018
Uhhh...how about fill in their death dates instead of leaving them as alive?...
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level 61
Nov 30, 2017
Once they're dead, no need to think of them ever again, huh?
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level 72
Aug 2, 2018
Uhhh...see above.
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level 35
Jan 9, 2015
Rest in Peace Joan and Robin :(
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level 55
Mar 28, 2015
Rest in peace, Carlin.
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level 86
Nov 27, 2018
My favourite comedian of all time.
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level 83
Sep 1, 2015
Would have gotten Milton Berle if the clue was big wang.
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level 56
Sep 22, 2015
Needs updated. Some of these comedians have passed.
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level 83
Oct 5, 2015
Robin Williams passed away last year, should update his clue dates.
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level 73
Sep 5, 2016
It does say in the description dates as of October 2012. Although it does have some more recent details than that too...
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level 48
Mar 9, 2016
Like the quiz... Hey, include whom you want! And although you have the caveat explaining when it was current, it wouldn't be bad to update now considering how many more have unfortunately passed. After all, your clues include their dates.
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level 69
Jun 11, 2017
RIP, Don Rickles.
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level 77
Feb 5, 2018
Carrot Top but no Richard Pryor?
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level 72
Aug 2, 2018
Hey, even Gallagher makes more sense.
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level 86
Nov 27, 2018
It's not a list of the best, just some American stand up comedians. He is one.