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23 of the best Amazon Prime Video comedy shows and movies

Come rain or shine, these comedies will keep you chuckling. Updated for May 2023

Adam Sandler in Happy Gilmore

It’s easy to get Netflix tunnel vision when firing up your preferred streaming device for an epic telly session. But don’t be a fool of Kraken-­sized proportions and discount Prime Video’s growing library of gems. Here’s our guide to the best Amazon Prime Video comedy.

As this collection of Stuff favourites shows, Amazon’s streaming service has become particularly adept at laughter generation. And remember; all of these movies and TV shows are already included in your Prime subscription. So sit back and prepare to engage your face’s smile apparatus with these comedy masterpieces…

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (S1-5)

Hankering for a grown-up TV show in the vein of Mad Men? One also set in mid-century Manhattan? The Marvelous Mrs Maisel might be the new series for you. Rachel Brosnahan stars as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a quick-witted middle-class housewife with what she thought was the perfect 1950s New York lifestyle: husband, kids and a beautiful Upper West Side apartment. When things take an unforeseen turn, she stumbles into trying out stand-up comedy – and discovers she has something of a talent for not only making people laugh, but for hitting upon life’s truths and enigmas while doing it.

With three seasons to binge upon, this award-winning comedy drama makes for a lightweight, enjoyable watch.

Watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime

Triangle of Sadness

Wealth, beauty, sexual politics and social hierarchy all find themselves in the crosshairs of Ruben Östlund’s clever, riotous and frequently disgusting social satire, which bagged the Cannes Palme d’Or and was nominated for Best Picture at the 2023 Oscars.

In series of long chapters focussing on specific situations, Östlund delivers a pitch-black dissection of the hyper-rich, as seens through the (relatively destitute) eyes of a pair of models-cum-influencers who snag a freebie aboard a luxury cruise. From painfully awkward interactions between members of different societal tiers, to a Captain’s dinner that goes terribly wrong, to a brilliant final section in which all manner of traditional roles – gender, class, race – are turned upside down, this is an enjoyable but cynical exploration of how the modern world keeps power and money fundamentally entangled.

Watch Triangle of Sadness on Prime Video

The Big Lebowski

Louche, laidback and outwardly lightweight, Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 follow-up to the multiple award-winning thriller Fargo rewards the astute viewer. It’s packed to the gills with call-backs, references to classic movies and other clever touches to pick up on.

It’s also an absolute riot, as Jeff Bridges’ middle-aged slacker The Dude sets out to right a wrong (in a case of mistaken identity, two hoodlums broke into his apartment and ‘soiled’ a beloved rug); he ends up drawn into a kidnapping case involving German electropop pioneers, a ruthless pornographer, a paraplegic philanthropist, a mute teenage car thief, the police chief of Malibu, a (possibly hallucinatory) cowboy… and bowling.

With an outstanding script and supporting cast including Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Goodman, The Big Lebowski is a rare cinematic gift: one that keeps giving with each subsequent viewing.

Watch The Big Lebowski on Prime Video

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Still recovering from a rough breakup, unemployed Toronto slacker and part-time bass player Scott Pilgrim bumps into his dream girl: the pink-haired, sardonic American Ramona Flowers. She’s into him too, but their path towards true love is beset by several obstacles – namely seven of Ramona’s evil exes, each of whom Scott must defeat in order to win her heart.

Director Edgar Wright’s frenetic pace, prominent ‘visual’ sound effects and quickfire cultural references make this just about as close to an on-screen comic book as you can get – and its cast is packed with familiar faces.

Watch Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on Prime Video

Happy Gilmore

Adam Sandler is currently enjoying a second career renaissance courtesy of the Safdie brothers’ Uncut Gems (the first being courtesy of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love). But forget about all that: let’s roll back to 1996’s Happy Gilmore, in which a young Sandler’s standard ‘loud, aggressive man-child’ act felt genuinely fresh. It’s not big and it’s not clever… but it is funny.

Sandler’s protagonist harbours dreams of glory as an ice hockey pro, but reluctantly finds himself an unlikely sensation on the golf tour due to his ability to drive the ball further than anyone else; his short game remains predictably hopeless. When his grandmother’s house come under threat, he decides pro tour prize money is the solution – and must overcome not only his talent shortcomings but jealousy of the stuffy golfing establishment.

Watch Happy Gilmore on Prime Video

Hot Fuzz

The middle entry in the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright ‘Cornetto Trilogy’, Hot Fuzz is an affectionate parody of the 80s/90s action blockbuster genre, set in sleepy rural England and played for laughs. In much the same manner as Shaun of the Dead riffed on zombie flicks, this turns action flick tropes and traits into a wellspring of comedy, and does so in such a warm and technically adept way that the filmmakers’ immense respect for their inspirational source material shines through.

Not only is Hot Fuzz – in which Pegg’s near-superhuman police officer is shipped off to a sleepy West Country village for making the rest of the Met look bad – hilarious, it’s also a brilliantly edited homage to the likes of Point BreakLethal Weapon and Bad Boys. Fantastic stuff.

Watch Hot Fuzz on Prime Video

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

What better way to mend a broken heart than to whisk yourself off to tropical climes for some sun and surf? That’s the plan for Jason Segal’s struggling musician, but it’s left in tatters when he discovers that his TV star ex (Kristen Bell) and her obnoxious new man (a priapic British rock star played by Russell Brand) are guests at the very same Hawaiian hotel.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall isn’t just consistently hilarious, it’s also a perceptive look at how people can unhealthily idealise romantic partners, and how they need to properly let go before they can move on. It also has one of the funniest, saddest male nude scenes in cinema!

Watch Forgetting Sarah Marshall on Prime Video


Call this as a so-called chick flick at your peril. Yes, at its core Bridesmaids is a romantic comedy focused on the awkward interactions between Kristen Wiig and Chris O’Dowd, but there’s so much more going on here: masterfully executed toilet humour and offbeat distractions provided by the likes of Matt Lucas and Rebel Wilson make for genuinely hilarious moments, and the film’s gentle exploration of the themes of friendship, love and marriage are capably handled by director Paul Feig.

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24 Hour Party People

Michael Winterbottom’s dramatised history of Madchester, Factory Records and The Hacienda has no right to be this funny – but what do you expect if you cast Steve Coogan as broadcaster and Factory co-founder Tony Wilson, the ringmaster to a chaotic circus of booze, drugs, sex and tragedy?

Fast-paced, compelling and engagingly postmodern, it functions both as a character study and an informative inside look at the story behind bands like The Happy Mondays and New Order.

Watch 24 Hour Party People on Prime Video

Freaks and Geeks (S1)

Before Judd Apatow and Paul Feig hit the big time with the likes of Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Bridesmaids, they co-created a little TV comedy-drama based on Feig’s own adolescence in early 1980s Michigan. Dubbed Freaks and Geeks (most of its main characters fall into one or both of these categories) it lasted just one 18-episode season – something that’s still hard to fathom, given how fantastic it is.

Perhaps viewers just weren’t ready for a well-written, warm and entirely honest portrayal of the highs and lows of high school. Despite its untimely demise, it kickstarted a bunch of major Hollywood careers (James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel and Seth Rogen being the obvious examples) and is regarded as a cult classic 20 years later.

All 18 episodes are now streaming on Prime, so why not go back to school?

Watch Freaks and Geeks on Prime Video

In Bruges

Everyone wants to be in the picturesque, quaint Belgian city of Bruges at Christmas time. Everyone except Irish hitman Ray (Colin Farrell), who promptly deems it a “sh*thole” on arrival.

There’s little evidence of the festive spirit elsewhere either, as Ray and fellow killer-for-hire Ken (played wonderfully by Brendan Gleeson) blunder their way through the darker recesses of the Venice of the North. There’s plenty of merry in Martin McDonagh’s film though, even if the comedy often comes from the blackest of sources.

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Nathan for You (S1-4)

This brilliant spoof reality series, in which deadpan Canadian comedian Nathan Fielder swoops in to save ailing small businesses with absolutely woeful advice, has largely flown under the radar this side of the pond, but do yourself a favour and give it a shot. Often so surreal and bizarre you won’t believe Nathan’s clients aren’t in on the joke, Nathan for You is a true original.

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Palm Springs

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti find themselves trapped in a time loop in this offbeat romcom. Should they fall asleep or die, they wake up and live the entire day – in which they’re guests at a wedding in California desert – through again. The pair decide to make the most of their temporal purgatory, indulging in wilder and wilder behaviour in the knowledge that whatever happens, they’ll just end up back at square one. Everything, it seems, has become meaningless.

If might sound like a hackneyed idea but Palm Springs feels different by dint of focussing on a pair of people rather than just one. The chemistry and tensions between the two keep the film nicely involving – and it’s genuinely funny to boot.

Watch Palm Springs on Amazon Prime Video

Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm

Kazakhstan’s favourite son returns to the screen, with Sacha Baron-Cohen’s creation once again poking fun at Americans – this time in the midst of a chaotic Trump presidency and the COVID-19 pandemic. While the civilian victims of Borat’s pranks sometimes seem a little undeserving (seemingly being accommodating to an eccentric foreigner rather than outright agreeing with his terrible opinions) it’s hard to feel sorry too many people in this movie, as its hidden camera setups delivering almost-unbearable levels of cringe and no small amount of laughs.

To call the film scorching satire would feels inaccurate – it simply reinforces what most right-minded viewers already think about bigots, gun nuts and Republicans – but at the very least, Borat’s antics are reliably entertaining.

Watch Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm on Amazon Prime Video

Upload (S1-2)

Given a choice between death and eternity as an avatar in a virtual world that’s almost indistinguishable from the real one, many of us would pick the latter without question – but before too long we might be questioning our decision.

That’s the setup for this Amazon original sitcom from Greg Daniels (he of the US Office and Parks and Recreation fame), in which app developer Nathan has his consciousness uploaded to a luxurious digital heaven, only to quickly discover that not only have his earthly problems not suddenly disappeared, they’re now bolstered with a bunch of new ones. Mixing sci-fi, satire, romance and more, Upload is sure to strike a chord with anyone who spends time pondering the future of tech. That means you, Stuff reader!

Watch Upload on Amazon Prime Video

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

Gus Van Sant’s well-crafted comic biopic stars a memorable Joaquin Phoenix as John Callahan, an alcoholic who embarks on one bender too many, resulting in a devastating car crash. Paralysed, plunged into a deep depression, and still boozing, Callahan eventually finds solace in friends, art and the twelve-step programme.

Phoenix is typically excellent as the often-unlikeable Callahan, and there’s also superb support from Jonah Hill and Rooney Mara. A funny, thought-provoking and inspiring tale about conquering your worst impulses and “choosing life” – with little of the sentimental cheese that often creeps into such films.

Watch Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot on Amazon Prime

The Office (US, S1-9)

It might have started out as a pale shade of the British original, but NBC’s long-running sitcom quickly found its feet and its own comedic voice. Even if Steve Carell’s Michael Scott is a bit broader and a bit less melancholy than Ricky Gervais’ David Brent, it’s hard to deny that Carell has made the role of “awkward boss at a mid-level paper company” his own, and made himself into a massive star in the process.

You know the drill: The Office is a sort-of mockumentary set in a dreary Pennsylvania workplace populated by a few normal folks – representing us, the viewers – and a few caricatures. The comedy mostly springs from the interactions between the two, and the formula works so well that NBC managed to keep it going for an astonishing nine seasons.

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Fleabag (S1-2)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars in this riotous six-part sitcom about a single woman’s attempts to navigate the many pitfalls of modern London life. Even if that sounds like a hackneyed synopsis, or one that fits roughly 10,000 British sitcoms, we suggest you delve in anyway, because Waller-Bridge’s eyes-open approach – acerbic, dry, unashamed, raw – doesn’t feel unoriginal in the slightest. It’s also really, really funny, which is probably worth mentioning too.

A second series, with both Waller-Bridge and on-screen rival Olivia Colman returning, is also now available to stream on Prime Video – albeit not for free. If you have access to BBC iPlayer, however, have at it on there.

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What We Do in the Shadows

Outstanding horror-comedies are few and far between – for every An American Werewolf in London, there are five Scary Movies – but this Kiwi mockumentary (directed by and starring Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi as well as Flight of the Conchords‘ Jemaine Clement) about a group of dysfunctional vampires house-sharing hits the spot dead-on.

With plenty of laughs mined from the awkwardness of being a neurotic immortal living in the modern world, it errs on the comedy side of the line, but that doesn’t mean it’s not without the occasional genuine bit of creepiness. If you’re as much fan of This Is Spinal Tap as you are of The Lost Boys, here’s a movie that you certainly won’t think, er, sucks.

Watch What We Do in the Shadows on Amazon Prime

Forever (S1)

The world doesn’t seem short on wry, quirksome comedy drama series exploring the crushing ennui of modern life, but Amazon has furnished us with another one – and it’s a delightful surprise.

Starring Maya Rudolf and Fred Armisen as a married couple struggling with an encroaching middle-aged itch, Forever starts off as one kind of show and quickly transforms into another. Funny, smart and affecting, it’s Amazon’s best new original series in a long time.

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Transparent (S1-5)

Amazon spent a long time trying to “do a Netflix” by creating its very own blockbusting TV shows, and Transparent was the moment it got it right. For a start, this is really bold – it tells the story of a sixty­something divorcee announcing to his three grown­up kids that he’s always felt different and is now going to live as a woman.

Sounds heavy, and it sort of is, but it’s also darkly funny, with a degree of wit and sharpness that’s still rare even in this golden age of TV. The bickering between the three kids (each of whom is riddled with their own individual problems and peccadillos) is as chucklesome as it is awkward and believable. Amazing telly.

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Red Oaks (S1-3)

A hidden gem in Amazon’s catalogue, Red Oaks‘ unremarkable premise belies a nuanced show that blends humour and pathos surprisingly adeptly.

Set in 1980s suburban New York, it follows the bumbling but tumultuous life of David Myers. From the enigmatically aloof love interest to parental turmoil at home, all the classic teen drama tropes are ticked off here with just enough of a twist to sustain your intrigue. What really elevates this show above the many others that riff off a similar tune is its riotous roster of characters. Sleazy, feckless tennis coach Nash alone is worth the price of admission.

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The Big Sick

Silicon Valley star and stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani plays himself in this dramatisation of how he and his wife, the writer Emily Gordon (here called “Emily Gardner” and played by Zoe Kazan), met each other, fell in love and got married.

An enjoyable culture-clash romantic comedy revolving around Nanjiani’s desire to lead a normal American life while his Pakistani parents pressure him to enter into an arranged marriage with a woman he barely knows, The Big Sick really gets going when Emily falls seriously ill, forcing our hero to confront the two sides of his life – not to mention meet her parents, played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.

Watch The Big Sick on Amazon Prime