They make us laugh, despite their often controversial and raunchy comedy. How much do you know about these notorious stand-up comedians? Take this quiz to find out.
George Carlin was known for this bit, which caused much controversy in the '70s when no swearing was allowed on television.
Lewis Black is best known for his mostly sarcastic comedy about life, politics and culture.
Eddie Murphy's concert film "Eddie Murphy: Raw" raked in a whopping $50 million at the box office.
Pryor talked about many contemporary issues, including race and drugs.
Dangerfield was known for always saying "I don't get no respect."
Sarah Silverman's official "memoir," "The Bedwetter," is about her upbringing, family, offensive sense of humor and pee.
Chris Rock's second on-screen appearance was Pookie, the crack addict turned police informant.
Bob Zmuda, who was Kaufman's close friend and writing partner, says Kaufman began talking about faking his death before he died of lung cancer in 1984.
No Cure for Cancer is one of Denis Leary's acts from the '90s that includes funny spoofs on vegetarians, smoking, drugs and political correctness.
Bill Maher's popular talk show "Real Time With Bill Maher" on HBO has been nominated for 18 Emmys.
Kinison, who was tragically killed with his wife in a head-on collision in 1992, was a preacher before becoming a comedian.
Wanda Sykes performed for the first time in front of a live audience at the Coors Light Super Talent Showcase.
Martin Lawrence is the man behind hilarious characters like Sheneneh and Roscoe.
Barr tried for the Green Party's presidential nomination, but she lost to Dr. Jill Stein. She then ran as the Peace and Freedom Party candidate.
Officials thought Colbert's roast was so insulting that they invited ultrasafe longtime impressionist Rich Little to host the 2007 event.
Of course it's John Belushi. The other correct answer would be Dan Aykroyd.
Joan Rivers, whose unparalleled contribution to women in comedy during her time in show business, earned the nickname Queen of Comedy.
In 2014, the magazine hailed the comedian as the funniest man alive.
Ricky Gervais was no less offensive at the 2016 annual Golden Globes than normal, and apparently television audiences loved it.
Williams was enrolled at the Juilliard School in the diploma course from 1973-74 and in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program from 1974-76.
By 2003, Chappelle hit huge success with his sketch comedy show, "Chappelle's Show," until he retired two years later.
Steve Martin was honored with an Oscar at the 2013 Governors Awards in recognition of his extraordinary talents and the unique inspiration he has brought to the art of motion pictures.
Redd Foxx was best remembered for his explicit comedy records (he recorded more than 50 during his lifetime) and his starring role on the 1970s sitcom "Sanford and Son."
Fans weren't too pleased with Barr's delivery of the national anthem.
Chelsea Handler, host of the successful talk show "Chelsea Lately," is the author of several books.
Bee actually was the longest-serving correspondent on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."
Daniel Tosh is known to push the envelope, and his hit Comedy Central show, "Tosh.0," makes fun of clips from the internet.
Mac was actually partnered with Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley, not Kevin Hart.
Long before it was popular to do so, Pryor addressed animal welfare, campaigning against fast food chains and circus shows.
Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy all starred in popular film Harlem Nights.