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.
The Monty Python Matching Tie and HandkerchiefMonty PythonNominated in 1976.
Are You Serious???Richard PryorNominated in 1978.
Saturday Night LiveLorne Michaels & Saturday Night Live cast membersNominated in 1978.
FM & AMGeorge CarlinWon in 1973.
Don Rickles Speaks!Don RicklesNominated in 1970.
On the RoadGeorge CarlinNominated in 1978.
- 92Nominated in 1972.
Let's Get SmallSteve Martin, Trouble FunkWon in 1978.
The Wizard of ComedyRichard PryorNominated in 1979.
The RutlesThe RutlesNominated in 1979.
A Wild and Crazy GuySteve MartinWon in 1979.
All in the FamilyCarroll O’Connor, Jean StapletonNominated in 1973.
You Gotta Wash Your AssRedd FoxxNominated in 1977.
This Is a RecordingLily TomlinWon in 1972.
On StageLily TomlinNominated in 1979.
- 50Nominated in 1975.
Berkeley ConcertLenny BruceNominated in 1970.
LemmingsNational LampoonNominated in 1974.
An Evening with Wally Londo Featuring Bill SlaszoGeorge CarlinNominated in 1976.
Ajax Liquor StoreHudson & LandryNominated in 1972.
GeraldineFlip WilsonNominated in 1973.
Mind Over MatterRobert KleinNominated in 1975.
- 90Nominated in 1973.
Fat AlbertBill CosbyNominated in 1974.
- 70Won in 1974.