Kevin Hart Leads, Aziz Ansari Re-Enters Top Comedians Social Media Chart

10:05 AM 1/20/2018

by Kevin Rutherford

Ansari re-enters the chart, which ranks the most popular comedians based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, after allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Aziz Ansari breaks onto The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Comedians chart dated Jan. 24 after becoming the latest person in the entertainment industry to be accused of sexual misconduct.

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 Jan. 16.

Ansari re-enters the chart at No. 9 despite not posting to his social media following the allegations from an article on the website Babe  (more on that below).

Kevin Hart rules the chart at No. 1 for yet another week (he’s led since its June inception), while D.L. Hughley, Mike Epps, Joe Rogan and Colleen Ballinger round out the top five.

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

  • 9. Aziz Ansari

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    Last week: -

    Ansari didn’t tweet in the tracking week but still earned 57,000 Twitter mentions due to allegations of sexual misconduct from last September posted to Babe. The Master of None star has since responded with a statement that provided his recollection of the evening. "It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned," he said in a statement. "I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said."

  • 8. Bill Maher

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    Last week: 6

  • 7. Martin Lawrence

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    Last week: -

  • 6. Marlon Wayans

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    Last week: 5

  • 5. Colleen Ballinger

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    Last week: 10

  • 4. Joe Rogan

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    Last week: 2

  • 3. Mike Epps

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    Last week: 4

  • 2. D.L. Hughley

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    Last week: 3

  • 1. Kevin Hart

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    Last week: 1

    The top post on Instagram by a comedian in the Jan. 10-16 tracking week came via Hart, who posted an edited photo of Dwayne Johnson with his child on his shoulders, except the baby’s head had been replaced with Hart’s. “This edit just made me die laughing,” he wrote in the caption for the post, which snagged 2.2 million likes. “The fact that I have white arms is killing me.”

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