Ranking The 30 Best Stand-Up Comedians of All-Time

23. Albert Brooks

Albert Brooks is among the most innovative and respected comedians of his generation. As a stand-up, he made a name for himself on the talk-show circuit — appearing on The Dean Martin ShowThe Ed Sullivan Show, and others before settling in for a semi-regular stint on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. After producing two groundbreaking comedy albums (Comedy Minus One and A Star Is Bought), Brooks wrote, directed, and starred in his first feature, Real Life. This was a prescient black comedy that anticipated the current reality-show craze.