Best Comedy Album: Grammy Winners & Nominees By Year

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Stephen Colbert accepts the Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 2010.

Most Career Best Comedy Album nominations
George Carlin 16
Bill Cosby 13
Richard Pryor 10
“Weird Al” Yankovic 10
Jonathan Winters 8
Patton Oswalt 7
Jim Gaffigan 7
Kathy Griffin 6
Lewis Black 6
Robin Williams 6
Cheech & Chong 6
Garrison Keillor 6
Stan Freberg 6

Most Career Best Comedy Album wins
Bill Cosby 7
Dave Chappelle 5
George Carlin 5
Richard Pryor 5
Robin Williams 4
Peter Schickele 4
Chris Rock 3
Louis C.K. 3
“Weird Al” Yankovic 3

Grammy Awards: Album of the Year Winners and Nominees By Year

Note: From 1994 to 2003, only spoken word (not musical) comedy albums were eligible. This prevented Weird Al Yankovic, Peter Schickele, and other musical comedy acts from appearing in this category.

Winners in bold; other nominees listed beneath.

2024: What’s in a Name?, Dave Chappelle
I Wish You Would, Trevor Noah
Selective Outrage, Chris Rock
Someone You Love, Sarah Silverman
I’m an Entertainer, Wanda Sykes

2023: The Closer, Dave Chappelle
Sorry, Louis C.K.
Comedy Monster, Jim Gaffigan
We All Scream, Patton Oswalt
A Little Brains, A Little Talent, Rainy Rainbow

2022: Sincerely, Louis C.K.
The Greatest Average American, Nate Bargatze
The Comedy Vaccine, Lavell Crawford
Evolution, Chelsea Handler
Thanks for Risking Your Life, Lewis Black
Zero F—s Given, Kevin Hart

2021: Black Mitzvah, Tiffany Haddish
I Love Everything, Patton Oswalt
The Pale Tourist, Jim Gaffigan
Paper Tiger, Bill Burr
23 Hours to Kill, Jerry Seinfeld

2020: Sticks and Stones, Dave Chappelle
Right Now, Aziz Ansari
Relatable, Ellen DeGeneres
Quality Time, Jim Gaffigan
Son of Patricia, Trevor Noah

2019: Equanimity & the Bird Revelation, Dave Chappelle
Standup for Drummers, Fred Armisen
Noble Ape, Jim Gaffigan
Annihilation, Patton Oswalt
Tamborine, Chris Rock

2018: The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas, Dave Chappelle
Cinco, Jim Gaffigan
What Now?, Kevin Hart
Jerry Before Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld
A Speck of Dust, Sarah Silverman

2017: Talking for Clapping, Patton Oswalt
American Myth, Margaret Cho
…America…Great…, David Cross
Boyish Girl Interrupted, Tig Notaro
Live at the Apollo, Amy Schumer

2016: Live at Madison Square Garden, Louis C.K.
Brooklyn, Wyatt Cenac
Just Being Honest, Craig Ferguson
Back to the Drawing Board, Lisa Lampanelli
Happy. And a Lot, Jay Mohr

2015: Mandatory Fun, “Weird Al” Yankovic
Oh My God, Louis C.K.
Obsessed, Jim Gaffigan
Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, Patton Oswalt
We Are Miracles, Sarah Silverman

2014: Calm Down Gurrl, Kathy Griffin
I’m Here to Help, Craig Ferguson
That’s What I’m Talkin’ About, Bob Saget
Live, Tig Notaro
A Little Unprofessional, Ron White

2013: Blow Your Pants Off, Jimmy Fallon
In God We Rust, Lewis Black
Mr. Universe, Jim Gaffigan
Seaman 1st Class, Kathy Griffin
Rize of the Fenix, Tenacious D

2012: Hilarious, Louis C.K.
50 & Not Pregnant, Kathy Griffin
Turtleneck & Chain, the Lonely Island
Finest Hour, Patton Oswalt
Alpocalypse, “Weird Al” Yankovic

2011: Stark Raving Black, Lewis Black
Cho Dependent, Margaret Cho
I Told You I Was Freaky, Flight of the Conchords
Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt, Kathy Griffin
Weapons of Self Destruction, Robin Williams

2010: A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!, Stephen Colbert
Suckin’ It For The Holidays, Kathy Griffin
Tall, Dark & Chicano, George Lopez
My Weakness Is Strong, Patton Oswalt
Back From The Dead, Spinal Tap
Internet Leaks, “Weird Al” Yankovic

2009: It’s Bad for Ya, George Carlin
Anticipation, Lewis Black
Flight of the Conchords, Flight of the Conchords
For Your Consideration, Kathy Griffin
Songs of the Bushmen, Harry Shearer

2008: The Distant Future, Flight of the Conchords
Dirty Girl, Lisa Lampanelli
America’s Mexican, George Lopez
Songs Pointed & Pointless, Harry Shearer
I Still Have a Pony, Steven Wright

2007: The Carnegie Hall Performance, Lewis Black
Life is Worth Losing, George Carlin
Blue Collar Comedy Tour – One for the Road, Bill Engvall, Ron White, Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy
You Can’t Fix Stupid, Ron White
Straight Outta Lynwood, “Weird Al” Yankovic

2006: Never Scared, Chris Rock
Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues, Lewis Black
The Right to Bare Arms, Larry the Cable Guy
Family Guy Live in Vegas, Seth MacFarlane & Walter Murphy
The Agoraphobic Cowboy, Rick Moranis

2005: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents … America: A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction, Jon Stewart and the cast of The Daily Show
The Funny Thing Is…, Ellen DeGeneres
The O’Franken Factor – The Very Best of the O’Franken Factor, Al Franken
Live at Carnegie Hall, David Sedaris
Come Poop With Me, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

2004: Poodle Hat, “Weird Al” Yankovic
Revolution, Margaret Cho
Shut Up, You F—ing Baby!, David Cross
A Life in Comedy, Garrison Keillor
Team Leader, George Lopez

2003: Robin Williams – Live 2002, Robin Williams
Complaints and Grievances, George Carlin
The Bathroom Wall, Jimmy Fallon
Oh, the Things I Know!, Al Franken
The Rant Zone, Dennis Miller

2002: Napalm & Silly Putty, George Carlin
I’m the One That I Want, Margaret Cho
The Bride of Firesign, The Firesign Theatre
The Queens of Comedy, Miss Laura Hayes, Adele Givens, Sommore & Mo’Nique
Live at Carnegie Hall, Ray Romano

2001: Brain Droppings, George Carlin
The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Richard Dreyfuss & Marsha Mason
Big Funny, Jeff Foxworthy
The Original Kings of Comedy, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer & Bernie Mac
I Rant, Therefore I Am, Dennis Miller

2000: Bigger & Blacker, Chris Rock
You Are All Diseased, George Carlin
A Prairie Home Companion – 25th Anniversary Collection, Garrison Keillor
How Paul Robeson Saved My Life and Other Mostly Happy Stories, Carl Reiner
Stan & Judy’s Kid, Adam Sandler

1999: The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000, Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner
Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death, Firesign Theatre
Totally Committed, Jeff Foxworthy
Pure Drivel, Steve Martin
I’m Telling You for the Last Time, Jerry Seinfeld

1998: Roll with the New, Chris Rock
Button Down Concert, Bob Newhart
Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined, Drew Carey
Garrison Keillor’s Comedy Theater, Garrison Keillor
God Said Ha!, Julia Sweeney

1997: Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, Al Franken
Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America Vol. 2 (The Middle Years), Stan Freberg
The Rants, Dennis Miller
What the Hell Happened to Me?, Adam Sandler
The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach, Professor Peter Shickele

1996: Crank(y) Calls, Jonathan Winters
Games Rednecks Play, Jeff Foxworthy
God’s Other Son, Don Imus
Funk It, Martin Lawrence
In Goddess We Trust, Judy Tenuta

1995: Live From Hell, Sam Kinison
The Official Politically Correct Dictionary and Handbook, Henry Beard & Christopher Cerf
The Jerky Boys 2, the Jerky Boys
They’re All Gonna Laugh at You, Adam Sandler
Attention Butt Pirates and Lesbetarians, Judy Tenuta

1994: Jammin’ in New York, George Carlin
A Marriage Made in Heaven or Too Tired for an Affair, Erma Bombeck
You’re Good Enough, You’re Smart Enough, and Doggone it, People Like You!, Al Franken
Lake Wobegan USA, Garrison Keillor
The Naked Truth, Leslie Nielsen

1993: P.D.Q. Bach: Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion, Peter Schickele
An Evening with George Burns, George Burns
Naked Beneath My Clothes, Rita Rudner
Jonathan Winters is Terminator 3, Jonathan Winters
Off the Deep End, “Weird Al” Yankovic

1992: P.D.Q. Bach: WTWP Classical Talkity-Talk Radio, Peter Schickele
When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It’s Time to Go Home, Erma Bombeck
Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics, George Carlin
Local Man Moves to the City, Garrison Keillor
Brand New, Jackie Mason

1991: P.D.Q. Bach: Oedipus Tex and Other Choral Calamities, Peter Schickele
The Best of Bob and Ray: Selections from a Career, Vol. 4, Bob Elliott & Ray Goulding
More News from Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor
The Best of Comic Relief ’90, Various Artists
Jonathan Winters into the ‘90s, Jonathan Winters

1990: P.D.Q. Bach: 1712 Overture and Other Musical Assaults, Peter Schickele
Without You I’m Nothing, Sandra Bernhard
Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession, Erma Bombeck
Dice, Andrew Dice Clay
Wild Thing, Sam Kinison

1989: Good Morning, Vietnam, Robin Williams
What Am I Doing in New Jersey?, George Carlin
Fontaine: Why Am I Straight?, Whoopi Goldberg
Jonathan Winters Finally Captured, Jonathan Winters
Even Worse, “Weird Al” Yankovic

1988: A Night at the Met, Robin Williams
The Best of Bob and Ray, Vol. 1, Bob Elliott & Ray Goulding
The World According to Me!, Jackie Mason
Would Jesus Wear a Rolex, Ray Stevens
Polka Party, “Weird Al” Yankovic

1987: Those of You With or Without Children, You’ll Understand, Bill Cosby
Playin’ With Your Head, George Carlin
Twist and Shout, Rodney Dangerfield
Bob and Ray: A Night of Two Stars Recorded Live at Carnegie Hall, Bob Elliott & Ray Goulding
Mud Will Be Flung Tonight, Bette Midler
I Have a Pony, Steven Wright

1986: Whoopi Goldberg (Original Broadway Show Recording), Whoopi Goldberg
Born in East L.A., Cheech and Chong
You Look Marvelous, Billy Crystal
Honeymooners Rap, Joe Piscopo
Dare to Be Stupid, “Weird Al” Yankovic

1985: Eat It, “Weird Al” Yankovic
Rappin’ Rodney, Rodney Dangerfield
Hurt Me Baby – Make Me Write Bad Checks!, Rick Dees
The Three Faces of Al, Firesign Theatre
Here and Now, Richard Pryor

1984: Eddie Murphy: Comedian, Eddie Murphy
Bill Cosby Himself, Bill Cosby
Monty Python’s the Meaning of Life, Monty Python
What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?, Joan Rivers
Throbbing Python of Love, Robin Williams

1983: Live on the Sunset Strip, Richard Pryor
A Place for My Stuff, George Carlin
The Steve Martin Brothers, Steve Martin
Great White North, Bob & Doug McKenzie
Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy

1982: Rev. Du Rite, Richard Pryor
The Inquisition, Mel Brooks
Urban Chipmunk, Chipmunks
Airplane!, Soundtrack

1981: No Respect, Rodney Dangerfield
Live at St. Douglas Convent, Father Guido Sarducci
Contractual Obligation, Monty Python
Holy Smoke, Richard Pryor
Live from New York, Gilda Radner

1980: Reality…What a Concept, Robin Williams
Rubber Biscuit, Blues Brothers
Comedy is Not Pretty!, Steve Martin
I Need Your Help, Barry Manilow, Ray Stevens
Wanted, Richard Pryor

1979: A Wild and Crazy Guy, Steve Martin
On Stage, Lily Tomlin
Sex and Violins, Martin Mull
The Wizard of Comedy, Richard Pryor
The Rutles (All You Need is Cash), Rutles

1978: Let’s Get Small, Steve Martin
On the Road, George Carlin
The Ernie Kovacs Album, Ernie Kovacs
Saturday Night Live, NBC’s Saturday Night Live cast
Are You Serious???, Richard Pryor

1977: Bicentennial N—-r, Richard Pryor
Sleeping Beauty, Cheech & Chong
Bill Cosby is Not Himself These Days, Bill Cosby
Goodbye Pop, National Lampoon
You Gotta Wash Your Ass, Redd Foxx

1976: …Is It Something I Said?, Richard Pryor
A Star is Bought, Albert Brooks
An Evening with Wally London featuring Bill Slaszo, George Carlin
Matching Tie and Handkerchief, Monty Python
Modern Scream, Lily Tomlin

1975: That N—-r’s Crazy, Richard Pryor
Cheech and Chong’s Wedding Album, Cheech & Chong
Mind Over Matter, Robert Klein
Missing White House Tapes, National Lampoon
Booga! Booga!, David Steinberg

1974: Los Cochinos, Cheech & Chong
Occupation: Foole, George Carlin
Fat Albert, Bill Cosby
Richard Nixon: A Fantasy, David Frye
Child of the 50s, Robert Klein
Lemmings, National Lampoon

1973: FM & AM, George Carlin
Big Bambu, Cheech & Chong
All in the Family, Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers & Rob Reiner
Geraldine, Flip Wilson

1972: This Is A Recording, Lily Tomlin
Cheech and Chong, Cheech & Chong
When I Was a Kid, Bill Cosby
Ajax Liquor Store, Hudson & Landry
Flip: The Flip Wilson Show, Flip Wilson

1971: The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress, Flip Wilson
Live at Madison Square Garden, Bill Cosby
I Am the President, David Frye
Daddy Played First Base, Homer & Jethro
The Begatting of the President, Orson Welles

1970: Bill Cosby, Bill Cosby
Berkeley Concert, Lenny Bruce
Don Rickles Speaks!, Don Rickles

1969: To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With, Bill Cosby
Hello Dummy!, Don Rickles
Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Dan Rowan & Dick Martin
You Devil You, Flip Wilson

1968: Revenge, Bill Cosby
Lenny Bruce in Concert, Lenny Bruce
The Cockfight and Other Tall Tales, Archie Campbell
Take-Offs and Put-Ons, George Carlin
Cowboys and Colored People, Flip Wilson

1967: Wonderfulness, Bill Cosby
Funny Way to Make an Album, Don Bowman
Have a Laugh on Me, Archie Campbell
Wanted for Murder, Homer & Jethro
Downtown, Mrs. Miller

1966: Why Is There Air?, Bill Cosby
You Don’t Have to Be Jewish, Bob Booker & George Foster
Them Cotton Pickin’ Days is Over, Godfrey Cambridge
Welcome to the LBJ Ranch, Earl Doud, Allen Robin
Mon Always Liked You Best, Smothers Brothers

1965: I Started Out as a Child, Bill Cosby
Woody Allen, Woody Allen
Ready or Not, Here Comes Godfrey Cambridge, Godfrey Cambridge
For Swingin’ Livers Only!, Allan Sherman
Whistle Stopping, Jonathan Winters

1964: Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, Allan Sherman
I Am the Greatest!, Cassius Clay
Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow, Right!, Bill Cosby
Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks at the Cannes Film Festival, Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks
Think Ethnic, Smothers Brothers

1963: The First Family, Vaughn Meader
Beyond the Fringe, Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller & Dudley Moore
Nichols and May Examine Doctors, Elaine May & Mike Nichols
My Son, the Folk Singer, Allan Sherman
Another Day, Another World, Jonathan Winters

1962: An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Elaine May & Mike Nichols
Jose Jimenez the Astronaut, Bill Dana
Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Stan Freberg
Here’s Jonathan, Jonathan Winters

1961 (two awards)
1961 (spoken comedy): The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!, Bob Newhart
The Edge of Shelley Berman, Shelley Berman
2,000 Year Old Man, Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks
The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters, Jonathan Winters

1961 (musical comedy): Jonathan and Darlene Edwards in Paris, Jo Stafford & Paul Weston
The Old Payola Roll Blues, Stan Freberg
Homer and Jethro at the Country Club, Homer & Jethro
An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer, Tom Lehrer
Alvin for President, David Seville

1960 (two awards)
1960 (spoken comedy): Inside Shelley Berman, Shelley Berman
Sick Humor, Lenny Bruce
Stan Freberg with Original Cast, Stan Freberg
Hamlet, Andy Griffith
Look Forward in Anger, Mort Sahl

1960 (musical comedy): The Battle of Kookamonga, Homer and Jethro
Charlie Weaver Sings for His People, Cliff Arquette
A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Monster Rally, Hans Conreid & Alice Pearce
Musically Mad, Bernie Green

1959: The Chipmunk Song, Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. as David Seville
The Best of the Stan Freberg Shows, Stan Freberg
Green Christmas, Stan Freberg
Improvisations to Music, Elaine May & Mike Nichols
The Future Lies Ahead, Mort Sahl

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Last Updated on February 5, 2024