42 Essential Comedy Albums


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[Editors note:  This was originally posted June 3, 2013.  We are reposting in honor of today being record store day.  Comedy records are records too! Support your local record stores!]

For over 60 years, the comedy album has been the best way for comedians to express whatever they wanted without direction from an executive or show runner. Even with the advent of new technologies, the album has stood the test of time, becoming a cornerstone in bringing their material directly to the public.  Some of the greatest comedy that has ever existed can be found on this list. Use it. Enjoy it. There is nothing on this list that will waste your time.

 


 

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74 comments
Stig63
Stig63

No Monty Python albums?

pokerface1947
pokerface1947

In addition to those I mentioned the first time, I'd nominate Firesign Theater (at least 5 candidate albums), Musically MAD (as in MAD Magazine), Bill Cosby Is A Very Funny Fellow - Right! (with his version of Noah's Ark) instead of the Cosby album listed on the 42, and An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer.

WilliamFBaldwin
WilliamFBaldwin

I bought Cheech Chong Big Bambu when I was 8 from my friends older brother for fifty cents. Deal was he got to keep the rolling paper

HIMcDunnough
HIMcDunnough

Cheech and chong los cochinos.  I loved that album growing up

MacHarris
MacHarris

Andy Griffith "Just for Laughs" belongs on there somewhere...

Henduey
Henduey

WOW no Maria Bamford?? Fuck you classic Shelb.

BadNewsJeff
BadNewsJeff

Nice work Ibang for putting this back on the front page today.

pokerface1947
pokerface1947

I like this 42, can you tell?  It occurs to me that there are no impression comics on the list.  I'd nominate Vaughn Meader's "The First Family".

And in the category musical comics, I still cherish and listen regularly to Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America - Volume 1.

pokerface1947
pokerface1947

Oh, and it's really an oversight to not have The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters on the list.  Robins Williams took his act and Winters also inspired other legends like Carlin, Carrey and Cosby.

pokerface1947
pokerface1947

First comedy album in our house as a kid back in the '50s was "Inside Shelley Berman."   He wasn't exactly a stand-up comic.  He sat on a stool with an invisible telephone in one hand and a real cigarette in the other.  You may remember him as Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" father.  His call to the police department to report a person perched on the ledge of a building is actually reminiscent of some of the recent real-life 911 calls to clueless cop clerks.

fezitorium
fezitorium

Great list! I vote for Robert Klein Mind Over Matter as one you missed. Funny as hell even when I was a kid too little to understand half of it. 

Bruisedandcatless
Bruisedandcatless

This kid doesn't know a guy with a hot dog stand down in Seaside hieghts with a comedy album?

pepperjackb
pepperjackb

No 'The Great White North?'  Shame.

bmqq316
bmqq316

Used to love listening to Dennis Miller before he turned into Mr Right Wing...I don't mind he's a Republican, he's just not funny anymore.

JJandS
JJandS

Fuck this kids voice and fuck this googled up list I know he don't know shit about half of these albums

Brocknstock
Brocknstock

Sounds like the kid is sucking helium

JJandS
JJandS

What the fuck where's no cure for cancer

rexdart936
rexdart936

no firesign theatre? you are philistines.

BadNewsJeff
BadNewsJeff

I knew I liked this kid.  Abortion punch cards! 

rexdart936
rexdart936

simon and grudnyk's "retail comedy at wholesale prices" was a fantastic album.

SpongeSteve
SpongeSteve

Ok, they fooled me for a couple days, Molly really is Daba.

SarahMcPants
SarahMcPants

Molly likes hipster boys that make up funny songs....Kokomo Catholic Joe would be perfect. Hes the Andy Samberg of SiriusXM. Play her the radio shark song and watch her swoon.

jerkaruso
jerkaruso

I've done a 180 on Shelby. Kid rules

BrianInChicago
BrianInChicago

My folks had the Bill Cosby album on vinyl...first comedy album I ever listened to.  Its a great one.

Vickroy
Vickroy

Miss Greg G. When he fought with Denis Leary on Tough Crowd I was speechless.

Narc Zito
Narc Zito

I like this kid's take on Patrice.

blahblah75
blahblah75

Um..."Another Monty Python Album" is right there

MrLahey
MrLahey

Working class zero is also a gem

Chris_EsT
Chris_EsT

@HerbinHousewife It doesn't really hold up, but my friends and I listened to this constantly when it came out. We were also heavily "medicated"...

MrLahey
MrLahey

In the clearance bin...where it belongs. You really think the asshole song is funny?

We get it Dennis, you like cigarettes.