Rickey Smiley Makes Top Comedian Social Media Ranking Debut

6:50 AM 12/8/2018

by Kevin Rutherford

The chart ranks the most popular comedians based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.

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Rickey Smiley makes his first appearance on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Comedians chart, debuting at No. 7 on the Dec. 12-dated list.

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 Dec. 4.

Kevin Hart rules the ranking at No. 1, while Trevor Noah returns to the No. 2 peak he previously claimed in August; he concurrently leads the Top TV Personalities chart.

Behind Hart and Noah, Colleen Ballinger, Joe Rogan and Tommy Chong 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. Ricky Gervais

    Last week: 5

  • 9. D.L. Hughley

    Last week: -

  • 8. Tiffany Haddish

    Last week: 7

  • 7. Rickey Smiley

    Last week: -

    Smiley’s grandfather Ernest, who appeared multiple times on the stand-up comedian and radio host’s show Rickey Smiley for Real, died Nov. 30. Smiley shared multiple remembrances of him on Instagram, prompting a 268 percent boost in Instagram favorites.

  • 6. Jessica Robin Moore

    Last week: 6

  • 5. Tommy Chong

    Last week: 4

  • 4. Joe Rogan

    Last week: 3

    “Out here living the dream,” the comedian and podcast host wrote on Instagram accompanying a photo of a stand-up lineup at The Comedy Store featuring Rogan alongside Whitney Cummings, Chris D’Elia, Ron White and more. Rogan snagged 1.7 million total Instagram favorites, up 44 percent.

  • 3. Colleen Ballinger

    Last week: 5

    Ballinger's 159 percent jump in Twitter likes and 114 percent boost in YouTube favorites are in large part thanks to a tweet in which she revealed her participation in the cameo-studded, Mean Girls-inspired music video for Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next."

  • 2. Trevor Noah

    Last week: 8

  • 1. Kevin Hart

    Last week: 1