Mel Brooks. Carl Reiner. Lenny Bruce. Bob Newhart. The nominees and winners of the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album in the 1960s are true legends. The best comedy albums of the 1960s take different approaches to making listeners laugh. Some Grammy-nominated comedians are observational comics, while other hilarious acts combine music and stand-up into their releases. Many of the comedians behind these Grammy-nominated 1960s albums also have their own popular stand-up specials.
What laugh-out-loud releases will you find on this 1960s comedy albums list? Throughout the decade, one comedian stood head and shoulders above the rest. Future sitcom star Bill Cosby won six consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album from 1965–1970. Flip Wilson was also a popular comedian during the decade.
Before winning an Academy Award for directing The Graduate, Mike Nichols won a Grammy, along with his comedy partner Elaine May, in 1962. Other good albums featured on this list include Mom Always Liked You Best by The Smothers Brothers and Lenny Bruce in Concert.
Which of the 1960s best comedy albums deserves the top spot on this list? Vote your favorite recordings a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one position, and get ready to laugh.
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Hello Dummy!Don Rickles - Nominated in 1969.
The Wonderful World of Jonathan WintersJonathan Winters - Nominated for Best Spoken Comedy Album in 1961.
2,000 Year Old ManCarl Reiner & Mel Brooks - Nominated for Best Spoken Comedy Album in 1961.
Take-Offs and Put-OnsGeorge Carlin - Nominated in 1968.
The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!Bob Newhart - Won for Best Spoken Comedy Album in 1961.
Here’s JonathanJonathan Winters - Nominated in 1962.
Hello Muddah, Hello FadduhAllan Sherman - Won in 1964.
Sick HumorLenny Bruce - Nominated for Best Spoken Comedy Album in 1960.
My Son, the Folk SingerAllan Sherman - Nominated in 1963.
Ready or Not, Here Comes Godfrey CambridgeGodfrey Cambridge - Nominated in 1965.
Mom Always Liked You BestSmothers Brothers - Nominated in 1966.
For Swingin’ Livers Only!Allan Sherman - Nominated in 1965.
Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks at the Cannes Film FestivalCarl Reiner & Mel Brooks - Nominated in 1964.
Think EthnicSmothers Brothers - Nominated in 1964.