Louis CK & Mitch Hedberg are a couple of my favorites.
Who's Your Favorite Comedian?
You say you don't care for "lukewarm" comedians", but a few on your list or beyond lukewarm to not funny at all in my opinion, just like I'm sure on my list of favorite comedians, you'd label my favorites to be lukewarm, to not funny at all as well, Hey, to each his own!!
Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Totie Fields, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Freddy Prinze (when he first started out), Garry Shandling (before he got his first TV show) Rosie O'Donnell when she used to do standup, Eddie Murphy and my new favorite Whitney Cummings, she's absolutely killer when she's on those celebrity roasts on the Comedy Channel.
Hey, Miz Shirley... peace to you, and yeah, I understand what you mean! I think some of them USED to be "hot"... and that's what I was referring to. Since they're still alive, I included them even though they USED to make me laugh and were my favorites when they did. How's that? LOLOLOL!
Peace to you, chile!
SA, on her own...
Eddie Izzard, hands down.
Oh let's see, in no particular order..
Bill Maher (his videos on religion are a hoot)
Russell Brand (loved "Arthur")
Peace and Love,
had to link this one....
The Smothers Brothers
Whoopi Goldberg (the early years)