What are the best HBO stand-up specials?

These past years stand-up comedy has been neglected but now it is back in the limelight. So are you looking for the best stand up comedy on HBO? Well, you just hit the jackpot! Because we have the list of the best HBO stand-up specials. Check them out and laugh as hard as you can! 

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    #1Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady

    Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady

    Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady is an HBO comedy special which is an hour of stand-up comedy featuring herself scrutinizing on different topics and other social issues from feminism, dating and many more. 

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    Chao Yang
    Written on May 27, 2018
    "This was a nice little special, Michelle has good timing and some decent jokes in there, but if we're talking best HBO stand-up specials ever then this isn't even in the top 50 probably. If you think of any iconic stand-up comedian from Jim Carrey to Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, Bill Burr... the list goes on and on and on and all of them had specials that you can't really compare to this one because they are just that much better. Decent, but nowhere near the best from HBO."
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    #2Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

    Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

    Chris Gethard: Career Suicide is an HBO comedy which was adapted on his one-man off-Broadway show of the same name. This talks about his experience with mental illness and psychiatry, and with people sharing their experience. 

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    Henry Walsh
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "The comic, Chris Gethard, who is from New Jersey, close to where I used to live talks about Career Suicide is a stand-up comedy show performed by Chris Gethard who talks about depression, suicide, alcoholism, and other aspects of life. After viewing the trailer I think I would like to see his show!"
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    #3Ramy Youssef: Feelings

    Ramy Youssef: Feelings

    Ramy Youssef: Feelings is an HBO stand-up comedy special wherein the Egyptian-American comedian talks about candid anecdotes about his life. This includes his connection to Donald Trump, his father's immigration story and more. 

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    Teresa Murphy
    Written on July 31, 2019
    "This is definitely on my top list of the best hbo comedy specials. Come on this stand-up comedy act was something that I was able to relate. It has lots of jokes that people would laugh and appreciate, well except if you are part of the Muslim community. This is really an honest stand-up, which i believe is mostly misrepresented. "

WHAT'S THE MEANING?

Stand-up comedy is a comic style wherein a comedian performs in front of a live audience. The comedian is usually directly speaking with the audience while delivering humorous stories, jokes, and one-liners. This makes the feedback of the audience instant and crucial for the comedian's act. Although the term "stand-up" implies performing while standing, this is not mandatory. 

DID YOU KNOW?

Netflix might be dominating the current stand-up wars. But, before them, HBO has been the prestigious network for a comedian to work with. It all started in 1975 when HBO aired the first eight specials of Robert Klein. This helped HBO to dominate the field and established relationships with famous comedians. But, have you ever wondered how stand-up comedy evolved through time? Well, stand-up comedy can be traced back in the early 1800s, though it was popularized in the mid-1970s after the days of vaudeville. Comedians became wittier and had a classy style of comedy from slapstick and physical. Indeed, the 70s was when the actual birth of stand-up took place, with a new generation of comedians. In the 1980s, stand-up comedy could be seen anywhere from TV shows, clubs, and stand-up comics. Sadly in the 90s, stand-up's popularity started to fade but was able to get back into the scene in the 2000s. Over time, stand-up comedy has become one of the most popular performance art forms in the US. It comes as streaming services like Netflix, as well as cable and premium outlets,  distribute more comedy specials than before. Although, more stand-up comedians are starting to leave stand-up comedy acts for more scripted professions. The art continues to boom with its popularity. 

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    #4David Cross: The Pride is Back

    David Cross: The Pride is Back

    David Cross: The Pride is Back is a stand-up special on HBO which was recorded live on his performance at the Show Box Theater in Seattle. This comes after one year since the sketch comedy Mr. Show ended its run on HBO.

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    Arthur Holland
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "Although this technically fits the topic, I don't think it's a good match. It's not from a very well known comedian, and it isn't highly rated. These two criteria would be useful for a general search such as this."
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    #5Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

    Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

    Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles is an original HBO comedy special wherein she performs in front of an intimate audience taking aim at different topics and subjects from cellphone porn, religions, terrible roommates and more. 

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    Daniel Rogers
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "I love Sarah Silverman. I was so excited to watch this stand up special that I subscribed to one month of HBO just to watch it. Sarah Silverman performed as well as she usually does, my wife loved it. We've both watched all of her material."
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    #6Jerrod Carmichael: 8

    Jerrod Carmichael: 8

    Jerrod Carmichael: 8 is a stand-up comedy show performed by Jerrod Carmichael and taped live at the Masonic Hall in New York City. This 1-hour show was rated TV-MA and was unsuitable for children under 17.

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    Enrique Vega
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "Jerrod Carmichael: 8 is a stand up show from HBO from a show in New York. Jerrod Carmichael is a young comedian who is hilarious and has a wide range of material. "
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    #7Paul F. Tompkins: Driven to Drink

    Paul F. Tompkins: Driven to Drink

    Paul F. Tompkins: Driven to Drink is a stand-up comedy show performed by Paul F. Tompkins and directed by Keith Truesdell. The show is rated TV-MA and is unsuitable for children under 17.

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    Tyler Willis
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "Driven to Drink from Paul F. Tompkins is one of my favorite HBO stand-up specials. It gets pretty raunchy, and isn't really suitable for kids, but it is super funny."
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    #8Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo

    Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo

    Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo is a stand-up comedy show performed by Amy Schumer in 2015. This 58-minute show was rated TV-MA which was unsuitable for children under 17.

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    Jaime Delgado
    Written on May 29, 2018
    "From a basic stand point this solution does solve the problem, although the topic states specials, meaning plural and only one. However I do believe there are far better solutions to this problem then Amy Schumer, as has been caught countless times stealing other peoples jokes, as well as hiring hack writers for her show, and movies. "
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    #9Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted

    Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted

    Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted is a stand-up comedy show performed by Tig Notaro, a Grammy(R)-nominated comedian. This show was taped at the Wilbur Theater in Boston Massachusetts.

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    Kimberly Stevens
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted is such a great HBO stand-up special. She is so witty and funny."

Summary

Best What are the best HBO stand-up specials
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Michelle Wolf: Nice LadyMovies 15 Paid
2Chris Gethard: Career SuicideMovies 10 Paid
3Ramy Youssef: FeelingsMovies 10 Paid
4David Cross: The Pride is BackMovies 8 Paid
5Sarah Silverman: We Are MiraclesMovies 8 Paid
6Jerrod Carmichael: 8Movies 6 Paid
7Paul F. Tompkins: Driven to DrinkMovies 3 Paid
8Amy Schumer: Live at the ApolloMovies 2 Paid
9Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl InterruptedMovies 2 Paid
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