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1. Seinfeld (1989–1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

8.8
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The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York City friends.

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

Votes: 230,511

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: 39,675

3. Comedy Central Presents (1998– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.0
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A television series featuring various stand-up comics.

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

Votes: 997

4. Comedian (2002)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.9
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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: 6,151 | Gross: $2.74M

5. That's Life! (1973–1994)

Documentary, Talk-Show

6.5
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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, Kieran Prendiville, Glyn Worsnip, Cyril Fletcher

Votes: 44

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

59 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.7
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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: 2,948

7. Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016)

TV-MA | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

5.7
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64 Metascore

A successful singer-songwriter hatches a plan to help his friend's struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour.

Director: Jeff Grace | Stars: Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, Meredith Hagner, Melanie Lynskey

Votes: 454

8. 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: 5,534

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

94 min | Comedy

7.4
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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: 138

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

30 min | Comedy

7.8
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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: 283

11. Housewife, 49 (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 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: 636

12. Stadium Anthems (2018)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.0
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A female recording artist encounters the misogyny and outdated business practices of male record label executives.

Director: Scott Douglas Brown | Stars: Toddy Walters, Jude Moran, Jordan Leigh, Christopher Soren Kelly

Votes: 106

13. Eric & Ernie (2011 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

8.1
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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, Tom Atkinson, Victoria Wood

Votes: 601

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

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.7
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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: 2,730

15. The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything (1999 TV Movie)

Comedy, History

7.1
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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: 138

16. New Faces (1973– )

60 min | Family

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

Votes: 12

17. Michael & Michael Have Issues (2009– )

Comedy

7.5
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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: 744

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

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.1
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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: 1,506

19. Bill Hicks: Sane Man (1989 Video)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.5
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Classic stand-up performance recorded in Austin Texas in 1989.

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

Votes: 2,026

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

R | 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, Florence Marie Marney, Denise Gallup, Dian Gallup

Votes: 524

21. Victoria Wood (1989)

30 min | Comedy

7.4
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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: 148

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

52 min | Comedy

7.5
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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: 162

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

TV-MA | 56 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.4
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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: 119

24. Mid Life Christmas (2009 TV Movie)

59 min | Comedy

6.4
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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: 86

25. 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: 953

26. The Ha!ifax Comedy Fest (2002– )

30 min | Documentary, Comedy

2.5
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Stars: Mark Critch, Pete Zedlacher, Cathy Jones, Jonny Harris

Votes: 177

27. Erik Griffin: The Ugly Truth (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 61 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.3
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In his first ever stand-up comedy special, Erik Griffin breaks it down while talking about himself, society as a whole and everything in between.

Director: Scott Moran | Stars: Cody Chatham, Erik Griffin

Votes: 47

28. Paul Reiser: Out on a Whim (1987 TV Special)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

5.2
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Paul Reiser brings his sophisticated observational humor to home video in this rare showcase of his acclaimed talent as both actor and stand-up comedian. Reiser goes out on a whim searching... See full summary »

Director: Carl Gottlieb | Stars: Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Brooke Adams, Carrie Fisher

Votes: 44

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

88 min | Documentary

7.6
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Director: Lucy Kenwright | Stars: Michael Ball, Thelma Barlow, Susie Blake, Jo Brand

Votes: 7

30. CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival (2002– )

60 min | Comedy

5.0
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Stars: John Wing, Seán Cullen, Maggie Cassella, Big Daddy Tazz

Votes: 133

31. Jo Brand Through the Cakehole (1993– )

Documentary, Comedy

6.9
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Stars: Jo Brand, Maria McErlane, Simon Clayton, Brenda Gilhooly

Votes: 14

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

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.5
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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: 88

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

49 min | Comedy

7.7
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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: 44

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

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

35. BAFTA Televsion Awards 2016 (2016 TV Special)

120 min

5.2
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Stars: Graham Norton, Ronnie Barker, Mary Berry, Birdy

Votes: 21

36. Jackie Mason: The World According to Me (1988 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy

8.0
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Watch Jackie Mason's first one-man Broadway show, as he combines lethal political satire with his own unique observations about everyday life.

Director: Dwight Hemion | Star: Jackie Mason

Votes: 18

37. 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: 16

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

Not Rated | 55 min | Comedy

6.3
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Lock up your watermelons, and anything else that splatters! With a name like "Sledge-O-Matic" you know Gallagher is sure to get crazy in this special filmed in 2000!

Star: Gallagher

Votes: 34

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

78 min | Documentary, Comedy

5.7
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Powerful inside look at legendary comedian Jackie Mason's final Broadway performance.

Director: Barry Avrich | Star: Jackie Mason

Votes: 20

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

60 min | Comedy

7.2
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From the multi-platinum comedian that brought you the #1 comedy albums Here's Your Sign, 15 Degrees Off Cool, Now That's Awesome. and Dorkfish, comes the newest release from Bill Engvall, Aged and Confused.

Director: David Higby | Star: Bill Engvall

Votes: 337

41. Wood and Walters (1981–1982)

26 min | Comedy

7.1
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Various sketches written by Victoria Wood

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

Votes: 44

42. 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: 69

43. Victoria Wood: Live (1997 Video)

97 min | Comedy

7.6
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Regarded as one of Victoria Wood's best ever concerts, this was recorded during her 1997 UK tour, where she played to over half a million people and appeared at The Royal Albert Hall for an unprecedented fifteen nights.

Director: Geoff Posner | Stars: Victoria Wood, Geoffrey Durham

Votes: 30

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

47 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.4
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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: 11

45. Bruce's Hall of Fame with Alexander Armstrong (2016 TV Movie)

70 min | Family

4.4
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Stars: Bruce Forsyth, Alexander Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr., Adam Garcia

Votes: 7

46. 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

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

52 min | Comedy

8.1
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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: 158

48. 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

49. Robert Klein: Child of the 50's, Man of the 80's (1984 TV Special)

58 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

6.0
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Director: Thomas Schlamme | Stars: Robert Klein, Betsy Bircher, Mike Boone, James Hynes

Votes: 14

50. Julie Walters and Friends (1991 TV Movie)

55 min | Comedy

8.4
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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: 26



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