12 Best Stand Up Comedy Routines

Updated January 12, 2022 by Iulian Ionescu | Read Time min.
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I am a huge fan of stand-up comedy. I watch it every time I get a chance. I watch it so much that I actually started to learn the routines by heart, and I can recite some of them… Yeah, I know, it’s a little weird. But I love fun, man! I love jokes, and I loooove comedy. If there is anything that I wish I were besides a rock star, it’s definitely a stand-up comic. But since I don’t have what it takes, I decided to put together a list with some of the stand-up routines I’ve seen over the years and are by far the top in my favorites. Feel free to watch them all; it’s a total time of about 1 hour. This list is really just a start; I will probably come back with more parts. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this one! All videos are provided by www.youtube.com.

If you enjoy this post, I recommend checking my other two, 10 More Best Stand Up Comedy Routines and 14 More Best Stand Up Comedy Routines.

Let’s go!

Jon Stewart

John Stewart is better known for his The Daily Show with Jon Stewart hosted on Comedy Central, hosting the Oscars twice, and several movies. However, like many funny people, he started by doing stand-up. Here is a clip from a show in Miami in 1996 where he talks about the war with Iraq and Canada.

Russel Peters

Russel Peters is a Canadian comic with a great sense of humor, and he delivers a very witty kind of comedy. He often talks about languages, races, and customs and manages to provide a clean yet extremely funny show. In these two videos, he makes fun of the Indian and Canadian accents, and he also dwells on the relationship between Indians and Chinese.

Pablo Francisco

Pablo Francisco is one of those gifted stand-up comics that can do voices and impersonations. He has a vivacious and diverse show, and the audience doesn’t stop laughing throughout the performance. In this video, he talks about the movie preview guy, and he delivers a brilliant performance:

Frank Caliendo

Frank Caliendo is by far my favorite impersonator. I honestly believe that he can not only sound like anyone but also look like them. He’s a great performer, and below I added 2 videos from his performances on the David Letterman Show during the Impressionists Week.

George Carlin

George Carlin needs no formal introduction. He’s been a face of comedy since the sixties, and he never stopped being funny until his last breath. This bit is one of my favorites when he talks about the airlines and their language and announcements.

Louis C.K.

Louis C.K. is a great comedian and a funny actor, writer, and director. He’s been doing stand-up for quite some time now, and his humor is often raw and quite direct. In these two short videos, he’s talking about his children and other fun topics.

Josh Robert Thompson

Josh Robert Thompson is another voice comic and impersonator. In this little bit, he’s presenting his take on Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stalone, and Morgan Freeman. I think he’s doing the best Morgan Freeman I’ve ever seen.

Dane Cook

Dane Cook is a very modern stand-up comic and a recent favorite of many young viewers. He played in a few movies as well, but he’s better known for his comic routine and his super-up-yours sign. In this video, he talks about women and fighting.

Jim Breuer

Jim Breuer is a very loud comedian, and he uses his loud voice and many grimaces to entertain the viewers. He does so really well, and his AC/DC routine became quite famous. So, I decided to include it here for your own viewing pleasure.

So, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed it all and I am waiting for your suggestions about other shows that I would enjoy. Before I let you go to bed, I will post a few links to other similar posts where other bloggers collected their favorite stand-up comedy shows:

Related Posts:
14 More Best Stand Up Comedy Routines
10 More Best Stand-Up Comedy Routines
The Best Stand-Up Comedians Of All Time
The 10 Best And Funniest Stand-Up Comedy Specials of 2019
Top Stand-Ups

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  • Humor is incredibly subjective. What strikes one person as funny leaves another person cold. Kudos to you for putting up these guys. The comedy biz is a brutal one and the odds of finding success – even making a very modest living from it – are very low. To those who take potshots at comics – any comics – I suggest you get your ass up on a stage in front of a roomful of strangers and try to be funny. Let me know how that goes.

  • Ew. Dane Cook? Are you kidding me? That one comedian completely invalidates the entirety of this blog. He is an embarrassingly incompetent, unabashed content thief of a “comedian” (if you can even really call him that).

  • Do you recall some stand-up comedian doing a Bob Dylan ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues” like routine, complete with signs, one of which was “Himalayan.”

  • All white comedians…  Really… Broaden your scope of what’s funny. Look at Richard Pryor, Joy Koy, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock for starters.

  • Damn. Husband is the first way you describe yourself. Somebody needed a way out of the doghouse. Definitely got some brownie points for that one.

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