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comedians on twitterEverybody needs to laugh from time to time. Life would be pretty dire without humor to lighten the dark moods that haunt many of us for periods of time. That’s why there are so many comedians in the world. Not the “comedians” that some poor unfortunate individuals share an office cubicle with, but the real funny men and women whose job it is to make us laugh.

Many of these professional comedians are on Twitter, the perfect venue for them to share one-liners and promote their media appearances. Twitter also enables them to build and maintain an audience; people who will then buy tickets for live shows and annual DVD offerings. Below are 10 of the funniest comedians on Twitter, all of which you should follow immediately. For I have commanded it.

Louis C.K. @louisck


Louis C.K. is an award-winning stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and director. He’s best known for the comedy series Louie, as well as the digital distribution of his specials, offered to fans through his own website without any DRM restrictions.

Funny, how? – His tweets are always funny, often sweary, and likely to offend.

Conan O’Brien @conanobrien



Conan O’Brien is a television star, writer, and performer. He’s best known for Conan, a late night talk show shown on TBS since 2010. Before that Conan was on NBC for 16 years before a public spat between him, Jay Leno, and the network saw him walk away with a hefty check.

Funny, how? – His tweets are charming, sometimes smarmy, and often hilarious.

Sarah Silverman @sarahksilverman


Sarah Silverman is a comedian, writer, actress, and singer. She’s also one of just two females on this list. She’s best known for The Sarah Silverman Program, which ran from 2007 until 2010. Her style of comedy is to poke fun at social taboos.

Funny, how? – Her tweets will shock, but also make you laugh long and hard.

Dane Cook @danecook


Dane Cook is a stand-up comedian and actor. He’s best known for starring in several high-profile films, including Employee Of The Month and Good Luck Chuck. Cook is renowned for being disliked by as many people as adore him. Which side of the fence are you on?

Funny, how? – His tweets are coarse and for adults only. You will laugh though.

Jim Gaffigan @jimgaffigan


Jim Gaffigan is a stand-up comedian and actor. He’s not known for any one thing, instead being a touring comedian who has also appeared in dozens of movies and television shows. These include The Love Guru, Friends, My Boys, and Flight Of The Conchords.

Funny, how? – His tweets focus on the funny without taking cheap shots at anyone.

Julian McCullough @julezmac


Julian McCullough is arguably the least famous person on this list, but he’s hilarious, so it’s all good. He’s a comedian who has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and had his own special on Comedy Central.

Funny, how? – His tweets are often vulgar, but in a clever way. If that’s possible.

Steve Martin @stevemartintogo


Steve Martin is, well, a legend. He’s also a stand-up comedian and actor who has enjoyed a long and fruitful career. It took him a long time to find Twitter, but once he did he started dominating it by being naturally funny.

Funny, how? – His tweets are a real mixture: of word play, one-liners, and observations.

Joan Rivers @joan_rivers


Joan Rivers is almost 80 years old, but her sense of humor hasn’t diminished with age. She’s a comedian, actress, and writer who has been in showbusiness since the 1950s. She’s loud and somewhat obnoxious. But that’s what makes her so funny.

Funny, how? – Her tweets consist of her basically saying whatever she damn well wants to.

Eugene Mirman @eugenemirman


Eugene Mirman is a comedian, actor, and writer of Russian descent. You’ll probably recognize him from Flight Of The Conchords, but he’s also a master stand-up and performer who has delved into the more absurd avenues of comedy from time to time.

Funny, how? – His tweets are usually wry observations on the world and its inhabitants.

Ricky Gervais @rickygervais


Ricky Gervais is a comedian, actor, writer, director, and podcaster who you will definitely have heard of, whether you wanted to or not. He’s best known for co-creating The Office and Extras, but he’s also appeared in several big Hollywood films.

Funny, how? – His tweets are, in a word, offensive. To everyone. Especially religious people.


There are literally hundreds of famous comedians The 5 Most Popular Stand-Up Comedians On Facebook The 5 Most Popular Stand-Up Comedians On Facebook It’s easy to find yourself aimlessly browsing Facebook looking for ex-lovers and long-lost school friends or former work colleagues, when really you should be telling the world about the stuff you really like. Facebook features... Read More on Twitter. Stand-ups, chat show hosts, comedy writers, you name it. Which made it a tough job paring the choices down to just 10. However, I firmly believe that the comedians featured here are the best you can follow on Twitter at the present time. They all tweet regularly and, even more importantly, they’re all hilarious.

Is there anyone on that list you wouldn’t have included? Or another comedian you think deserves a place on the list instead? Please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. Cryptic
    November 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I wish Louis C.K. did facebook like Gaffigan does (I think they are just forwarded from Twitter). I don't use Twitter, and would only use it for following comedians and musicians, which I don't think is worth it.

  2. RG
    November 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    @borowitzreport deserves a mention in my opinion

    • Dave Parrack
      November 23, 2012 at 4:09 am

      Another comedian I was previously unaware of. Thanks for the tip :)

  3. Nikhil Chandak
    November 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    gonna follow them
    seems , I will laugh more ..!

  4. Mac Witty
    November 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Paula Poundstone @paulapoundstone

    • Dave Parrack
      November 23, 2012 at 4:08 am

      Ooh, that's not a name I recognize. Thanks for the tip :)

      • Mac Witty
        November 23, 2012 at 10:01 am

        Then I don't think you do not know NPR Wait, wait dont tell me...
        Great as podcast esp when ending up in traffic jam - then I'm the only one who laugh all the time :)

  5. Qin Tang
    November 22, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Wow, will follow them. Laugh is always good.

  6. Terafall
    November 22, 2012 at 3:36 am

    They're great to follow.I wish I found them sooner

  7. Bumferry Hogart
    November 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    For a very funny British Comedian you can't go wrong with @Jimmycarr Always on Channel 4. Has a face like a school bully but witty with it. can be offensive but generally very funny.
    Also for real shock value you can opt for @frankieboyle. Not my cup of tea, but is seen as a very funny, ALWAYS offensive Scot, who also like comics. Theres two for you.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 23, 2012 at 4:08 am

      Jimmy Carr was one of the first names I checked out. Unfortunately he seems to have stopped posting jokes and is using Twitter more for promotion these days.

      Argh, Frankie Boyle, good shout :)

  8. Félix S. De Jesús
    November 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Joan Rivers is the Undisputed Queen... I remember in her book describing the Birth of a Child LOL!!!

    • Dave Parrack
      November 23, 2012 at 4:07 am

      She's the kind of comedian who has you on the edge of your seat just in case she says something really inappropriate. Which I personally enjoy.