Rolling Stone’s ‘50 Funniest People’ Gets Some Stuff Right and Some Stuff Wrong, Like All Lists

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Rolling Stone just released a list of “The 50 Funniest People Now,” and like all lists like this, it’s completely subjective and silly (hey, we publish a lot of lists here too. This IS the internet). That said, the editorial staff at Rolling Stone deserves a lot of credit for working some lesser-known up-and-comers (Michael Che, Rebel Wilson) and cult favorites you wouldn’t expect to see on a list like this (Maria Bamford, Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster) into the usual batch of big names you see constantly gracing the covers of magazines’ comedy issues. Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey earned the top three spots, which isn’t too surprising, but there are also some egregious inclusions taking up spots from more deserving comedians. I’m not gonna single out any comedians for not belonging on this list - because these things are subjective and I want to spare myself the wrath of Ricky Gervais’s fans in the comments section - but it’s pretty silly that Charles Barkley earned a spot (#48) while the list left off actual comedians who do comedy like Conan O’Brien, Steve Carell, Andy Richter, Jim Gaffigan, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan, Dan Harmon, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis, Andy Daly, Kate McKinnon, Key & Peele, Judd Apatow and the Entire Judd Apatow Organization (Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, et al), the Corddry/Huebel/Scheer/Kroll gang, and the entire casts of Happy Endings and Community.

Nonetheless, hit the jump for the full list!

50. Michael Che

49. Joan Rivers

48. Charles Barkley

47. Jimmy Fallon

46. Daniel Kitson

45. Melissa McCarthy

44. Tracy Morgan

43. @DadBoner (Mike Burns)

42. David Sedaris

41. Mindy Kaling

40. Paul F. Tompkins

39. Maria Bamford

38. Patton Oswalt

37. Scott Aukerman

36. Kristen Schaal

35. David Letterman

34. Michael Ian Black

33. Nick Offerman

32. Bill Murray

31. Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster

30. Rebel Wilson

29. Jerry Seinfeld

28. John Mulaney

27. Rob Delaney

26. John Oliver

25. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein

24. Seth Meyers

23. Hannibal Buress

22. Bill Maher

21. Tig Notaro

20. Marc Maron

19. David Cross

18. Howard Stern

17. Jimmy Kimmel

16. Ricky Gervais

15. Kevin Hart

14. Will Ferrell

13. Aziz Ansari

12. Larry David

11. Zach Galifianakis

10. Kristen Wiig

9. Bill Hader

8. Lena Dunham

7. Chris Rock

6. Amy Poehler

5. Trey Parker and Matt Stone

4. Jon Stewart

3. Tina Fey

2. Stephen Colbert

1. Louis C.K.