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The 2010s—Top Comedy Specials

The 50 highest-rated comedy specials of the 2010s (as at 1 January 2020).

To be included, the specials had to be performance-based in nature, i.e. stand-up/stage-based non-narrative for the most part (with limited sketch or documentary segments allowed), released between 1/1/2010 and 12/31/2019, 45 minutes or longer, and have a 500-view minimum on Letterboxd. We're allowing Oh, Hello On Broadway for example, but not John Mulaney's Sack Lunch Bunch.

Fun fact: twelve specials were from 2017, which is double the next most represented year (six from 2018).

Un-fun fact: Only five comedy women here.

More Statistics of Interest

Highest Rated by Year:
2010: Louis C.K.: Hilarious
2011: Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater
2012: John Mulaney: New in Town

  • John Mulaney: New in Town

    1

  • James Acaster: Repertoire

    2

  • Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

    3

  • Bo Burnham: Make Happy

    4

  • John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

    5

  • John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid

    6

  • Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

    7

  • Bo Burnham: What.

    8

  • Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

    9

  • My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres

    10

  • Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend

    11

  • Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh

    12

  • Louis C.K.: Hilarious

    13

  • Flight of the Conchords: Live in London

    14

  • Oh, Hello: On Broadway

    15

  • Louis C.K.: Oh My God

    16

  • Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater

    17

  • Bill Burr: Let It Go

    18

  • Norm MacDonald: Me Doing Standup

    19

  • Patrice O'Neal: Elephant in the Room

    20

  • Dave Chappelle: Equanimity

    21

  • Mike Birbiglia: The New One

    22

  • Neal Brennan: 3 Mics

    23

  • Bo Burnham: Words, Words, Words

    24

  • CM101MMXI Fundamentals

    25

  • Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes

    26

  • Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way

    27

  • Bill Burr: You People Are All The Same

    28

  • Jerrod Carmichael: 8

    29

  • Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking

    30

  • Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation

    31

  • Jim Jefferies: Alcoholocaust

    32

  • Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady

    33

  • Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour

    34

  • Patton Oswalt: Annihilation

    35

  • Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid

    36

  • Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby

    37

  • Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin

    38

  • Bert Kreischer: The Machine

    39

  • Jenny Slate: Stage Fright

    40

  • Tom Segura: Completely Normal

    41

  • Jim Jefferies: Bare

    42

  • Donald Glover: Weirdo

    43

  • Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace

    44

  • Monty Python Live (Mostly)

    45

  • Tom Segura: Disgraceful

    46

  • Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas

    47

  • Maria Bamford: The Special Special Special!

    48

  • Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia

    49

  • Louis C.K.: Live at The Comedy Store

    50