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

22. Jonathan Winters


Using just a single prop or a bit of costuming, Jonathan Winters could use his imagination, voice and the elastic mask of his face to create solo vignettes with well-defined characters. A revered comic genius, Winters wove improv, impersonations, and a deep reservoir of oddball homemade characters into his stand-up routines and TV appearances for decades. His career spanned more than 50 years. It included many memorable roles, from It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World to playing Williams’ dad on Mork & Mindy.

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