The Art of Stand-Up Comedy

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1. George Carlin: Carlin on Campus (1984 TV Special)

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

In his New York City grammar school, George Carlin was known as a "disruptive influence in the classroom." With this concert, the ultimate class clown is back at school at UCLA, making ... See full summary »

Director: Steven J. Santos | Star: George Carlin

Votes: 1,565

2. George Carlin: Playin' with Your Head (1986 TV Special)

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

Legendary comedian George Carlin tackles some of his favorite subjects along with his brand of comedy and humor.

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Stars: George Carlin, Rick Ducommun, Anthony James, Vic Tayback

Votes: 1,544

3. George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey? (1988 TV Special)

61 min | Documentary, Comedy

George Carlin changes his act by bringing politics into the act, but also talks about the People he can do without, Keeping People Alert, and Cars and Driving part 2.

Directors: Bruce Gowers, Rocco Urbisci | Stars: George Carlin, Robert N. Altman, Lloyd Lindsay Young

Votes: 1,753

4. George Carlin: Doin' It Again (1990 TV Special)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy

George Carlin brings his comedy back to New Jersey and this time talks about Offensive Language, Euphemisms, They're Only Words, Dogs, Things you never hear, see or wanna hear, Some people ... See full summary »

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Stars: George Carlin, Rocco Urbisci

Votes: 2,054

5. George Carlin: Jammin' in New York (1992 TV Special)

TV-MA | 59 min | Documentary, Comedy

When George Carlin is asked which HBO concert is his favorite, his answer is always, "Jammin' In New York." The reasons are several: It was his first HBO show done live; it was the first he... See full summary »

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

Votes: 3,021

6. George Carlin: Back in Town (1996 TV Special)

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

George Carlin brings his comedy stylings to the Beacon theater in New York City. He rants about Abortion, The death penalty, prison farms, fart jokes, free floating hostility and words.

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

Votes: 2,799

7. George Carlin: You Are All Diseased (1999 TV Special)

TV-MA | 65 min | Documentary, Comedy

Legendary comic Carlin comes back to the Beacon theater to angrily rant about airport security, germs, cigars, angels, children and parents, men, names, religion, god, advertising, Bill Jeff and minorities.

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

Votes: 3,610

8. George Carlin: Complaints & Grievances (2001 TV Special)

55 min | Documentary, Comedy

In "Complaints & Grievances," George Carlin's 12th HBO comedy special, taped at the Beacon Theater in New York on November 17, 2001 (ten weeks after 9/11), Carlin casts his usual jaundiced ... See full summary »

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

Votes: 3,137

9. George Carlin... It's Bad for Ya! (2008 TV Special)

70 min | Documentary, Comedy

It's Bad For Ya, Carlin's Emmy-nominated 14th and final HBO special from March of 2008 features Carlin's noted irreverent and unapologetic observations on topics ranging from death, ... See full summary »

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

Votes: 5,149

10. George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing (2005 TV Special)

TV-MA | 75 min | Documentary, Comedy

George Carlin continues making people laugh with his 13th HBO stand-up special.

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Star: George Carlin

Votes: 3,905

11. Louis C.K.: Shameless (2007 TV Special)

TV-MA | 56 min | Documentary, Comedy

Comedy and television star Louis C.K. returns to HBO for an hour of no-holds-barred, adults-only stand-up comedy! Taped before a live audience at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, the... See full summary »

Director: Steven J. Santos | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 7,601

12. Louis C.K.: Chewed Up (2008 TV Special)

TV-MA | 61 min | Documentary, Comedy

Louis C.K.'s second one-hour special filmed at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA.

Directors: Louis C.K., Shannon Hartman | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 9,514

13. Louis C.K.: Hilarious (2010 TV Special)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy

In this unique and dynamic live concert experience, Louis C.K.'s exploration of life after 40 destroys politically correct images of modern life with thoughts we have all had...but would rarely admit to.

Director: Louis C.K. | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 10,099

14. Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater (2011 Video)

63 min | Documentary, Comedy

Louis jokes about fatherhood, success, and flying first class at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

Director: Louis C.K. | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 8,822

15. Louis C.K. Oh My God (2013 TV Special)

TV-MA | 58 min | Documentary, Comedy

In February, 2013, Louis brings his impish nihilism to Phoenix, Arizona. He talks about an old lady and her pet, living in Manhattan, experiencing his body's aging (he's 45), men's ... See full summary »

Director: Louis C.K. | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 8,225

16. Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time' (1998 TV Special)

TV-14 | 75 min | Documentary, Comedy

Live from New York City, Jerry Seinfeld, aided and abetted by a host of friends and fellow comedians, performs his 1998 Emmy-nominated performance on Broadway.

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Barryte, Grace Bustos, George Carlin

Votes: 4,788

17. Comedian (2002)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Comedy

62 Metascore

A look at the work of two stand-up comics, Jerry Seinfeld and a lesser-known newcomer, detailing the effort and frustration behind putting together a successful act and career while living a life on the road.

Director: Christian Charles | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Garry Shandling, Greg Giraldo

Votes: 6,225 | Gross: $2.74M

18. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2012– )

TV-14 | 20 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Jerry Seinfeld is joined by friends for a cup of coffee and a drive in a classic car, sharing stories all along the way.

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Mario Joyner, Jimmy Fallon

Votes: 9,776

19. Eddie Izzard: Live at the Ambassadors (1993 Video)

87 min | Comedy

This is a film of Eddie Izzard's first West-End season. It was filmed over three performances. The show was meant to be at The Ambassadors Theatre for one month, but was so popular that the... See full summary »

Director: John Gordillo | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 575

20. Eddie Izzard: Unrepeatable (1994 Video)

Unrated | 75 min | Comedy

Recorded at the Albery Theatre in March of 1994 for a limited sold-out engagement of seven weeks. "...When he pulls up in mid-flow there is the same sense you get with Robin Williams ... See full summary »

Director: John Gordillo | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 1,399

21. Eddie Izzard: Definite Article (1996 Video)

Unrated | 109 min | Documentary, Comedy

'Definite Article' marks that thrilling moment when a promising talent moves up several gears into major stardom"--Daily Telegraph, UK

Director: Ed Bye | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 1,984

22. Eddie Izzard: Glorious (1997 Video)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Comedy

Eddie Izzard's routine has a loose trajectory from the beginning of the Old Testament and the creation of the world in seven days to Revelations; God, in the voice of James Mason, makes ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Richardson | Stars: Eddie Izzard, Mac McDonald, Rhona Mitra

Votes: 2,410

23. Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill (1999 Video)

Unrated | 115 min | Documentary, Comedy

Executive transvestite Eddie Izzard takes his show to San Francisco to give a brief history of pagan and Christian religions, the building of Stonehenge, the birth of the Church of England ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Jordan | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 6,894

24. Eddie Izzard: Circle (2002 Video)

Unrated | 82 min | Documentary, Comedy

Town Hall, New York City, 26 June 2000. An evening with Eddie Izzard in which he moves back and forth in time, with religion as the loose but constant theme. He begins with Pope John Paul ... See full summary »

Director: Anastasia Pappas | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 1,850

25. Eddie Izzard: Sexie (2003 Video)

97 min | Documentary, Comedy

A live performance of Eddie Izzard's 2003 world tour, performed in front of an Eastbourne audience.

Director: Declan Lowney | Stars: Eddie Izzard, Ben Shockley

Votes: 963

26. Eddie Izzard: Live from Wembley (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

Eddie Izzard, brings his wry wit and absurd observations in front of a sold-out crowd of 44,000 over 4 nights at the Wembley Arena in London. Eddie deals with important issues ranging from ... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Townsend | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 453

27. Eddie Izzard: Stripped (2009 Video)

104 min | Documentary, Comedy

The acclaimed comedian of the surreal performs another unique stream-of-consciousness monologue in this latest live outing. Eddie ponders, among other things, the history of the world, cows in cars, and the existence of God.

Director: Sarah Townsend | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 714

28. Eddie Izzard: Live at Madison Square Garden (2011 TV Special)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

"Life, the universe, and...everything. Here's what the critics are saying about Eddie's tour: Eddie makes us believe we can surf World 2.0 instead of just being swallowed up by it. As ... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Townsend | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 337

29. Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983 TV Special)

Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary, Comedy

Eddie Murphy's raunchy, raucous stand-up comedy routine is captured for posterity on this tape.

Director: Bruce Gowers | Stars: Eddie Murphy, James Argiro, Gus Loundermon, Brian O'Neal

Votes: 15,413

30. Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy

54 Metascore

Eddie Murphy in a stand-up performance recorded live. For an hour and a half he talks about his favourite subjects: sex and women.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Tatyana Ali, Billie Allen, Clebert Ford

Votes: 17,639 | Gross: $50.50M

31. Dane Cook: Vicious Circle (2006 TV Special)

TV-MA | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

Vicious Circle captures the hottest comic in America in his first HBO comedy event, a unique "in the round" performance before his hometown Boston fans.

Director: Marty Callner | Star: Dane Cook

Votes: 2,556

32. Tourgasm (2006– )

30 min | Comedy

Four comedians travel together by bus on a cross-country stand-up tour of twenty shows in thirty days. HBO announced that Tourgasm would air weekly as a documentary series beginning Sunday,... See full summary »

Stars: Dane Cook, Jay Davis, Gary Gulman, Robert Kelly

Votes: 490

33. Dane Cook: Isolated Incident (2009 TV Special)

Not Rated | 55 min | Comedy

Dane Cook's done it all on his way to the top of the comedy world: he's sold out concerts across the country, he's rocked The World's Most Famous Arena, and he's become a movie star in the ... See full summary »

Star: Dane Cook

Votes: 658

34. An Evening at the Improv (1982–1996)

30 min | Comedy

Classic showcase for stand up comedy.

Stars: Budd Friedman, Geoff Bolt, Patrick Macnee, Rick Overton

Votes: 88

35. Caroline's Comedy Hour (1989– )

Comedy

Stand up comedy show filmed at the famous Caroline's comedy club.

Stars: Kent Kasper, Colin Quinn, Nick Di Paolo, Wayne Federman

Votes: 19

36. Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn (2002–2004)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

A Comedy Central talk show that featured host Colin Quinn and a panel of comedian guests, discussing politics, current events, and social issues.

Stars: Colin Quinn, Nick Di Paolo, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton

Votes: 577

37. Colin Quinn: Long Story Short (2011 TV Special)

TV-MA | 83 min | Documentary, Comedy

Colin Quinn performs his one-man show about world history, which he originally presented on Broadway.

Directors: John Moffitt, Jerry Seinfeld | Star: Colin Quinn

Votes: 437



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