A look at the best comedy albums out there to listen to on Spotify in what will hopefully be an ongoing series if I don’t get too lazy. This is not a definitive top 10 or anything like that, and not just because there’s only five of them. Just a few recommendations of things that are at least quite good. So don’t judge me or anything. Okay? Okay.
And here’s part two
Mitch Hedberg – Mitch All Together
Of course, Mitch. He has three wonderful albums of the most sublime one-liners, fascinating thoughts and divine revelations, and this might be the best. And indeed one of the greatest sets of comedy you will ever hear. Few comics can take something as small as a sesame seed and turn it into one of life’s great mysteries. Comedy that questions why anyone takes anything seriously at all.
Listen to Sesame Seeds
Bo Burnham – Words Words Words
One of those young people who’ve been good on the internet and now is good at real life things. Stupidly young (a blimmin’ teenager) when he recorded this selection of songs, poems and strings of though but it’s full of very smart ideas, a real knowledge of the subjects he’s satirising (mainly US pop culture and his hypocrisy being a part of it) and just real, funny talent.
Listen to Art Is Dead
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore – Derek and Clive: Live
You know, it’s Derek and Clive, but on the internet. Jane Mansfield and burping and all that. And songs. There are several more albums too that are all worth a listen. Filthy f*****s
Listen to Jump
Spike Jones – Spike Jones in Stereo: A Spooktacular in Screaming Sound
One of the main innovators in US comedy song and cabaret, any of the kerbillion or so ‘best ofs’ or collections on Spotify are worth a listen to. This record is one of his more coherent, structured affairs though of mildly amusing but always enjoyable horror-themed originals. One fantastic invisible man joke too.
Listen to Teenage Brain Surgeon
Tig Notaro – Good One
An immaculate set of stand-up from one of the real great new US comics. Dry and witty, but embracing the ridiculous as probably best heard in the fantastical 15 minute tale of her many encounters with 80s singer Taylor Dayne.
Listen to Taylor Dayne