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The Funniest Stand-Up Comedy Videos on YouTube

Ben Stegner Updated 05-05-2020

Stand-up comedy is a great way to entertain yourself online. Whether you want to watch the best stand-up comedians in their element or just enjoy some laughs during a tough time, there’s plenty of comedy available to watch on YouTube.

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In this article, we look at some of the best stand-up comedy videos on YouTube. Of course, comedy is subjective, so you may not agree with our picks. However, we hope everyone will find something to laugh at in this short collection.

1. Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff

Kevin James, known for his starring role in The King of Queens and some film acting, picks fun at the little annoyances of everyday life in this special from 2001. Topics include the economics of ordering pizza with friends and people who leave annoying messages on the phone.

With the relatable topics and some enjoyable physical humor, it’s a routine that you can enjoy alone or with family or friends.

2. Brian Regan: I Walked on the Moon

Brian Regan is a great source of clean stand-up that can still make you howl. (In fact, he’s one of the best clean stand-up comedians of our age.) His caricature impersonations of whoever he’s discussing are enjoyable, and he’s not afraid to be self-deprecating either.

This special is Regan at his best, with observational comedy about shipping packages, the pains of flying, and walkie-talkies. The routine gets its name from the final bit, which is essential viewing.

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3. Josh Sneed: Life’s Better When You’re Fat

One of the best routines on the Dry Bar Comedy channel comes from Josh Sneed. This set looks at the ridiculousness of combining Taco Bell and Long John Silver’s restaurants, strange people at garage sales, and lousy family vacations.

All the bits here flow well, and the focus on food makes it relevant to almost everyone.

4. Jim Gaffigan: Hot Pockets!

This clip from Gaffigan’s Beyond the Pale special exemplifies his type of comedy: everyman takes that often focus on food. In this segment he talks about Hot Pockets, the microwaveable food that nobody really enjoys eating.

It’s become one of his signature bits, and serves as a great sample of his work. While you won’t find high-quality full routines of Jim Gaffigan on YouTube, you can find many clips from his various specials on his channel.

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5. Dave Burleigh: Dancing With the Stars Is Irrelevant

This special from Dave Burleigh is full of variety. He starts out with some impressions of how celebrities would sound on Dancing With The Stars. After some traditional material, he then goes into a final phase where he plays the piano and tells some great one-liners.

It’s fun to hear something a little different, so give it a look if you enjoy impressions.

6. George Carlin: Soft Language

George Carlin’s comedy routines were known for interesting reflections on life and culture. This bit is a great example of that—Carlin talks about the gradual softening of the English language that happened in America over the years. For instance, “used cars” became “pre-owned vehicles.”

It’s interesting to compare the examples given in this 1990 special and how language has further changed decades later. You’ll laugh at this, but, like all of the best comedy, it will also make you take a closer look at life.

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While we’ve mostly tried to stick to clean comedy here, note that this clip contains a few instances of swearing.

7. Sinbad: Brain Damaged

You might know Sinbad from his appearances in comedy movies like Jingle All the Way. Before those, he was known for stand-up comedy. Brain Damaged was his first stand-up special, which appeared on HBO in 1990.

In this video he looks at dealing with frustrating people at McDonald’s, how people change as they go through relationships, and even throws a bit of dancing and signing in too. Sinbad’s cool demeanor makes this a fun routine to watch even today.

8. Jerry Seinfeld: I’m Telling You for the Last Time

If you’re more used to seeing him on TV it’s easy to forget that Jerry Seinfeld is a stand-up comedian. Topics from this routine include the struggles of Halloween as a child, deciding on drugs at the pharmacy, and amateur horseback riding. He moves from one bit to the next smoothly in his element of observational comedy.

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9. Steven Wright: A Steven Wright Special

If you’re looking for something a little different in your stand-up, give Stephen Wright a listen. His deadpan delivery combined with hundreds of one-liner jokes is quite magnetic. He’s also known for a lot of irony and strange jokes.

This is one of the densest specials here, with very little filler. You’ll have to pay close attention to absorb it all—it’s amazing how much Wright came up with.

10. Dwayne Perkins: Don’t Name Your Kids Something Stupid

While you might not have heard of Dwayne Perkins, we think you’ll enjoy this rapid-fire special regardless. He discusses parents giving their kids weird names, experiences growing up with his grandmother, shopping at the dollar store, and much more.

Perkins is a likable comic, and like everything on Dry Bar, his comedy is family-friendly.

Where to Find the Best Stand-Up Comedy on YouTube

We’ve picked out a sample of mostly clean comedy routines for you to enjoy. While you hopefully enjoyed a few of them, no two people will find the same comics, topics, or styles of comedy funny.

Because of this, we conclude with a few YouTube channels dedicated to stand-up comedy where you can find a lot more material. Note that not all of these are clean, however:

  • Dry Bar Comedy: A channel full of clean stand-up comedy that posts new videos every day. You’ll find full specials as well as clips. Not all of them are hilarious, but there’s a lot of good family-friendly material here.
  • LOL Network Stand-Up!: On this channel, you’ll find a collection of clips from comedians throughout the years. New videos aren’t uploaded too often, but there’s a good back catalog to enjoy.
  • Just For Laughs: The official channel for the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival has tons of clips from a variety of comics and uploads regularly, so there’s always something new to enjoy.

Of course, you can find stand-up comedy content on all over YouTube, so if there’s a specific comedian you’re interested in, just do a quick search. The channels above are great if you don’t know where to start, though.

Cracking Up With Comedians on YouTube

We could all use a laugh every now or then, and YouTube has some of the best comedy routines to enjoy at any time. Once you start watching a few, YouTube will recommend more that you’ll like.

Don’t forget that YouTube is home to lots of other great content too. Check out some of the best trivia YouTube channels 5 Trivia-Filled YouTube Channels Full of Fun Facts If you love trivia, you should check out these YouTube channels full of fun facts. You'll learn something while being entertained! Read More to learn something new, or discover the most-relaxing YouTube channels 5 Relaxing YouTube Channels to Help You Chill Out Are you feeling stressed? Check out these relaxing YouTube channels with music, sounds, and more that will help you chill out. Read More to chill out to.

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  1. Anonymous
    August 3, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Do yourself a favor and watch Steven Wright. If you don't think he's funny, check your pulse, you may be dead.

    "I had some instant water but didn't know what to add."

    "About four years ago I...... No. Wait. It was yesterday...."

    • Rod
      October 18, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      I thought Steven Wright was so funny as a kid, but yoo can only hear it do many times. Very dated.

  2. Mike
    April 27, 2015 at 3:54 am

    No women? Elayne Boosler

  3. commentator
    November 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    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..

  4. Alex
    September 27, 2010 at 6:39 am

    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

    • Steve Campbell
      September 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm

      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!

  5. Matthew
    September 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm

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

  6. hagi6
    September 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    george is amazing

  7. Albert Llado
    September 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm

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

  8. Albert Llado
    September 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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

  9. Crampoos
    September 19, 2010 at 12:44 am

    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.

  10. Crampoos
    September 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    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.

    • Aibek
      September 19, 2010 at 4:38 am

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

      • Mark O'Neill
        September 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

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

  11. Twsheely
    September 18, 2010 at 12:34 am

    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".

  12. Twsheely
    September 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    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".

  13. Steve Campbell
    September 17, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    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.

  14. Alexander Kenter
    September 17, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    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!

    • Steve Campbell
      September 17, 2010 at 9:23 pm

      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.

  15. tamasine
    September 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm

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

  16. Andrea
    September 17, 2010 at 6:52 pm

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

    • Rod
      October 18, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Bill Hicks is overrated.

  17. Mohit Parikh
    September 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm

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

  18. Steve Campbell
    September 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    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]

  19. Richard
    September 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm

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

    • Steve Campbell
      September 17, 2010 at 4:10 pm

      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]

  20. Bill Cooper
    September 16, 2010 at 2:20 am

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

    • Aibek
      September 17, 2010 at 5:34 am

      Eddie Murphy? This guy does stand ups?

      • Steve Campbell
        September 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm

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

  21. Big Wave Dave
    September 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    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.

  22. Steve Campbell
    September 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    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."

  23. Mark O'Neill
    September 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    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.

    • Steve Campbell
      September 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      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."

  24. Mark O'Neill
    September 15, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    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".

  25. Steve Campbell
    September 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    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!

  26. Jow25h
    September 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    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.

    • Steve Campbell
      September 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      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!

      • Mark O'Neill
        September 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm

        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".

        • Steve Campbell
          September 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

          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

        • David Armstrong
          September 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm

          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.

  27. Steve Campbell
    September 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Nice! I'll have to give them a look.

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

  28. Mark O'Neill
    September 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm

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

    • Steve Campbell
      September 15, 2010 at 6:07 pm

      Nice! I'll have to give them a look.

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

      • Mark O'Neill
        September 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

        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.

  29. Ionutcbn
    September 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

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

  30. Ionutcbn
    September 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

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

    • Mark O'Neill
      September 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm

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

  31. Acerview54
    September 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm

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

    • Steve Campbell
      September 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm

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

    • Love Dude89
      October 9, 2010 at 3:39 am

      You have bad taste in thins.

  32. Gaming PC
    September 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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

  33. Burke102
    September 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

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

    • Steve Campbell
      September 15, 2010 at 4:48 pm

      Agree!