Amazon Prime Video faces some stiff competition from the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus, but between Prime Originals and classic movies there’s alway something to watch. This is no different for comedies on Amazon Prime Video, with a number of fantastic shows and movies on offer.
If you’re looking for something funny to watch right away, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the best comedy shows and movies on Amazon Prime Video!
Best comedy movies on Amazon Prime Video
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best comedies on Amazon Prime Video regularly as new content is added to the platform.
Best comedy movies on Amazon Prime Video
1. Fighting With My Family
This recent 2019 film is actually a comedy docudrama on wresting. It tells the true story of Saraya-Jade Bevis, a UK girl who dreamed of being a wrestler in the WWE. She managed to beat the odds and became the popular WWE superstar Paige. Florence Pugh, one of the hottest young actors right now, plays Paige perfectly. This movie from the Office co-creator Stephen Merchant is definitely one of the best comedies on Amazon Prime Video, and an inspiring story as well.
2. Lady Bird
When a senior at a Catholic high school decides to reinvent herself before moving to the Big Apple for college, she quickly comes face to face with the reality and hardship of adult life. Lady Bird is a charming independent comedy-drama, and won over a number of accolades when first released in 2017.
3. Logan Lucky
Steven Soderbergh directed Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13. Those movies were all heist films that featured suave characters in Las Vegas and other exotic locations. He also directed this 2017 comedy, and it’s also a heist film. However, the target this time is the revenues from Charlotte Motor Speedway during a NASCAR race. The thieves are also as far from suave as you can imagine. However, when they are played by folks like Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, it results in a very funny movie.
4. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy star in this 1987 comedy. It’s also a holiday film classic, but it really can be watched anytime you need some laughs. Martin plays a man who just wants to get home from Thanksgiving, but he has the misfortune of running into Candy’s character. He takes Martin on a wild cross-country trip with lots of funny, and unexpected, twists and turns. It’s one of the best comedies on Amazon Prime Video.
5. George Carlin: It’s Bad for Ya!
If you’re more in the mood for stand-up comedy, Amazon Prime Video has you covered. There are a number of great comedy specials to choose from, but the 14th and final special from George Carlin is a great place to start. It was released just a few months before his death, but it features the foul-mouthed, tell-it-like-it-is comedian at his very best.
Best comedy shows on Amazon Prime Video
1. The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Midge Maisel is the perfect 1950s housewife: she cooks exquisite meals, never has a hair out of place, and lives in an elegant apartment with her upper middle class husband and kids. When she finds out that she has a knack for stand-up comedy, she might just give it all up for more time on the big stage. The Marvelous Mrs Maisel takes on the bold-faced sexism of the era with biting sarcasm, making it easily one of the best original comedy shows on Amazon Prime Video.
2. Good Omens
Good Omens, based on the novel of the same name by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, is about a demon and an angel who team up to prevent armageddon and the final battle between Heaven and Hell. Their motives aren’t exactly pure, as they’d rather continue to enjoy their cushy lives on Earth than fight to the death in the end times. It’s a fantastic adaptation of the book, and since it’s a limited series with just six episodes, you can knock out this Amazon Prime Video original comedy in a single binge session.
3. Parks and Recreation
This incredibly popular NBC comedy series helped launch the career of Chris Pratt, and maintained a remarkably high quality for a full seven seasons. It stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, an overly perky and optimistic civil servant in a small-town parks and recreation department, alongside a fantastic cast of characters that include Nick Offerman as the legendary Ron Swanson. Parks and Rec really finds its footing in the second season, so make sure you stick with it. You won’t regret the decision.
Entourage tells the full story of an A-list actor when he moves to Los Angeles with his not-so-glamorous group of friends. It deals with real issues in male friendship in a humorous way, pulling back the curtain on the lives of the rich and famous in Hollywood. The series is noted for frequent cameo appearances by real celebrities and athletes, and you can stream all eight seasons of this great comedy-drama show on Amazon Prime Video.
5. Curb Your Enthusiasm
From the mind of comic Larry David of Seinfeld fame, Curb Your Enthusiasm is really a window into the life of a fictionalized version of David himself. As the title implies, the show pokes fun at people’s false enthusiasm, responding with dry humor and ridicule. You can stream all eight seasons of the comedy show’s original run on Amazon Prime Video, although the ninth and upcoming tenth seasons are exclusive to HBO at the time of writing.
That’s it for our list of the best comedy shows and movies on Amazon Prime Video. Which one will you be watching tonight?