We here at Goliath have spent an awful lot of time talking about what films can keep you doubled over with laughter, but we’ve never committed an entire article to that other medium of comedy that’s guaranteed to have you in stitches: the stand-up comedy special. That’s why we’ve decided to hone in on 11 stand-up comedy specials we think are sure to make you howl with laughter, and with any luck we’ve managed to find something for everyone here. Some maintain that the true art of stand-up has been lost in recent years, but we’re not inclined to agree; there’s plenty of great comedians having a go of it out there, and some of them are even included on this very list. So take a look and be ready to laugh, because these classics are absolutely riotous.
11. Jammin’ in New York (George Carlin)
Recorded in 1992 at the historic Madison Square Gardens in New York City, George Carlin’s Jammin’ in New York sees the acerbic and legendary comedian take shots at everything from politics to American culture to war in the Persian Gulf. Featuring Carlin’s customary wit and vitriol, Jammin’ In New York was the late comedian’s favorite work of his own and the passion with which he attacks the subjects chosen is a testament to the energy and experience he brought to the stage each and every night. Carlin exemplified an old-school approach to comedy, one where making jokes wasn’t enough…the jokes had to draw attention to the inconsistencies present in contemporary life and offer a corrective solution for others to follow. Known for tackling the tough issues and telling it like it is, George Carlin is best represented in this comedy special which is sure to have you laughing and thinking critically in equal measure.