ultimate stand-up comedy specials list

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1. Bill Burr: You People Are All the Same. (2012 Video)

TV-MA | 69 min | Comedy

Funnyman Bill Burr takes the stage to uncork a profanity-laced, incisive routine that pokes fun at plastic surgery, reality TV, gold diggers and more.

Director: Jay Karas | Stars: Bill Burr, Paul Virzi

Votes: 5,436

2. CM101MMXI Fundamentals (2013)

139 min | Documentary, Comedy

The funny little details of everyday life; the simple things that makes us laugh. An unforgettable performance from Cem Yilmaz. Yilmaz captures the audience with his hilarious stories about... See full summary »

Director: Murat D√ľndar | Star: Cem Yilmaz

Votes: 42,404

3. Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy

54 Metascore

Eddie Murphy in a stand-up performance recorded live. For an hour and a half he talks about his favourite subjects: sex and women.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Tatyana Ali, Billie Allen, Clebert Ford

Votes: 17,656 | Gross: $50.50M

4. Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983 TV Special)

Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary, Comedy

Eddie Murphy's raunchy, raucous stand-up comedy routine is captured for posterity on this tape.

Director: Bruce Gowers | Stars: Eddie Murphy, James Argiro, Gus Loundermon, Brian O'Neal

Votes: 15,430

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

R | 77 min | Documentary, Comedy, Musical

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

Directors: Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton | Stars: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman

Votes: 12,864 | Gross: $0.33M

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

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy

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.

Director: Louis C.K. | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 10,115

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

TV-MA | 61 min | Documentary, Comedy

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

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

Votes: 9,517

8. Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater (2011 Video)

63 min | Documentary, Comedy

Louis jokes about fatherhood, success, and flying first class at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

Director: Louis C.K. | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 8,831

9. Louis C.K. Oh My God (2013 TV Special)

TV-MA | 58 min | Documentary, Comedy

In February, 2013, Louis brings his impish nihilism to Phoenix, Arizona. He talks about an old lady and her pet, living in Manhattan, experiencing his body's aging (he's 45), men's ... See full summary »

Director: Louis C.K. | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 8,233

10. Amy Schumer: The Leather Special (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy

Three minutes into her set, Amy Schumer claims that all good comedians have a "leather special," where they wear all leather and regret it later in their careers--this is hers. Amy muses on... See full summary »

Director: Amy Schumer | Stars: Amy Schumer, Kim Caramele

Votes: 8,858

11. Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Comedy

60 Metascore

Comedian Kevin Hart performs in front of a crowd of 53,000 people at Philadelphia's outdoor venue, Lincoln Financial Field.

Directors: Leslie Small, Tim Story | Stars: Kevin Hart, Don Cheadle, Halle Berry, Ed Helms

Votes: 8,529 | Gross: $23.56M

12. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013)

R | 75 min | Documentary, Comedy

53 Metascore

Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, comedian Kevin Hart delivers material from his 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour.

Directors: Leslie Small, Tim Story | Stars: Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Will 'Spank' Horton, Joey Wells

Votes: 8,123 | Gross: $32.24M

13. Louis C.K. 2017 (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 74 min | Documentary, Comedy

Louis C.K. muses on religion, eternal love, giving dogs drugs, email fights, teachers, and more in a live performance from Washington D.C.

Director: Louis C.K. | Stars: Louis C.K., Joe List

Votes: 8,149

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

TV-MA | 56 min | Documentary, Comedy

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 »

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

Votes: 7,607

15. Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill (1999 Video)

Unrated | 115 min | Documentary, Comedy

Executive transvestite Eddie Izzard takes his show to San Francisco to give a brief history of pagan and Christian religions, the building of Stonehenge, the birth of the Church of England ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Jordan | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 6,897

16. The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 67 min | Comedy

Dave Chappelle gives his usual skewed insight into the topics of race, technology, OJ Simpson, and more in a stand up special filmed in Hollywood.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 9,044

17. Ricky Gervais: Humanity (2018 TV Special)

TV-MA | 79 min | Comedy

Live performance of British comedian Ricky Gervais filmed in London's Eventim Apollo.

Director: John L. Spencer | Star: Ricky Gervais

Votes: 11,427

18. Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly (2000 TV Special)

TV-MA | 57 min | Documentary, Comedy

Dave Chappelle returns to D.C. and riffs on politics, police, race relations, drugs, Sesame Street and more.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Albert Precourt

Votes: 7,797

19. Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 66 min | Comedy

Dave Chappelle gives his stand about racially charged run-ins, celebrity scandals and fatherly dilemmas in his stand-up set at Austin's Moody Theater.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 8,524

20. C.M.Y.L.M.Z. (2008 Video)

174 min | Comedy

The funny little details of everyday life; the simple things that makes us laugh. An unforgettable performance from Cem Yilmaz.

Director: Cem Yilmaz | Star: Cem Yilmaz

Votes: 7,288

21. Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth (2004 TV Special)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy

Chappelle cuts loose in what he does best, Chappelle-style! And for what it's worth, no one is safe from Dave!

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Greer Barnes

Votes: 7,181

22. Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (1999 TV Special)

TV-MA | 65 min | Comedy, Documentary

Chris Rock combines his hilarious delivery and his fearless style to launch an all-out comedy assault in his third solo HBO special.

Director: Keith Truesdell | Stars: Chris Rock, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Monteria Ivey

Votes: 6,315

23. An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002 Video)

Not Rated | 224 min | Comedy, Documentary

Kevin Smith interacts in Q&A sessions throughout various college stops in the USA.

Director: J.M. Kenny | Stars: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier, Anthony Snitzer

Votes: 5,972

24. Bo Burnham: Make Happy (2016 TV Special)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

Bo Burnham tackles life, death, sexuality, hypocrisy, mental illness and Pringles cans in his dazzling new stand-up special.

Directors: Bo Burnham, Christopher Storer | Star: Bo Burnham

Votes: 7,313

25. Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)

R | 89 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary on Conan O'Brien's comedy tour of the U.S. and Canada after leaving his post at "The Tonight Show" and severing his relationship with NBC.

Director: Rodman Flender | Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Vivino

Votes: 5,952 | Gross: $0.27M

26. Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018 TV Special)

TV-MA | 69 min | Comedy

Stand-up comedy in which Hannah Gadsby explains why she is giving up comedy. She tells the story of the strength of being a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.

Directors: Jon Olb, Madeleine Parry | Star: Hannah Gadsby

Votes: 7,821

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

TV-MA | 99 min | Documentary, Comedy

The fourth HBO stand-up special by Robin Williams.

Director: Marty Callner | Star: Robin Williams

Votes: 5,590

28. Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

63 Metascore

Narrative digressions on sex, race, politics, and more from comedienne Sarah Silverman.

Director: Liam Lynch | Stars: Sarah Silverman, Brian Posehn, Laura Silverman, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 5,345 | Gross: $1.32M

29. Bo Burnham: what. (2013 TV Special)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

A musical stand-up comedy show by Bo Burnham, the famous internet musician.

Directors: Bo Burnham, Christopher Storer | Star: Bo Burnham

Votes: 6,171

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

70 min | Documentary, Comedy

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 »

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

Votes: 5,150

31. Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (2011)

R | 89 min | Documentary, Comedy

Experience the show that quickly became a national phenomenon, and get an up close and personal look at Kevin Hart back in Philly, where he began his journey to become one of the funniest comedians of all time. You will laugh 'til it hurts.

Directors: Leslie Small, Tim Story | Stars: Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Will 'Spank' Horton, Harry Ratchford

Votes: 5,356 | Gross: $7.71M

32. Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store (2015 TV Special)

66 min | Documentary, Comedy

Comedian Louis C.K. performs live at the Comedy store in LA.

Director: Louis C.K. | Stars: Louis C.K., Jay London

Votes: 5,345

33. Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (2014 TV Special)

TV-MA | 80 min | Comedy

Comedian Bill Burr's 2014 stand-up comedy special.

Director: Jay Karas | Star: Bill Burr

Votes: 5,942

34. Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy

Dave talks about not actually growing up in the projects, the hate he received from the transgender community, and from fake news.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings

Votes: 7,840

35. Chris Rock: Never Scared (2004 TV Special)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy

Are you ready for Rock? Actor/director/comedian Chris Rock performs a gut-busting set in his fourth HBO stand-up special taped before a live audience at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Director: Joel Gallen | Stars: Chris Rock, Dionicio Chambers, Doug E. Fresh, Eric Edwards

Votes: 4,830

36. Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time' (1998 TV Special)

TV-14 | 75 min | Documentary, Comedy

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.

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Barryte, Grace Bustos, George Carlin

Votes: 4,797

37. Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 73 min | Comedy

In his first stand-up special, Hasan Minhaj weaves humorous and heartbreaking anecdotes to tell his life story as an Indian-American Muslim. Topics include racism, bullying and meeting the demanding expectations of his immigrant parents.

Director: Christopher Storer | Star: Hasan Minhaj

Votes: 5,513

38. Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018 TV Special)

TV-MA | 64 min | Documentary, Comedy

Chris Rock takes the stage in Brooklyn for a comedy special filled with searing observations on fatherhood, infidelity and American politics.

Director: Bo Burnham | Star: Chris Rock

Votes: 5,173

39. John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid (2015 TV Special)

TV-MA | 62 min | Comedy

Armed with boyish charm and a sharp wit, the former SNL writer offers sly takes on marriage, his beef with babies and the time he met Bill Clinton.

Director: Rhys Thomas | Stars: Petunia, John Mulaney, Amanda Walsh

Votes: 5,610

40. Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017 TV Special)

TV-14 | 62 min | Comedy

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage at the comedy club where he began his career to recount his early life.

Director: Michael Bonfiglio | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Brogan, Mark Schiff, Carolyn Liebling

Votes: 4,580

41. Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 49 min | Comedy

Dave jokes about the sexual assaults dominating the 2017 entertainment news and how and why people allow themselves to be abused.

Director: Stan Lathan | Star: Dave Chappelle

Votes: 6,530

42. Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny (2010 TV Special)

TV-MA | 72 min | Documentary, Comedy

"Seriously Funny" stars Kevin Hart performing in front of a sold out crowd live from Cleveland, Ohio - where he delivers his hilarious and unique brand of comedy. In this unforgettable ... See full summary »

Director: Shannon Hartman | Stars: Kim Delgado, Kevin Hart, LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal

Votes: 4,634

43. Jim Jefferies: BARE (2014 TV Special)

TV-MA | 77 min | Comedy

8.1