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The 20 Best Comedies on Hulu Right Now

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Everyone needs a good laugh every now and then, probably more than ever in the 2020s. Hulu’s catalog is packed with television and arthouse critical darlings, so it can be hard to leaf through it when you just want something to take the edge off the day. That’s why we’re here. This regularly updated blend of comedy classics, indie films you may not have seen, and newer laugh generators is all you need when it’s time to escape.

(500) Days of Summer

Year: 2009
Runtime: 1h 36m
Director: Marc Webb

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are charming in this indie hit that has become a staple on streaming services. The structure of the film is one of its charms, bouncing back and forth through a relationship in a way that felt fresh and new at the time. In fact, it’s interesting to watch this movie now in light of the number of indie rom-coms that attempted to copy its template (and failed).

(500) Days of Summer

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Year: 2005
Runtime: 1h 56m
Director: Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow has made several funny movies and a great TV show (Freaks & Geeks) but this remains his best and funniest movie front to back. Steve Carell can try to go dramatic all he wants, but he will always be remembered for having his chest hair waxed. Carell is great but the supporting cast really makes this one, including Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, and Catherine Keener.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Another Round 

Year: 2020
Runtime: 1 hour, 57 minutes
Director: Thomas Vinterberg

The Oscar winner for Best International Film in 2021 features one of the best performances ever from the great Mads Mikkelsen. The Hannibal star plays a teacher who decides, with a group of three friends, to be a little drunk all the time. Bored and unmotivated by life, they try an experiment wherein they have a small blood alcohol content at all times. At first, it goes well. It doesn’t end well. Not everything here works but it’s a likable film that features a killer ending.

Another Round

The Banshees of Inisherin

Year: 2022
Runtime: 1h 54m
Director: Martin McDonagh

One of the best films of 2022 and a multiple Oscar nominee last year, this dark comedy is already on streaming services, less than a year after its release. Colin Farrell does career-best work as a hapless Irishman who discovers that his best friend, played by Brendan Gleeson, doesn’t want to talk to him anymore. A film about how neighbors become enemies feels particularly timely in the currently fractured world, and this one is brilliant, funny, and moving.

The Banshees of Inisherin

The Death of Stalin

Year: 2017
Runtime: 1h 47m
Director: Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci, the creator of Veep and The Thick of It, co-wrote and directed this viciously dark satire about the power struggle that emerged in the wake of the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953. More nervously unsettling than laugh-out-loud funny, Iannucci’s style works well for his incredible cast, including Steve Buscemi, Paddy Considine, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Michael Palin, and Andrea Riseborough.

The Death of Stalin

Empire Records

Year: 1995
Runtime: 1h 30m
Director: Allan Moyle

Remember record stores? Empire Records may not be classically great, but it’s a wonderful time capsule of mid-‘90s culture, a time when it was cool to hang out in CD stories all day and most people had a job at one at some point in their teenage lives. It’s also got a great ensemble, including Liv Tyler, Robin Tunny, Renee Zellweger, Ethan Embry, and Rory Cochrane. It’s fun and will play differently for those of you who grew up with music stores as a part of their lives than it will for the iGeneration.

Empire Records

*Ghostbusters

Year: 1984
Runtime: 1h 42m
Director: Ivan Reitman

One of the most beloved movies of all time, the original Ghostbusters still stands up as the best in the series…by far. Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson are perfectly cast as the guys who end up saving the world from a giant marshmallow man, among other things. Still very funny, it’s one of the most popular comedies of the 1980s for a reason.

Ghostbusters

I, Tonya 

Year: 2017
Runtime: 2h
Director: Craig Gillespie

Margot Robbie should have won the Oscar for playing Tonya Harding in this tonal highwire act. More than just a biopic or the true crime story of the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan, Gillespie’s film is an interrogation of sports and celebrity culture. Centering it all is Robbie’s performance, one of the most challenging and impressive of the 2010s.

I, Tonya

The King of Comedy

Year: 1983
Runtime: 1h 49m
Director: Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese is often more recognized for his gangster movies, classics like GoodFellas and Casino, but he’s really a filmmaker who can do absolutely everything. One of his most underrated genre experiments is his black comedy that really now looks prescient about how much everyone would want their 15 minutes of fame almost four decades later. Robert De Niro gives one of his best performances as Rupert Pupkin, an unhinged stand-up comedian who becomes obsessed with a talk show host, unforgettably played by Jerry Lewis.

The King of Comedy

The Little Hours

Year: 2017
Runtime: 1h 30m
Director: Jeff Baena

There’s a movie on Hulu that features Aubrey Plaza as a profanity-spewing nun and you haven’t watched it yet? Jeff Baena’s Sundance hit also stars Alison Brie, Dave Franco, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, and Fred Armisen in a ridiculous, raunchy retelling of The Decameron. It’s reminiscent of classic Mel Brooks in the way it skewers classical storytelling structures with modern comic sensibilities.

The Little Hours

*My Cousin Vinny

Year: 1992
Runtime: 1h 59m
Director: Jonathan Lynn

Joe Pesci may be the titular character in this hit 1992 comedy, but it’s Marisa Tomei who walked away with it to such a degree that she won an Oscar. After two New Yorkers are tried for a murder that they didn’t commit deep in the heartland, Pesci’s Vinny has to go to the country to get them off. The city vs. country dynamic gets fresh life thanks to the film’s big heart and perfect coming timing of its entire cast.

My Cousin Vinny

Palm Springs 

Year: 2020
Runtime: 1h 30m
Director: Max Barbakow

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti are wonderful in this charming sci-fi rom-com about a pair of people caught up in a time loop and forced to live the same wedding day they’re attending over and over again. This is the kind of comedy gem that got a little screwed by the pandemic, forced to premiere on Hulu when it should have played to packed, laughing crowds in theaters first.

Palm Springs

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Year: 2016
Runtime: 1h 27m
Directors: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone

One of the best mockumentaries ever made, Popstar perfectly captures the anarchic spirit of the Lonely Island guys. Andy Samberg plays Connor Friel, a moronic popstar with a massive ego. When Connor’s career collapses, he’s forced to reunite with The Style Boyz, the group he left years ago and the friendships that got destroyed in the process. As consistently hilarious as any comedy of the last decade, this movie should have been much bigger.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Rye Lane

Year: 2023
Runtime: 1h 22m
Director: Raine Allen Miller

The best romantic comedy in years premiered at Sundance in January 2023 and is already on Hulu. David Jonsson and Vivian Oparah star in a film that’s reminiscent of Before Sunrise in the way it captures two people meeting and walking through a city as they slowly fall in love. Heartbroken, creative people, these characters are so incredibly likable in a film that has a sharp, brilliant screenplay, and stunning use of setting. The world around these people comes so vibrantly to life that it almost feels like a character.

Rye Lane

Sanctuary

Year: 2023
Runtime: 1h 36m
Director: Zachary Wigon

Some would call this a thriller instead but it’s really close to being a romantic comedy at the same time. Whatever you call it, just watch it. It’s one of the best films of 2023, a two-hander between a future CEO (Christopher Abbott) and the longtime dominatrix (Margaret Qualley) that he’s trying to fire. Abbott and Qualley do some of the best work of their already notable careers in a film that’s unpredictable, twisted, and, yes, funny.

Sanctuary

Sleeping With Other People

Year: 2015
Runtime: 1h 41m
Director: Leslye Headland

If you love Russian Doll (and really who doesn’t) then you should dig into the history of its creator, Leslye Headland. She wrote and directed this clever 2015 comedy starring Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, and, of course, Natasha Lyonne.

Sleeping With Other People

Super Troopers

Year: 2002
Runtime: 1h 40m
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

A lot of the other Broken Lizard movies push their way through the revolving door of streaming services, but the cult comedy classic that really broke the troupe is actually kind of rare. So take the opportunity to watch a stoner comedy that has held up remarkably well in the two-decades-plus since its release.

Super Troopers

Take This Waltz

Year: 2012
Runtime: 1h 57m
Director: Sarah Polley

The wonderful Sarah Polley won an Oscar earlier this year for her excellent screenplay for Women Talking. Take the chance to check out a very different film she made a decade ago featuring incredible performances from Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, and Sarah Silverman. It works because it allows its married lead, played by Williams, to be vulnerable and flawed as she struggles with attraction to a new neighbor.

Take This Waltz

Theater Camp

Year: 2023
Runtime: 1h 35m
Director: Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman

Something like a modern Waiting for Guffman, this Sundance hit lovingly parodies life at theater camps with a bunch of cast members who know a few things about how to stage a musical performance. Ben Platt, Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon, Jimmy Tatro, Ayo Edebiri, and more star in one of those comedies that feels destined to produce future stars. In particular, Galvin and Tatro are hysterical here in a movie that will work better for anyone who used to be a theater kid.

Theater Camp

Triangle of Sadness

Year: 2022
Runtime: 2h 29m
Director: Ruben Ostlund

A Best Picture nominee and Palme d’Or winner, Triangle of Sadness is the one of the biggest international critical darlings of 2022. From the writer/director of Force Majeure, this is the story of a model couple on a boat trip from Hell, a journey that goes so disastrously wrong that social lines are blurred forever. It’s a sharp commentary on the haves and have-nots with fun performances from Harris Dickinson, Dolly de Leon, Woody Harrelson, and more.

Triangle of Sadness

The Worst Person in the World

Year: 2021
Runtime: 2h 8m
Director: Joachim Trier

The partnership between Neon and Hulu continues to pay off for subscribers as the streamer is the exclusive home of one of the most acclaimed films of 2021 in this Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee. Renate Reinsve is stunning as a young woman named Julie who navigates career, love, and life in a film that’s funny, moving, and true.

The Worst Person in the World

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The 20 Best Comedies on Hulu Right Now