13 best comedy movies to watch on Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and Hulu right now
Everyone requires an excellent laugh from time to time. Nowadays more than ever. And in between streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max, there’s never ever been a higher wealth or variety of funnies to pick from or readily available at the click of a button.
So, with that in mind, we’ve sorted through the libraries of the most popular streaming services to bring you our leading choices for the 7 finest funnies streaming today.
Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery star in Kitao Sakurai’s covert cam funny Bad Journey as friends Chris and Bud who start a journey from Florida to New York City City so Chris can propose to his high school crush (Michaela Conlin). Polygon’s own Matt Patches offered the movie a radiant recommendation last March when he composed, “From Andre bursting through the glass door of an unsuspecting stranger’s house to a dance sequence fail staged among food-court diners to a full-on zoo attack by a horny ape, the 90-minute comedy is a master class in how production value can be used to pull off high-impact pranks. Bad Trip is the Mad Max: Fury Road of fucking with people, and it didn’t surprise me in the least to see Jackass mastermind Jeff Tremaine’s name among the producers.”
Bad Journey is readily available to stream on Netflix.
Pleased Death Day director Christopher Landon attempts his hand at the body swap subgenre with his 2020 slasher funny Freaky starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton. A twist on the property of Freaky Friday, the movie centers on a teenage woman (Newton) who mistakenly changes bodies with a middle-aged serial killer (Vaughn) and need to discover a method to change back while preventing being killed herself. As Roxana Hadidi composed in her evaluation for Polygon, “Freaky is committed to a cheeky upending of genre conventions, with a concluding act that delivers one last bloody thrill […] amusing and gory enough to still be an entertaining slasher movie with its own satisfying spin on the final-girl trope.” —Toussaint Egan
Freaky is readily available to stream on HBO Max.
Prior To the “dark comedy” label lost all significance, Crumb director Terry Zwigoff and graphic author Daniel Clowes adjusted Clowes’ own comic into among the funniest, bleakest motion pictures in the teenager category. When I saw Ghost World as a real high schooler, it felt a bit like getting a live-action Daria film. Was I high? We’ll never ever understand for sure, however 15 years later on, it’s a lot more, weaving together hyper-detailed funny on the level of The Simpsons with a terrible journey of identity. The movie is an elegy to the defiant Gen X dream, and a refresher course out there for all 18-year-olds who followed.
The film stars Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson as Enid and Rebecca, 2 current graduates relocating opposite instructions. Rebecca has a barista gig and aspires to get her own location; Enid can’t hold a job, and is lost in the void of punk mindset and occupational despair. One day, Enid pranks a lonesome 40-something called Seymour (Steve Buscemi) into thinking the female of his dreams wishes to fulfill him at a restaurant. The date breaks his heart, which need to be completion of it, however Enid ends up being enthralled by his despondence. The 2 ultimately strike up a platonic relationship, one that, as they discuss old records, dating, and the racist history of the regional fried chicken chain, has the possibility to be equally helpful for them both — or apocalyptic. Through everything, Zwigoff utilizes background gags, caricature, farts, and a touch of wonderful realism to rip on consumer-driven capitalist culture while likewise questioning aloud if latest thing is all bullshit. —MP
Ghost World is readily available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
The Gold Rush
Charlie Chaplin’s daring funny is almost 100 years of ages, and it definitely still holds up for the contemporary funny bone. In The Gold Rush, Chaplin’s “Little Tramp” is a prospector living on a shack in the middle of the Klondike. Severe slapstick and farce occur, as Little Tramp’s blown by Canadian winds, stoops to consuming a leather shoe for nourishment, and ultimately performs his famous fork dance. Chaplin — a lot more than the muscle icons of the 1980s — is the crucial DNA to contemporary action home entertainment, and if you’ve never ever seen among his classics, The Gold Rush is a humorous entry point. —MP
The Gold Rush is readily available to stream on HBO Max.
3 Billboards Outdoors Ebbing, Missouri might be Martin McDonagh’s a lot of admired movie, however In Bruges is his finest. Gunman Ray (Colin Farrell) is sent out to Bruges after mishandling a job, with Ken (Brendan Gleeson) accompanying to watch on him. They’re implied to hide for a couple of days, however the result of the job weighs on Ray, intensified by just how much he doesn’t look after the picturesque Belgian city. Heartbreaking and hysterical in turns, the movie is among the very best presently streaming on Netflix, despite category, with virtuoso turns from everybody included, consisting of Ralph Fiennes as Ray and Ken’s oft-enraged manager.
In Bruges is readily available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Lawfully Blonde, the film that offered us such renowned lines as, “You got into Harvard?” “What, like it’s hard?”, taught us the bend-and-snap, and notified the general public about perm upkeep, is absolutely nothing except a timeless. When Reese Witherspoon’s Elle Woods is discarded for not being “serious” enough for her college sweetheart, she sets out to win him back by joining him at Harvard Law School. Along the method she discovers that really he draws — and she makes a damn excellent attorney.
Lawfully Blonde is readily available to stream on Netflix.
Director Abe Forsythe’s 2019 scary funny Little Beasts stars Alexander England (Alien: Covenant) as Dave, a foul-mouthed and down-on-his-luck rock artist living with his sis and nephew after a rough break up. Trying to get on the silver lining of Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o), his nephew’s kindergarten instructor, Dave consents to occur and guard the class’ school outing to a petting zoo. Sadly for them, the petting zoo sits best beside a US Army base that takes place to be experiencing a zombie break out. As the class find themselves cornered by the undead horde, Dave will have to help Caroline to make sure everyone gets out alive. Can he win her heart, or at the very least grow as a person for the experience? We won’t spoil it, but we will tell you Josh Gad gets attacked by zombies in the process. —TE
Little Monsters is available to stream on Hulu.
The early transgressive comedies of John Waters have been anointed by Criterion as art, and one can only imagine what Waters circa 1970 would make of that. Multiple Maniacs, the provocateur’s second film, is just batshit nutso, constructing a flimsy scenario in which Lady Divine (Waters’ go-to collaborator) spirals out of control on a murder spree and her ex-lover (David Lochary) plots to kill her first with other members of Waters’ Dreamlander acting troupe. In true Waters fashion, the plot is an excuse for bodily fluid expulsion, flamboyant performance, and a moment of backdoor penetration courtesy of a sacred religious object. Today, with scrutiny from every side of the ideological spectrum, it would be almost impossible to do what Waters pulled off back in the ’70s. Criterion knew what it was doing preserving these jaw-dropping memories. —MP
Multiple Maniacs is available to stream on HBO Max.
The Paper Tigers
Quoc Bao Tran’s Kung-fu action comedy stars Alain Uy, Ron Yuan (Mulan), and Mykel Shannon Jenkins as the eponymous Paper Tigers: three former martial arts prodigies who, after a lifetime of strenuous training and hard fighting, have grown into beleaguered middle-aged nobodies. But when their master is murdered, the three swear an oath to avenge his memory and bring his killer to justice. If that sounds serious, please know this falls into the Apatowian camp of Dumb Man comedy. —TE
The Paper Tigers is available to stream on Netflix.
Netflix may be cranking out romantic comedies, but the best still come from a more personal, filmmaker-driven place. Plus One, from Pen15 writers Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before quietly settling into a place on streaming and has been largely overlooked. Don’t miss it: Maya Erskine (Pen15) and Jack Quaid (The Boys) star as best buds who’ve seen all of their friends get hitched, and have become go-to plus ones for the endless marathon of nuptials. Formula works to the movie’s advantage, finding sweet humor in modern situations and wringing Erskine and Quaid for every drip of charisma they have to offer. A gem that could easily been mistaken as product in our current era of rom-coms. —MP
Plus One is available to stream on Hulu.
If you’ve seen Airplane! a million times, immediately turn your attention to Top Secret!, an often overlooked gem from cohorts David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker. Part Elvis musical, part Cold War spy thriller and 1000% dumb, the ZAZ script gifts Val Kilmer an action comedy emboldened by the production value — war-torn set pieces and a score by Lawrence of Arabia composer Maurice Jarre go a long way to sell a gag. The movie includes everything from a Western-style bar brawl staged underwater to a scene performed entirely backward then replayed in forward-motion. Why? Laughs. So many laughs. —MP
Top Secret is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
A Shot in the Dark
Another classic comedy franchise is best at your fingertips thanks to HBO Max’s back catalogue. If you’ve never dipped into The Pink Panther or took a chance on Peter Sellers, A Shot in the Dark is a high point. Sellers, with a foot in the Chaplin era of silent comedy and another in the swagger of the 1960s, stars as Inspector Clouseau, bumped up from a supporting role in the first Pink Panther film like a regular Jack Sparrow (except, you know, this was actually a good idea). Clouseau is following the trail of a murder, there’s a light romance side plot, and, well, it’s really just a showcase for Sellers’ brand of zaniness. The Pink Panther established a number of recurring Bond-movie-like bits that would run over the series, and many of them start here, including Clouseau’s haphazard way of fight training and the accident-prone hijinks of Commissioner Dreyfus (Herbert Lom). —MP
A Shot in the Dark is readily available to stream on HBO Max.
The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience
The Lonely Island dropped this musical movie — a spoof of Beyoncé’s Lemonade, focused on Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire’s notorious 1980s home run streak — out of nowhere in 2019. It deserves more love.
In line with their previous efforts like Tour de Pharmacy and 7 Days in Hell (co-starring Kit Harington!), The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience explores the shared psyche of Canseco and McGwire through poetry, abstract imagery, and profane lyrics. Haim, Maya Rudolph, Hannah Simone, Jenny Slate, Jim O’Heir and Sterling K Brown — as Sia — all appear. Surprisingly, Samberg and Schaffer don’t skimp on the darkness of the Bash Brothers. With lyrics like “Stab that needle in my ass until I am rich / Make me a god with the chemical sciences,” the Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience eventually finds McGwire begging a vision of his father to save his life, as Canseco raps about how therapy is for the weak. —MP
The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is readily available to stream on Netflix.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.