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The Best Stand-Up Comedy Specials 

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List Rules Vote for your personal favorite Stand-up comedy films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best stand-up comedy movies and specials ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.  This list of stand-up specials contains the best stand-up comedies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films and is currently ordered from best to worst. Rock the vote (not the boat) by voting up on your favorite movies.

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 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 specials of all time and are voted on by people who really care about stand-up comedy movie lists and includes Just for Laughs: Stand-Up: Vol. 2: On the Edge, Comedy Express: BT: I'm Not Black Enough, and more

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. This list includes photos and stand-up comedy movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

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 C... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stand-Up Comedy Specials
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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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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Raw is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stand-Up Comedy Specials
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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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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George Carlin: You are All Diseased is a 1999 comedy documentary written by George Carlin and directed by Rocco Urbisci.
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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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Richard Pryor: Live on t... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stand-Up Comedy Specials
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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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
George Carlin: George's Best Stuff is a 1996 comedy film written by George Carlin and directed by Rocco Urbisci.
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Mitch Hedberg
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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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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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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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You So Crazy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stand-Up Comedy Specials
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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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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Quentin Tarantino, Julia Sweeney
God Said, 'Ha!' is a 1998 film directed by Julia Sweeney.
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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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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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Platinum Comedy Series: Roasting Shaquille O'Neal is a 2002 comedy film featuring Shaquille O'Neal.
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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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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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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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Swimming to Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stand-Up Comedy Specials
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