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A list of all the best stand-up comedy movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This stand-up comedy movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of stand-up comedy films also contains stand-up comedy movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This stand-up comedy films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best stand-up comedy movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This stand-up comedy movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Rock the vote (not the boat) by clicking thumbs up on your favorite movies.

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These are the top films in the stand-up comedy genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the stand-up comedy genre in it. Be it the motifs of the stand-up comedy genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

What belongs closer to the top of this list, On Location with Pat Cooper or Orny Adams: Takes the Third? If we missed any stand-up comedy movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous stand-up comedy movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about stand-up comedy movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the stand-up comedy movies. List includes photos and stand-up comedy movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

List movies include Just for Laughs: Stand-Up: Vol. 2: On the Edge, Comedy Express: B.T.: I'm Not black Enough and more.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these stand-up comedy movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good stand-up comedy movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest stand-up comedy movies, here is the full stand-up comedy movies list, ordered from best to worst.

Stand-up comedy movies have been directed by some pretty famous names, including Tim Robbins and Steven Soderbergh.

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Eddie Murphy Delirious is a stand-up comedy television special starring Eddie Murphy. The 70-minute show, released in 1983, showcases his most racy material. It was recorded on August 17, 1983 at DAR ...more

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Richard Pryor: Live in Concert is a stand-up comedy concert film starring Richard Pryor. Shot at Long Beach, California in December 1978, it was produced and distributed independently and is the ...more

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Samuel L. Jackson, Tatyana Ali, Kim Wayans Eddie Murphy Raw is an American stand-up comedy film directed by Robert Townsend and starring Eddie Murphy. It was Murphy's second feature stand-up film, following Eddie Murphy Delirious. ...more

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Dave Chappelle, Albert Precourt Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly is a 2000 comedy documentary film written by Dave Chappelle and directed by Stan Lathan.

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Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, D. L. Hughley The Original Kings of Comedy is a 2000 stand-up comedy film, directed by Spike Lee, and featuring the comedy routines of Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac. ...more

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Gene Cross Live on the Sunset Strip is a comedy album by Richard Pryor. Recorded in 1982, the film was the most financially lucrative of the comedian's concert films. The material includes Pryor's frank ...more

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Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin' is the first stand-up act of Richard Pryor to be filmed out of the four that were released in total. This film was filmed in 1971 but not released until 1985, ...more

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George Carlin: Complaint and Grievances is a 2001 comedy documentary film written by George Carlin and directed by Rocco Urbisci.

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George Carlin: You are All Diseased is a 1999 comedy documentary written by George Carlin and directed by Rocco Urbisci.

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George Carlin: Back in Town is a 1996 documentary comedy film written by George Carlin and directed by Rocco Urbisci.

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George Carlin George Carlin: George's Best Stuff is a 1996 comedy film written by George Carlin and directed by Rocco Urbisci.

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Robert N. Altman George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey? is a 1988 documentary and comedy film written by George Carlin and directed by Bruce Gowers.

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Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson, Sommore, Adele Givens The Queens of Comedy is both a sequel and spin-off film of The Original Kings of Comedy both created and produced by Walter Latham. The film follows four black female stand-up comedians at ...more

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Nancy O'Dell, Dayna Devon, Mikki Padilla Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat is a 2002 stand-up comedy film starring Martin Lawrence, and directed by David Raynr, also responsible for Whatever It Takes. Lawrence also has producing and ...more

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Common, Mos Def, Dave Chappelle Dave Chappelle's Block Party, also known as Block Party, is a 2005 documentary film hosted and written by comedian Dave Chappelle, and directed by Michel Gondry. Its format is inspired by the ...more

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Jamie Foxx Jamie Foxx: Straight from the Foxxhole is a stand-up comedy television special starring Jamie Foxx. It was released in 1993 and was Foxx's first stand-up special. The special was followed by ...more

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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project is a 2007 documentary film about stand-up comedian Don Rickles, which first aired at the 2007 New York Film Festival and then on HBO. The documentary and its ...more

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Martin Lawrence You So Crazy is a stand up comedy film starring Martin Lawrence. It was his first major film and stand up act. The film was directed by Thomas Schlamme. Lawrence wears a black, leather suit in ...more

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Heidi Klum, Jeff Foxworthy, David Alan Grier Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie is a 2003 stand-up comedy film from Warner Bros. Pictures. It stars renowned comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall and fellow Blue Collar comics Ron White ...more

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Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road is a 2006 television film, and two-disc CD album.

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Bill Maher, Lisa Lampanelli The Aristocrats is a 2005 documentary film about the famous dirty joke of the same name. It was conceived and produced by comedians Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza, edited by Emery Emery, and ...more

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Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again is the 2004 direct to video sequel to the film Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie.

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John Lennon, Richard Pryor, Yoko Ono Dynamite Chicken is American comedy film from 1971, starring Richard Pryor. “A contemporary probe and commentary of the mores and maladies of our age... With shtick, bits, pieces, girls, some ...more

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Hannah Gadsby: Nanette Hannah Gadsby Nanette (Netflix, 2018) is a stand-up comedy act written and performed by Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, which debuted in 2017. The work includes social commentary, especially about LGBTQ ...more

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Adam Sandler, Billy Bob Thornton, Milton Berle Going Overboard is a 1989 American comedy film released on May 11, 1989. It stars Adam Sandler in his film debut, Burt Young, Allen Covert, Billy Zane, Terry Moore, Milton Berle and Billy Bob ...more

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Shaquille O'Neal, Jamie Foxx, Michael Irvin

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Joe Howard Dysfunktional Family is an American documentary and stand-up comedy film written, produced and starring comedian Eddie Griffin. It was released to theaters by Miramax Films on April 4, 2003 and ...more

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Swimming to Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Stand-Up Comedy Movies
Sam Waterston, Spalding Gray, Ira Wheeler Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia is a 1987 Jonathan Demme-directed performance film. The film is a performance of Spalding Gray's monologue which centered on such themes as his trip to ...more

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Quentin Tarantino, Julia Sweeney God Said, 'Ha!' is a 1998 film directed by Julia Sweeney.

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Orny Adams Comedian is a 2002 documentary focusing on Jerry Seinfeld that explores the other side of stand-up comedy; that is, the preparation, politics, nerves, creativity, and so on. The film also ...more

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Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes An Evening with Kevin Smith is a DVD featuring Question and Answer sessions that the writer and filmmaker Kevin Smith held with his fans at various American colleges in 2001/2002. The colleges ...more

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Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau filmography, Peter Billingsley Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland is a comedy documentary film directed by Ari Sandel and follows the 30 day comedy of tour of several stand up ...more

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Jesse Jackson, Isaac Hayes, Albert King Wattstax is a 1973 documentary film by Mel Stuart that focused on the 1972 Wattstax music festival and the African American community of Watts in Los Angeles, California. The film was nominated ...more

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RichardBeecher added Janeane Garofalo, Denis Leary, Chris Phillips Denis Leary: Lock 'N Load is a 1997 stand-up comedy written by Denis Leary and directed by Ted Demme.

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Margaret Cho I'm The One That I Want is a concert movie released in 2000. The film captures a live performance of a one-woman show of stand-up comedy, featuring actress and comedian Margaret Cho.

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Gilda Radner, Paul Shaffer, Don Novello Gilda Live is an American film released in 1980 starring Gilda Radner. It was directed by Mike Nichols and was produced by Lorne Michaels. Radner and Michaels and all of the writers involved ...more

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Bette Midler Divine Madness is a 1980 concert film directed by Michael Ritchie, and featuring Bette Midler during her 1979 concert at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. The 94-minute film ...more

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Carlos Mencia, Pablo Francisco, Freddy Soto The Three Amigos is a 2003 comedy film directed by C.B. Harding and written by Pablo Francisco, Carlos Mencia and Freddy Soto.

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Kevin Smith, Harley Quinn Smith, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith Sold Out: A Threevening with Kevin Smith is the third DVD in Kevin Smith's "Evening With" series. Footage for the release was shot at a Q&A performance on August 2, 2007 – Smith's ...more

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Jim Carrey, Carrot Top, Tim Allen Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians is a 2001 film comedy.

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Tom Hanks, Sally Field, John Goodman Punchline is a 1988 American comedy film written and directed by David Seltzer and stars Tom Hanks as a talented young comic who helps a housewife, played by Sally Field who wants to break into ...more

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Martin Lawrence, Tommy Lister, John Witherspoon Talkin' Dirty After Dark is a comedy film starring Martin Lawrence. The film was directed by Topper Carew, who also wrote the film. Carew also directed, created, and produced Lawrence's TV show, ...more

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Doug Benson Super High Me is a 2007 documentary film about the effects of smoking cannabis for 30 days. The documentary stars comedian Doug Benson. The documentary's name and its poster are plays on the ...more

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Platinum Comedy Series: Roasting Shaquille O'Neal is a 2002 comedy film featuring Shaquille O'Neal.

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Phil Hartman, Paul Reubens, Edie McClurg The Pee-wee Herman Show is a 1981 comedy film directed by Marty Callner and Paul Reubens.