The Funniest Stand-Up Comedy


   

The laughDB database is dedicated to the funniest comedy movies, stand-up comedy and TV series.

In this area (stand-up comedy), you can:
1. Browse the funniest stand-up sets (this series of pages)
2. Browse stand-up sets by Comedian
3. Browse stand-up sets by Decade
4. Browse stand-up sets by Country


Stand-Up Comedy Sets sorted by Recently reviewed (descending) / page 2 of 12


sort by…    

Ha! These are not sorted by laughs
to change the sort order, click you the above buttons.  

Stewart Lee: 90s Comedian posterStewart Lee: 90s Comedian
      2006 | U.K. | Laughs: 4.0 (Chuckle) | imdb: 8.6
      

Involving the audience into the inner workings of the show as it is being performed, Stewart takes on such topics as plagiarism, terrorism and catholicism, and undertakes to deliver a joke that cannot be stolen. I was very entertained and enjoyed more than a few chuckles. A fine piece of comedy (or a piece of fine comedy) which has my unreserved endorsement, except if laughing at the expense of religion makes you uncomfortable. (Last viewed: September 2018)

More About Stewart Lee: 90s Comedian:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for Stewart Lee: 90s Comedian



Dara O'Briain: This Is the Show posterDara O'Briain: This Is the Show
      2010 | U.K. | Laughs: 1.8 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 8.0
      

Even though the show didn't make me laugh, it entertained me just enough that I kept watching till the end, no small feat given that it's over a hundred minutes long. The nourishment I got from the jokes was that same kind of low-grade satisfaction that comes from fast food. One aspect that kept me intrigued was the break-neck pace of the set: Dara delivers his material so fast that there's no time for you to exit. But I did find the last half hour really long.

The kind of humor Dara does here is not why I watch stand-up comedy. I always hope for something a bit stimulating, but this was more the kind of stuff I'd expect from the office clown during breaks by the water cooler. The improv bits using the audience were stronger, but I have better memories of those in Dara's previous shows.

The guy is extremely likeable, but I don't think I'll be investing another hour-and-a-half in one of his sets. (Last viewed: September 2018)

More About Dara O'Briain: This Is the Show:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for Dara O'Briain: This Is the Show



Greg Davies: Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog posterGreg Davies: Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog (a.k.a Greg Davies Live)
      2011 | U.K. | Laughs: 0.2 (Just Awful) | imdb: 7.7
      

Greg seems to be marketed as a 'former schoolteacher'. As far as I can tell, he still aims his material at the intellect of a fifteen-year-old—or perhaps a very unsophisticated adult, which is about the same. Of course there's nothing wrong with staying young, it's just that this old dog doesn't find the same things funny as someone whose life is just starting. I gave this show fifteen minutes, trying to get at least a chuckle out of it, but having to constantly cringe at the lameness of the humor, I just had to quit. This was a surprise for a U.K. production: I've gotten more out of Canadian comedy. (Last viewed: September 2018)

More About Greg Davies: Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for Greg Davies: Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog



George Carlin: Complaints and Grievances posterGeorge Carlin: Complaints and Grievances
      2001 | USA | Laughs: 4.2 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 8.5
      wikipedia

Recorded two months after 9/11, this show is the last before George Carlin gets (understandably) upset with US policy and makes the American way of life the focus of his sets.

I see on my notes that there were "disgusting bits" in the earlier part, but the overall impression I was left with was one of awe at George's outstanding command of the language. I laughed once, chuckled a few times and smiled a lot.

Themes included 9/11 clich├ęs, farts, hit-and-runs, scabs, people who ought to be killed and the ten commandments. (Last viewed: September 2018)

More About George Carlin: Complaints and Grievances:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for George Carlin: Complaints and Grievances



Brian Regan: I Walked on the Moon DVDBrian Regan: I Walked on the Moon
      2004 | USA | Laughs: 3.8 (Chuckle) | imdb: 8.5
      

I hadn't heard of Brian until 2011. Discovering him was a surprise and a treat. This set made me laugh harder than I had in a long time. Feeding my stand-up comedy addiction, I get tired of watching people who must cram three expletives in every sentence and spend half their time discussing reproductive functions. So I love that Brian Regan has a clean mouth and keeps it above the belt. Does that make him boring? On the contrary. His humor finds themes outside the beaten track, and new angles to themes one might have thought overworked, such as air travel. Moreover, one is left with the impression of having listened to a genuinely nice person. I'll be looking for Brian's other DVDs.

Edit: More than seven years later, I thought I'd treat myself to something that was sure to make me laugh, as my original rating for the show had been an 8.5. I was therefore surprised not to find myself laughing even once. Have I become hopelessly depressed, or have I changed so much that what used to be funny no longer is? I enjoyed some of the bits, perhaps most of all the one at the end when Brian speaks about people who seem to have a low level of emotional intelligence. But many moments were loud to my ears—loud in the sense that Brian started shouting. Still a very watchable show, just not one for the museum of best-ever stand-up comedy. (Last viewed: Apr 2011 September 2018)

More About Brian Regan: I Walked on the Moon:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for Brian Regan: I Walked on the Moon



George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing DVDGeorge Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing
      2005 | USA | Laughs: 1.0 | imdb: 8.3
      wikipedia

This is a special show in that its format stands out from George's usual. I want to say that it's more a long poem than a stand-up comedy set, but that would be confusing. At heart, it's a great long rant about America, but in this globalized world most of the things Carlin says could apply to most places. Some of the themes include suicide, murder, torture, consumption, education, parents and disaster. I had planned to watch the 74 minutes in two sittings but stayed hypnotized by George Carlin's amazing skill, the extent of which I had forgotten. No laughs, but an unmissable set for Carlin fans and anyone with a taste for social commentary. (Last viewed: September 2018)

More About George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing



Pete Holmes: Nice Try, the Devil! posterPete Holmes: Nice Try, the Devil!
      2013 | USA | Laughs: 0.3 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 7.4
      

I decided to try out a set by Peter Holmes based on a friend's recommendation of two of his skits (Subway and Magic), neither of which worked for me. Well, neither did the show, which I quit a quarter of the way in as the camera panned across the ecstatic faces of Pete's young and beautiful yuppie audience. To me the humor was bland and dull, but hey, we're all different so you might find it smart and subtle. (Last viewed: September 2018)

More About Pete Holmes: Nice Try, the Devil!:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for Pete Holmes: Nice Try, the Devil!



Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall posterBrian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall
      2015 | USA | Laughs: 4.5 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 7.8
      

This show was unequal but there were enough good bits that the average worked out. As usual, Brian's high energy, clean humor and physical presence all work to his advantage. The themes ranged from doctor appointments to blending bananas. I liked that Brian ended strong—for me the bit about the hotel customer always being wrong was the funniest. (Last viewed: September 2018)

More About Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall



Stewart Lee: Stand-Up Comedian posterStewart Lee: Stand-Up Comedian
      2005 | U.K. | Laughs: 3.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 8.5
      

Even though this set is about half an hour too long for my taste and only gave me a few chuckles, I'm glad I didn't miss it as it was stimulating and I enjoyed it. Apart from his trademark deconstruction of his own act, Stewart compares himself to Jesus and brushes on entertaining themes such as Americans in their natural habitat, Eddie Izzard's fake improv, and Princess Diana's achievement of underachievement. (Last viewed: September 2018)

More About Stewart Lee: Stand-Up Comedian:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for Stewart Lee: Stand-Up Comedian



George Carlin: Back in Town DVDGeorge Carlin: Back in Town
      1996 | USA | Laughs: 2.5 (Chuckle) | imdb: 8.7
      wikipedia

On the one hand, I loved the show. I hadn't watched George in a number of years, and I loved rediscovering his fast and sharp wit. On the other hand, I only chuckled a few times and never really laughed. Who knows, perhaps with age I'm just having a harder time cracking a laugh.

One thing that struck me was hearing a couple of jokes that I'd also heard on recent sets by other comedians—twenty years later! This suggests either that George's material has become such an integral part of our culture that we no longer notice when we borrow from it, as with Greek philosophy; or that some comedians are mining his older shows for material. The latter seems like a more reasonable assumption.

The bit about camcorders feels both dated and painfully current. So does the bit about selfish, ignorant leaders. Other themes include abortion, pedophile catholics priests, the sanctity of life, capital punishment, farts, idioms. (Last viewed: September 2018)

More About George Carlin: Back in Town:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for George Carlin: Back in Town



Buddy Hackett Live and Uncensored posterBuddy Hackett Live and Uncensored
      1983 | USA | Laughs: 3.0 | imdb: 8.4
      

This set was my first encounter with Buddy Hackett. It had good moments, but I wasn't left wanting for more.

A large part of the show was spent on jokes related to people's private parts. In the early 1980s the rawness of it may have been so novel that it triggered astonished laughter, but in this day and age the last thing I need is another stand-up show filled with jokes about genitals.

Buddy has an unusual physique. I'm not sure his face is all that expressive but I found it fascinating to watch. I was impressed with his command of Asian accents during bits that might come across as culturally insensitive nowadays. With many close-up of its faces, the audience was also entertaining to watch. For capturing a time and place so crisply, the set has unquestionable historical value. (Last viewed: September 2018)

More About Buddy Hackett Live and Uncensored:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for Buddy Hackett Live and Uncensored



Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape posterJim Gaffigan: Noble Ape
      2018 | USA | Laughs: 3.0 | imdb: 7.2
      

That show didn't entertain me nearly as much as the previous two that I'd watched. It's still Jim, and it was certainly a treat to be able to consume his demeanor and facial expressions for over an hour. But I found the material a little dull, and it surprised me to hear this reputedly clean comedian get into bathroom jokes. Nevertheless, the set can be enjoyed when sipped in small doses, and I'm sure it will please many, especially perhaps those of the Catholic persuasion as Jim (a self-professed Catholic) closes the show with a story of how he opened for the pope. (Last viewed: August 2018)

More About Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape



Steve Martin: On Location posterSteve Martin: On Location
      1976 | USA | Laughs: 3.5 (Chuckle) | imdb: 7.7
      

I'm not a fan of Steve Martin's (both his acting and stand-up comedy usually tend to leave me cold) but I enjoyed the first part of this show very much. It didn't make me laugh out loud, but at least I got to chuckle while discovering a range of skills I never knew Steve had, from juggling to playing the banjo.

The delivery reminded me very much of George Carlin. If it is the case that Steve was inspired by George, then perhaps it is a shame that he later developed his own style, which never did much for me.

For me, the end of the show was as boring as Steve's usual act. (Last viewed: August 2018)

More About Steve Martin: On Location:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for Steve Martin: On Location



A Steven Wright Special posterA Steven Wright Special
      1985 | USA | Laughs: 0.2 | imdb: 8.6
      

Eight years after first trying out Steven Wright, I decided to give him a second chance, this time with a show from twenty years earlier than the first. The set a series of unconnected one- or two-liners delivered in a deadpan tone. The audience was in stitches, but I had barely cracked a smile after fifteen minutes, so I had to kill the tape. Why the audience laughed is beyond me. Perhaps it was the alcohol. More likely, some kind of mass hypnosis. (Last viewed: August 2018)

More About A Steven Wright Special:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for A Steven Wright Special



Stewart Lee: Carpet Remnant World posterStewart Lee: Carpet Remnant World
      2012 | U.K. | Laughs: 3.0 | imdb: 8.6
      

While this show doesn't rank very high for pure laughs, it gave me a lot of pleasure. I had read that Stewart Lee is "a comedian's comedian", and as a large consumer of stand-up comedy I enjoyed how he weaves comments about that art into the show. In parallel to the apparent thread of the routine, Stewart deconstructs his own performance, which often serves as a greater comedic device than the "plain jokes".

The show was at least half an hour too long for my taste, a taste that I don't mind apologizing for. This was my first encounter with Stewart Lee. I'll be excited to discover more of his material. (Last viewed: August 2018)

More About Stewart Lee: Carpet Remnant World:
=> Read what people say on Amazon
=> Add your own Review or Comments on
      laughDB's full page for Stewart Lee: Carpet Remnant World



Pages in this section: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 
(This section: Stand-Up Comedy Sets)


Not Finding a Movie, TV Series, Stand-Up Set?

Since the reviews span many pages, if you're looking for a specific title, you can use the search box at the top of each page.

Search Tip: Type a few letters of the title, for instance "wed" for Muriel's Wedding.




Be the First to Leave a Comment






All comments are moderated.
Link spammers, this won't work for you.

To prevent automatic spam, we require that you type the two words below before you submit your comment.