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1. Seinfeld (1989–1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

8.9
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The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends.

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

Votes: 190,250

2. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

8.1
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A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 35,248

3. Comedy Central Presents (1998– )

30 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.1
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A TV series featuring various stand up comics.

Stars: Mike Birbiglia, Todd Barry, Lewis Black, Stephen Lynch

Votes: 880

4. 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

Votes: 5,326 | Gross: $2.74M

5. Michael & Michael Have Issues (2009– )

Comedy

7.7
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Best friends and collaborators for over 20 years, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter finally have their own TV show. There's just one problem: they are their own worst enemies.

Stars: Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Jessi Klein, Kumail Nanjiani

Votes: 703

6. Housewife, 49 (2006 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, War

7.7
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In the late 1930s Nella Last,a housewife aged 49,living in Barrow-in-Furness on the North West English coast,agrees to send details of her routine to the Mass observation project,a ... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Victoria Wood, David Threlfall, Christopher Harper, Ben Crompton

Votes: 566

7. That's Life! (1973–1994)

Documentary, Talk-Show

6.6
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Esther Rantzen and the team present a variety of subjects, including consumer advice, rights and investigations, topical news-related vox pops, and lighthearted items such as clever pets and hilarious misspelt signs.

Stars: Esther Rantzen, Gavin Campbell, Doc Cox, Victoria Wood

Votes: 37

8. Eric & Ernie (2011 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

8.0
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A telling of the fledging careers and early days of the comedy duo that was Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, from their dance-hall performances of northern England to cult status.

Director: Jonny Campbell | Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Josh Benson, Thomas Atkinson, Victoria Wood

Votes: 504

9. Robin Williams Live on Broadway (2002 TV Special)

TV-MA | 99 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.5
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The fourth HBO stand-up special by Robin Williams.

Director: Marty Callner | Star: Robin Williams

Votes: 5,120

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

59 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.8
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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 »

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

Votes: 2,469

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

60 min | Documentary, 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.

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

Votes: 2,352

12. New Faces (1973– )

60 min | Family

5.3
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Stars: Derek Hobson, Mickie Most, Marti Caine, Shaw Taylor

Votes: 10

13. Bill Hicks: Sane Man (1989 Video)

84 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.6
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Classic stand-up performance recorded in Austin Texas in 1989.

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

Votes: 1,752

14. Sam Kinison: Breaking the Rules (1987 TV Special)

50 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.3
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Fans old and new have cause for celebration with the release of Sam Kinison: Breaking All The Rules, HBO Special. Along with being voted onto Comedy Central's All-Time Top 20 Stand-Up ... See full summary »

Director: Walter C. Miller | Stars: Sam Kinison, Denise Gallup, Dian Gallup, Hugh M. Hefner

Votes: 403

15. Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (1985–1987)

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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Sketch based show starring 'Victoria Wood', 'Julie Walters' and many others. Included regular items such as "Acorn Antiques" with Julie as Mrs Overall and a regular advice slot from Agony ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston

Votes: 208

16. George Carlin: Playin' with Your Head (1986 TV Special)

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.2
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Legendary comedian George Carlin tackles some of his favorite subjects along with his brand of comedy and humor.

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Stars: George Carlin, Rick Ducommun, Anthony James, Vic Tayback

Votes: 1,288

17. Victoria Wood (1989)

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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A series of six self-contained comedy playlets written by and starring Victoria Wood

Stars: Victoria Wood, Lill Roughley, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie

Votes: 105

18. Jimmy Carr: In Concert (2008 TV Special)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.1
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Britain's foremost multi-award-winning joke technician Jimmy Carr returns with his fourth live stand-up DVD, Jimmy Carr In Concert.

Director: Dominic Brigstocke | Star: Jimmy Carr

Votes: 793

19. Victoria Wood: With All the Trimmings (2000 TV Special)

50 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.4
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The comedienne stars in this festive sketch show, alongside a host of celebrity guests.

Director: John Birkin | Stars: Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne, Susie Blake, James Bolam

Votes: 139

20. CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival (2002– )

60 min | Comedy

3.6
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Stars: John Wing, Maggie Cassella, Seán Cullen, Glen Foster

Votes: 52

21. BAFTA Televsion Awards 2016 (2016 TV Special)

120 min

6.2
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Stars: Graham Norton, Ronnie Barker, Mary Berry, Birdy

Votes: 12

22. Mid Life Christmas (2009 TV Movie)

58 min | Comedy

6.2
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'Lark Pies to Cranchesterford' is a sunny costume spoof in which Victorian teenager Araminty Fich leaves her humble hamlet to work in the Post and Potato Office in the bustling town of ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Dow | Stars: Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Anton du Beke, Delia Smith

Votes: 73

23. An Audience with Victoria Wood (1988 TV Special)

52 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.3
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Victoria Wood giving her observations on life and songs that reflect what it's like to be a in a relationship.

Director: David G. Hillier | Stars: Victoria Wood, Tony Adams, Dave Allen, Joan Bakewell

Votes: 127

24. The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything (1999 TV Special)

Comedy, History

6.8
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Humorous review of British history.

Directors: Dewi Humphreys, Paul Jackson, Matt Lipsey | Stars: Clive Anderson, Matthew Ashforde, Patrick Barlow, Ronnie Barker

Votes: 126

25. Comic Relief (1988 TV Special)

450 min | Comedy

6.0
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The first night of Comic Relief on Red Nose day 1988 hosted by Lenny 'Nice Suit' Henry and Griff 'Stupid Hat' Rhys Jones. Participants managed to raise over 15 million pounds for charity projects in Britain and Africa.

Stars: Lenny Henry, Griff Rhys Jones, Mark Arden, Rowan Atkinson

Votes: 25

26. Heather McDonald: I Don't Mean to Brag (2014 TV Special)

TV-MA | 56 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.7
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Heather McDonald just doesn't hold back on anything, especially when recounting the many ways she attempts to balance fame and family. Really, what's a mother to do when her young son ... See full summary »

Director: Shannon Hartman | Star: Heather McDonald

Votes: 116

27. The Ha!ifax Comedy Fest (2002– )

30 min | Comedy

4.3
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Stars: Mark Critch, Pete Zedlacher, Cathy Jones, Jonny Harris

Votes: 108

28. Bill Engvall: Aged & Confused (2009 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy

7.2
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Director: David Higby | Star: Bill Engvall

Votes: 293

29. Victoria Wood's Nice Cup of Tea (2013)

59 min | Documentary

9.1
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Comedy legend Victoria Wood travels the globe to explore Britain's love affair with tea in a two part special on the little plant that changed the world.

Stars: Victoria Wood, Clarissa Dickson Wright, Morrissey, Graham Norton

Votes: 10

30. Julie Walters and Friends (1991 TV Movie)

55 min | Comedy

8.5
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Julie Walters stars in new sketches by four accomplished writers who helped make her famous.

Director: Alasdair Macmillan | Stars: Julie Walters, Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Willy Russell

Votes: 23

31. Richard Jeni: Platypus Man (1992 TV Special)

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.6
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This the late Richard Jeni's non-stop joyride that won the prestigious Cable Ace Award for "Best Stand-Up Comedial Special." Highlights include: "The Bad News" with newscaster Grim Carnage,... See full summary »

Director: Keith Truesdell | Stars: Richard Jeni, Terry McFadden

Votes: 77

32. Dara O Briain: Crowd Tickler (2015 Video)

94 min | Comedy

7.5
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The Mock the Week (2005) host performs a stand-up comedy gig at London's Hammersmith Apollo as part of his 2015 nationwide tour.

Director: Paul Wheeler | Star: Dara O'Briain

Votes: 81

33. Gallagher: Sledge-O-Matic.com (2000 Video)

55 min | Comedy

6.4
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Star: Gallagher

Votes: 30

34. Gallagher: Smashing Cheeseheads (1998 Video)

55 min | Comedy

7.4
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Star: Gallagher

Votes: 13

35. Comic Relief (1991 TV Special)

395 min | Comedy

6.8
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Having taken a year off to spend all the money from the previous two Red Nose Days, Comic Relief returns with 'The Stonker', the biggest and baddest fund raising night of comedy yet, helped... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm Dalton | Stars: Lenny Henry, Griff Rhys Jones, Jonathan Ross, Russ Abbot

Votes: 66

36. Victoria Wood: Live in Your Own Home (1994 TV Special)

80 min | Comedy

7.7
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Director: Geoff Posner | Stars: Victoria Wood, Roger Brierley, Duncan Preston, Grant Roffey

Votes: 23

37. The Angina Monologues (2010 TV Movie)

39 min | Comedy

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Director: Geoff Posner | Stars: Victoria Wood, Katy Brand, Roisin Conaty, Julia Davis

38. Wood and Walters (1981–1982)

26 min | Comedy

7.6
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Various sketches written by Victoria Wood

Stars: Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Robert Longden, Gregory Floy

Votes: 34

39. Victoria Wood: Sold Out (1991 TV Movie)

64 min | Comedy

7.7
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Director: Marcus Mortimer | Stars: Victoria Wood, Geoffrey Durham

Votes: 10

40. Coronation Street: First Dry Run (1960 TV Movie)

Drama

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Stars: Peter Adamson, Betty Alberge, Anne Cunningham, Larry Dann

41. Julie Walters: A BAFTA Tribute (2003 TV Movie)

60 min

6.9
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Director: Ian Hamilton | Stars: Clive Anderson, Michael Caine, Billy Connolly, Robert Lindsay

Votes: 8

42. Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast (1992 TV Special)

49 min | Comedy

7.9
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A spoof of ITV's magazine show This Morning, presented by Sally Cumbernauld (Wood) and Martin Crossthwaite (Preston), with sketches, adverts, an exercise ritual with Polly (Blake, an ... See full summary »

Director: Geoff Posner | Stars: Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Susie Blake

Votes: 38

43. Victoria Wood: What Larks! Or... What I Did on My Holidays (2009 TV Short)

44 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

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Stars: Victoria Wood, Emily Atack, John Birkin, Gina Bramhill

44. Victoria's Empire (2007– )

58 min | Documentary

6.6
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Stars: Victoria Wood, Les Hiddins, Freddie McGregor, Lindsay Perigo

Votes: 32

45. Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew (2008 Video)

78 min | Documentary, Comedy

5.2
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Powerful inside look at legendary comedian Jackie Mason's final Broadway performance.

Director: Barry Avrich | Star: Jackie Mason

Votes: 18

46. Jackie Mason at the London Palladium (1996 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy

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Director: Paul Jackson | Star: Jackie Mason

47. Victoria Wood: Seen on TV (2009 TV Movie)

88 min | Documentary

7.6
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Stars: Michael Ball, Thelma Barlow, Susie Blake, Jo Brand

Votes: 7

48. CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival (2010 TV Special)

45 min | Documentary, Comedy

4.2
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With a billing in 2009 as big as King Kong - the 8th Wonder of World - the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival is the brainchild of Winnipeg comedian Al Rae. A Winnipeg stand-up comic and writer, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Watt | Stars: Paul Bates, Trevor Boris, Mike Bullard, Andrew Bush

Votes: 29

49. Victoria Wood: A BAFTA Tribute (2005 TV Movie)

65 min

5.1
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A tribute to the multi-talented English comedienne, writer, pianist and actress.

Director: John L. Spencer | Stars: Victoria Wood, Joan Armatrading, Susie Blake, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 8

50. Let's Do It: A Tribute to Victoria Wood (2016 TV Movie)

47 min | Documentary

8.0
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In this celebration of the life and work of the hugely popular entertainer, who died in April 2016, friends and fans pay tribute to a great comic talent. Victoria Wood wrote some of ... See full summary »

Directors: Andrew Nicholson, John Piper | Stars: Victoria Wood, Anne Reid, James Corden, Alison Steadman

Votes: 10