Michael Ian Black Debuts On Top Comedians Social Media Ranking

10:15 AM 9/16/2017

by Kevin Rutherford

Black bows at No. 10 on the chart, which ranks the most popular comedians based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, while Kevin Hart reigns at No. 1.

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Kevin Hart is No. 1 yet again on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Comedians chart, but Michael Ian Black makes his maiden appearance on the ranking dated Sept. 20.

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. 12.

Black bows at No. 10 on the chart as the lone debut or re-entry, replacing George Lopez, who drops out of the ranking. Hart, meanwhile, leads the chart for a 16th week, having done so each week since the ranking’s inception in June.

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. Michael Ian Black

    Last week: -


    Black debuts on Top Comedians for the first time with 301,000 Twitter likes in the tracking week, many brought about by a lengthy Twitter thread in which he wrote, “…please remember that one American political party literally does not believe in science.”

  • 9. Trevor Noah

    Last week: 10

  • 8. Kumail Nanjiani

    Last week: 9

  • 7. Ricky Gervais

    Last week: 8

  • 6. Mike Epps

    Last week: 7

  • 5. Bill Maher

    Last week: 4

  • 4. Marlon Wayans

    Last week: 3

  • 3. Joe Rogan

    Last week: 5

    Rogan extended his “sincerest apologies to the people of New Zealand” after speaking about the haka, a war dance often performed by the country’s national sports teams, on his podcast, specifically whether or not its basketball team would do the dance before squaring off against the United States, calling it “ridiculous” (while also, he noted in his Facebook apology, calling it “one of the dopest war dances the world has ever known”). Rogan garnered a 198 percent boost in Facebook post likes in the tracking week.

  • 2. D.L. Hughley

    Last week: 2

  • 1. Kevin Hart

    Last week: 1