We focus on everything comedy – and that includes comedy style. Not just their presence or their material, but the fashion sense they rock. Some comics build huge careers while never outgrowing 12-year-old outfits of hoodie, t-shirt, and jeans, and that’s fine. But other comedians manage to both be funny and develop a style of their own, and so why not celebrate their individuality and smashing sense of self. Here’s a ranking of 12 comics with the best style.
Russell Brand’s style might be confused for lack of hygiene, but it works for him. What he lacks in a comb he makes up for in pants that leave very little to the imagination. Note: this look is not recommended for anyone who is not as tall and handsome as Russell Brand.
He’s like if Russell Brand didn’t do all the drugs that make you lose weight. I have to hand it to him, though, for being able to pull of that ‘I definitely smell’ look and making it work in his favor. It’s a mix of that and his British-paper boy bangs that makes me look at him as a middle school dressing up for their first Friday Social. My one tip to Dave Hill is that if a shirt doesn’t fit, buy the size up, don’t just take it off. (But if you’re reading this Trevor Noah, don’t listen to that).
He knows how to dress himself from the down up. One of the Original Kings of Comedy, Hughley should also be considered for fashion knighthood. Occasionally, he wears a Fedora, which we don’t necessarily endorse (if that’s your fashion preference, you should be keeping that on the D.L.) For the most part, though, Hughley is well-dressed enough that he should nab a cover shoot of his own.
As a self-proclaimed fashionista, it’s hard to find an Instagram post from Kirkman without sequins, boas, or a fur vest. She’ll constantly show off styles that she wore the year before finally getting some recognition. If you haven’t seen her debut Netflix special, I highly suggest a click change to your queue — if not for her humor than for her killer blue shoes. It’s an hour of good comedy and greater fashion.
With a big heart and an even bigger wardrobe budget for his Late Late Show gig, Corden has been rocking the suits. Some late-night hosts appear uncomfortable dressed formally, but every night, Corden appears ready for a red carpet. He brings that British charm that makes us all swoon, but is more approachable than a 007. I guess you can call him a 007 XL.
While the special ability to simultaneously play a love interest, a dad, and a decent spy comes down to his talent, you have to give a hand to his closet for a lot of the help. From wearing a King Tut hat to a snazzy suit, Martin has always had a look of his own. He’s like the human salad: some might mistake it for plain, but you can throw pretty much anything on it and it will be great.
There’s a new guy in town and everyone wants to get to know him. All of the promos for the new Daily Show show off his best ass(ssss)ets in a suit, it’s no surprise he made this list. We’ll see who wins the ratings, but he is in good position to be the snazziest host in late-night. (He’s like if John Legend and Justin Timberlake had a baby that was funny and not that obsessed with southern food.)
What a statement necklace is to Jen Kirkman, a magnum of Chardonnay is to Everett. She doesn’t hold back or button up anything, mainly because she’s mainly not wearing anything. Gotta hand it to her, she’s the one person on this list whose style is in your face, interactive, and three-dimensional. Like her stage presence, her style is uniquely hers.
If you wanna fight this choice, then you better pull off a leather red jump suit as good as Murphy. He taught comedians like Chris Rock by example that if you were gonna film a special, you need (a) attitude and (b) a leather suit. As Murphy aged, he didn’t cling to this style. He rocked outfits that allowed him to portray everything from an African prince (Coming to America) to a singing sensation (Dreamgirls). His suit was also the smoothest part of his awkward SNL40 appearance.
Bow tie, suits, and a fine-trimmed mustache. Now that’s a three-way that could end so badly, but Tompkins makes it work so damn well. He’s like Steve Martin in the sense that he also pulls off a goofy/suave mixture that would make everyone at the bar question if they want to buy them a drink or ask them for their Brooks Brother’s employee discount. Paul beats out Martin mainly because of his hair care. Not only does that mustache do him a ton of right, he styles curls in a wind-blown-ish way that pulls his style all together.
Most of Cummings outfits are louder than her which is saying something. And a lot of people think she’s a better dresser than comic– but here’s hoping for this new HBO special. She’s so high up on this list because she has a lot of fun with her wardrobe, and shares all the hits and misses with the public. Any of her Snapchat or Instagram followers will see her regularly posting her entire closet dedicated to shoes in one story, and then thirty-seconds later there’s a picture of her ass not being able to fit into one of her designer dresses without the help of an assistant (or Kate Upton, same thing).
No one can do what Eddie Izzard does, because no one really knows what he does. Whatever it is, he’s amazing at it and everyone bows down to him. Whether he’s rocking an evening gown or suit-and-tie, he’d be the date any guy or girl would want to take out– except he’s taking himself. One of the best parts about his style is that, while it seems so outlandish, it’s not part of a gag: it’s just who he is. He takes that “dance like nobody’s watching” sign that’s hanging up in your mom’s bathroom and twists it to “dress like everyone’s watching, and you don’t give a shit.”