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The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s 

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Updated November 5, 2019 247 votes 28 voters

The 1970s marked a groundbreaking decade in the world of comedy. The nominees and winners of the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album are a remarkable – and side-splitting – illustration of that golden age. The best comedy albums of the 1970s come in many forms. Some of these Grammy-nominated 1970s albums showcase witty observations, while other hilarious acts combine music and stand-up. Many of the comedians behind these albums are considered among the best performers of all time.

What releases will you find on this 1970s comedy albums list? Long before Up in Smoke became the most iconic stoner film of all time, Cheech & Chong were cracking up comedy fans with their Grammy-nominated albums throughout the '70s. The hilarious duo, comprised of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, took home the trophy for their 1974 release, Los Cochinos. George Carlin also had several Grammy-nominated comedy albums in the decade.

The 1970s practically belonged to Richard Pryor. That N*****'s Crazy, …Is It Something I Said?, and Are You Serious??? were all nominated for Grammys. Other good Grammy-recognized albums of the '70s include Lily Tomlin's This Is A Recording and You Gotta Wash Your Ass by Redd Foxx.

Which of these best 1970s album nominees belongs at the top of this list? That's up to you to decide. Vote your favorite recordings up to number one by giving them a thumbs up.

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A Wild and Crazy Guy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
A Wild and Crazy Guy
Won in 1979.
2
Cheech and Chong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
By Cheech & Chong (1971); Tracks: Vietnam, Blind Melon Chitlin’ & Dave
Nominated in 1972.
3
The Monty Python Matchin... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief
Nominated in 1976.
4
Are You Serious??? is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
Are You Serious???
Nominated in 1978.
5
An Evening with Wally Lo... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
An Evening with Wally Londo Featuring Bill Slaszo
Nominated in 1976.
6
Cheech & Chong’s Wed... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
By Cheech & Chong (1974); Tracks: Black Lassie (A Great American Dog), Championship Wrestling & The Baby Sitters
Nominated in 1975.
7
FM & AM is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
FM & AM
Won in 1973.
8
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
Saturday Night Live
Nominated in 1978.
9
Don Rickles Speaks! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
Don Rickles Speaks!
Nominated in 1970.
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On the Road is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
On the Road
Nominated in 1978.
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That N*****'s Crazy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
That N*****'s Crazy
Won in 1975.
12
The Wizard of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
The Wizard of Comedy
Nominated in 1979.
13
Let's Get Small is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
Let's Get Small By Steve Martin and Trouble Funk (1977); Tracks: Let's Get Small (Special mix) and Let's Get Small (vocal)
Won in 1978.
14
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
All in the Family
Nominated in 1973.
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You Gotta Wash Your Ass ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
You Gotta Wash Your Ass
Nominated in 1977.
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The Rutles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
The Rutles
Nominated in 1979.
17
This Is a Recording is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
This Is a Recording By Lily Tomlin (1972); Tracks: Awards Dinner, The Pageant & Mrs. Mitchell
Won in 1972.
18
Berkeley Concert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
Berkeley Concert
Nominated in 1970.
19
On Stage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
On Stage
Nominated in 1979.
20
Lemmings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
Lemmings By National Lampoon; Tracks: Stage Announcement/Farmer Yassir, Papa Was a Running-Dog Lackey of the Bourgeoisie & Lemmings' Lament
Nominated in 1974.
21
Bicentennial Nigger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
Won in 1977.
22
Big Bambu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
By Cheech & Chong (1972); Tracks: The Bust, Rebuttal: Speaker Ashley Roachclip & Streets of New York or Los Angeles or San Francisco Or...
Nominated in 1973.
23
Geraldine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
Geraldine
Nominated in 1973.
24
Mind Over Matter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
Mind Over Matter
Nominated in 1975.
25
Los Cochinos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s
By Cheech & Chong (1973); Tracks: Don’t Bug Me, Pedro and the Man at the Drive-In & Pedro and Man at the Drive-Inn
Won in 1974.