Stand up comedy is like pizza in America — we may not have created it, but we sure as hell made it better.
From Lenny Bruce to The Smothers Brothers, George Carlin to Jon Stewart, there’s a long history of comics who have a love-hate relationship with the ol’ Red, White, and Blue.
And with Independence Day around the corner, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with some of our favorite comedians sharing their thoughts, dreams, and occasional fears about our great country. Here are our 5 favorite comedians talking about America:
Judah Friedlander — “America is the Greatest Country in the United States”
Judah is a regular here at Stand Up NY and we were lucky enough to see him work out some of the material off his 2017 Netflix special “America is the Greatest Country in the United States” right here at our club.
Check out this clip where Judah shares his presidential platform for health care, climate change, and gun control:
Trevor Noah — “Sports in America”
Sometimes the best observations on a subject come from the outside. Trevor Noah moved to the U.S. from his native South Africa in 2011, but it didn’t take him long to really get a pulse on the one thing Americans love the most: sports.
Watch this hilarious clip from his 2013 special, “African American” where he breaks down how American priorities may need a little adjusting:
Jerry Seinfeld — “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”
If you haven’t seen Seinfeld cruising in a 1963 Chevy Corvette alongside our country’s 44th President, carve out 20 minutes from the hot dog eating and Bud Light drinking this July 4th and watch it now. Seinfeld goes for the deep cuts, like Obama’s underwear preference and his most embarrassing presidential moment.
Michelle Wolf — “White House Correspondents Dinner”
It doesn’t get much better than this. We used to see Michelle Wolf grinding it out at our open mics here at the club. Now, she’s on the main stage taking down President Trump and politicians on both sides of the aisle. This may be the best piece of political humor for 2018:
Sarah Silverman — “I Love You, America”
Sarah’s been an amazing comedian for years, but her new Hulu show, “I Love You, America” may be her best work yet. Check out this promo clip where Sarah gets to the core of America’s issues…magicians.
That’s it! Have a happy Independence Day, America! We love you.