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1. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music | Active

8.2
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The classic late night live sketch comedy show.

Creator: Lorne Michaels | Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers

2. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998–2013)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Game-Show

8.7
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Improvisational comedy game show in which four players act out various comic games and sketches.

Stars: Drew Carey, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Charles Esten

3. Chappelle's Show (2003–2006)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Music

8.8
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Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture.

Creators: Neal Brennan, Dave Chappelle | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan, Rudy Rush

4. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988–1998)

36 min | Comedy, Game-Show

8.3
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A British show in which actors and comedians improvise sketches in various "theatre-sports"-type games, based on audience suggestions. The games might include singing a Hoedown about Tory ... See full summary »

Stars: Clive Anderson, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Richard Vranch

5. Comedian (2002)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.0
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62 Metascore

A look at the work of two stand-up comics, Jerry Seinfeld and a lesser-known newcomer, detailing the effort and frustration behind putting together a successful act and career while living a life on the road.

Director: Christian Charles | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Garry Shandling, Greg Giraldo

6. Last Comic Standing (2003– )

60 min | Comedy, Game-Show, Reality-TV

6.1
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The comics from season one face off against the comics from season two.

Stars: Jay Mohr, Joe Rogan, Bill Bellamy, Jonathan Thymius

7. Why We Laugh: Funny Women (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.5
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An uncensored look into the lives of the female stand-up comedian. Featuring interviews and live performance footage from some of today's most prominent female voices in stand-up comedy and... See full summary »

Writers: Quincy Newell, Bambi Haggins | Director: Bernard Gourley | Stars: Joan Rivers, Kim Wayans, Tig Notaro, Whoopi Goldberg

8. Louis C.K.: Hilarious (2010 TV Special)

82 min | Comedy

8.5
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In this unique and dynamic live concert experience, Louis C.K.'s exploration of life after 40 destroys politically correct images of modern life with thoughts we have all had...but would rarely admit to.

Writer: Louis C.K. | Director: Louis C.K. | Stars: Louis C.K., Jesse Newman

9. Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction (2009 TV Special)

Comedy

7.8
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In this comedy special taped at DAR Constitution Hall, his first solo special on the network in seven years, Williams covers such topics as global warming, sex and politics, the state of ... See full summary »

Writer: Robin Williams | Director: Marty Callner | Star: Robin Williams

10. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)

R | 77 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.9
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The Monty Python troupe perform a combination of classic sketches and new material at the Hollywood Bowl.

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman, Angus James, David Lipscomb | Directors: Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton | Stars: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman

11. Donald Glover Weirdo (2012 TV Special)

65 min | Comedy

7.6
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With his unique brand of youthful storytelling Donald Glover brings down the house in his hysterical stand-up special Weirdo.

Writer: Donald Glover | Directors: Shannon Hartman, Michelle Caputo | Star: Donald Glover

12. Louis C.K.: Shameless (2007 TV Special)

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy

8.7
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Comedy and television star Louis C.K. returns to HBO for an hour of no-holds-barred, adults-only stand-up comedy! Taped before a live audience at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, the... See full summary »

Writer: Louis C.K. | Director: Steven J. Santos | Star: Louis C.K.

13. Bill Cosby: Himself (1983)

PG | 105 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.3
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A concert film in which Bill Cosby discusses weekends, raising children, dentists, and many other situations.

Writer: Bill Cosby | Director: Bill Cosby | Star: Bill Cosby

14. This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1992– )

Comedy

6.5
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This skit-filled Canadian comedy show pokes fun at the Canadian government and other national happenings.

Creator: Mary Walsh | Stars: Cathy Jones, Mark Critch, Shaun Majumder, Gavin Crawford

15. Louis C.K.: Chewed Up (2008 TV Special)

61 min | Comedy

8.6
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Louis C.K.'s second one-hour special filmed at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA.

Writer: Louis C.K. | Directors: Louis C.K., Shannon Hartman | Star: Louis C.K.

16. Ricky Gervais: Out of England - The Stand-Up Special (2008 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 72 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.8
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Award-winning actor/comedian Ricky Gervais' first-ever HBO stand-up special features his unique takes on such disparate issues as fund-raising, autism, fame, nursery rhymes, Nazis, moronic friends, obesity and more.

Writer: Ricky Gervais | Director: John Moffitt | Star: Ricky Gervais

17. Mind of Mencia (2005– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

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Creators: Carlos Mencia, Robert Morton | Stars: Carlos Mencia, Brad Williams, Norma Michaels, Karen McClain

18. Broken Lizard Stands Up (2010 TV Movie)

Comedy

5.5
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Broken Lizard's live stand up Comedy Central special.

Writers: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske | Director: Jay Chandrasekhar | Stars: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter

19. George Carlin... It's Bad for Ya! (2008 TV Special)

70 min | Comedy

8.7
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It's Bad For Ya, Carlin's Emmy-nominated 14th and final HBO special from March of 2008 features Carlin's noted irreverent and unapologetic observations on topics ranging from death, ... See full summary »

Writer: George Carlin | Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

20. Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special (2008 TV Movie)

85 min | Comedy

7.7
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The multi-platinum selling comedian performs his first holiday-themed stand-up special with his friends.

Writer: Jeff Dunham | Director: Michael Simon | Stars: Jeff Dunham, Brian Haner

21. Lopez Tonight (2009– )

60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

3.6
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Stars: George Lopez, Kyle Benham, Kara R. Stribling, Evan Kishiyama

22. In God We Rust (2012 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy

6.7
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Lewis Black takes on pretentious politicians, sell-out celebrities and all those things and ideas you thought you could trust. Using his acerbic wit and personal wise-cracks, he reminds us ... See full summary »

Writer: Lewis Black | Director: Adam Dubin | Star: Lewis Black

23. Richard Pryor... Here and Now (1983)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Documentary

7.1
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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.

Writer: Richard Pryor | Director: Richard Pryor | Stars: Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney

24. Freak (1998 TV Movie)

89 min | Biography, Comedy

8.1
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John Leguizamo's semi-falsified, one-man stand-up performance as...himself. This is his autobiographical story, about his life growing up, and his journey to try to be accepted by his ... See full summary »

Writers: David Bar Katz, John Leguizamo | Director: Spike Lee | Star: John Leguizamo

25. Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening (2010 TV Special)

56 min | Comedy

7.3
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Comedian Aziz Ansari presents his highly anticipated, hour-long debut stand-up special. The critically acclaimed stand-up and actor (Parks and Recreation, Funny People) discusses topics ... See full summary »

Writer: Aziz Ansari | Director: Jason Woliner | Stars: Aziz Ansari, Brandon Johnson, Sara Von Gillern, Christina Glur

26. Ricky Gervais Live: Animals (2003 Video)

73 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.1
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Ricky Gervais entertains a live audience in his first stand-up routine.

Writer: Ricky Gervais | Director: Dominic Brigstocke | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Stirling Gallacher

27. The Rick Mercer Report (2004– )

30 min | Comedy

5.9
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Rick Mercer travels around Canada giving a weekly satirical political commentary on the state of the country

Creators: Rick Mercer, Gerald Lunz | Stars: Rick Mercer, Kathryn Greenwood, Patrick McKenna, Noah Ryan Scott

28. Royal Canadian Air Farce (1993– )

22 min | Comedy

4.3
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A comedy sketch show focusing on Canadian events and affairs.

Creators: Gord Holtam, Rick Olsen, Don Ferguson, Roger Abbott, Luba Goy, John Morgan | Stars: Don Ferguson, Luba Goy, Roger Abbott, Craig Lauzon

29. The Queens of Comedy (2001 Video)

R | 79 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.3
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Four African American women, profane and brassy, bring stand-up comedy to the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. Miss Laura Hayes opens the show and serves as emcee. She tells family ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Purcell | Stars: Adele Givens, Laura Hayes, Mo'Nique, Sommore

30. Bill Maher: The Decider (2007 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy

7.4
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Comedian, writer and politically incorrect HBO talk-show host Bill Maher takes time off from his regular hosting duties to perform a hilariously scathing stand-up set in this comedy special... See full summary »

Writer: Bill Maher | Director: John Moffitt | Star: Bill Maher

31. Saturday Night Live: The Best of Adam Sandler (1999 TV Special)

Unrated | 73 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.1
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Before he was Happy Gilmore, Little Nicky, The Waterboy, or Billy Madison, Adam Sandler was doing Saturday Night Live playing hilarious characters and singing hilarious songs like the ... See full summary »

Writers: Tim Herlihy, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Jay Mohr, Bob Odenkirk, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Robert Smigel | Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller, Dave Wilson, Peter Corbett | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kirstie Alley, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Cleghorne

32. Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now (2003 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Documentary

7.9
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Ellen DeGeneres performs her comedy-concert live on stage and taped for HBO.

Writers: Karen Anderson, Ellen DeGeneres, Karen Kilgariff, Kevin Seccia | Director: Joel Gallen | Star: Ellen DeGeneres

33. Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Chrimbus Special (2010 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

7.4
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Writers: Tim Heidecker, Jonathan Krisel, Doug Lussenhop, Jon Mugar, Eric Wareheim | Directors: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Benjamin Berman | Stars: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Zach Galifianakis, Bob Odenkirk

34. George Carlin: Complaints & Grievances (2001 TV Special)

55 min | Comedy

8.5
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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, 2001 (ten weeks after 9/11), Carlin casts his usual jaundiced ... See full summary »

Writer: George Carlin | Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

35. George Carlin: You Are All Diseased (1999 TV Special)

TV-MA | 65 min | Comedy

8.7
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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.

Writer: George Carlin | Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

36. Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show (2009 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.2
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A commercial-free variety special starring Seth MacFarlane and his "Family Guy" co-star Alex Borstein. The half-hour special will highlight the duo's subversive and unique comedic ... See full summary »

Writers: Aaron Blitzstein, Alex Borstein, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, Andrew Goldberg, David Ihlenfeld, Artie Johann, Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Meighan, Danny Smith, Alec Sulkin, John Viener, Wellesley Wild | Directors: Jackson Douglas, Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Walter Murphy, Mike Henry

37. Ricky Gervais Live 3: Fame (2007 Video)

79 min | Comedy

7.8
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The third part of Ricky's themed live stand-up shows.

Writer: Ricky Gervais | Director: Dominic Brigstocke | Star: Ricky Gervais

38. Ready? OK! (I) (2008)

91 min | Comedy

6.5
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In this poignant comedy, a single mom struggles to understand her young son's obsession with dresses, dolls and girls' cheerleading. With the recent death of her absent father and her ... See full summary »

Writer: James Vasquez | Director: James Vasquez | Stars: Caroline Hyatt, Britt Medlin, Alison Grace Norwood, Keilani Joy Spahn

39. George Carlin: Jammin' in New York (1992 TV Special)

59 min | Comedy

8.9
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When George Carlin is asked which HBO concert is his favorite, his answer is always, "Jammin' In New York." The reasons are several: It was his first HBO show done live; it was the first he... See full summary »

Writer: George Carlin | Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

40. Bill Maher... But I'm Not Wrong (2010 TV Movie)

79 min | Comedy

7.1
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Stand up comedy special by Bill Maher.

Writer: Bill Maher | Director: John Moffitt | Stars: Maureen MacDonald, Bill Maher, Cait Mathis

41. Def Comedy Jam (1992– )

300 min | Comedy

7.1
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Stars: Kid Capri, D.L. Hughley, Adele Givens, Joe Torry

42. Ricky Gervais Live 2: Politics (2004 Video)

68 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.9
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A year after Animals, Ricky Gervais comes back with his second stand up comedy tour: Politics.

Writer: Ricky Gervais | Director: Dominic Brigstocke | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ash Atalla

43. George Carlin: Back in Town (1996 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy

8.8
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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.

Writer: George Carlin | Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

44. Lewis Black: Old Yeller - Live at the Borgata (2014 TV Movie)

Comedy

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In his ninth comedy special, Lewis Black tears into a country that is going nowhere at the speed of light. "Old Yeller" weaves the riotous tale of a country that is so strung out on ADD ... See full summary »

Writer: Lewis Black | Director: Zach Nial | Star: Lewis Black

45. I'm from Hollywood (1989)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

7.5
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Wrestling documentry about comedian Andy Kauffman's break into professional wrestling. Mainly focuses on his feud with Memphis wrestling legend, Jerry "The King" Lawler, and features ... See full summary »

Writers: Lynne Margulies, Joe Orr | Directors: Lynne Margulies, Joe Orr | Stars: Andy Kaufman, Jerry Lawler, Tony Danza, Jimmy Hart

46. Trevor Noah: That's Racist (2012 Video)

97 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.0
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Writer: Trevor Noah | Director: David Paul Meyer | Star: Trevor Noah

47. Anthony Jeselnik: Caligula (2013 TV Special)

Comedy

7.5
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Anthony Jeselnik brings his signature dark and twisted point of view to this extended and uncensored special. He holds nothing back, routinely saying things most wouldn't ever dare. Anthony is not for the easily offended or humorless.

Director: Ryan Polito | Star: Anthony Jeselnik

48. Bill Bailey: Part Troll (2004 TV Movie)

94 min | Comedy, Music

8.5
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A live stand up show featurng musical comedian Bill Bailey.

Writer: Bill Bailey | Director: Nick Morris | Star: Bill Bailey

49. Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 - The Stand-Up Special (2010 TV Movie)

TV-MA | Documentary, Comedy

7.9
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Stand-up comic Ricky Gervais has his second HBO special.

Writer: Ricky Gervais | Director: John Moffitt | Star: Ricky Gervais

50. Bill Hicks: Sane Man (1989 Video)

84 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.7
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Writer: Bill Hicks | Directors: Kevin Booth, David Johndrow | Star: Bill Hicks