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Comedy records, unsurprisingly, are made to make you laugh. Since there are so many kinds of humor, there are a number of different comedy records, from straight standup and comedy sketches to song parodies. Comedy records haven't so much evolved as waxed and waned in popularity. During the '50s and '60s, before pop-rock completely dominated the marketplace, they were at their popular peak, but certain albums -- from Richard Pryor in the '70s to Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams in the '80s to Adam Sandler in the '90s -- tend to develop strong cult followings. Comedy records range from pleasant one-liners to bawdy stand-up, but they all have one thing in common -- they want to put a smile on your face.