Sure, cracking jokes with buddies is a great way to reap the benefits of laughter during a workout. But what if you’re exercising alone? Lots of guys like to blast <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/leisure/entertainment/best-workout-songs-decade" target="_blank">upbeat music</a> during solo cardio or lifting, but if you’re getting sick of Eminem and T-Pain, download a comedy album.
Listening to jokes instead of beats may have a different effect on your routine at first, but the positive vibe of funny track after funny track can do wonders for your attitude, mental focus, and body. Here are our favorite <a href="mensfitness.com/leisure/entertainment/5-best-comedy-albums-for-your-workout-playlist-0?page=2" target="_blank">comedy</a> classics from the past 30 years to get you laughing your way to better abs. Really.
[see: <a href="mensfitness.com/training/endurance/5-ways-laughter-can-enhance-your-workout" target="_blank">5 Ways Laughter Can Enhance Your Workout</a>]</p>
Eddie Murphy—Comedian (1983)
One of the original, foul-mouthed bad boys of comedy, Murphy is known for two popular comedy films, <em>Delirious</em> and <em>Raw</em> (can’t forget those leather jumpsuits). It was his breakthrough album <strong><em>Comedian</em></strong>, however, that is considered Murphy’s best work.
<strong>Best Laugh Tracks:</strong> Ice Cream Man/Shoe Throwin’ Mothers, The Fart Game
Mitch Hedberg—Mitch All Together (2003)
If you’re a simple man who prefers witty one-liners over anecdotes and social commentary, no one did it better in the past 20 years than the late, great Mitch Hedberg. On his second album, <strong><em>Mitch All Together</em></strong>, Hedberg tackles everything from the uselessness of sesame seeds to the absurdity of three easy payments. (How about one really “complicated payment”?)
<strong>Best Laugh Tracks:</strong> Candy Bars, Business Cards
Chris Rock—Bigger and Blacker (1999)
One of the many comedians to be influenced by Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock was the premier stand-up act of the 90s. In 1999, he released his magnum opus (fancy talk for greatest work), <strong><em>Bigger and Blacker</em></strong>, which includes stand-up bits from his HBO special of the same name, as well as studio recorded songs and skits.
<strong>Best Laugh Tracks:</strong> No Sex (In the Champagne Room), Women
Patton Oswald—Werewolves and Lollipops (2007)
For the nerdy fanboy out there, Patton Oswalt has made a living the past 10 years off a rather verbose, somewhat abrasive brand of sci-fi fueled humor. He rants about everything from George Lucas’ crimes against the <em>Star Wars</em> franchise to Middle America’s startling fascination with Cirque du Soleil. His second (and best) album, <em><strong>Werewolves and Lollipops</em></strong> also includes his classic opening on KFC’s calorie clogged Famous Bowl, which he refers to as a “failure pile in a sadness bowl.”
<strong>Best Laugh Tracks:</strong> America Has Spoken, The Best Baby in the Universe
John Mulaney—New in Town (2012)
Arguably the best comedy album of 2012, <strong><em>New in Town</strong></em> is the sophomore effort from John Mulaney, a contributing writer to <em>Saturday Night Live</em> who is obsessed with <em>Law & Order</em>. A modern day Seinfeld, thanks to his clean style and keen observational humor, Mulaney muses about his awkward childhood up to his adult life in New York City. The album concludes with an epically good recount of a time Mulaney tried to get Xanax prescribed by his doctor.
<strong>Best Laugh Tracks:</strong> Old Murders, The Xanax Story