Many comics hone their craft doing stand-up comedy in clubs. For some, this is the extent of their careers as comedians, but for others this is just the launching pad to a successful career in television, film, and more.
One need look no further than Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” — which has spent the past two weekends as the top movie at the box office — to see what can be accomplished by a dedicated comedian. In addition to an animated Sonic, the movie stars Jim Carrey as Dr. Ivo Robotnik. Carrey got his start like many comics doing open-mic nights at small comedy clubs. It was not long before he was starring in some of the best comedies of the 1990s.
He’s far from the only one. 24/7 Tempo has identified the hardest working comedians of all time based on their work in television, movies, albums, books, podcasts, and more. These are the most prolific comics — those who have worked endlessly and tried different things, breaking new ground, in an ongoing effort to entertain the public.
To determine the hardest working comedians of all time, 24/7 Tempo identified 250 of the most popular comedians ever based on numerous lists from sources including Comedy Central, Rolling Stone, Insider, and the user vote-based website Ranker. To qualify, comedians had to have performed stand-up comedy at some point in their career. We then created an index based on the number of credits for acting, writing, producing, directing, soundtrack, and appearing as oneself as found on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
We also considered other forms of content produced by these comedians, including albums, books, podcasts, and the amount of comedy tours/live shows performed.