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Who's the better comedian: Steve Martin or Joan Rivers?

Joan Rivers was the only woman to host a late-night comedy show. She made a name for herself during a time when comedy was completely dominated by men and took no names in the process. Steven Martin somehow made his absurd comedy routine work and translated it into a wildly successful film and music career. So who's the better comedian? 😂

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After a year like 2016, we could all use a laugh. That's why we've taken 16 of the most beloved comedians of all-time and having them square off against each other all month long! Who's the funniest? You decide and we'll announce the king (or queen) of comedy at the end of the month!

We're down to the final four, so help us out by voting on the other head-to-head debate:

Who's the better comedian: Dave Chappelle or Jon Stewart?

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Joan Rivers not only made her name when comedy was completely dominated by men—she laid the foundations for modern stand-up comedy. Her humor pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in comedy. All irreverent comedians today have her to thank.

Vivacious even as a nipped-and-tucked octogenarian, flitting from coast to coast and stage to studio in a whirl of live and taped shows, publicity stunts and cosmetic surgery visits, Ms. Rivers evolved from a sassy, self-deprecating performer early in her career into a coarser assassin, slashing at celebrities and others with a rapier wit that some critics called comic genius in the bloodletting vein of Mr. Bruce. Others called it downright vicious. But if she turned off the scowlers, she left millions in stitches.
Nothing was sacred to Rivers—she went after celebrities, politicians and pulled no punches.
“Can we talk?” she demanded in her signature call to gossip and skewer — the brassy Jewish-American princess from Flatbush, Brooklyn, and Larchmont, in Westchester County, leveling with the world.
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Steve Martin is a living legend. His career spans music, theatre, film, stand-up, novels and pretty much just about everything else under the sun. What makes Martin stand out is that he never followed the pack. 

His comedy was dubbed “anti-humor” for the way he toyed with traditional forms of jokes and entertainment; Martin would play similar games in his movies and theater work. It can be difficult to appreciate how revolutionary this was at the time, given how his sophisticated relationship toward entertainment has since taken hold in pop culture. While conceptual comedy has largely vanished from major stages, you can see Martin’s influence in almost every notable comedy of the past 30 years. If Louis CK doesn’t owe him a debt, Louie does.

Here's how Martin describes his comedy:
The result was an act founded on surrealism and non sequiturs, bits that zagged where every other comic had zigged. Martin counted on the audience knowing entertainment conventions; the joke was how those conventions were being subverted. “My act, having begun three years earlier as a conventional attempt to enter regular show business, was becoming a parody of comedy,” he wrote of his creative evolution. “I was an entertainer who was playing an entertainer, a not so good one.”
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To fully appreciate Joan Rivers' brilliance, you have to look at her off-the-cuff comments and her performances. 

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This bit encapsulate's Steve Martin's humor. Here's how the A.V. Club describes it:

If you were to condense the genius of Steve Martin down to one moment, you could do worse than “King Tut,” which contains elements that appear throughout his career, cutting across his acting, writing, and stand-up. There’s the sudden juxtaposition between utter seriousness and total goofiness, the lack of self-awareness, and material that works both ironically and sincerely.
FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Who's the better comedian: Steve Martin or Joan Rivers?
A festive crown for the winner
#teamSteveMartin
#teamJoanRivers