Top 10 Stand Up Comedy Albums

The Top Ten
1 Hilarious (Louis CK)

My favorite Louis CK stand-up performance. His dark, caustic insight and take on life is unparalleled. And the way he talks about his kids is more honest and funny than any comic working today. The "White People Problems" bit is the best piece of social commentary ever done since Carlin's passing.

Louie is the only comedian alive to rival the talent and perspective of the late, great George Carlin.

2 You Are All Diseased (George Carlin)

My absolute favorite Carlin HBO special, concluded by the iconic "There is no God" bit. Very intelligent social commentary and my absolute favorite stand-up performance ever.

Arguably, the greatest orator of the modern era! Not only was George Carlin hilarious, he was wise, intelligent, relevant, and he was eerily prophetic!

3 Skanks For the Memories (Dave Attell)

Dave Attell's unique pacing and delivery make his amazing writing unrivaled. This whole album is like a joke-writing tutorial. It shows that with enough originality, you can talk about things that every comedian talks about (drinking, sex, drugs, travel) and make it hilarious. Attell's one of the best of all time.

4 Rant in E Minor (Bill Hicks)

This was basically a "what's my favorite Bill Hicks album" slot. Hicks is a legend and also died too young. I would suggest listening to every Hicks album. This just so happens to be my favorite. He's a dark poet and a genius social commentator.

Don't care what anyone says. This is the funniest man to walk the earth, and anything he did could be and should be number one.

Bill Hicks is not only the best comedian of the 20th century, but he is also one of that century's greatest philosophers.

5 Mitch All Together (Mitch Hedberg)

R.I.P. the king of the one-liners. This was Mitch's best work. Unfortunately, we'll never know what else he could've given us. This album is a must-have.

6 The Top Part (John Mulaney)
7 Brian Regan Live (Brian Regan)

Regan is the best clean comedian I've ever seen, and I'm including Seinfeld, Cosby, and Gaffigan in that list. The man is such an amazing performer and should be a household name.

His stuff is so funny, and it's clean. I really enjoy his humor. He is my favorite!

8 Why Do I Do This? (Bill Burr)

Bill Burr is one of the best in the game right now. His take on race is better than any comedian working today, black or white. He's a damn genius.

9 Werewolves and Lollipops (Patton Oswalt)

It's hard to choose between Patton's three amazing albums, but I would say this album best shows his comedy prowess. He's a nerdy genius who knows how to construct a joke. Love him.

10 Impersonal (Paul F Tompkins)

Nothing but A+ bits on this album by alternative comedian Paul F. Tompkins. His mocking tone and overconfident delivery make his observations and deconstructions of society even greater than most other comedians could achieve. "Peanut Brittle" is one of the best comedy bits ever performed.

The Contenders
11 Deadbeat Hero (Doug Stanhope)

As with Hicks, this was a toss-up for "Favorite Stanhope album." This man is a dark genius carrying on the torch from guys like Bruce, Carlin, and Hicks. He's a brilliant social commentator.

I wish everyone could appreciate the genius of Doug Stanhope. He became a comedy legend with this album.

Absolutely the most intelligent comedian who ever attempted it.

12 Midlife Vices (Greg Giraldo)
13 King Baby (Jim Gaffigan)
14 Strategic Grill Locations (Mitch Hedberg)
15 Chewed Up (Louis CK)
16 Shut Up, You F****** Baby (David Cross)

This and Oswalt's 222 are like The White Album or Exile on Main St. for stand-up comedy. Two discs chock-full of awesome bits, and you're a little disappointed when it ends.

17 Death of the Party (Kyle Kinane)
18 I Have a Pony (Steven Wright)
19 Norman Rockwell is Bleeding (Christopher Titus)
20 Tickets Still Available (Marc Maron)

The commentary on his own life is incredible.

21 No Respect (Rodney Dangerfield)
22 My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (Mike Birbiglia)

Wonderful long-term storytelling.

23 Himself (Bill Cosby)
24 I'm Telling You for the Last Time (Jerry Seinfeld)
25 Live from the Hasty Pudding Theatre (Emo Philips)
8Load More
PSearch List