Netflix, to its credit, has a phenomenal archive of documentaries available to watch whenever you want. Even better, they have some really interesting comedy-related documentaries available to watch whenever you want. These movies take a poignant look at such comedy legends as Bill Hicks, Conan O'Brien, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers and more and make for great summer movie marathon-ing.
With that in mind, and because going to the beach is totally overrated, we put together a list of 15 of the best comedy documentaries available on Netflix Instant. So, what are you waiting for? Plant yourself on the couch, crank up that A.C. and get to watching!
I Am Comic
Filmmaker Jordan Brady shadows retired comic Ritch Shydner as he bravely returns to the stand-up stage after more than a decade out of the spotlight.
Woody Allen: A Documentary
Iconic director-writer-comedian Woody Allen granted unprecedented access for this profile of his award-winning career and controversial personal life.
I Ain't Scared Of You
Get a behind-the-scenes look at comedian Bernie Mac's life and career with this compilation of performance footage and interviews.
American: The Bill Hicks Story
This documentary profiles comedian Bill Hicks, blending live footage, interviews and animation to illustrate a life tragically cut short by cancer.
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
Following his unplanned departure from NBC, exiled talk show host Conan O'Brien decides to take his show on the road, and document the entire journey.
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
This portrait of legendary comedian Don Rickles blends clips of Rickles's TV appearances with footage from his stand-up routine and interviews.
The Comedians Of Comedy
This documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Comedians of Comedy Tour, featuring comics Patton Oswalt and Zach Galifianakis, among others.
This offbeat documentary starring comedian Jamie Kennedy explores the relationship between stand-up performers and the vocal critics in the audience.
Basic Black: The Lewis Black Story
This documentary charts comic Lewis Black - perhaps best known for his trademark rants - in his progression from theater buff to blistering satirist.
Lenny Bruce Without Tears
Upstart comic Lenny Bruce is the subject of this film, which features footage of his stand-up routines and interviews with those who knew him best.
Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work
This documentary provide an uncompromising glimpse into the personal and professional life of comedian and red-carpet mainstay Joan Rivers.
David Cross: Let America Laugh
This video diary comes from comedian David Cross's 2002 tour, on which his smash-hit comedy album "Shut Up, You F***ing Baby!" was recorded.
Kat Williams: 9 Lives
From Lord Have Mercy to A Pimp Named Slickback, this real-deal documentary tracks Katt Williams's rise from young stand-up to BET staple.
Now That's Funny
People on the street reveal what makes them laugh, while stand-up comedians discuss what it's like trying to make an audience crack up.
The Second City: The First Family Of Comedy
A behind-the-scenes look at the Second City comedy club and troupe, this retrospective spans from the early days to the hit "SCTV" series and beyond.