Favorite Stand-Up Specials

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1. Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly (2000 TV Special)

TV-MA | 57 min | Documentary, Comedy

Dave Chappelle returns to D.C. and riffs on politics, police, race relations, drugs, Sesame Street and more.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Albert Precourt

Votes: 7,904

2. Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019 TV Special)

TV-MA | 65 min | Comedy

Dave Chappelle takes on gun culture, the opioid crisis, and the tidal wave of celebrity scandals in a defiant stand-up special filmed in Atlanta.

Director: Stan Lathan | Star: Dave Chappelle

Votes: 18,733

3. Bill Hicks: Relentless (1992 Video)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary, Comedy

Bill Hicks tells us how he feels about non-smokers, blow-jobs, religion, war and peace, drugs and music.

Director: Chris Bould | Star: Bill Hicks

Votes: 2,240

4. 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: 3,630

5. 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: 8,883

6. 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: 17,716 | Gross: $50.50M

7. Bill Burr: You People Are All the Same. (2012 Video)

TV-MA | 69 min | Comedy

Funnyman Bill Burr takes the stage to uncork a profanity-laced, incisive routine that pokes fun at plastic surgery, reality TV, gold diggers and more.

Director: Jay Karas | Stars: Bill Burr, Paul Virzi

Votes: 5,515

8. Patrice O'Neal: Elephant in the Room (2011 TV Special)

TV-MA | 78 min | Comedy

Elephant In The Room, filmed at the acclaimed Montreal Comedy Festival, is Patrice's first full-length special.

Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller | Stars: Patrice O'Neal, Josh Fadem

Votes: 895

9. 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: 7,649

10. Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles (2013 TV Special)

TV-MA | 53 min | Comedy

Prepare for an evening of riotously shocking material as sharp-witted stand-up superstar Sarah Silverman steps up for her first HBO solo special.

Director: Liam Lynch | Stars: Sarah Silverman, Daniel Steven Gonzalez, Cuete Yeska, Mike G.

Votes: 1,214

11. 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: 3,150

12. Bill Hicks: Revelations (1993 TV Special)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, Comedy

Bill Hicks in the height of his genius. Recorded at the Dominion Theatre in London, Bill Hicks opens our eyes and minds to the hypocrisy and ludicrousness of the world around us.

Director: Chris Bould | Star: Bill Hicks

Votes: 2,773

13. 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: 15,499

14. Sebastian Maniscalco: What's Wrong with People? (2012 TV Special)

TV-14 | 75 min | Comedy

"What's Wrong with People?" asks Sebastian Maniscalco, as he hilariously tries to bridge the Italian-American Old World he grew up in with the contemporary frenetic world we all live in today.

Director: Manny Rodriguez | Star: Sebastian Maniscalco

Votes: 764

15. Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (1999 TV Special)

TV-MA | 65 min | Comedy, Documentary

Chris Rock combines his hilarious delivery and his fearless style to launch an all-out comedy assault in his third solo HBO special.

Director: Keith Truesdell | Stars: Chris Rock, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Monteria Ivey

Votes: 6,349

16. The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 67 min | Comedy

Dave Chappelle gives his usual skewed insight into the topics of race, technology, OJ Simpson, and more in a stand up special filmed in Hollywood.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 9,197

17. Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 66 min | Comedy

Dave Chappelle gives his stand about racially charged run-ins, celebrity scandals and fatherly dilemmas in his stand-up set at Austin's Moody Theater.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 8,656

18. Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust (2017 TV Special)

71 min | Documentary, Comedy

In her first comedy special post-health scare, Sarah Silverman shares a mix of fun facts, sad truths and yeah-she-just-went-there moments.

Director: Liam Lynch | Star: Sarah Silverman

Votes: 2,989

19. Chris D'Elia: Man on Fire (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 65 min | Documentary, Comedy

Actor and comic Chris D'Elia delivers a hilarious take down of life's greatest pitfalls in his Netflix Original comedy special "Chris D'Elia: Man on Fire."

Director: Bill D'Elia | Star: Chris D'Elia

Votes: 1,268

20. Jim Jefferies: This Is Me Now (2018 TV Special)

TV-MA | 70 min | Comedy

The gleefully irreverent Jefferies skewers "grabby" celebrities, political hypocrisy and his own ill-advised career moves in a brash stand-up special.

Director: Scott Zabielski | Star: Jim Jefferies

Votes: 2,988

21. Jim Jefferies: Freedumb (2016 TV Special)

TV-MA | 86 min | Comedy

Jim Jefferies talks about family life and challenges the idea of American freedom live on stage in Nashville, Tennessee.

Director: Ryan Polito | Star: Jim Jefferies

Votes: 4,354

22. Ricky Gervais: Humanity (2018 TV Special)

TV-MA | 79 min | Comedy

Live performance of British comedian Ricky Gervais filmed in London's Eventim Apollo.

Director: John L. Spencer | Star: Ricky Gervais

Votes: 11,826

23. Chris D'Elia: Incorrigible (2015 TV Special)

TV-MA | 83 min | Documentary, Comedy

Stand-up comedian Chris D'Elia covers everything from grown-up babies, to evil dating and an NFL with real giants, lions and bears, oh my!

Director: Bill D'Elia | Star: Chris D'Elia

Votes: 1,134

24. Russell Peters: Outsourced (2006 TV Special)

Unrated | 72 min | Documentary, Comedy

Over the past several years, comedian Russell Peters' riotous performances have electrified audiences on four continents. His hard won road successes have established him as an artist with bona fide international acclaim.

Director: Alan C. Blomquist | Stars: Russell Peters, Angelo Tsarouchas

Votes: 1,576

25. 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: 8,272

26. 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: 4,812

27. Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish (2018 TV Special)

TV-MA | 68 min | Documentary, Comedy

An American stand-up comedy special starring Marlon Wayans who jokes about politics, racism, hip-hop, gay rights, and raising kids.

Director: Marcus Raboy | Stars: Marlon Wayans, Diana Hernandez

Votes: 1,154

28. Russell Peters: Red, White and Brown (2008 TV Special)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy

Recorded live before a sold-out audience at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Russell Peters delivers material from his record-breaking "Homecoming Tour," with tales of his travels... See full summary »

Director: Jigar Talati | Stars: Melle Mel, Russell Peters

Votes: 1,378

29. Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1 (2006 TV Special)

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Comedy

In-demand comedian Katt Williams offers up The Pimp Chronicles courtesy of HBO. Williams shares his thoughts on such topics as drugs, politics and pop culture in this special event.

Directors: Anthony Anderson, Gary Binkow | Stars: Katt Williams, Anthony Anderson, André Benjamin, Da Brat

Votes: 1,516

30. Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (2014 TV Special)

TV-MA | 80 min | Comedy

Comedian Bill Burr's 2014 stand-up comedy special.

Director: Jay Karas | Star: Bill Burr

Votes: 6,031

31. Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (2019 TV Special)

59 min | Comedy

Comedian Michelle Wolf takes on outrage culture, massages, childbirth, feminism and much more (like otters) in a stand-up special from New York City.

Director: Lance Bangs | Star: Michelle Wolf

Votes: 876

32. Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996 TV Special)

TV-MA | 58 min | Documentary, Comedy

The second HBO stand-up special by Chris Rock.

Director: Keith Truesdell | Stars: Chris Rock, Nelson George, Monteria Ivey, Ali LeRoi

Votes: 3,529

33. Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019 TV Special)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy

On her 40th birthday, Tiffany Haddish drops a bombastic special studded with singing, dancing and raunchy reflections on her long road to womanhood.

Director: Linda Mendoza | Star: Tiffany Haddish

Votes: 522

34. Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (2019 TV Special)

TV-MA | 61 min | Comedy

SNL alumnus and subversive master of late-night TV Seth Meyers comes out from behind the desk to share some lighthearted stories from his own life.

Director: Neal Brennan | Star: Seth Meyers

Votes: 1,525

35. Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia (2018 TV Special)

TV-MA | 63 min | Comedy

Noah's South African roots and upbringing merge into his recent American experience making for funny and human juxtapositions and observations.

Director: David Paul Meyer | Star: Trevor Noah

Votes: 2,675

36. Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019 TV Special)

TV-MA | 67 min | Comedy

Bill Burr unloads on outrage culture, male feminism, cultural appropriation, robot sex and more in a blistering stand-up special shot in London.

Director: Mike Binder | Star: Bill Burr

Votes: 6,607

37. Joe Rogan: Triggered (2016 TV Special)

63 min | Documentary, Comedy

Unleashing his inquisitive, intense comedic style, Rogan explores everything from raising kids and Santa Claus to pot gummies and talking to dolphins.

Director: Anthony Giordano | Star: Joe Rogan

Votes: 3,447

38. 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: 3,918

39. Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry (2019 TV Special)

TV-MA | 65 min | Comedy

Sebastian's captivating storytelling keeps the audience engaged as he unpacks spin classes, pregnancy photoshoots, and wedding dances.

Director: Rik Reinholdtsen | Star: Sebastian Maniscalco

Votes: 846

40. Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 64 min | Documentary, Comedy

Charlie Murphy in his debut stand-up performance as he delivers as only he can - uncut and raw.

Director: Lance Rivera | Stars: Freez Luv, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 141

41. Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction (2009 TV Special)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

The master comedian performs in Washington DC and gives his wry observations about life, politics and his health.

Director: Marty Callner | Star: Robin Williams

Votes: 3,040

42. Robin Williams: An Evening at the Met (1986 TV Special)

65 min | Documentary, Comedy

In this hilarious stand up comedy, Robin Williams is energetic, witty and again hilarious. It's the number one stand up comedy of all time.

Director: Bruce Gowers | Star: Robin Williams

Votes: 1,271

43. Bob Saget: That Ain't Right (2007 TV Special)

TV-MA | 56 min | Documentary

Bob Saget does a one hour stand up special.

Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller | Star: Bob Saget

Votes: 659

44. Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave Attell (2018– )

TV-MA | 36 min | Comedy

Combining the comedic forces of Jeff Ross and Dave Attell, and filmed at New York's Comedy Cellar, the series features zingers, audience roasts, celebrity cameos, and mic bumps.

Stars: Dave Attell, Jeffrey Ross, Michael Che, Rachel Feinstein

Votes: 907

45. Neal Brennan: 3 Mics (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 65 min | Comedy

Neal Brennan is taking multitasking to a whole new level in this stand up special, which features the comedian switching between three different microphones symbolizing three different styles of comedy.

Director: Neal Brennan | Star: Neal Brennan

Votes: 2,337

46. Bob Saget: That's What I'm Talkin' About (2013 TV Special)

TV-MA | 55 min | Documentary, Comedy

Network-safe funnyman Bob Saget ("Full House") transforms himself into a spectacularly foul-mouthed explainer and raconteur in this life stage show from Seattle.

Director: Jay Karas | Star: Bob Saget

Votes: 213



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