What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news.
This list is an interesting one for us as it gets right to the heart of what PeekScores are, and illustrates what kinds of stories they can actually tell. They don’t tell us who’s the most famous, or the best. They tell us who is – at a given moment in time – making the most impact here in cyberspace. We went through all the highest PeekScored profiles (all of those with a PeekScore of 10) – of all of the 250,000,000 people PeekYou has indexed – and assembled a list of the 14 comedy-related folks with the highest PeekScores. Make no mistake, we are not suggesting that a single person on this list is even a little bit amusing (although we are hardly insisting otherwise either; opinions on each vary throughout the palatial PeekScore offices). We are only acknowledging that it is the intention of every single person on this list to be funny, in their professional works, a majority of the time.
The incredibly tech-friendly Stephen Fry‘s number 2 finish speaks a bit to the PeekScore’s (and therefore the web’s) lack of national bias. While known in the states, he’s hardly anything approaching as well known as the folks between whom he’s nestled on the chart. In the U.K., however, he’s a household name and regarded as something of a national treasure. He’s on this list most of all, though, for his enormous Twitter following – from wherever they may originate – and his generally formidable online presence.
Many comedy legends and superstars are nowhere to be found, while more niche and cult performers dominate the list. Your mom, or even your co-worker, might never have heard of, say, Michael Ian Black, but 1,620,245 Twitter followers have. PeekScores don’t care how funny, or even conventionally famous, you are. If you have a million people following you on Twitter, then in the world of PeekScores you’re Richard freakin’ Pryor.
Who would you have expected to see higher? Who are some of your favorite comedians? What “funny people” do you follow on Twitter, or “like” on Facebook? Talk to and/or at us in the comments.
||Ellen Degeneres||Likable talk-show host, and stand-up comedian.||10.00 / 10|
||Stephen Fry||World-class wit, renowned polymath, respected performer, and generally fascinating guy.||10.00 / 10|
||Jimmy Fallon||Former SNL cast member, and late-night talk show host.||10.00 / 10|
||Conan O’Brien||Late-night talk show veteran.||10.00 / 10|
||Chelsea Handler||Stand-up comedian and talk show host.||10.00/ 10|
||Russell Brand||British superstar, moderately well-known elsewhere, stand-up, actor, and general “personality.”||10.00 / 10|
||Jim Carrey||Massive movie star.||10.00 / 10|
||Joel McHale||Host of American cable network E!’s The Soup, and star of the sitcom Community.||10.00 / 10|
||“Weird” Al Yankovic||Veteran pop song parodist, and pop-culture satirist.||10.00 / 10|
||Kevin Smith||Filmmaker, podcaster, and narcissistic raconteur.||10.00 / 10|
||Penn Jillette||One half of the comedy-magic team Penn & Teller, and generally blustery “personality.”||10.00 / 10|
||Stephen Colbert||Host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report||10.00 / 10|
||Michael Ian Black||Sketch comedian, stand-up, and talking head on countless cable “list” shows.||10.00 / 10|
||Dane Cook||Obscenely popular stand-up comedian.||10.00 / 10|