Ricky Gervais Re-Enters Top Comedians Social Media Ranking at No. 2

6:30 AM 3/24/2018

by Kevin Rutherford

The list, which ranks the most popular comedians based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, is led by Kevin Hart.

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Ricky Gervais re-enters The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Comedians chart dated March 28 at No. 2, marking his first time in the top two since early December 2017, while Kevin Hart leads the ranking yet again.

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 March 20.

Along with Gervais’ return to the chart at No. 2 (he previously ranked at No. 8 on the March 14-dated ranking two weeks prior), Josh Wolf makes his chart debut at No. 7, while Jack Whitehall re-enters at No. 9.

Gervais, Wolf and Whitehall replace Tiffany Haddish, Mike Epps and Dennis Miller on the latest ranking.

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. Amy Schumer

    Last week: 8

  • 9. Jack Whitehall

    Last week: -

  • 8. Marlon Wayans

    Last week: 7

  • 7. Josh Wolf

    Last week: -

    The brunt of Wolf’s activity comes from Facebook, where he racked up 103,000 post likes and 137,000 shares. The comedian posted multiple clips from his stand-up show at different venues across the U.S., including a bit about his son’s sex life and a song his daughter wrote about her cat, called “My Pussy Song.”

  • 6. Colleen Ballinger

    Last week: 6

  • 5. Joe Rogan

    Last week: 3

  • 4. Tommy Chong

    Last week: 4

  • 3. D.L. Hughley

    Last week: 5

  • 2. Ricky Gervais

    Last week: -

    A widely circulated March 20 tweet found Gervais referencing a United Kingdom court case in which a man was convicted of “making a joke that was deemed ‘grossly offensive.’ He went on to tweet that if people aren’t allowed to say things that are deemed as such, “then you don’t believe in freedom of speech.” The tweet was the most-engaged-with by a comedian in the tracking week, earning 140,000 favorites and 51,000 retweets in addition to 4,000 replies.

  • 1. Kevin Hart

    Last week: 1