The very best stand-up from the very-best comedians of all time. Stop everything you’re doing and get ready to laugh!
We’ve trawled the greatest clips of YouTube to find you the best clips of the best comedians of all time (yes, we do love our job). After hours and hours of side splittingly funny research, we’ve narrowed down our top list of the best skits by the best comedians of all time, for your viewing pleasure. Tears of pure joy, a six-pack of stomach muscles and two sore face cheeks later, it’s time for you to experience the joy.
WARNING: Some of the videos contain swearing, bad language and controversial topics.
If you’re at work, definitely plug in your ear phones.
Louis C.K is famous for his goatee, red hair, cynicism and side-splittingly funny comedy. He holds back on absolutely nothing on stage and it is the brutally hilarious honesty which makes him so widely adored by audiences. His storytelling bits are relentless and poignant and there is no line which his stand up comedy won’t cross.
Have a taste of some Louis C.K – with almost 14 million views on YouTube, we think you’re going to get a taste for why he has been hailed as one of the funniest comedians of all time.
Dave Chappelle is instantly recognisable as one of the most successful comedians today. He started performing stand up when he was 14, inspired by comedians like Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. Chappelle’s voice is one of his most recognisable trademarks, as well as his commentary on popular culture and ability to tell a story with hilarious and animated impressions.
This clip on open racism in America has reached almost 5 million views on YouTube and is in your face funny.
Russell Peters – They call him the ‘comedian you’ve never heard of’ but he is one of the highest paid comedians in the world today. Despite having limited success in the American market, he has enjoyed huge success with international audiences, performing for sold-out shows all over the world.
Check out this clip – “be a man, do the right thing”. His cultural observations are hilarious and his accent imitation is on point. Warning: This is laugh out loud funny.
Sarah Silverman is famous for her quirky delivery style, vulgar jokes, commentary on sexism and religion. Her performances can be polarising for audiences but we think her tongue-in-cheek punchlines are clever, unique and eccentric in the best way for the way that they point fun at racial stereotypes.
If you want to get a taste for Sarah Silverman’s style and feel a little uncomfortable, check out this clip from her show hit show ‘Jesus Is Magic’ which was released in 2005.
You know who has a tiny vagina? Barbie.
George Carlin’s is an american comedian who ranked 2nd on the Comedy Central ‘top 100 comedians of all time’. He became famous for his commentary on current issues, comedic political routines and cynicism towards society in general. He became famous for his poetic and rapid fire rants which would crescendo into their punchlines with perfect comedic timing. His deadpan honesty endeared him to his audiences despite their bitter tinge.
If woke up this morning feeling like you had a little bit of attitude, watch George Carlin’s stand up. It might not make you feel better but it will make you feel a little more empowered.
Richard Pryor has been ranked as the number one comedian of all time accordint to the ‘Comedy Central ‘top 100 comedians of all time’. Many comedians today credit Pryor as an influence for their beginnings in comedy. His controversial, no-holds-barred comedy routines, colourful language and insightfully funny routines set the bar for stand up comedy. Pryor’s personal life was tumultuous, often incorporating these elements into his routines.
Check out this back to back stand up clip of Robin Williams and Richard Pryor from the ’80s at The Comedy Store in L.A :
Before he was a famous actor, Robin Williams was a successful comedian, impressionist and stand-up genius. His stand-up routines are incredibly fast-paced, full of energy and rapid-fire impressions. His use of wordplay is second-to-none and he was well known for his ability to improvise any moment into an act of comedic genius. Audiences loved his frenzied, quick and flamboyant style of stand up.
Williiams weaved material from his own life and struggle with drug and alcohol addiction to entertain his audiences. We love his candid, hilarious, outrageous routines and this is the ultimate expression of all the best parts of Robin Williams stand up.
Chris Rock is renowned for his angry, raspy, shouty stand-up routines. Chris rock was discovered by Eddie Murphy at New York’s Comedy strip early in his career and went on to mentor and befriend the aspiring comic. After a stint on Saturday Night Live, Rock made his mark on the comedy industry with his wildly acclaimed performance, “Bring The Pain”; a witty, cutting and controversial minefield of social commentary.
This clip is about love, from his show Never Scared –
Eddie Murphy –
Eddie Murphy is one of the most successful comedians and actors in the United States. His brand of comedy is distinguished for its swearing no-holds-barred sketches which mocked anybody and everybody. Murphy’s show Delirious was a huge stand-up success and his bright orange, patent leather suit, impressions and cutting roasts sent his career onto a new trajectory.
Definitely NSFW, use headphones for this clip and enjoy the man who was hilarious long before he played The Nutty Professor and Dr. Doolittle.
We love this clip on The Ice Cream Man –
and this one on the Boomerang Shoe –
Kevin Hart – is famous for his short stature and this video from earlier this year, lip-syncing with Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon on ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’. His self-deprecating and unique humor, hilarious facial expressions, pauses and on-point storytelling make him one of the most-loved entertainers in Hollywood today.
Have a favourite we missed out on? Let us know which stand-up comedy routine is your all-time favourite in the comments section below.