Essential Stand-Up Comedy

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1.
Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin' (1971 Documentary)
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Richard Pryor delivering his one-of-a-kind routine. One of his earliest live performances in 1971 at the Improvisation in New York. (48 mins.)
Director: Michael Blum
 
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Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979 Documentary)
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The second stand-up performance of Richard Pryor filmed. (78 mins.)
Director: Jeff Margolis
 
3.
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982 Documentary)
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Richard Pryor performs his stand-up comedy act on the Sunset Strip. (82 mins.)
Director: Joe Layton
 
4.
Richard Pryor... Here and Now (1983 Documentary)
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Part live stand-up performance, part documentary, this film is one of comedian Richard Pryor's later stand-up performances. As foul-mouthed as ever, Pryor touches on most of the same topics as in his previous live shows. (83 mins.)
Director: Richard Pryor
 
5.
On Location (1976 TV Series)
Episode: Carlin at Carnegie (1983)
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Taped before a sold-out house at New York City's Carnegie Hall, the performance represents a creative resurgence for Carlin...
 
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George Carlin: Playin' with Your Head (1986 Documentary)
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Legendary comedian George Carlin tackles some of his favorite subjects along with his brand of comedy and humor. (60 mins.)
Director: Rocco Urbisci
 
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George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey? (1988 Documentary)
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George Carlin changes his act by bringing politics into the act, but also talks about the People he can do without, Keeping People Alert, and Cars and Driving part 2. (61 mins.)
Director: Bruce Gowers
 
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George Carlin: Jammin' in New York (1992 Documentary)
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When George Carlin is asked which HBO concert is his favorite, his answer is always, "Jammin' In New... (59 mins.)
Director: Rocco Urbisci
 
9.
George Carlin: Back in Town (1996 Documentary)
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George Carlin brings his comedy stylings to the Beacon theater in New York City. He rants about Abortion, The death penalty, prison farms, fart jokes, free floating hostility and words. (60 mins.)
Director: Rocco Urbisci
 
10.
George Carlin: You Are All Diseased (1999 Documentary)
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Legendary comic Carlin comes back to the Beacon theater to angrily rant about airport security, germs, cigars, angels, children and parents, men, names, religion, god, advertising, Bill Jeff and minorities. (65 mins.)
Director: Rocco Urbisci
 
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George Carlin: Complaints & Grievances (2001 Documentary)
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In "Complaints & Grievances," George Carlin's 12th HBO comedy special, taped at the Beacon Theater in New York on November 17... (55 mins.)
Director: Rocco Urbisci
 
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George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing (2005 Documentary)
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George Carlin continues making people laugh with his 13th HBO stand-up special. (75 mins.)
Director: Rocco Urbisci
 
13.
The Aristocrats (2005 Documentary)
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One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke--one shared privately by comics since Vaudeville. (89 mins.)
Director: Paul Provenza
 
14.
Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983 Documentary)
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Eddie Murphy's raunchy, raucous stand-up comedy routine is captured for posterity on this tape. Not for folks who dislike foul language. (69 mins.)
Director: Bruce Gowers
 
15.
Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987 Documentary)
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Eddie Murphy in a stand-up performance recorded live. For an hour and a half he talks about his favourite subjects: sex and women. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Townsend
 
16.
Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me (1986 TV Special)
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Rodney Dangerfield is at again with an all-New stage comedy concert: "Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me"... (59 mins.)
 
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Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time' (1998 Documentary)
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Live from New York City, Jerry Seinfeld, aided and abetted by a host of friends and fellow comedians, performs his 1998 Emmy-nominated performance on Broadway. (75 mins.)
Director: Marty Callner
 
18.
Brian Regan: The Epitome of Hyperbole (2008 TV Movie)
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The Epitome of Hyperbole includes the following routines: Adults Living with Parents; Newspaper; Reading... (60 mins.)
Director: Troy Miller
 
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Brian Regan: I Walked on the Moon (2004 Video)
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(55 mins.)
Director: John Brenkus
 
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Brian Regan: Standing Up (2007 TV Special)
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The DVD features the complete Brian Regan Comedy Central special along with an encore performance not... (60 mins.)
Director: Troy Miller
 
21.
Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth (2004 Documentary)
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Chappelle cuts loose in what he does best, Chappelle-style! And for what it's worth, no one is safe from Dave! (60 mins.)
Director: Stan Lathan
 
22.
Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly (2000 Documentary)
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Dave Chappelle returns to D.C. and riffs on politics, police, race relations, drugs, Sesame Street and more. (57 mins.)
Director: Stan Lathan
 
23.
Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996 Documentary)
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The second HBO stand-up special by Chris Rock. (58 mins.)
Director: Keith Truesdell
 
24.
Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (1999 Documentary)
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Chris Rock brings his critically acclaimed brand of social commentary-themed humor to this 1999 standup comedy presentation from HBO... (65 mins.)
Director: Keith Truesdell
 
25.
Bill Maher: Be More Cynical (2000 TV Movie)
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(68 mins.)
Director: Keith Truesdell
Stars: Bill Maher
 
26.
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush (2009 TV Special)
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It's time for change in America--but not without a few parting words from former President George W Bush... (115 mins.)
Director: Marty Callner
 
27.
Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe (2012 Video)
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Jim Gaffigan does it again with his new stand-up Mr. Universe. Gaffigan jumps from topic to topic joking around with a varied number of topics. Some of the topics included are McDonalds, family, Disney World, and much more. (78 mins.)
Director: Jay Karas
 
28.
Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale (2006 Documentary)
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In this brand-new comedy performance, he's more hilarious than ever with his unique style of self-deprecating observations and catty audience commentary. (72 mins.)
Director: Michael Drumm
 
29.
Nick Swardson: Seriously, Who Farted? (2009 TV Special)
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The biggest names in stand-up. The wildest live audiences. The most outrageous, uncensored comedy. (59 mins.)
Director: Linda Mendoza
 
30.
Talking Funny (2011 TV Movie)
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Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. let their guards down in an intimate, unscripted conversation about what it means to be a comedian. (49 mins.)
Director: John Moffitt