Top Ten Comedians 2013

We take a detailed look at ten stand up comedians who have made the most impact and released the best material in 2013. Read our list, and see if you agree.

Stand up comedy is such a subjective and personal form of entertainment that it's impossible to create an all-encompassing Top Ten list that will please everyone. But, there are certain comedians that have definitely been making waves throughout 2013 and that are rapidly developing legendary status in the stand up comedy world (if they haven't already achieved it). We present our list of Top Ten current comedians, ranked according to the quality and quantity of their recent material and level of notoriety in the world of comedy.

Number 1

Louis CK

There is simply no-one more prolific in the world of comedy than this man, Louis CK. The Mexican-American comedian has released a new special every year for the past three years, alongside writing, filming and producing his incredibly popular FX show, Louie, all while touring the United States and Europe frenetically. You have to wonder if there's any time for sleep in amongst all that.

But it's not just the quantity of work that has fans the world over impressed. He's consistently the funniest comedian working today, his experience as a 45 year old divorcee with two young kids proving a golden repository of material for his no-holds-barred and at times intensely personal comedy. Just watch a clip from his latest special, Oh My God, to get an idea of how strong his recent material is.

Follow Louis CK on Twitter on @louisck.

Get Louis CK's brilliant special, Hilarious.


Number 2

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart's status in the comedy world is rising faster than the sea level. The 32 year old first came to the public's attention in the TV series Undeclared, then in roles in movies such as Scary Movie 3 and Along Came Polly. Since the release of his 3 standup specials, 'Grown Little Man', 'Seriously Funny' and 'Laugh at my Pain', he has gone from strength to strength accumulating over $15 million in ticket sales.

Check out one of his older specials, Seriously Funny, or Laugh at My Pain and I'm sure you'll become a fan. You can also follow him on Twitter at @KevinHart4real.



Number 3

Russell Peters

Let's be honest - everyone on the planet by now has heard of Russell Peters. The man who famously sells out giant stadiums and venues the world over, who sold out a recent show in Malaysia within an hour of tickets being made available. He also broke the UK comedy sales record in 2009, selling over 16,000 tickets for his performance at the London O2 Arena. Most noted for his humorous observations on cultural differences, coming from an Indian-Anglo cultural background himself, Russell has really captured a broad market that so few comedians have been unable to reach.

He's also dabbled into acting, starring recently in the sci-fi hit Source Code alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Vera Farmiga.

Interestingly, he's also an enthusiast amateur DJ, of the old school turntable kind. Don't believe me? Watch him here showing his stuff.

You can follow him on Twitter at @therealrussellp or check out one of his best specials, Outsourced.


Number 4

Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan is almost a household name in the States - but not just because of his standup comedy. He is most well known perhaps for his highly publicised role as UFC co-commentator, and former host of the hit reality show Fear Factor. In recent years though, the public at large has begun to realise and appreciate the immense talent he possesses as a stand-up comedian, and he is finally getting the recognition for his comedy work that he deserves.

In no small part due to the enormous popularity of his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan has begun to sell out shows across the country in record time alongside his fellow comedians such as Joey Diaz, Duncan Trussell and Ari Shaffir who comprise the Deathsquad comedy network. His marijuana-fuelled shows are incredibly energetic, but Rogan also has pertinent and insightful observations into the preposterousness of the world we live in, and of human nature itself. I dare say Rogan's comedy is tailored to suit both the dedicated, intellectual crowd and the casual comedy fan who follows him mainly through the UFC.

Follow him on Twitter at @joerogan and check out his 2009 special, Talking Monkeys In Space.



Number 5

Bill Burr

Bill Burr is a hugely underrated comedian, a Boston native who has been performing standup for 21 years and has developed a delightfully sardonic and witty brand of humour. His latest special, You People are All the Same, is a brilliant diatribe on the numerous things that piss him off, such as plastic surgery deformities and women who deliberately seek to push a man's buttons in order to induce rage.

He also appeared, notably, in a guest spot in the amazing AMC series Breaking Bad in Season 5. See if you can spot him in the train robbery scene.

His Twitter account is @billburr if you want to follow him.



Number 6

Demetri Martin

Demetri Martin's unique style has attracted a legion of fans through the years. He relies heavily on clever wordplay, one-liners and liberal use of non-sequiturs, and his combination of musical performance with deadpan observations is something you definitely have to check out. He recently released his second comedy album entitled Demetri Martin: Standup Comedian, which has received very good reviews.

He also had his own television show, Important Things with Demetri Martin, which is well worth a look if you missed it.

Follow him on Twitter at @DemetriMartin, and check out a clip of him below:



Number 7

Daniel Tosh

Daniel Tosh is one of the most popular comedians working today, largely due to the runaway success of his Comedy Central show in which he shows the weirdest and funniest Internet videos, Tosh.0. Born in Germany but raised in the US, Daniel Tosh has said that plans to retire on May 29, 2013 - by either committing suicide or retiring to the beach. Either way, it will be a great shame for comedy to lose one of its most popular performers.

His Twitter is @danieltosh if you wish to follow him.



Number 8

Maria Bamford

It would be hugely amiss of us not to include some female comedians on this list, wouldn't it?

Well, rest assured that Maria Bamford isn't just here as a feeble attempt to balance the gender ratio. She genuinely is hilarious, and has become more renowned across the US and the world with her self-deprecating humour and brilliant impressions.

Her most recent special, appropriately entitled The Special Special Special, was filmed entirely in front of her parents.

Follow her on Twitter at @mariabamfoo.



Number 9

Chelsea Peretti

You probably recognise her for her hilarious part in the first season of Louie, as the unfortunate victim of a date with Louie that goes horribly, gut-wretchingly wrong.

But she's an absolutely brilliantly funny standup comedian, and deserves her place in this Top Ten list for her lightning wit and unyielding social observations.

She's also an accomplished writer, having written six episodes of the fantastic NBC show Parks and Recreation (of which we are also huge fans).

Check her out on twitter at @ChelseaVPeretti.



Number 10

Moshe Kasher

Rounding out the list at Number 10 is the New York born but California raised Moshe Kasher, a guy with an interesting childhood to say the least - his book Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 reveals a life in and out of mental institutions and rife with drug use.

Such an interesting background has sculpted a truly interesting brand of comedy. Follow him on Twitter at @moshekasher.

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