The best comedies on Hulu right now

We all need to laugh from time to time, which is why comedy is such an important part of our lives. When you’re sitting down for a movie night, most of the time you’re probably leaning towards a comedy. It just feels good to laugh, why wouldn’t you want more of it? There’s an escapism to comedies that is absolutely tantalizing. And when you need an escape, Hulu offers a great selection of comedies to choose from. But with such a large library, it can be hard to find the comedies worth your time. To help you out, here are the best comedies on Hulu right now.

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.

Recently added to Hulu

Hustlers (2019) new

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.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) new

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
37 %
pg-13 86m
Genre Comedy, Adventure
Stars Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young
Directed by Tom Shadyac
The ’90s were the true glory days for crude PG-13 comedies and Jim Carrey was at the forefront of that epoch. Ace Ventura is one of his classic characters, a private investigator who specializes in missing animals. When the Miami Dolphins’ mascot goes missing, the team hires Ace to solve the crime. But when Dolphins players start getting kidnapped, too, the case becomes far more pressing, leading many to loathe the involvement of the wacky pet detective. But working in close tandem with Dolphins rep Melissa Robinson (Courteney Cox), Ace soon starts to unravel a sort-of vast conspiracy.

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 …

Date Night (2010)

Date Night
56 %
pg-13 97m
Genre Comedy, Action, Adventure
Stars Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg
Directed by Shawn Levy
Steve Carell and Tina Fey sure are a cute couple, aren’t they? And yet Date Night depicts Phil (Carell) and Claire Foster (Fey) as a married couple whose union is getting stale. To spice up their sex life, the Fosters impulsively steal a reservation at an expensive restaurant. This leads to an unfortunate case of mistaken identity as corrupt cops come to believe that the Fosters are actually the Tripplehorns, a couple who has stolen a critical thumb drive from a mobster, Joe Miletto (Ray Liotta). To save their own lives, Phil and Claire race to find the Fosters and stay one step ahead of the people trying to kill them.

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.

My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

My Best Friend's Wedding
50 %
pg-13 105m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz
Directed by P.J. Hogan
How beloved was Julia Roberts in the ‘90s? So much so that she could get away with playing the villain in My Best Friend’s Wedding, and she still got treated like the film’s heroine! To a certain extent, it’s easy to understand why Julianne Potter (Roberts) feels so desperate. She’s waited too long to pursue a romance with her best friend, Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney). Just as Michael is about to marry Kimberly “Kimmy” Wallace (Cameron Diaz), Julianne hatches a plot to break them up so she can have Michael for herself.

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.

Tragedy Girls (2017)

Tragedy Girls
58 %
r 98m
Genre Horror, Comedy
Stars Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandra Shipp, Jack Quaid
Directed by Tyler MacIntyre
How far would you go for fame in the age of social media? In Tragedy Girls, McKayla Hooper (Alexandra Shipp) and Sadie Cunningham (Brianna Hildebrand) are the co-writers and co-owners of a true-crime blog that is hurting for followers. So much so that the girls actually catch a serial killer, Lowell Orson Lehmann (Kevin Durand), and decide to continue the killings themselves just to drive up their readership. Unfortunately for the duo, their initial kills don’t attract the kind of attention that they want. They also find themselves going up against local firefighter, Albert “Big Al” Hill (Craig Robinson), as well as Sheriff Blane Welch (Timothy V. Murphy). And when things get tough, these girls come out stabbing.

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.

Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)

Bill & Ted Face the Music
65 %
pg-13 92m
Genre Comedy, Science Fiction, Adventure
Stars Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal
Directed by Dean Parisot
Thirty years after their excellent adventure, Bill and Ted (Keanu Reeves and Alex Winters) are back to save the world once again! When the ruler for the future tells Bill and Ted they must compose a new song to save life on Earth, the Wyld Stallyns reunite for the good of humankind. But … they’re still kinda lazy. So instead of writing it, they decide to travel through time to steal it from their older selves. Meanwhile, their daughters devise their own musical scheme to help their fathers on the adventure.

Dear White People (2014)

Dear White People
79 %
r 108m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Marque Richardson
Directed by Justin Simien
This provocative comedy about being Black in a white world centers around a college campus culture war. When the staff of a humor magazine stages an offensive Halloween party, the school is torn asunder into a mosaic of infuriated backlash, well-intentioned handwringing, and whataboutism that elegantly showcases the disappointing and frustrating spinning-in-place of the fight for social justice in America. It’s a heavy topic discussed with a light stroke and caustic satire.

Colossal (2017)

70 %
r 109m
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Stars Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson
Directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Anne Hathaway is a giant monster in Colossal. That’s not an exaggeration. Hathaway plays Gloria, a woman who is really hitting a rough patch in her life. Gloria moves back to her hometown and works in a bar despite struggling with alcoholism. Somehow, during her blackout periods, Gloria manifests a giant monster in South Korea. Once she accepts that this is really happening, Gloria realizes that she can control the monster, especially if she cleans up her life. Unfortunately for Gloria, she’s not the only one manifesting monsters on the other side of the world. And her life is only going to get more complicated.

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

I Love You Phillip Morris
65 %
r 98m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann
Directed by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Jim Carrey delivers one of his best performances as Steven Russell, a man’s man who becomes a cop, gets married, and starts a family, as is expected of him. But after a terrible car accident, he realizes it’s finally time to come out of the closet and be true to himself. So he moves to Florida and finances a lavish lifestyle with bad checks and credit cards before winding up in prison. There, he meets Phillip (Ewan McGregor), a quiet inmate who quickly becomes the love of Steven’s life. Determined to build the perfect life with Phillip, Steven immediately embarks on another crime spree.

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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