We all have a favorite comedian or a short list of favorites. Right now for me it’s probably Bill Burr (fave in Massachusettes), but some others that I could watch anywhere, anytime are Norm MacDonald, Gilbert Gottfried, and Jerry Seinfeld.
Shane Co. thought it might interesting to find out each state’s favorite comedian. They conducted a study based on google trends and discover while there are a couple overall favorites two comedians stand out and were the clear favorites. Eddie Murphy and Kevin Hart were runaway winners. Murphy was the top choice in six states including Alabama, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennesee and Virginia. Hart won in five, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, and North Carolina, but not in his home state of Pennsylvania. The winner in Pa was surprising, Bill Cosby took that state. There was also plenty of love for some classic comedians. Names like Norm MacDonald, Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey all found their way onto the list.
The list of treasured comedians also broke it down into regions. The Midwest preferred Norm MacDonald while Eddie Murphy was tops in the south. Jim Carrey (number one in four states) and Taylor Tomlinson (number one in three states) tied for the top choice in the west, and Robert Klein (number one in three states) is the comedian of choice in the Northeast including Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
Some of the other comics that made the list of state favorites were Roseann Barr, Sam Kinison, Mitch Hedberg, Daniel Tosh, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Andy Kaufman, Elaine Boosler, Jonathan Winters and Garry Shandling.
It was interesting to see that there are some very popular comedians, like Dominic Maniscalco, George Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld and Richard Pryor that didn’t make the list at all.
For the full list and all of the breakdowns click here.