Stand up Comedy Specials

by kaitlindibble | created - 20 Sep 2014 | updated - 25 Dec 2014 | Public

Stand up comedians I think are amazing in no particular order.

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1. Doug Stanhope: No Refunds (2007 Video)

R | 61 min | Documentary, Comedy

Not all stand-up comedy is spot-cleaned and pre-packaged for the masses. Like the legends who were born out of smokey, booze-soaked nightclubs of decades past, Doug Stanhope spews his own ... See full summary »

Director: Milton Lage | Stars: Doug Stanhope, Amy Bingaman

Votes: 941

Brilliant acidic & warm. Feels like a shot of good whiskey on a cold dark night.

2. Maria Bamford: The Special Special Special! (2012 TV Special)

TV-MA | 49 min | Comedy

Spend an intimate evening with Maria Bamford in her cozy 'shot-at-home' comedy special. Gleeful, thrilling, and oh so awkward Maria gets snug with her two person audience consisting of only her parents.

Director: Jordan Brady | Stars: Maria Bamford, Joel Bamford, Marilyn Bamford, Wayne Federman

Votes: 445

love everything this woman does. Probably would have gone with posting her special "Plan B" but it didn't come up in listing so I'm going with The Special Special Special

3. 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: 837

4. Bill Burr: Let It Go (2010 TV Special)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, Comedy

Stand-up comedian Bill Burr's 2010 comedy special.

Director: Shannon Hartman | Star: Bill Burr

Votes: 4,071

haven't decided whether to list multiple specials from one artist but if I do I'd post every special of Bill Burr & Doug Stanhope

5. Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired (2006 TV Special)

TV-MA | 70 min | Documentary, Comedy

Wanda Sykes has been called "one of the funniest stand up comics" by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. She won an Emmy in 2003 for her work on ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Drumm | Star: Wanda Sykes

Votes: 282

Same goes with this woman. the whole evolution of Wanda Sykes is a force to watch.

6. David Cross: Bigger & Blackerer (2010 Video)

Unrated | 90 min | Comedy

Bigger and Blackerer was taped during two shows, back-to-back on the same evening at Boston's Wilbur Theatre. Only by watching this video will you learn of Cross unique relationship with ... See full summary »

Director: Lance Bangs | Stars: David Cross, Todd Glass, Dean Crow, Mort Burke

Votes: 639

7. Doug Stanhope: Beer Hall Putsch (2013 TV Special)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary, Comedy

Named after Hitler's first failed coup attempt, Beer Hall Putsch draws you deeper into the acerbic comic's clear-sighted view of the world with his newest one hour stand-up special recorded... See full summary »

Director: Jay Karas | Stars: Doug Stanhope, Andy Andrist, Kristine Levine

Votes: 936

Brilliant acidic & warm. Feels like a shot of whiskey on a cold night dark night.

8. Dave Attell: Captain Miserable (2007 TV Special)

TV-MA | 58 min | Documentary, Comedy

Dave Attell Performs stand up comedy at the Lincoln Theater in Washington D.C.

Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller | Star: Dave Attell

Votes: 327

9. 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: 8,621

10. Gone Madigan (2010 TV Special)

Not Rated | 64 min | Documentary, Comedy

Kathleen Madigan is just brilliantly funny and is still, after 20 years in the business, actually having fun.

Director: Shannon Hartman | Stars: Kathleen Madigan, Lewis Black

Votes: 210

11. Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain (2004 TV Special)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

Stand-up special from Patton Oswalt.

Director: Paul Miller | Stars: Patton Oswalt, Scott Ian

Votes: 838

12. Greg Giraldo: Midlife Vices (2009 TV Short)

TV-MA | 41 min | Short, Comedy

You know him as the guy who rips everyone apart at the Comedy Central Roasts. Now watch him in his first one-hour special, Midlife Vices. Filmed in front of a raucous hometown crowd in New ... See full summary »

Director: Joel Gallen | Stars: Greg Giraldo, Joel Gallen

Votes: 170

13. Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth (2004 TV Special)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy

Chappelle cuts loose in what he does best, Chappelle-style! And for what it's worth, no one is safe from Dave!

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Greer Barnes

Votes: 6,777

14. Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Comedy

Richard Pryor performs his stand-up comedy act on the Sunset Strip.

Director: Joe Layton | Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Cross, Julie Hampton, Jesse Jackson

Votes: 3,457 | Gross: $36.30M

not a special but a great series a great comedian & this story especially i love.

17. Bill Burr: Why Do I Do This? (2008 TV Special)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Comedy

One of America's fastest-rising comedians, Bill Burr wields his razor-sharp wit with rare skill. You've seen him on Chappelle's Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David ... See full summary »

Director: Shannon Hartman | Star: Bill Burr

Votes: 3,481

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

69 min | Documentary, Comedy

Comic Bill Burr's 2012 comedy special.

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

Votes: 4,972

19. Margaret Cho: CHO Revolution (2004 Video)

85 min | Comedy

Filmed live at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles in 2003, Revolution is comedian Margaret Cho's triumphant return to the screen with the same unbridled, no-holds-barred humour that infused... See full summary »

Director: Lorene Machado | Stars: Margaret Cho, Bruce Daniels

Votes: 302

20. Comedy Central Presents (1998– )
Episode: Mitch Hedberg (1999)

TV-PG | 23 min | Documentary, Comedy

Mitch Hedberg's half-hour special on Comedy Central, as part of their Comedy Central Presents series.

Directors: Paul Miller, John Fortenberry | Star: Mitch Hedberg

Votes: 526

anything by Mitch Hedberg

21. The Comedians of Comedy (2005)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Documentary

46 Metascore

Follow four comedians as they tour the States.

Director: Michael Blieden | Stars: Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, Zach Galifianakis

Votes: 2,461 | Gross: $0.00M

great behind the scenes, from the backseat & stage

22. Ron White: They Call Me Tater Salad (2004 TV Special)

TV-14 | 56 min | Documentary, Comedy

Ron White does an hour long standup routine about his life, things that bother him, and other thoughts.

Director: Michael Drumm | Star: Ron White

Votes: 1,242

I love the rhythm of this guy. Great storyteller

23. Morgan Murphy: Irish Goodbye (2014 TV Special)

Not Rated | 51 min | Comedy

Morgan Murphy brings dry and self-deprecating wit to the stage for this hilarious, gin-soaked special. Murphy's first target is always herself, but won't hesitate to bring down everyone from Planned Parenthood to teenage sexters.

Director: Jay Chapman | Stars: Morgan Murphy, Brody Stevens

Votes: 280

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