In the third of our semi-unregular lists of the best comedy albums on Spotify, we bring you even more modern American classics and an alternative British hero.
John Mulaney – New In Town
This former SNL writer may have a babyface, but he’s on the circuit for a while, crafting a smart set of stories from an awkward, out-of-place life. He’s particularly strong when telling stories from his childhood, including a very special one about old family photos and NWA. The Xanax situation is also worth a mention too.
Listen to The One Thing You Can’t Replace
Mike Birbiglia – Sleepwalk With Me Live
One of the most fascinating comedy albums around, on the surface this is the tale of how Birbiglia, who suffers from REM behaviour disorder, nearly killed himself in his sleep (it involves a second floor window, underwear and well-targeted Russian missiles). As one of the best in his field, however, Birbiglia crafts this setpiece around the story of his first real love, creating one of the most emotional, hilarious and engaging hours ever recorded.
Listen to The Hovering Jackal
Norm Macdonald – Me Doing Standup
A legend of the US circuit, Macdonald is another comedian with ties to SNL whose own solo work is even more masterful. Although superficially bitter and belligerent, Macdonal’s no-nonsene approach to traditional subject matters (media, alcoholism, sex) is thoughtful and thought-free, backed by decades of stand-up experience and expert engagement with an audience.
Listen to The News
Demetri Martin – These Are Jokes
A classic joke teller, Demetri Martin has proven himself to be up there with the ultimate one-liner comedians that translate perfectly to a purely audio form. He can do more though, and this show contains several songs that act as a medium to convey a loose series of ideas that still always build to a satisfying whole.
Listen to Sames and Opposites
Frank Sidebottom – ABC & D
Soon to be played by Michael Fassbender in a Jon Ronson-penned film, Sidebottom was something of a legend in the UK comedy scene, with his eerie, nasal voice subverting pop classics over casio keyboards. The songs hold up on their own on this album without the paper mache head.
Listen to Indie Medley