The Top 10 Stand-Up Comedy Videos On YouTube

0 standup intro   The Top 10 Stand Up Comedy Videos On YouTubeDo you like to laugh? Of course you do. That’s like asking somebody if they enjoy breathing. There are lots of things on the interweb that exist just for that very purpose – to make us laugh. You can find hilarious images, videos, cartoons, shows, sketches, stories, anything you can imagine, and some stuff you can’t. Here at MUO, we even have an entire section of our website devoted to Geeky Fun.

You know what else exists for our amusement? ¬†YouTube. That’s right, the third most visited site on the Internet is a laugh factory, but I don’t have to tell you that. Out of all the most popular content on YouTube, it is the funniest stuff that usually goes viral.


Needless to say, I had a lot of fun researching this article. Stand-up comedy is entertainment in its truest form, and I am a big fan. So without further ado, here are the top 10 stand-up comedy videos on YouTube.

Criteria For The List

This is not just a list of the 10 most-viewed stand-up comedy videos on YouTube. I don’t think that’s fair, especially if some videos were uploaded years before others or cleverly marketed in some way. I also won’t be featuring multiple videos by the same comedian.

Like I said, I did research. Everybody’s sense of humor is different of course, but I feel like I’ve picked 10 individuals who are pretty funny and I invite you to check out their other videos. This list includes some of the best comedians of all-time, as well as some you may have never heard of.

Some of the content contains some harsh language, but let’s be honest, you probably expected that. If you didn’t, my apologies.

Now that we’ve got the technicalities out of the way, onto the laughter.

10. Demetri Martin – Large Pad

Demetri Martin is famous for his large pad. He has an interesting take on the world around us (as do the others on this list) and is a good starting point if you’re looking for a laugh.

9. Jim Gaffigan – Holiday Traditions

Jim Gaffigan is a solid stand-up comedian. Here’s a clip from one of his specials in which he talks about our holiday traditions that don’t necessarily make much sense logically.

8. Steven Wright – The Complete Works

Steven Wright is one of the most underrated comedians out there. This is an old video of him, but the content is still hilarious.

7. Chris Rock – Crazy Kids

I felt like I had to fit Chris into my list of top videos, so here is a short clip from one of his stand-up specials, in which he talks about the crazy kids who made the news back when this special took place.

6. Mitch Hedberg Stand-up

When he was alive, Mitch Hedberg was one cool cat. This video is from a short performance he did on the Late Show. There aren’t many high-quality videos of Mitch left on YouTube, but this is one of the ones that has received the most attention.

5. Jim Carrey – Canada

I bet you didn’t know Jim Carrey did stand-up. Well as you can imagine, he was pretty great at it. Here’s a video clip from his special where he talks about growing up in Canada, something else you may not have known about him.

4. Lewis Black on Nuclear Holocaust

Lewis Black is another comedian who is beginning to become hugely popular. In this video, he talks about how ridiculous school was as a kid, especially the preparation for bomb and fire drills.

3. Louis CK – Children and Their Secrets

Louis CK is well on his way to being the next George Carlin in my book. In this video, he talks about children and the not-so-important things they try to tell you. Just a small glimpse of the comedic genius of Louis CK.

2. Dave Chappelle – Sesame Street

Dave is one of the funniest people walking the planet. In this video, he talks about how watching the shows we used to watch as kids can be very different as an adult. His example, Sesame Street. A similar video has nearly 7.5 million views on YouTube, but it features a picture slideshow instead of video.

1. George Carlin on Our Similarities

And at number 1, the best comedian of all-time as far as I’m concerned, Mr. George Carlin. I was lucky enough to see George in person before he “passed away” and he did not disappoint. In this video, he talks about those little things that we all have in common. Pure genius.

Conclusion

I’ll be honest. I’ve always wanted to make a list like this, and now I’ve got the opportunity to do so. Like I said, I’m a big fan of stand-up comedy, so I know I’ve left a lot of great comedians off of this list. If you’d like to see more, continue searching YouTube. It’s a goldmine.

Did you laugh? If so, share this with your friends/followers! Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Burke102

Carlin is the best, EVER!!!! R.I.P. George!

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Steve Campbell

Agree!

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Gaming PC

Hah, brilliant, gonna watch them all this evening, seen a few before. Proper funny!

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Acerview54

That was seriously poor comedy. Definitely in the 10 worst. What was funny, all they did was swear a bit.

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Steve Campbell

Well who are your favorite standup comedians? This genre of comedy isn’t for everyone.

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Love Dude89

You have bad taste in thins.

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Ionutcbn

Eddie Izzard – DeathStar Canteen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp69rg6Hdlo

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Mark O’Neill

I love the Death Star routine :-) Izzard in general doesn’t appeal to me much but he struck gold with that sketch.

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Ionutcbn

Eddie Izzard – DeathStar Canteen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

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Mark O’Neill

Billy Connolly is the best standup comedian of all time, followed closely by Ben Elton.

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Steve Campbell

Nice! I’ll have to give them a look.

You always struck me as a Rodney Dangerfield kinda guy, Mark :)

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Mark O’Neill

No! Billy and Ben are my two favourite comedians. I also quite like Michael McIntyre and Russell Howard. Jack Dee also has the occasional hit.

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Steve Campbell

Nice! I’ll have to give them a look.

You always struck me as a Rodney Dangerfield kinda guy, Mark :)

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Jow25h

Can’t believe Andy Kaufman didn’t make the cut…love his goofin on Elvis stuff…and as much as I like George Carlin’s stuff, he can’t come close to Richard Pryor who is numero uno, IMO.

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Steve Campbell

I was wondering when someone would mention Pryor. Him and George are at the top of most every list I’ve ever seen, but personally I’ve never really been a big fan.

I basically went with what I grew up with, and I’ve never heard of some of the comedians in the comments here, but I’m looking forward to checking them all out!

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Mark O’Neill

Well it’s like you say, you go with who you grew up with. That’s why my bias is with British comedians. American comedians are starting to slowly appear more and more on British TV now but when I was growing up, you barely saw them on British TV and you only saw home-grown talent.

A lot of American comedians are now appearing at places like the London Apollo which is where the McIntyre and Howard clips above are at too. People like Rich Hall and Reginald D.Hunter are frequently appearing on British shows like QI and “Have I Got News For You”.

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Steve Campbell

Russell Brand is a British comedian that is starting to become famous in America, but that’s about as far as my knowledge on that goes lol

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David Armstrong

American stand-up is very different to British stand-up. It’s been really interesting to watch. I suggest you check out Bill Bailey, Eddie Izzard and Ross Noble.

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Steve Campbell

I was wondering when someone would mention Pryor. Him and George are at the top of most every list I’ve ever seen, but personally I’ve never really been a big fan.

I basically went with what I grew up with, and I’ve never heard of some of the comedians in the comments here, but I’m looking forward to checking them all out!

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Mark O’Neill

Well it’s like you say, you go with who you grew up with. That’s why my bias is with British comedians. American comedians are starting to slowly appear more and more on British TV now but when I was growing up, you barely saw them on British TV and you only saw home-grown talent.

A lot of American comedians are now appearing at places like the London Apollo which is where the McIntyre and Howard clips above are at too. People like Rich Hall and Reginald D.Hunter are frequently appearing on British shows like QI and “Have I Got News For You”.

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Mark O’Neill

In my opinion, Russell Brand is an idiot. I think it was last year when he and another British personality, Jonathan Ross, were caught leaving abusive messages on an actor’s voicemail, live on radio. The two of them still think it was funny to this day. So I would seriously question Brand’s idea of humour and his judgment.

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Steve Campbell

It’s funny you mention that because he did a comedy special entitled Scandalous in which he tells his side of that story. It was pretty interesting/funny, actually if I remember right. I believe you can find it on YouTube.

Over here he seems to be making a lot of money being an idiot, which is not uncommon. In his special he proclaims “I hate that I’m not famous in America yet. You can’t have hair like this if you aren’t famous, it just doesn’t work.”

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Steve Campbell

It’s funny you mention that because he did a comedy special entitled Scandalous in which he tells his side of that story. It was pretty interesting/funny, actually if I remember right. I believe you can find it on YouTube.

Over here he seems to be making a lot of money being an idiot, which is not uncommon. In his special he proclaims “I hate that I’m not famous in America yet. You can’t have hair like this if you aren’t famous, it just doesn’t work.”

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Big Wave Dave

Check out John Pinette. He’s been around a long time. Has had bits in TV & movies and performed on Broadway. His routines are clean and his physicality makes him even funnier.

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Bill Cooper

Umm… no Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy??? weak!

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Aibek

Eddie Murphy? This guy does stand ups?

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Steve Campbell

Very famously, actually. Most comedians got their start in standup, including Adam Sandler and most everyone else on SNL.

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Richard

Great stuff, but why did you put quotes around “passed away” (George Carlin).

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Steve Campbell

At the end of one of Carlin’s specials, he starts talking about how our language is getting softer over time. He ends the show by saying: “I’m getting old! And it’s okay, because thanks to our fear of death in this country, I won’t have to die…I’ll pass away. Or I’ll expire like a magazine subscription. If it happens in the hospital, they’ll call it a terminal episode. The insurance company will refer to it as negative patient-care outcome. And if it’s the result of malpractice, they’ll say it was a therapeutic misadventure. I’m telling you, some of this language makes me want to vomit. Well, maybe not vomit. Makes me want to engage in an involuntary personal protein spill.” [applause]

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Steve Campbell

At the end of one of Carlin’s specials, he starts talking about how our language is getting softer over time. He ends the show by saying:

“I’m getting old! And it’s okay, because thanks to our fear of death in this country, I won’t have to die…I’ll pass away. Or I’ll expire like a magazine subscription. If it happens in the hospital, they’ll call it a terminal episode. The insurance company will refer to it as negative patient-care outcome. And if it’s the result of malpractice, they’ll say it was a therapeutic misadventure. I’m telling you, some of this language makes me want to vomit. Well, maybe not vomit. Makes me want to engage in an involuntary personal protein spill.” [applause]

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Mohit Parikh

i think Russell Peters deserves to be on this list too!!

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Andrea

lol this is a ridiculous list… where is Bill Hicks?

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tamasine

I’m a fan of standup comedy myself, i would like to recommend Pablo Francisco. ^_^

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Alexander Kenter

missed Bill Hicks – other than that: good list! thanks for introducing me to Demetri Martin, I’ll be sure to find more of his work!

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Steve Campbell

I was 9 when Bill Hicks died apparently lol so no wonder I’ve never heard of him. I’ll be sure to check out his stuff!

Demetri Martin is definitely a funny guy. He has a show on Comedy Central you should look into, as well as his comedy specials.

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Steve Campbell

I was 9 when Bill Hicks died apparently lol so no wonder I’ve never heard of him. I’ll be sure to check out his stuff!

Demetri Martin is definitely a funny guy. He has a show on Comedy Central you should look into, as well as his comedy specials.

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Twsheely

What about Bill Cosby? His “Dentist” routine (from Bill Cosby – Himself) is a classic…still makes me hurt from laughter.
And then there’s the Smothers Brothers…a unique act, to say the least. Some of the funniest stuff from the “old school”.

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Twsheely

What about Bill Cosby? His “Dentist” routine (from Bill Cosby – Himself) is a classic…still makes me hurt from laughter.
And then there’s the Smothers Brothers…a unique act, to say the least. Some of the funniest stuff from the “old school”.

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Crampoos

George Carlin – should be second
Demetri Martin – should be first (guy is awesome)
Chirs Rock – borring
Louis CK – idiotic lines (made me angry, not smile)
Jim Carrey – sympathetic, ok
Lewis Black – borring to death
Mitch Hedberg – funny lines, idiotic presentation
Steven Wright – ocasionally good lines, depresing presentation (not funny)
Jim Gaffigan – borring to death
Demetri Martin – AWESOME….oh, already told you that…sorry.

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Aibek

You found Chris Rock boring? This is guy is pretty good.

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Mark O’Neill

I think he is more of an “acquired taste”. ;-)

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Crampoos

George Carlin – should be second
Demetri Martin – should be first (guy is awesome)
Chirs Rock – borring
Louis CK – idiotic lines (made me angry, not smile)
Jim Carrey – sympathetic, ok
Lewis Black – borring to death
Mitch Hedberg – funny lines, idiotic presentation
Steven Wright – ocasionally good lines, depresing presentation (not funny)
Jim Gaffigan – borring to death
Demetri Martin – AWESOME….oh, already told you that…sorry.

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Albert Llado

Boy… I can’t believe nobody brought up Jerry Seinfeld even in the comments…
He would definitely be my number 1!!!

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Albert Llado

Boy… I can’t believe nobody brought up Jerry Seinfeld even in the comments…
He would definitely be my number 1!!!

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hagi6

george is amazing

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Matthew

Father Guido Sarduchi! From the glory days of SNL. His routine on the five-minute university was/is hilarious.

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Alex

Mannnnn….you forgot the legendary Bill Hicks who should be in the top 10, & groundbreaking Lenny Bruce as set apart on his own and other legends such as Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, & Don Rickles

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Steve Campbell

lol the article was about the top videos on youtube, not greatest comedians of all time, or else I would have made it twice as long!

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commentator

this is not a very good list. i have no idea what your criteria is, you never stated it but keep trying, you have your work cut out for you but keep trying..