Ricky Gervais Lands First Week at No. 1 on Top Comedians Social Media Ranking

6:25 AM 8/4/2018

by Kevin Rutherford

He usurps Colleen Ballinger on the chart, which ranks the most popular comedians based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.

Ricky Gervais attends David Brent Life on the Road New York screening February 2, 2017 - Getty-H 2018
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After four weeks atop The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Comedians chart, Colleen Ballinger gives up the No. 1 spot to Ricky Gervais, who jumps from eighth to first on the Aug. 8-dated tally.

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 July 31.

Gervais leads the ranking for the first time, having previously peaked at No. 2 for multiple weeks (beginning in December 2017).

Despite upheaval at the top of the chart and positional changes throughout, much of the overall makeup of the Top Comedians ranking remains intact, with Dennis Miller the only re-entry at No. 10, replacing Michael Ian Black.

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. Dennis Miller

    Last week: -

  • 9. Kathy Griffin

    Last week: 6

  • 8. Joe Rogan

    Last week: 7

  • 7. Bill Maher

    Last week: 9

    Overall, Maher’s social media reach was up thanks to a 338 percent jump in Twitter followers week-over-week to go with a boost of 22 percent in Facebook shares. The HBO host and comedian posted multiple clips from his Bill Maher: Live from Oklahoma stand-up special, which premiered on HBO on July 7.

  • 6. Kevin Hart

    Last week: 5

  • 5. Trevor Noah

    Last week: 2

  • 4. Roseanne Barr

    Last week: 4

  • 3. D.L. Hughley

    Last week: 3

  • 2. Colleen Ballinger

    Last week: 1

  • 1. Ricky Gervais

    Last week: 8

    Colleen Ballinger loses the Top Comedians lead to Gervais, who jumps 462 percent in Facebook shares. His top post: sharing a news story about a polar bear killed after attacking a cruise ship employee. “’Let’s get too close to a polar bear in its natural environment and then kill it if it gets too close,’” he wrote. “Morons.”