Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and other services offer 23 fantastic comedy shows to watch

Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and other services offer 23 fantastic comedy shows to watch ...

Everybody needs a good laugh from time to time. There has never been a greater variety or quantity of comedies to choose from or available at the click of a button.

From romantic comedy like Charade and Dont Go Breaking My Heart to genre-mashing comedy like The Last Action Hero and Freaky to classics like Tampopo and To Be or Not to Be and more, we have a wide selection of choices sure to enliven your nights.

With that in mind, weve sifted through the library of the most popular streaming services to bring you our top picks for the 23 best comedies streaming right now. My Cousin Vinny and Singin in the Rain

The Apartment

The 1960 film by Billy Wilders is often dubbed one of the greatest films ever made. This reputation is well-deserved.

Bud Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is a solitary office worker who lets employees at his company use his house for extramarital affairs. He believes this will help him advance in the huge insurance company he works for. As a result, his superiors take more and more advantage of his time and space, leaving Bud unable to sleep in his own bed or access his own home.

When Bud discovers she has an affair with his boss in The Apartment (Fred MacMurray), his desire to forge a relationship with her gives him the confidence to return to his life.

Wilder balances the strains of corporate life and newfound love with the outstanding comedy talents of the cast. The Apartment is one of those films everyone should see at least once.

With a library card on Kanopy, the Apartment is available for free streaming.

Black Dynamite

Michael Jai White is one of the greatest underappreciated actors of our time, and his blaxploitation parody Black Dynamite is one of the funniest movies of the century. White stars in the film as Black Dynamite, a former CIA agent who seeks vengeance for his brother's death leads him all the way to the Nixon White House. The film is also packed with silly gags and cultural commentary.

Black Dynamite is now available for HBO Max customers to stream.

Book Club

Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen play a group of best friends who have been a member of a long-standing book club. Each of them is facing life or love difficulties, and when one chooses Fifty Shades of Grey as their next book, it opens the group up in a wonderful story of personal acceptance and self-realization, no matter what stage of life you are in.

On Paramount Plus, Book Club is available to stream.

Charade

Reggie (Audrey Hepburn) has been living off the profits from her husband's crime until she realizes she didnt know anything about him or, for that matter, the new guy in her life, Peter Joshua (Cary Grant). To make matters worse, the remaining money is missing, and a lot of terrible people think Reggie knows where it is.

In Charade, Hepburn and Grant, two famously talented and talented actors, might go from pleasant to naughty to frightful with believable ease. Grant's initial discomfort with their age gap 25 years, a still-not-uncommon chasm in Hollywood resulted in rewrites to the script to clarify that Reggie was pursuing him; it remains one of the few films in which the gap is acknowledged and addressed believably, rather than taken for granted. Its

Charade is available for free on Prime Video and the Criterion Channel, as well as for free with a library card on Hoopla or Kanopy, or for free with ads on Vudu, The Roku Channel, Freevee, and Pluto TV.

Dont Go Breaking My Heart

Dont Go Breaking My Heart is a great modern director, equally adept in hard-boiled triad crime dramas as light-hearted romantic comedy. On the one hand, there's Michael (the always-dreamy Daniel Wu), an alcoholic former architect who assists Chi-Yan in moving on. What follows is a sincere, funny, and truly romantic time.

Dont Go Breaking My Heart is available to watch on Netflix.

Freaky

With his 2020 slasher comedy Freaky, starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton, the filmmaker is committed to a cheeky upsetting of genre conventions, which remains amusing and funny enough to be a satisfying twist on the final-girl trope.

Freaky is available for viewing on HBO Max.

Free Guy

Is Free Guy a masterful cinematic art? No, because on the off chance that it is an original film, it is a decent video game comedy that uses for the most part The Truman Show, as well as Fortnite, PUBG, and GTA Online. It's very entertaining to watch, and it's worth the effort to look at.

Free Guy is now available for Disney Plus and HBO Max.

The Gold Rush

Charlie Chaplin's new comedy is nearly 100 years old, and it absolutely still holds up for the modern sense of humor. In The Gold Rush, Chaplin's Little Tramp is a prospector living on a shack in the middle of the Klondike. Extreme slapstick and farce ensue, as Little Tramps is blown by Canadian winds, stoops to eating a leather shoe for sustenance, and finally performs his legendary fork dance.

The Gold Rush is available for free streaming on HBO Max and Criterion Channel or for free with ads on Freevee.

I Married a Witch

Rene Clair, who made his name in early French silent and sound cinema, spent a few years filming in the United States during World War II. Among them is the superb black-and-white romantic comedy I Married a Witch, starring the unmatched Veronica Lake as a witch who wants to take revenge on the descendant of the man who imprisoned her by enraging him in love with her.

Jennifer (Lake) and her father, Daniel (Cecil Kellaway), are cursed by Puritans in colonial Salem for marrying the wrong man. He and his descendants will be doomed to be unhappy in love, always marrying the wrong woman. She awakens 270 years later, and she begins pursuing her goal: Wallace Wooley, the latest descendant of the man who caused her execution and a leading candidate for governor.

I Married a Witch is a breezy 77 minutes of classic Hollywood delight with costume by Edith Head, funny practical effects (the two witches are represented by wisps of smoke before inhabiting bodies), and a chuckle-making gag (theres a popped maize vendor during the intermission of the witches' execution). PV

I Married a Witch is available to stream on HBO Max and Criterion Channel.

Last Action Hero

After a film-obsessed boy (Austin OBrien) is magically transported into the world of a major action franchise, and the movies hero (Arnold Schwarzenegger) must unite to defeat him. Last Action Hero is aided by having a director in John McTiernan with real action bona fides (Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October, and Predator), and an all-time over-the-top villain performance from Dance.

The Last Action Hero is now available on Netflix.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Wes Anderson's 2004 ensemble comedy is dedicated to Jacques Cousteau and is a loving (and hilarious) tribute to the legendary French oceanographer. Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) is an oceanographer/documentarian who lost his best friend to a shark attack while working on his next project: to find and kill the shark, and film the whole thing.

Anjelica Huston (Zissous's estranged wife who finances his projects), Owen Wilson (a Zissou super-fan who believes he is his son), and Jeff Goldblum (playing a Zissous opponent who is a more successful oceanographer) make The Life Aquatic a cinematic delight for the senses. PV

Steve Zissou's Life Aquatic is available to stream for free with a library card on Hoopla or for free with advertisements on Tubi.

Little Monsters

The director of Little Monsters casts Alexander England (Alien: Covenant) as Dave, a foul-mouthed and down-on-his-luck rock musician who lives with his nephews' kindergarten teacher. Unfortunately, the petting zoo is located nearby a US Army facility that is experiencing a zombie outbreak.

Little Monsters is now available to stream on Hulu.

Love & Friendship

Kate Beckinsale plays Lady Susan, a young widow who is attempting to find suitable partners for her daughter (Morfydd Clark) and herself. Susan flirts and schemes her way throughout the film, to the delight of the audience and her jealousies and friends.

Chloe Sevigny (as Susan's supportive best friend), Tom Bennett (as a funnyly dense wealthy guy) and the rest of the cast make an outstanding supporting role, as well as Stillman's trademark biting tone and attention to detail in sets and costuming. Beckinsales is one of the more recent examples of how comedic roles get ignored during the awards season.

On Prime Video, Love & Friendship is available for viewing.

Multiple Maniacs

Criterion has deemed John Waters' early transgressive comedies to be art, and one can only imagine what Waters' second film, which is a total bang-tank ploy, may consist of Lady Divine (Waters' go-to collaborator) attempting to murder her first with other members of the Waters Dreamlander acting troupe.

On HBO Max and Criterion Channel, multiple Maniacs are available for viewing.

My Cousin Vinny

When two New Yorkers (including the Karate Kid himself, Ralph Macchio) are wrongly arrested in Alabama, one of them calls his cousin (Joe Pesci), who has finally passed the bar exam after many, many attempts. Vinny, and his girlfriend Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei) travel to the Deep South to try and win a trial with the odds stacked against them.

My Cousin Vinny, a culture-clash comedy that merges legal and political themes, is so successful due to its central performances. Pesci is fantastic as Vinny, at times overconfident, at times without confidence at all, but at all times caring deeply for his loved ones. But Tomei, who deserves an Oscar for this incredible role, is a sharp and funny performance.

My Cousin Vinny is available to stream on HBO Max or for free with a library card on Hoopla.

The Paper Tigers

Alain Uy, Ron Yuan (Mulan) and Mykel Shannon Jenkins play the eponymous Paper Tigers, three former martial arts pros who have grown into ruthless middle-aged nobodies after a lifetime of hard training and hard fighting. However, when their master is murdered, the three swear an oath to avenge his life and bring his killer to justice.

The Paper Tigers is available for free streaming on Netflix and Hi-Yah! or for free with a library card on Hoopla and Kanopy.

Plus One

The best romantic comedies on Netflix come from a more personal, filmmaker-driven location. Plus One, by Pen15 authors Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before slowly settling into a streaming position. They have become go-to plus ones for the endless marathon of nuptials. In today's rom-com era, Maya Erskine and Quaid are easily misunderstood.

Plus One is available to stream on Hulu or for free with a library card on Hoopla.

Singin in the Rain

What can we say about one of the most well-known films of all time? Ill tell you this: If Singin in the Rain wasnt on this list, we wouldnt be doing our jobs correctly.

The timeless 1952 classic from Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly is as sociable and funny as you remember. Although it's not exactly funny, Donald OConnors Make Em Laugh will leave you in stitches, and its probably a bit stranger, too. The 13-minute dream sequence Broadway Melody is absolutely enthralling.

On HBO Max, Singin in the Rain is available for viewing.

Tampopo

Tampopo is a 1985 ramen western that is one of the most stunning food depictions ever shown on film. A story of friendship, passion, and human nature all filtered through the appreciation of good food, it is a cinematic feast. PV

Tampopo is now available for streaming on HBO Max and Criterion Channel.

To Be or Not to Be

Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 masterpiece is an outrageous and moving anti-war story about a group of actors who dupe Nazi troops in occupied Warsaw. They're preparing to stage a comedy about Hitler, Gestapo, which they've never seen before. But when Germany invades and a Nazi spy attempts to reveal the Nazis' secrets, the group employs every theater maneuver in their arsenal to defeat the Nazis (including a visiting Hitler himself).

To Be or Not to Be is a major milestone in American cinema's history, with funny repeated gags, shocking disguises, and a rock-solid emotional foundation of a group of people striving to be okay in the face of evil. One of my personal favorite films ever

On HBO Max and Criterion Channel, To Be or Not to Be is available to stream.

The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience

In 2019, The Lonely Island dropped a musical adaptation of Beyonce's Lemonade focusing on Jose Canseco and Mark McGwires' famous 1980s home run streak out of nowhere. It deserves more respect.

The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, like other projects, is a cross-over between Canseco and McGwire through poetry, abstract imagery, and profane lyrics. Alana Haim, Maya Rudolph, Jenny Slate, Jim OHeir, and Sterling K. Brown play Sia in the Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience.

The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is available on Netflix.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

The Dewey Cox Story, in particular, is a funny music biography that skews all genre conventions, including the often illogical attempt to capture a whole person in one film. A nonstop avalanche of silly gags as funny as they are funny (highlighted by an extended sequence where Paul Rudd, Jack Black, Justin Long, and Jason Schwartzman joke off as The Beatles).

Dewey Cox's Walk Hard Story is now available on Paramount Plus.

Wheels on Meals

Wheels on Meals is one of the finest of an outrageously good group of films set and shot in Barcelona. The group band together to rescue the woman when she is kidnapped.

Jackie Chan's prolific filmography is shown in Wheels on Meals, where he squares off against legendary kickboxer Benny Urquidez (the pair would later fight again in Dragons Forever), who at the time was one of the most well-known and successful fighters in the world. There are few things more beneficial in this world.

If you like this, you should check out Project A, which was released a year before and features one of Chan's most spectacular stunts.

With Plex ads, Wheels on Meals is available to stream for free.

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