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Paul F Tompkins’s top ten stand-up comedians

The dapper US storyteller reveals his favourite comics – with videos

Earlier this year, American nerd-comic Chris Hardwick picked classy US raconteur Paul F Tompkins as one of his ten favourite stand-ups. Well, now we’ve given Tompkins his own chance to choose his top ten. ‘I have excluded many personal friends and colleagues,’ he tells us about his choices, ‘in the hope that I can get some feuds going.’ So, here are his ten favourite stand-ups.

What do you think of Tompkins's choices? Let us know in the comments box below. Plus, read our review of Paul F Tompkins’ ‘Crying and Driving’.

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Ron Funches

‘You just want to cuddle him. The last time I saw him live I laughed so much I ended up with a headache.’

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John Mulaney

‘The epitome of dry. Wise and funny beyond his years.’

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Jon Dore

‘Few have been as fearless and as unpredictable.’

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Tig Notaro

‘I had the pleasure of watching Tig get huge laughs pushing a stool around on national television. She’s possessed by a serene confidence that makes the audience feel safe.’

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Andy Daly

‘His characters have one thing in common: a darkness that’s as chilling as it is funny. I could watch him do anything.’

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Maria Bamford

‘Just behind the hilarious voices is a razor-sharp satirical mind waiting to pounce.’


Brian Regan

‘Classic American stand-up in its purest form. Eternally relatable, thoroughly enjoyable, and never for a moment mean-spirited.’


Joan Rivers

‘The restless pioneer. Still edgy, still insightful, still funny.’

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Bill Cosby

‘The master storyteller.’

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Bob Newhart

‘One-man sketch comedy, brilliantly performed. You’ll think you can actually hear the person on the other end of the line.’

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