D.L. Hughley Returns to No. 1 on Top Comedians Social Media Ranking

6:10 AM 8/11/2018

by Kevin Rutherford

Hughley rules the chart, which ranks the most popular comedians based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, for a fourth week.

D.L. Hughley Endangered List - H 2014

D.L. Hughley Endangered List - H 2014

D.L. Hughley lands the No. 1 spot on The Hollywood Reporter's Top Comedians chart dated Aug. 15, ruling the ranking for the first time since May.

The Top Comedians chart is a ranking of the most popular comedians on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, with global data provided by social media analytics company MVPindex. The chart's methodology blends social engagement on the platforms along with weekly additions of followers/subscribers. The latest tracking week ended Aug. 7.

Hughley takes over the top spot from Ricky Gervais, who falls to No. 4.

Meanwhile, three comedians enter the ranking, two re-entering — Rosie O'Donnell and Mike Epps, at Nos. 6 and 9, respectively — and one debuting: Bo Burnham, at No. 8.

See the full top 10 below, and for more charts on The Hollywood Reporter, check out the Top Actors and Top TV Personalities charts.

  • 10. Joe Rogan

    Last week: 8

  • 9. Mike Epps

    Last week: -

  • 8. Bo Burnham

    Last week: -

    The wide release of Burnham's film Eighth Grade scores him a 76 percent jump in Twitter mentions and 16,000 new followers. "It's a small, independent movie and we rely on all the word of mouth we can get," he wrote on Facebook, "so to everyone that has seen it and is talking about it, thank you."

  • 7. Kevin Hart

    Last week: 6

  • 6. Rosie O'Donnell

    Last week: -

  • 5. Bill Maher

    Last week: 7

  • 4. Ricky Gervais

    Last week: 1

  • 3. Kathy Griffin

    Last week: 9


    Griffin, still in the midst of her Laugh Your Head Off stand-up tour (which rolled through Charlotte, N.C., most recently), garnered a 74 percent gain in Instagram followers and added 325,000 favorites on the service. In addition to promoting her tour, she posted in remembrance of actress Charlotte Rae, who died Aug. 5 at 92.

  • 2. Colleen Ballinger

    Last week: 2

  • 1. D.L. Hughley

    Last week: 3