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50 Funny People Who Had A Very Good 2013

12/20/2013 03:39 pm ET | Updated Dec 20, 2013
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It was no easy task to determine which funny people deserved recognition at the end of 2013. We decided early that this list would not be a definitive "The Funniest People of 2013," because let's face it, such a task would be a fool's errand. Plenty of the funniest and most beloved comedy writers, performers and personalities simply had a quiet year, and more power to them. We're glad that the crowded field of comedy saw some new voices to pop out, and some established voices got new opportunities.

We also want to be clear that this list is made up of intentionally funny people. Sorry, Rob Ford, Anthony Weiner and Ted Cruz.

Of course, we know you will have an opinion or two about the list. And we want to hear them! Let us know what you think in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.

  • Amy Poehler
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    She stars in NBC's best sitcom, breathed a breath of fresh air into the Golden Globes and the comedy theater she co-founded is still going strong.
  • Louis C.K.
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    "Oh My God" was an incredible comedy special by any measure, and his surprisingly poignant "Conan" clip about our smart phone obsession instantly went viral. His appearances in the movies "Blue Jasmine" and "American Hustle" almost made us forget that we didn't get a new season of "Louie" this year.
  • Stephen Colbert
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    Few people are as good at anything as Stephen Colbert is at his job. He deserved that Emmy.
  • Jon Stewart
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    The voice of the reasonable. As long as the reasonable doesn't eat deep-dish pizza.
  • Conan O'Brien
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    Few other talk shows hosts seem to delight in -- or have the raw talent for -- madcap, clever comedy like Conan O'Brien. And his Team Coco website has changed the way talk shows interact with their fans.
  • Jimmy Fallon
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    The "Tonight Show" heir encouraged late night television to step up its game.
  • Sarah Silverman
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    Silverman not only performed her first HBO special this year, she showed remarkable thoughtfulness in discussing the challenges of being a female entertainer this year.
  • Seth Meyers
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    He's leaving "SNL" after 12 years and is about to become the next host of "Late Night."
  • Jimmy Kimmel
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    This year, Kimmel moved up to the big leagues with an 11:30 time slot, pulled off one of the greatest pranks in TV history and even got in a public feud with Kanye West. Not bad for the "Man Show" guy.
  • Amy Schumer
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    "Inside Amy Schumer" marked the raunchy comic's move from stand-up to bigger things, and she even signed a film deal with Judd Apatow this year.
  • Aziz Ansari
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    In both his stand-up special "Buried Alive" as well as Tom Haverford's story arcs on "Parks & Recreation," his comedy is growing wiser and more mature.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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    Who else can say that they've portrayed two of the funniest TV characters of all time? This year, she surpassed Lucille Ball's Emmy nomination record (and won the big award, too). She also earned a Golden Globe nominee for her film role in "Enough Said."
  • Andy Samberg
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    "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has proven to be a very funny post-"SNL" vehicle, even scoring him an Emmy nomination.
  • Nathan Fielder
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    Comedy Central's "Nathan For You" proved to be one of the most inspired new shows of the year, and he pulled off the impossible by coordinating a Twitter prank that was actually funny.
  • Kevin Hart
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    "Let Me Explain," his theatrically-released stand-up film, was one of the year's best. And if you haven't seen "The Real Husbands of Hollywood" on BET, you're missing out.
  • Key & Peele
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    "Key & Peele" premiered on Comedy Central last year, and the world was introduced to President Obama's anger translator Luther. But 2013 has turned out to be the year where the world has truly discovered Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as the brilliant performers and satirists they are, and not just Obama-spoofers.
  • Rob Delaney
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    One of the original kings of Twitter comedy put out his first book this year, "Rob Delaney: Mother, Wife, Sister, Human, Warrior, Falcon, Yardstick, Turban, Cabbage."
  • Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg
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    They co-wrote, as well as respectively directed and starred in, one of the funniest and best films of the year, "The World's End."
  • Kate McKinnon
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    She's undeniably a breakout star on "Saturday Night Live," thanks to her discipline and range. Plus, no one does a better Ellen impression.
  • Taran Killam
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    Dominating the male roles this year on "Saturday Night Live," Taran's become one of the bright spots in a cast of immense talent.
  • Jay Pharoah
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    He easily could have been pigeonholed after taking over President Obama duties on "SNL" last year, but this year, Pharoah has broken out into a multi-faceted performer with an arsenal of other impressions and music parodies.
  • Chris Hardwick
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    Right now, he's the king of the geeks thanks to his Nerdist digital empire, but based on "Talking Dead," "Talking Bad" and "@Midnight," chances are we'll be seeing the stand-up comic rule all media in the near future.
  • Billy Eichner
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    If you haven't seen Billy harass New York pedestrians about pop culture, stop what you're doing and watch Funny or Die's Billy on the Street.
  • Tom Scharpling
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    After 13 years, the New Jersey native called it quits on "The Best Show on WFMU," one of the most original and exhilarating radio shows of all time. We don't know what's next for Tom, but we can't wait.
  • Seth Rogen
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    Sitting in the director's chair for the first time, Rogen (and his comedy partner Evan Goldberg) knocked it out of the park with the comedy thriller they also wrote, "This is the End."
  • John Oliver
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    His summer stint hosting "The Daily Show" was excellent, and resulted his own show on HBO launching next year.
  • The Correspondents of "The Daily Show"
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    Jon Stewart (and this summer, John Oliver) may be the face of "The Daily Show," but the correspondents -- Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Al Madrigal, Aasif Mandvi, and Jessica Williams -- are what keeps the show at the top of its game. There's not a weak one in the bunch.
  • Will Ferrell
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    The Funny or Die cofounder reminded us that not only is he a brilliant actor and writer with "Anchorman 2," he showed superhuman stamina with the promotional blitz.
  • Danny McBride
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    His compelling turn as a villain in "This is the End" coupled with the brilliant final season of "Eastbound and Down" made this a red-letter year for Danny McBride.
  • Lena Dunham
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    "Girls" continues to shock, titillate and inspire laugher like no other show on TV.
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