Cate Misczuk I August 15, 2015

comedy greats

Sirius XM launched their new station, Comedy Greats on Thursday by paying tribute to the comedians who didn’t make the top 50 countdown cut. Inaugural hosts and legends, Jim Norton, Sherrod Small and Dan Soder debuted the show with more of a discussion on comedy — nixing a countdown all together and playing clips from some greats who just didn’t grab a top spot.

Nortons countdown takeover was just the first of many that will air on the 27/7 comedy station. This time the live audience chimed in, and even suggested clips for the show, showcasing comedians like John Mulaney, Brian Regan, Lisa Lampanelli, Pat Cooper and Ralphie May.

Comedy Greats will highlight the most legendary, and important comedians and stand up performers of all time. Sirius XM listeners will also get to access to special countdown takeovers by various comics who will discuss their favorite comedians, and those who impacted and their careers.

To kick off the show, Sirius XM asked listeners to vote for who they thought should make the top 50 countdown. The all time legends obviously top the list: George Carlin grabbing the number one spot, Richard Pryor at number two, and Robin Williams at number three, followed by Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock.

But it isn’t well into the list that you start seeing the best female talent grabbing seats. Joan Rivers snagged the number 13 spot, followed by Ellen DeGeneres at #14. Roseanne came in at #20, but Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer were the only other ladies to make the list, coming in at numbers #34 and #43.

Below is the XM listeners top 50 comedians of all time. What do you think? Agree or disagree with any of the top contenders? Who do you think should have made the list? Leave us a comment below!


50. Jim Norton
49. Lewis Black
48. Colin Quinn
47. Patrice O’Neal
46. Gilbert Gottfried
45. Larry the Cable Guy
44. Jeff Foxworthy
43. Amy Schumer
42. Greg Giraldo
41. Jon Stewart
40. Dennis Miller
39. Marc Maron
38. Billy Crystal
37. Bob Hope
36. George Lopez
35. Bill Maher
34. Sarah Silverman
33. Norm Macdonald
32. Jim Gaffigan
31. Martin Lawrence
30. Jay Leno
29. Ray Romano
28. Steven Wright
27. Dave Attell
26. Robert Klein
25. Redd Foxx
24. Dane Cook
23. Bob Newhart
22. Mitch Hedberg
21. Bill Burr
20. Roseanne Barr
19. Bill Hicks
18. Adam Sandler
17.Sam Kinison
16. Andrew Dice Clay
15. Dave Chappelle
14. Ellen DeGeneres
13. Joan Rivers
12. Woody Allen
11. Lenny Bruce
10. Don Rickles
9. Louis CK
8. Jerry Seinfeld
7. Steve Martin
6. Rodney Dangerfield
5. Chris Rock
4. Eddie Murphy
3. Robin Williams
2. Richard Pryor
1. George Carlin.