There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to Thanksgiving. Between the food, the family, the travel, and the chaos that can ensue when you combine all those elements. So naturally, it would make sense that the holiday would make for some good stand-up material.
In honor of the holiday, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the best stand-up routines centered around all things turkey day.
Tracy Morgan – Surviving the Craziest Thanksgiving Ever
Let’s face it. Thanksgiving is different for everyone. Here, Tracy Morgan talks about his experience between what Thanksgiving is like living in the suburbs versus what it was like where he grew up. The animation really helps drive it home.
Bill Burr – Thanksgiving Pie
This is something a lot of us can relate to: Regretting signing up for something. In Bill Burr’s case, it was agreeing to make a pie for Thanksgiving. It got to the point where he contemplated putting his head through a glass table just to get out of it. We’ve all been there!
Bernie Mac – Aunt’s Thanksgiving
We all have that one relative who is a terrible cook. (Or maybe that’s you). Bernie Mac points out that his aunt is that person in their family. And yet, every year, Thanksgiving is always at her house.
Lewis Black – Too Much Food
Every year, it’s the same thing. Lewis Black has figured out why people keep getting fat: Thanksgiving. Every year, you eat way more food than you actually need. We definitely see the cycle.
Todd Barry – Sleepy
Todd Barry doesn’t want to hear about how Thanksgiving makes you sleepy. He’s sick of it. And you wanna know what makes him sleepy? Hearing about your Thanksgiving.
Jerry Seinfeld – Thanksgiving Monologue
Back in 2018, Jerry Seinfeld took over monologue duties from Jimmy Fallon for the Thanksgiving episode. In the monologue, he talks about why the audience is the perfect Thanksgiving guest, the Macy’s parade, and tiny turkeys.
Greg Proops – The Truth About the Pilgrims
We all got fed the same story about the pilgrims when we were kids. Well, Greg Proops isn’t buying it. In fact, he has his own theory on what really happened.
George Carlin – Thanksgiving 1986
Ahead of Thanksgiving 1986, George Carlin appeared on The Tonight Show. He started off his set talking about not having turkey that year, but instead offering up an alternative. Note – His alternatives are still not vegan friendly.
Jim Gaffigan – Thanksgiving Traditions
When we think of a comedian who would be most likely to comment on Thanksgiving, Jim Gaffigan is the first name to pop into our head. In this brief clip, he talks about the only true Thanksgiving tradition: Overeating.
Patti Harrison – Trump’s Thanksgiving Plans
Comedian Patti Harrison went on The Tonight Show to talk about what Thanksgiving is like for the Trump family. She discussed seating arrangements, their religious habits, desert, and how the night ends.
Sarah Silverman – Picking Out a Turkey
When Sarah Silverman was 6 years old, her dad brought her with to pick out a turkey. And after she picked out her favorite live turkey at the farm that day, we can all see where this is going, right?
Redd Foxx – If the pilgrims had shot bobcats
This one-liner is definitely on brand for the likes of Redd Foxx. It’s short, simple, but definitely still hilarious. And it dares to ask the question “What if??”
Norm Macdonald – Thanksgiving List
Norm Macdonald makes a Thanksgiving list every year of what he’s thankful for. And this time around, he decided to share it with Dennis Miller when he called into the Dennis Miller Show. Things he’s thankful for include ladies who leave pies on windowsills, the one child he likes, and turning his audience into a mob.