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1. Paul Mooney: Analyzing White America (2002 Video)

Unrated | 58 min | Documentary, Comedy

Paul Mooney is angry, fearless and very funny. Here he takes direct aim at racism and White America and hits his targets with dead-on accuracy - and humor.

Stars: Paul Mooney, Joe Inscoe, Bridget Gethins, Katie Fleckenstein

Votes: 233

2. Mike Epps: Under Rated... Never Faded & X-Rated (2009 TV Special)

72 min | Documentary, Comedy

The devilishly handsome and raucously funny comic Mike Epps takes the stage in his funniest ever stand-up comedy special. Epps has a knack for the absurd and his commentary on culture and ... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Raboy | Stars: Mike Epps, Doug E. Fresh

Votes: 211

3. Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982)

R | 82 min | Comedy

Richard Pryor performs his stand-up comedy act on the Sunset Strip.

Director: Joe Layton | Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Cross, Julie Hampton, Jesse Jackson

Votes: 3,878 | Gross: $36.30M

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

R | 83 min | Comedy

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.

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

Votes: 2,147 | Gross: $16.16M

5. Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin' (1971)

R | 48 min | Comedy

Richard Pryor delivering his one-of-a-kind routine. One of his earliest live performances in 1971 at the Improvisation in New York.

Director: Michael Blum | Star: Richard Pryor

Votes: 1,012

6. Sincerely Louis CK (2020 Video)

60 min | Comedy

In the long anticipated and controversial comeback of Louis CK, he doesn't hold back when discussing topics like religion, god, pedophilia, traveling Europe, and of course his sexual misconduct accusations in his brand new special.

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

Votes: 4,344

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

TV-MA | 74 min | 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: 9,463

8. 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: 11,267

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

TV-MA | 58 min | 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: 8,898

10. Paul Mooney: The Godfather of Comedy (2012 TV Special)

86 min | Comedy

The venomous, no-holds-barred style of standup comedy legend Paul Mooney is on full display in this concert special that finds the vitriolic funnyman sparing no politician or pop culture ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Mooney, Debbie Allen, Michael Blackson, Michael Colyar

Votes: 131

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

TV-MA | 57 min | 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: 9,068

12. 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: 7,049

13. Bill Burr: Let It Go (2010 TV Special)

Not Rated | 65 min | Comedy

Stand-up comedian Bill Burr's 2010 comedy special.

Director: Shannon Hartman | Star: Bill Burr

Votes: 4,996

14. Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996 TV Special)

TV-MA | 58 min | Comedy

The second HBO stand-up special by Chris Rock.

Director: Keith Truesdell | Stars: Chris Rock, Nelson George, Monteria Ivey, Ali LeRoi

Votes: 3,709

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

TV-MA | 59 min | Documentary, Comedy

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: 3,341

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

TV-MA | 61 min | 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: 10,177

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

63 min | 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: 9,508

18. Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (2013 TV Special)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Comedy, Romance

Mike Birbiglia tells the touching story of his believing and disbelieving in love.

Director: Seth Barrish | Star: Mike Birbiglia

Votes: 3,065

19. Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale (2006 TV Special)

TV-14 | 72 min | Documentary, Comedy

In this brand-new comedy performance, he's more hilarious than ever with his unique style of self-deprecating observations and catty audience commentary.

Director: Michael Drumm | Stars: Jim Gaffigan, Jeannie Gaffigan

Votes: 3,673

20. Robin Williams: An Evening at the Met (1986 TV Special)

65 min | Documentary, Comedy

In this hilarious stand up comedy, Robin Williams is energetic, witty and again hilarious. It's the number one stand up comedy of all time.

Director: Bruce Gowers | Star: Robin Williams

Votes: 1,366

21. Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway (1985 TV Special)

75 min | Comedy, Documentary

Whoopi Goldberg in her original one-woman show

Director: Thomas Schlamme | Star: Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 141

22. On Location: George Carlin at Phoenix (1978 TV Special)

81 min | Documentary, Comedy

Performing at the Celebrity Star Theater in Phoenix on July 23, 1978, Carlin mesmerizes his audience in the second of his 12 HBO specials. The show was originally planned as part of a ... See full summary »

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: George Carlin, Brenda Carlin

Votes: 1,276

23. Bill Hicks: Revelations (1993 TV Special)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, Comedy

Bill Hicks in the height of his genius. Recorded at the Dominion Theatre in London, Hicks opens our eyes and minds to the hypocrisy and ludicrousness of the world around us.

Director: Chris Bould | Star: Bill Hicks

Votes: 2,944

24. Steve Martin: A Wild and Crazy Guy (1978 TV Special)

Not Rated | 60 min | Comedy

Steve Martin's first network special for NBC. The show is half concert footage (shot at the Universal Amphitheatre in LA) and half sketches. Sketches include: Martin as "Turtle Boy," ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Weis | Stars: Steve Martin, Milton Berle, George Burns, Maryedith Burrell

Votes: 147

25. Patrice O'Neal: Elephant in the Room (2011 TV Special)

TV-MA | 78 min | Comedy

Elephant In The Room, filmed at the acclaimed Montreal Comedy Festival, is Patrice's first full-length special.

Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller | Stars: Patrice O'Neal, Josh Fadem

Votes: 1,126

26. An Evening with Robin Williams (1983 TV Special)

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

Robin Williams performs his act in San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. Although he does do some of his more well known routines, much of the footage is devoted to Williams' frenetic, completely off the wall improvisation.

Director: Don Mischer | Star: Robin Williams

Votes: 1,102

27. A Steven Wright Special (1985 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy

Enjoyably lethargic Steven Wright leaves his shack in the prairie to deliver a stand up show filled with creative and philosophical jokes, deadpan one-liners and funny contrived situations, including meeting a perfect Asian blond.

Director: Walter C. Miller | Stars: Nancy Omi, Steven Wright

Votes: 270

29. Bill Cosby: 49 (1987 Video)

67 min | Documentary, Comedy

In this concert film, Bill Cosby muses on his nearing the big 5-0 and how that age affects men, their wives, and their children.

Directors: Camille O. Cosby, David Lewis | Star: Bill Cosby

Votes: 210

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

TV-MA | 56 min | 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.

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

Votes: 8,182

31. Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup (2011 TV Special)

Not Rated | 61 min | Comedy

Norm MacDonald, the iconic anchor of SNL's "Weekend Update" and star of the cult classic Dirty Work, is back with a vengeance.

Director: David Steinberg | Star: Norm MacDonald

Votes: 858

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

TV-MA | 60 min | 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: 8,004

33. Bill Burr: You People Are All the Same. (2012 TV Special)

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: 6,690

34. 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: 5,099

35. Comedy Central Presents (1998–2011)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

A television series featuring various stand-up comics.

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

Votes: 1,042

36. Tom Segura: Completely Normal (2014 TV Special)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Comedy

Levelheaded stand-up Tom Segura shares offhand appraisals on hotels and opens up about his hobbies and digestive ailments in this comedy special.

Director: Jay Chapman | Star: Tom Segura

Votes: 2,297

37. Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion (2006 Video)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

A master of the one-liner with an absurd rambling style, Zach's sharp, resonating humor makes his show at the famed Purple Onion in San Francisco one of the funniest performances in recent comedy.

Director: Michael Blieden | Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Joe Wagner, Brian Unger

Votes: 3,658

38. In Living Color (1990–2006)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 9,888

39. The Richard Pryor Show (1977– )

60 min | Comedy

An American comedy series hosted by comedian Richard Pryor

Stars: Richard Pryor, Jimmy Martinez, Edie McClurg, Robin Williams

Votes: 362

40. Eddie Griffin: You Can Tell 'Em I Said It! (2011 TV Special)

TV-MA | 82 min | Documentary, Comedy

Eddie Griffin proves once more that he's one of the world's premier comedic talents in his brand-new stand-up special You Can Tell 'Em I Said It.

Director: Jay Karas | Star: Eddie Griffin

Votes: 508

41. Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive (2017 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy

In his first special since the near fatal car accident, Tracy Morgan jokes about life in a coma, his second marriage and the dark side of the family.

Director: Ryan Polito | Star: Tracy Morgan

Votes: 1,148



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