Jeff Dunham Makes First Appearance on Top TV Comedians Social Media Ranking

10:15 AM 9/30/2017

by Kevin Rutherford

The comedian and ventriloquist debuts at No. 3 on the chart, which ranks the most popular comedians based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.

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Kevin Hart holds his lead on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Comedians chart (dated Oct. 4), while Jeff Dunham breaks into the 10-position chart for the first time.

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 Sept. 26.

Hart leads for a 18th week on the chart, while George Lopez, Ricky Gervais and Kumail Nanjiani break back into the top 10 (along with Dunham’s debut).

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. Kumail Nanjiani

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    Last week: -

  • 9. Ricky Gervais

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    Last week: -

  • 8. Mike Epps

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    Last week: 6

  • 7. George Lopez

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    Last week: -

    Lopez – along with fellow comedians D.L. Hughley (No. 2), Cedric the Entertainer and Eddie Griffin – showed their support for national anthem protests in the U.S. by taking a knee at a recent show together in Houston, posting a photo on Instagram of the four kneeling Sept. 24. The comedian was up 157 percent in Instagram favorites, earning 364,000 in all, according to MVPindex.

  • 6. Bill Maher

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    Last week: 8

  • 5. Marlon Wayans

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    Last week: 3

  • 4. Joe Rogan

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    Last week: 4

  • 3. Jeff Dunham

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    Last week: -

    The comedian and ventriloquist, up 387 in all social conversation, got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Sept. 21 and also appeared on the finale of America’s Got Talent to perform with eventual winner Darci Lynne Farmer.

  • 2. D.L. Hughley

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    Last week: 2

  • 1. Kevin Hart

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    Last week: 1

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