George Carlin
The Best of Bill Cosby
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Lenny Bruce

Comedy/Spoken » Spoken Comedy » Observational Humor

Observational humor is a generally low-key style of comedy in which the performers base their material on the underlying humor in everyday life. It usually isn't angry or satirical, though some performers (most notably George Carlin) do cross those lines by contextualizing their observations of run-of-the-mill human behavior as symptoms of larger social trends. But most often, observational humor takes a wry, laid-back tone, unapologetically concerning itself with minute yet widely recognizable absurdities that most people don't otherwise dwell upon. Those are the roots of the style's popularity -- it's often suitable for a wide range of audiences, its subject matter is fairly universal, and its fans frequently marvel at the wealth of real-life comedic material they'd never quite noticed before. Observational humor has been around on the standup circuit for some time -- comedians like Bill Cosby and George Carlin employed it heavily during the '60s and '70s -- but its heyday was really the late '80s and '90s, its massive popularity spearheaded by the work of Jerry Seinfeld.

Observational Humor Artists Highlights

George Carlin
George Carlin
Lenny Bruce
Lenny Bruce
Jerry Clower
Jerry Clower
Robert Klein
Robert Klein
Robin Williams
Robin Williams
Steve Martin
Steve Martin

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Observational Humor Album Highlights

The Best of Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
The Best of Bill Cosby
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
The Button-Down Mind of ...
The Best of Dick Gregory
Dick Gregory
The Best of Dick Gregory
The Lenny Bruce Originals, Vol. 2
Lenny Bruce
The Lenny Bruce Originals, ...
I'm Telling You for the Last Time
Jerry Seinfeld
I'm Telling You for the ...
Werewolves and Lollipops
Patton Oswalt
Werewolves and Lollipops

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Observational Humor Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Old Weird Harold (9th Street Bridge) Bill Cosby
Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue Bob Newhart
Men & Women Jerry Seinfeld
America Has Spoken
Patton Oswalt
Death and Dying George Carlin
Muhammad Ali-America the Beautiful George Carlin
Son of Wind George Carlin
The Expectant Father Bob Newhart
Some Werds George Carlin
Street Football Bill Cosby

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