11 Best Stand-Up Comedy Routines You Must Watch

Anyone who can have a one-sided conversation with a crowd, and still be hilarious, is at the top of the comedy food chain.

Stand-up comedy is one of my favorite things to watch. I believe it is the truest form of comedy. Anyone who can have a one sided conversation with a crowd and still be hilarious is at the top of the comedy food chain in my opinion. I have gathered a list of ten of my favorite stand up comics with some of their sets. If you have someone you think should be on the list, add a comment with the link, because I would love to check it out.

  1. Richard Pryor

    I start off with one of the best. I was born in 1983, so I am a little young, but there was so much hype over this man and his comedy prowess. I watched his routine and I have to agree he is the greatest.

  2. Rodney Dangerfield

    Rodney was a great comedian, who gave a lot of young comedians their first big break. When he saw young talent he would really push for them to succeed. I love his style of just joke after joke. I wish more comedians today would adapt this style.

  3. Dave Chappelle

    Dave Chappelle started on stage at the age of fourteen years old and he is a natural. I laugh at virtually everything he says and I have no idea why. He is just that funny.

  4. Dane Cook

    Now, I know recently Dane Cook has become a little annoying since we were over exposed to his humor, but I remember the first time I heard him and that is all I need to remember. Here is a clip from back in the day.

  5. Mitch Hedberg

    Sadly, Mitch Hedberg is no longer with us. However, he definitely lives on in me because I quote the man more than any other comedian. Thank you Mitch. I am glad I got to see him on his last tour in the United States.

  6. Eddie Murphy

    This was the first super star stand up show I ever saw. I saw delirious way too young. I don’t know what my mom was thinking. However, it was bit like this one that even at a really young age I could still relate and see his genius. I wish he would stop doing kids movies and do some real comedy again.

  7. Demetri Martin

    I love Demetri’s style. It is always hard to invent something new in a professional that is centuries old, but Demetri has definitely done that, and done it well.

  8. John Caparulo

    This dude doesn’t get enough credit. He is tiny and angry, but it is funny as hell.

  9. Bill Cosby

    I had the privilege of seeing Bill Cosby a few years ago and he was amazing. He sat on a stool and just told story after story. He is a true professional.

  10. Nick Swardson

    This young man is a rising star and his humor hits really close to home for me. I am twenty five and this kid is basically like hanging out with my best friend.

  11. Jim Gaffigan

    His voice is funny enough, but his act is a polished machine. I don’t know why this guy isn’t a bigger star.

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35 Responses to “11 Best Stand-Up Comedy Routines You Must Watch”
  1. Mitko says:

    This list is so so sad. I gotta hand it to you buddy, you’ve composed the best stand up list ever. As to Prior, Cosby and Eddie, you are right, there are the best. But, Dane Cook and the other bunch of losers? Come on!How about Robin Williams (the King), Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, Jamie Fox, Kat Williams and other who rule the stand up world. Apparently, You need to watch more stand up routines before you make another best stand up ever list.
    Please watch them, before making another stupid list like this one.
    Watch them, don’t comment!

  2. Alex says:

    I love Chris Rock and Bernie Mac (actually all of the 4 kings of comedy)… missing them here – they would definitely be on my top 10 list.

  3. Damjan says:

    BILL HICKS!!!!!!!

  4. mimoza says:

    ok theres some good stuff here but you forgot the best ROBIN WILLIAMS.Besidesthat i like the three amigod too and chris rock

  5. darius_vasell says:

    What about George Carlin? What do you think about him?
    He MUST be on the top 10 list of stend up comedy

  6. Zoki says:

    ROBIN WILLIAMS (50′) show is the best. You must put it in top 10.

  7. Sid says:

    not a fan of Robin Williams. Amusing but not funny haha. Same goes for Chappelle although some of his stuff is hilarious.

    Of the videos in the list I liked Pryor the best.

  8. Dude says:

    What about Abbott and Costello?

  9. Martin says:

    did anyone notice that Mitko only likes a specific kind of comedy.

  10. M@tt says:

    Folks, he didn’t say anything about these being the “best all time” comedians or the “best acts ever”. He just said these are must see bits and I wholeheartedly agree. Good list, some great stuff there!

  11. Jeff says:

    I love Robin Williams as an actor, he is absolutely hilarious… but I definitely think he is a little overrated as a stand up comedian.

    One of the most underrated acts out there is Pablo Francisco. Check him out, you won’t be disappointed.

    All in all, great routines on here, I like your style.

  12. GT3 says:

    Robin Williams STOLE all of his material. He is a fraud! All he does is make weird faces and crazy noises. LAME. As for the list you got the black comics right but not the white ones. Where is George Carlin?

  13. Bird says:

    Woody Allen…an inspiration for many future comics. Dave Attell is pretty amazing too.

  14. Yeah says:

    The fact that Doug Stanhope & Stewart Lee aren’t on this list dis-credits it immediately.

  15. lol says:

    lol how can ANYONE say robbin williams is in ANY competition in the comedy department?? anyways mike epss should replace bill cosby he should never been put up there; dane cook licks donkey nuts; good choice w dangerfield and prior

  16. CK says:

    The fact that Bill Hicks and Louis C.K. are not on here, but Dane Cook and Demetri Martin are, makes this list completely pathetic. Give up man.

  17. Shan3 says:

    U know what mitko shutup dane cook daniel tosh demetri martin are some of the best so just keep your stupid little mouth shut and learn something.

  18. Allen says:

    First of all, saying that Person A is funnier than Person B is a matter of opinion. There are no facts involved here. So why don’t you think about that before criticizing and name-calling? Anonymously talking trash to people is pathetic.

  19. POZZAAAAAH says:

    I agree and disgree with all this. People should just watch and learn and people should learn to read “11 best stand up comedy routines you must watch” doesn’t mean they are the best ever! Unless of course they forgot to put “best” in there in which case proofreading needed! People shouldn’t be so harsh and critical against others because of what they believe to be good or bad. The reality is that people are dislexic, retarded, self absorbed, opionated, harsh and different! They will misjudge, misinterpret and misinform to make themselves look better. This is humanity and this is why we have all these great stand-up acts to inform us of these crimes against humanity. Besides, you can’t please everyone no matter how good you are at stand-up or anything in life for that matter! Plus no one has mentioned Jim Carrey yet! He is a great example of what it takes to be funny: mentally retarded, outrageous, wiiling to say what most people are too scared to and flexible!

  20. I love doing stand up comedy. Stand up is testing, but interesting!

  21. David says:

    a top 11 culd nt b possible i agree with mike epps being up here also have you seen martin lawrence hilarious o and eddie griffin

    but ive never heard of that caprulo guy but his bit had me laffin and chappelle and dangerfield pure genius i think dangerfield is the best out of these simply because he has to come with funny joke after funny joke instead of stories with funny circumstances also louis c.k is hilarious also ricky gervais hes a riot

  22. someone says:

    Why is every comedian on this list American?

  23. Steve Body says:

    Ridiculous list, obviously complied by someone with no deep background of watching stand-up. Dane Cook?!? Jim Gaffigan??!!?? Puh-leeeze. Where is Woody Allen, Robin Williams, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinnison, Lewis Black,Pablo Francisco, Bob Goldthwait, Steven Wright, Carol Liefer, Rita Rudner…? Apparently, today, all you need to be considered “funny” is to be loud (Dane Cook), dead-pan and dull (Gaffigan), or “edgy” (Hedberg, Chappelle). Wit and good writing skills doesn’t enter into it. I agree with the first response: watch a LOT more comedy before compiling another “best of” list. Poeple who do this generally do the homework BEFORE making the list.

  24. Steve Body says:

    Ridiculous list, obviously complied by someone with no deep background of watching stand-up. Dane Cook?!? Jim Gaffigan??!!?? Puh-leeeze. Where is Woody Allen, Robin Williams, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinnison, Lewis Black,Pablo Francisco, Bob Goldthwait, Steven Wright, Carol Liefer, Rita Rudner, Jimmy Carr, Spike Milligan, Eddie Izzard…? Apparently, today, all you need to be considered “funny” is to be loud (Dane Cook), dead-pan and dull (Gaffigan), or “edgy” (Hedberg, Chappelle). Wit and good writing skills doesn’t enter into it. I agree with the first response: watch a LOT more comedy before compiling another “best of” list. People who do this generally do the homework BEFORE making the list.

  25. munkey nutz says:

    why the hell does everyone keep saying robin williams?!?!? waay over rated as stand up comedian. as for the rest well ya theres a lot of opinion involved so theres no wrong answer. most of these guys entertain me or did so i can agree with alot of these. as for all the douche bags that feel the need to slam someones opinions on whats funny or not need to get a fukin life. if u dont agree with the list post some of your own and move on. better yet start your own list somewhere else. all stand up comedians have influence from their time and age and in turn what people find funny is also affected by aspects of their generation. i for one like the direction comedy is going

  26. Pryor 1st by far Eddie Murphey 2nd calin 3rd chris rock 4th
    Jerrt Sienfeld 5th Redd foxx 6th bernie Mac 7th woody allen
    8th russel peters 9th rowan ackonson 10th goege lopez

  27. asoghdifg says:

    This list is pretty horrible. I’m not saying those aren’t all good comedians, but you left out so many greats. And the fact that you have Dane Cook listed pretty much takes all credibility away from your list. No George Carlin, no Bill Hicks, no Lenny Bruce, and there’s a lot more that are better than the majority of what you have on that list.

  28. Mikhail Branski says:

    Bad list considering you said best comedy routines. Biggest joke on the list is Dane Cook. Dude, are you for real? This guy is not funny unless it is to a hall of young groupies who have to pay to laugh at shit. George Carlin is one of the best if not the best all time. Leaving him off totally discredits your list automatically. Robin Williams not on? Dude, wtf? Then there are the classics from the fifties and sixties you left off including Cheech and Chong. Anyway, I suggest you actually do some research. A few on here are decent. Even Dave Chappele should not be on this list. He is very often, not funny. Anyone who resorts to obscene language as much as he does, is not funny. He has great confidence and cockiness but a lot of his stuff is mediocre and tiring. Yeah, yeah, the young crowd loves him. He has does so good shit too.

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  33. none says:

    NO BRIAN REAGAN ARE YOU EFFING JOKING?

  34. Liz says:

    Hi. Ya wanna add a female comic or two to the list there buddy?! Joan Rivers, Rosanne Barr, Wanda Sykes, Ellen, Paula Poundstone, Whoopie, Phyllis Diller, Lilly Tomlin, Margaret Cho, and Sarah Silverman….

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