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The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1970s

Updated November 5, 2019 445 votes 31 voters 1.0k views

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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  • 1
    17
    2

    The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief

    Monty Python
    Nominated in 1976.
  • 2
    17
    2

    Are You Serious???

    Richard Pryor
    Nominated in 1978.
  • 3
    14
    0

    Saturday Night Live

    Lorne Michaels & Saturday Night Live cast members
    Nominated in 1978.
  • 4
    13
    0

    FM & AM

    George Carlin
    Won in 1973.
  • 5
    13
    2

    Don Rickles Speaks!

    Don Rickles
    Nominated in 1970.
  • 6
    11
    0

    On the Road

    George Carlin
    Nominated in 1978.
  • 7
    9
    2

    Cheech & Chong

    Cheech & Chong
    Nominated in 1972.
  • 8
    9
    2

    Let's Get Small

    Steve Martin, Trouble Funk
    Won in 1978.
  • 9
    10
    4

    The Wizard of Comedy

    Richard Pryor
    Nominated in 1979.
  • 10
    9
    2

    The Rutles

    The Rutles
    Nominated in 1979.
  • 11
    10
    4

    A Wild and Crazy Guy

    Steve Martin
    Won in 1979.
  • 12
    8
    2

    All in the Family

    Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton
    Nominated in 1973.
  • 13
    8
    2

    You Gotta Wash Your Ass

    Redd Foxx
    Nominated in 1977.
  • 14
    9
    4

    This Is a Recording

    Lily Tomlin
    Won in 1972.
  • 15
    8
    4

    On Stage

    Lily Tomlin
    Nominated in 1979.
  • 16
    5
    0
    Nominated in 1975.
  • 17
    8
    4

    Berkeley Concert

    Lenny Bruce
    Nominated in 1970.
  • 18
    8
    6

    Lemmings

    National Lampoon
    Nominated in 1974.
  • 19
    7
    4

    An Evening with Wally Londo Featuring Bill Slaszo

    George Carlin
    Nominated in 1976.
  • 20
    8
    6

    Ajax Liquor Store

    Hudson & Landry
    Nominated in 1972.
  • 21
    6
    4

    Geraldine

    Flip Wilson
    Nominated in 1973.
  • 22
    6
    4

    Mind Over Matter

    Robert Klein
    Nominated in 1975.
  • 23
    9
    0

    Big Bambu

    Cheech & Chong
    Nominated in 1973.
  • 24
    4
    2

    Fat Albert

    Bill Cosby
    Nominated in 1974.
  • 25
    7
    0

    Los Cochinos

    Cheech & Chong
    Won in 1974.