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The best comedies on Hulu right now (April 2022)

Comedies are one of the oldest genres in film. That’s because the desire to laugh is universal, and the best comedies tap into that innate desire to let go of our daily lives and just roll with something fun for approximately 90 minutes to two hours. There may be humor in our everyday lives, but it’s a lot funnier to see misfortune and pratfalls happen to other people. There’s also a sense of security in a good comedy because no matter how dire things appear to be, we’re reasonably assured that it will conclude on a positive note. Or at least a good joke. Hulu has made some strides with its original movies, but the best comedies either come from 20th Century Studios or a few projects from other studios. Hulu lost a few good comedies this month but added a few more as well. To keep up to date, check out our list of the best comedies on Hulu right now.

If you want more than just Hulu, then keep in mind that everything you see here is also available as part of the Disney Bundle. That package includes Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+, all for a single price of $14. It includes live sports alongside all of the Disney/Marvel/Star Wars/Pixar you can handle, with the additional benefit Hulu’s on-demand library. You won’t find a better offer than that.

Hulu isn’t the only platform with laughs on demand. Lucky for you, we’ve also put together guides to the best comedies on Netflix and the best comedies on Amazon Prime Video.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) new

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
63 %
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
Stars Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell
Directed by Garth Jennings
When it came out in theaters, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy may not have had an all-star cast. But Martin Freeman, Sam Rockwell, and Zooey Deschanel’s subsequent success make it worthy of finding a new audience. In this adaptation of Douglas Adams’ zany sci-fi comedy novels, Freeman portrays Arthur Dent, an unlikely choice to be the last human male alive. Arthur’s friend, Ford Prefect (Mos Def), saves Arthur’s life moments before the Earth is destroyed. From there, they go on an increasingly bizarre and hilarious adventure across the stars and meet an eclectic cast of characters including a paranoid and depressed robot named Marvin (Alan Rickman).
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) Trailer # 1 - Martin Freeman HD

Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) new

Hot Shots! Part Deux
64 %
pg-13 86m
Genre Action, Comedy, War
Stars Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges, Valeria Golino
Directed by Jim Abrahams
Hot Shots! Part Deux is a relentlessly stupid film in the vein of The Naked Gun trilogy. And that’s part of the movie’s charm. Director Jim Abrahams was one of the co-directors of The Naked Gun flicks, and he brings that ridiculous style of humor to this shameless Rambo parody. Charlie Sheen stars as Topper Harley, a retired Navy operative who is convinced to return for one final rescue mission. Sheen is very funny in the role, but the real comedic revelation is Lloyd Bridges as President Thomas “Tug” Benson. Bridges spoofs his previous roles with aplomb as President Benson takes on Saddam Hussein (Jerry Haleva).
Hot Shots! Part Deux | #TBT Trailer | 20th Century FOX

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) new

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
51 %
pg 122m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Dev Patel, Judi Dench, Richard Gere
Directed by John Madden
It is important to know that The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a sequel, but the first film isn’t on Hulu. Fortunately, the follow-up works well on its own terms. For this film, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) and Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) are partners in a possible bid to open a second Marigold Hotel in India. Sonny will do anything to impress the inspector who can grant him his dream, which is why he falls all over himself to impress Guy Chambers (Richard Gere). But when Sonny figures out that Guy isn’t the inspector, his anger nearly threatens to upend his pending wedding and his grand ambitions.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Official Trailer #2 (2015) - Maggie Smith, Judi Dench Movie HD

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) new

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
63 %
r 96m
Genre Comedy, Music, Drama
Stars John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Raymond J. Barry
Directed by Jake Kasdan
Think of every music biopic you’ve ever seen. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story mercilessly skewers them all. John C. Reilly stars as Dewey Cox, a fictional musician whose life touches several music eras across the decades, from the beginning of rock to modern rap. Kristen Wiig co-stars as Dewey’s first love, Edith Cox. While Dewey quickly finds success, his life is derailed by bizarre tragedies and by his own self-destructive tendencies. Dewey also makes the monumental mistake of marrying two women at once. But regardless of everything that goes wrong in his life, Dewey can always fall back on his knack for coming up with the right song.

I, Tonya (2017)

I, Tonya
77 %
r 120m
Genre Drama
Stars Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Julianne Nicholson
Directed by Craig Gillespie
I, Tonya is a fitting choice given the recent Winter Olympics, because its title character, Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), is one of the most vilified individuals in the history of the Games. Robbie finds the inner humanity of Tonya as she struggles with her overbearing mother, LaVona Golden (Allison Janney), and her abusive husband, Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan). Tonya claims that she had no involvement with the infamous attack on Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver). However, that’s contradicted by the story told by Jeff and his loser friend, Shawn Eckardt (Paul Walter Hauser). Regardless of the truth, it’s a fantastic showcase for Robbie’s comedic and dramatic chops.
I, Tonya Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Trailers

Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights
44 %
pg-13 104m
Genre Comedy
Stars Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees
Directed by Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks takes on another icon in Robin Hood: Men In Tights, and the legend had it coming! Cary Elwes is very charming as Robin Hood, and he helpfully reminds the audience that unlike some other Robins, he can actually speak with an English accent. This is a very silly and hilarious retelling of every Robin Hood movie ever, with Amy Yasbeck as Maid Marian, Roger Rees as Sheriff of Rottingham, Dave Chappelle as Ahchoo, and Richard Lewis as Prince John. That name will come back to haunt the prince.

Deadpool (2016)

65 %
r 108m
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein
Directed by Tim Miller
Deadpool is a great superhero action film that also happens to be one of the most consistently funny movies on this list. Ryan Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson, an assassin who falls for a woman named Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and plans to get married. But when his cancer diagnosis looks terminal, Wade allows Ajax (Ed Skrein) to experiment on him. The “cure” disfigures Wade and drives him insane. But as Deadpool, Wade cheerfully pursues a mission of revenge against Ajax while breaking the fourth wall and offering jokes at a rapid pace.
Deadpool | Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

Hustlers (2019)

79 %
r 110m
Genre Drama, Comedy, Crime
Stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles
Directed by Lorene Scafaria
Destiny (Constance Wu) is working as a stripper to make ends meet. But when she befriends the club’s top earner, Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), Destiny soon realizes just how much power she has. Ramona teaches Destiny how to work the club’s Wall Street clientele for maximum profits… until the 2008 economic collapse derails everybody. Now, the ladies and two other dancers devise a scheme to get back at the greedy Wall Street juggernauts who precipitated the crisis while also taking their lives back.
HUSTLERS Official Trailer (2019) Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Drama Movie HD

Another Round (2020)

Another Round
79 %
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Brush up on your Danish if you want to watch Another Round without subtitles. But even if you watch with subtitles, it’s still a great comedy. Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen stars as Martin, a teacher who is close friends with his colleagues Tommy (Thomas Bo Larsen), Peter (Lars Ranthe), and Nikolaj (Magnus Millang). The four men are deeply dissatisfied with their personal and professional lives, which is why they embark on a unique experiment. Together, they theorize that their lives will be more enjoyable if they can maintain a certain blood alcohol level. At first, the experiment is a rousing success. And yet even this constant buzz can’t last forever …
ANOTHER ROUND Trailer [HD] Mongrel Media

Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Ingrid Goes West
71 %
r 97m
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr.
Directed by Matt Spicer
Ingrid Goes West is a comedy for the social media age. Aubrey Plaza stars as Ingrid Thorburn, a young woman who has a very unhealthy relationship with her social media accounts and her favorite influencers. After Ingrid receives a sizable inheritance, she blows her money on an impulsive cross-country move to Los Angeles so she can befriend Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), a seemingly perfect influencer. While Ingrid tells several lies to get close to Taylor, she also gets a first-hand look at Taylor’s very imperfect life. Unfortunately for Ingrid, her deceptions catch up with her and threaten to destroy her reputation.
Ingrid Goes West Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Trailers

Vacation Friends (2021)

Vacation Friends
49 %
r 103m
Genre Comedy
Stars John Cena, Lil Rel Howery, Meredith Hagner
Directed by Clay Tarver
Hulu’s biggest breakout original film of 2021 was Vacation Friends, a comedy that already has a sequel in the works. Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji star as Marcus Parker and Emily Conway, a couple whose vacation plans are waylaid by a series of mishaps. Soon after befriending another couple, Ron (John Cena) and Kyla (Meredith Hagner), Marcus and Emily enjoy some good times before ultimately parting ways with their new friends. However, Ron and Kyla re-enter their lives shortly before Marcus and Emily are about to be wed. While Marcus and Emily reluctantly allow the other couple to join them, misunderstandings and mayhem ensue on their way to the altar.

Villains (2019)

63 %
r 90m
Genre Comedy, Horror, Drama
Stars Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Blake Baumgartner
Directed by Robert Olsen, Dan Berk
In Villains, Maika Monroe and Bill Skarsgård headline the film as Jules and Mickey, a wannabe modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. However, the duo finds their amorality challenged when they discover a young girl, Sweetiepie (Blake Baumgartner), chained in a basement. The homeowners, George (Jeffrey Donovan) and his wife, Gloria (Kyra Sedgwick), try to bribe Mickey and Jules into forgetting what they saw. When they refuse, the battle of wills between the two couples becomes increasingly heated in this offbeat black comedy.
Villains Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Indie

The Beach Bum (2019)

The Beach Bum
55 %
r 95m
Genre Comedy
Stars Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher
Directed by Harmony Korine
From writer-director Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers), The Beach Bum stars Matthew McConaughey as Moondog, a drug-and-alcohol-loving poet and beach squatter occupying the sands of the Florida Keys. Moondog’s one goal in life is to finish his novel, a literary homage to his daughter (Stefania LaVie Owen). While those around him think Moondog peaked long ago, the nomadic wanderer seeks to prove otherwise. He’ll just have to let go of his beer and bud long enough to issue a coherent statement. Harmony Korine has a penchant for the bizarre, a cinematic touchstone that is completely on display in his latest feature, albeit toned down from other films in the auteur’s catalog.

Palm Springs (2020)

Palm Springs
83 %
r 90m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons
Directed by Max Barbakow
Nyles (Andy Samberg) isn’t having the greatest day. At his friends’ wedding, the man finds his girlfriend cheating on him. Retreating into the desert with the drunken maid of honor, Sarah (Cristin Milioti), Nyles is pierced by a crossbow arrow. Reeling from the pain, he crawls to a strange aura inside a nearby cave. Sarah follows, only to discover that the brilliant lights are a mysterious vortex that traps those who enter in an endless time loop. As Nyles and Sarah are forced to relive the same November day over and over, the two form a bond that begins platonically but eventually becomes something more. An elevated time-travel comedy, Palm Springs is more than just a Groundhog Day homage, adding existentialist ponderings and R-rated hijinks to the time-loop flick formula.

Big Time Adolescence (2020)

Big Time Adolescence
64 %
r 91m
Genre Comedy
Stars Griffin Gluck, Pete Davidson, Jon Cryer
Directed by Jason Orley
Big Time Adolescence premiered at Sundance in 2019, where Hulu picked it up and rebranded it as a Hulu Original in 2020. Griffin Gluck stars as Mo, a teenager with an unusual best friend in this coming-of-age comedy. Mo has a promising future ahead of him, but he has one big problem: He worships his college-dropout, drug-dealing older best friend Zeke (Pete Davidson). While Mo’s hard-working dad tries to steer him onto the right path, he’s not the kind of guy to force his son to stop seeing his best friend, creating a precarious balancing act of maturity. Davidson gives a refreshingly clever performance in this comedy and has a great rapport with Gluck.

Parasite (2019)

96 %
r 133m
Genre Comedy, Thriller, Drama
Stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong
Directed by Bong Joon-ho
Sweeping the Academy Awards and giving director Bong Joon-ho some serious clout in Hollywood, this black comedy is almost universally liked by anyone who watches it. Set in South Korea, it tells the tale of a poor family who concocts a clever plan to work for a wealthy family, each by recommending one another for different jobs within the home, even though they aren’t the least bit qualified. The film took home four Oscars, including those for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film. If nothing else, it’s worth checking out just to see what all the fuss is about.

The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

The Art of Self-Defense
65 %
Genre Action, Comedy, Thriller
Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
Directed by Riley Stearns
If you’re looking for a feel-good martial arts flick, this isn’t the movie for you. If anything, The Art of Self-Defense is the anti-Karate Kid. Jesse Eisenberg headlines this darkly comedic story as an accountant named Casey Davies. After getting assaulted by a gang, Casey joins a local karate dojo under the instruction of Sensei (Alessandro Nivola). He also befriends Anna (Imogen Poots), the only female student in Sensei’s dojo. Casey gradually comes under Sensei’s wing, and he embraces his inner toxic masculinity … with devastating results on his personal life. All of Casey’s new instincts are wrong, and they lead him to some wild places.

Vice (2018)

61 %
r 132m
Genre Drama, History, Comedy
Stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Directed by Adam McKay
Christian Bale stars as former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in this satirical comedy-drama about Cheney’s journey to the White House. Released on Christmas Day, views were split about the film, which received eight Academy Award nominations. While some pundits criticized the film, making it one of the worst-reviewed films to ever be nominated in the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards, others applauded Bale’s transformation and the film’s ability to present truths in a humorous way. It’s one of those films you just need to watch to decide for yourself.

Booksmart (2019)

84 %
r 102m
Genre Comedy
Stars Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Jessica Williams
Directed by Olivia Wilde
One of the most acclaimed comedies of 2019, Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut provides an unflinching, hilarious look at coming-of-age from a female perspective. Molly Davison (Beanie Feldstein in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) and Amy Antsler (Kaitlyn Dever) are determined to finally party and have the night of their lives as their high-school careers come to a close and their paths diverge ahead of college. The jokes come often and come packed with social commentary and witticisms, and despite being geared toward a younger audience, there are elements any film fan can enjoy. It’s essentially the flip side of Superbad and proves Wilde is just as proficient behind the camera as in front of it.

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