Can You Name These Comedy Legends?

By: Gavin Thagard

Can You Name These Comedy Legends?
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About This Quiz

From old school legends like Bob Hope and Richard Pryor to new-age comedians like Joe Rogan and Jim Jefferies, the world of comedy has only grown over the past century, and we are all the better for it. What's life without a good laugh, after all? It's not much fun; that's for sure. 

The greatest comedians have been granted a gift that not many people have access to. Their comedic skills, timing, and well-crafted jokes are central points for entertainment. It's what helps drive half of the industry, demonstrating that the world undoubtedly needs them around to lighten the mood when everything seems out of whack. 

They are not always appropriate, and often times, their jokes can be downright obscene. Luckily, the best comedians refuse to back down, and we, along with that sharp laughing pain in our guts, are so much better for it. 

How well do you know the comedy legends who have dominated the industry? If we give you an image, can you name the comedian? Here's your chance to find out. 

When you're ready to test your knowledge on these hilarious human beings, jump into this quiz and see if you are witty enough to get a high score! 

George Carlin This comedian revolutionized comedy with his political commentary. Who is he?
George Carlin
George Carlin's 1972 comedy routine, "Class Clown," was heavily criticized for its use of profanity. The Federal Communications Commission banned the routine from the radio, a decision that was later upheld by the Supreme Court.
Jerry Seinfeld​
Lenny Bruce
Jim Carrey

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Richard Pryor Do you know the name of this comedian who brought racial issues to the forefront of comedy?
Chris Rock
Richard Pryor
In his stand-up, Richard Pryor brought a vast range of topics from the black experience to the stage. One of the comedian's greatest traits was his vulnerability, which helped him reach a broader American audience.
Eddie Murphy
Bernie Mac

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Tig_Notaro A former band manager, who is this comedian known for her dry comedy?
Tina Fey
Amy Poehler
Tig Notaro
"I went on a hardcore drinking and smoking binge. It lasted right about nine months. And then, as soon as I was born, I was like, 'Do not go in there.'" –Tig Notaro.
Ali Wong

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Robin Williams His comedic skills could be seen on stage or television. Do you know who he is?
Jerry Seinfeld​
Sam Kinison
Steve Martin
Robin Williams
Trained at the Juilliard School, Robin Williams possessed enough energy to encapsulate an entire room while also carrying a high level of precision in his work. The comedian was particularly sharp when it came to portraying various characters with different backgrounds and accents. His suicide in 2014 reminds lovers of comedy that being hilarious and creative doesn't mean that comics don't experience depression. If you're experiencing depression, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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Mo'Nique What's the name of this comedian who was a member of the Queens of Comedy?
Wanda Sykes
Leslie Jones
Mo'Nique
Mo'Nique's comedy career led her into hosting such programs as "Showtime at the Apollo." In 2009, she began hosting her own talk show called "The Mo'Nique Show" on BET.
Adele Givens

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Jerry Seinfeld Can you identify this comedian who had a sitcom named after him?
Steve Martin
Chris Rock
Johnny Carson
Jerry Seinfeld​
"Why do they call it a building? It looks like it's finished. Why don't they call it a built?" –Jerry Seinfeld​.

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Don Rickles Known for his insult comedy, who is this comedian?
Bob Newhart
Don Rickles
Though he was a hard worker, known for showing up at least an hour early to a show, Don Rickles had plenty of lucky breaks during his career. However, his greatest break he created himself when he abandoned his normal stand-up routine to insult his audience, a decision that shaped his comedy moving forward.
Ricky Gervais
Mitch Hedberg

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Johnny Carson Who is this comedian that was also a famous television host?
Redd Foxx
Steven Wright
Johnny Carson
From an early age, Johnny Carson was destined to be a performer. As a kid, he taught himself the skill of being a magician and regularly performed his act at fairs and other events in Nebraska.
Woody Allen

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Moms Mabley This comedian found early success on the "Chitlin' Circuit." Who is she?
Leslie Jones
Whoopi Goldberg
Moms Mabley
"Advice to children crossing the street: damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain't never killed nobody." –Moms Mabley.
Sheryl Underwood

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Chris Rock A former Academy Awards host, can you identify this comedian?
Chris Rock
Chris Rock garnered national attention when he began appearing on "Saturday Night Live" in the early '90s. Rock was added to the show as it transitioned from older cast members, such as Jon Lovitz and Nora Dunn, to a new cast of talent.
Kevin Hart
Bill Burr
Sam Kinison

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Jon Stewart Do you know this comedian who was the former host of "The Daily Show"?
Bob Newhart
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart has been vocal about his views on the importance of dismantling systemic oppression throughout his lengthy career. After leaving the "Daily Show" in 2015, Stewart became an advocate for 9/11 first responders whose funds have been cut for things like healthcare.
Eddie Murphy
Lewis Black

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Margaret Cho Recognized for her social critiques, what's this comedian's name?
Margaret Cho
Trying to break racial barriers for Asian-Americans, Margaret Cho starred in the television show "All-American Girl," which ran for one season in 1994–1995. Her political critique and fierce activism has won her awards from the ACLU, Lambda Legal, and the National Organization for Women.
Ali Wong
Maya Rudolph
Mindy Kaling

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Eddie Murphy Can you recall the name of this former "Saturday Night Live" member?
Norm Macdonald
Bernie Mac
Jonathan Winters
Eddie Murphy
"Does anyone have a mother that would hit you with a shoe? I had a mother that would throw a shoe at you at the drop of a dime. So by the time I was like ten, my mother was like Clint Eastwood with a shoe." –Eddie Murphy.

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Joan Rivers What's the name of this controversial comedian?
Sarah Silverman
Amy Poehler
Ellen DeGeneres
Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers' career launched in 1965 when she appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." Her appearance on "The Tonight Show" led to her own program called "'That Show' With Joan Rivers."

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Melissa McCarthy Do you know the name of this comic whose career started in the '90s?
Kristen Wiig
Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy's first major film role was in "Bridesmaids," where she played alongside other great comedians including Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. The movie launched her to stardom, and she has since appeared in other major comedies like "Tammy" and "The Heat." McCarthy has been Oscar-nominated twice, for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress.
Maya Rudolph
Phoebe Robinson

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David Letterman One of the greatest late-night hosts of all time, can you identify this comedian?
David Letterman
David Letterman spent 33 years of his career hosting the "Late Night Show with David Letterman." When the show ended in 2015, Letterman was the longest-tenured host in American television history.
Jay Leno
Jimmy Kimmel​
Seth Meyers

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Dave Chappelle This comedian's popularity grew when he was given his own sketch comedy show. Do you know who he is?
Kevin Hart
Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle came onto the comedy scene in 1998 when he starred in the film "Half Baked." Chappelle co-wrote the movie with Neal Brennan, who he would later work on the sketch-comedy series "Chappelle's Show" with.
Bill Burr
Joe Rogan

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Ali Wong Well-known for filming a comedy special while pregnant, who is this comedian?
Phoebe Robinson
Maya Rudolph
Aparna Nancherla
Ali Wong
"My husband occasionally changes diapers, and when people hear that, confetti everywhere. When my baby girl was first born, I would do skin to skin contact every day to bond with her. She [crapped] on my chest. Where's my confetti?" –Ali Wong.

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Stephen Colbert Do you know who this great satirist is?
John Oliver
Jimmy Fallon
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert was trained as a dramatic actor at Northwestern University, where he graduated with a degree in Communications. While in college, Colbert got involved in improv comedy and eventually became an understudy to Steve Carell.
Trevor Noah

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Bill Hicks Who is this comedian that became known for his use of dark comedy?
Sam Kinison
Jim Carrey
Bill Hicks
Bill Hicks became a regular at the Comedy Store after moving to Los Angeles following his high school graduation in 1980. His popularity grew throughout the '80s, and he released his first comedy album in 1990 called "Dangerous."
Ricky Gervais

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Chelsea Handler Can you identify this former Netflix host?
Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler got into comedy in an unusual way, through a DUI charge. While telling the story of how she got the DUI to other criminals, she realized she had a talent for comedy because they all found the story to be hilarious.
Amy Schumer
Tina Fey
Sarah Silverman

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Rodney Dangerfield This comic was always looking for respect in his bits. What's his name?
Mitch Hedberg
Bernie Mac
Bill Burr
Rodney Dangerfield
The first stage name Jacob Rodney Cohen used was Jack Roy, which he stopped using when he took a break from show business in the 1950s. He re-emerged as Rodney Dangerfield in the early '60s.

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Redd Foxx A former star on "Sanford and Son," do you recognize this comedian?
Steve Harvey
Redd Foxx
Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Redd Foxx left home at the early age of 13 to pursue a career as a performer. He got into comedy in the 1940s when he joined the black vaudeville circuit.
Kevin Hart
Norm Macdonald

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Bill Burr What's the name of this comedian who brilliantly mixes sports with social critiques?
Bill Burr
Bill Burr created the animated sitcom "F Is for Family," which appeared on Netflix beginning in 2015. Burr plays the voice of the main character Francis X. Murphy.
Joe Rogan
Ricky Gervais
Jeff Foxworthy

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Joe Rogan YouTube has elevated the career of this comic. Who is he?
John Oliver
Steve Harvey
Bill Maher
Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan gained national attention as the host of "Fear Factor," which first aired on NBC in 2001. Rogan has stated that the show gave him the economic opportunity to pursue other avenues in comedy.

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Catherine O'Hara Can you recall the name of this Canadian comedian?
Catherine O'Hara
Catherine O'Hara rose to fame as a member of The Second City, an improvisational theater troupe. Her success in the troupe eventually led her to "Saturday Night Live," where she served as an understudy to Gilda Radner. These days, she's most noted for her role on Schitt's Creek.
Samantha Bee
Caroline Rhea
Maria Bamford

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Sheryl Underwood This female comedian was a finalist on the Miller Light Comedy Search in 1989. Do you know her name?
Jessica Williams
Sherly Underwood
Sheryl Underwood is one of the five hosts on the daily talk show "The Talk." Underwood has been a member of the show since 2011 when she replaced Leah Remini.
Maya Rudolph
Leslie Jones

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Sam Kinison Who is this comic that was once a preacher?
Mitch Hedberg
Lewis Black
Sam Kinison
Sam Kinison died at the age of 38 in an automobile accident while he was traveling to a sold-out show. He was hit by a young driver who had been driving under the influence of alcohol.
Woody Allen

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Sarah Silverman Not known for being very appropriate with her comedy, who is this?
Tina Fey
Amy Poehler
Molly Shannon
Sarah Silverman
Sarah Silverman was only 17 years old when she started her stand-up career. Her early success earned her a spot on "Saturday Night Live," but she was fired after only one season. However, that did little to derail her career.

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Bernie Mac Featured in "The Original Kings of Comedy," do you recognize this comedian?
Bernie Mac
Bernie Mac's career found success after he won the Miller Lite Comedy Search in 1990. The contest helped him secure a role on "Def Comedy Jam," where Mac put on a legendary show in front of a not-so-friendly crowd.
Steve Harvey
Kevin Hart
Bob Hope

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Norm MacDonald Can you identify this comedian who is known for his wild tangents?
Will Ferrell
Norm Macdonald
When Norm Macdonald began appearing on "Saturday Night Live" in 1993, he became well-known for his impersonations and critical remarks. Two of his greatest impersonations were of Larry King and Burt Reynolds.
John Belushi
Jimmy Fallon

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Leslie Jones What's the name of this "Saturday Night Live" member?
Sommore
Loni Love
Leslie Jones
In a joke about her age during The BET Awards, Leslie Jones says, "In my head and heart, I'm in my 30s. I be like, yeah, mid-30s. My body be like, you better sit your [butt] down. You are 50!"
Whoopi Goldberg

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Steve Harvey Few comics have received the same level of fame as this comedian. Do you know who he is?
D.L. Hughley
Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey was part of "The Original Kings of Comedy," a film directed by Spike Lee and released in 2000. The film also featured Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac, and D.L. Hughley.
Kenan Thompson
George Burns

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Jeff Foxworthy Can you recall the name of this Blue Collar Comedy Tour member?
David Spade
Bill Engvall
Ron White
Jeff Foxworthy
Jeff Foxworthy's comedy routine was shaped by his "You Might Be a Redneck" jokes. The jokes were first featured in his 1993 comedy album released under the same name.

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George_Burns One of the most versatile comedians of all time, do you know his name?
Don Knotts
Bob Hope
George Burns
Living to be 100, George Burns continued to have success even in his later life. In fact, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 79 for his role in "The Sunshine Boys."
Mitch Hedberg

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Ellen DeGeneres Do you recognize this comedian who has hosted her own show since 2003?
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres starred in a sitcom titled "Ellen" from 1994 until 1998. It was during the 1997 season that she famously came out on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
Molly Shannon
Jane Curtin
Jan Hooks

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Mitch Hedberg He was one of the best one-line joke tellers ever. Who is he?
Jim Jefferies
Andrew Dice Clay
Lewis Black
Mitch Hedberg
"I wanna hang a map of the world in my house. Then, I'm gonna put pins into all the locations that I've traveled to. But first, I'm gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map, so it won't fall down." –Mitch Hedberg.

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Bob Hope This comedian's career lasted over 70 years. What's his name?
Billy Connolly
Jim Gaffigan
Bob Hope
With a career spanning nearly eight decades, Bob Hope accomplished as much if not more than most other comedians. One of his greatest honors was hosting the Academy Awards, which he did 19 times.
Larry David

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Whitney Cummings Can you identify this writer and comedian?
Whitney Cummings
"My dad, growing up, called my Princess. He drilled it in my head as a kid that I was a frigging princess. And then I grew up, and I got into the real world, and I realized that no one else was on board with the whole princess thing. Princesses don't lose their virginity at Lollapalooza." –Whitney Cummings.
Kathy Griffin
Amy Poehler
Tina Fey

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Trevor Noah The current host of "The Daily Show," do you know who this is?
Ben Stiller
Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah was born to a black mother and white father in South Africa, which was under apartheid law at the time. According to the law, their relationship was deemed illegal.
Owen Wilson
Jimmy Fallon

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