Woody Allen has been a master comic filmmaker for decades, with 'Annie Hall,' 'Bananas' and 'Sleeper' longtime entries into the comedy film canon. For years, though, prior to his first film --1966's Japanese spy movie send-up 'What's Up, Tiger Lily?,' -- Allen could be found plying his stand-up in small clubs across the country.

'Standup Comic,' the compilation of Allen's mid-1960s material that provides the bulk of the below clips, has since become a comedy album classic. Allen spoke to Moviefone recently about his latest film 'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,' but we thought it'd be a good time to look back on some of the bits that made Allen who he is today. h3>

The Moose Arguably Allen's most popular bit from his early days involves shooting a moose, Halloween costumes and mistaken identity.


Allen discusses his bad luck in Vegas before effortlessly segueing into a ill-fated female conquest.


Allen takes candy from strangers and ends up the victim of a botched kidnapping.

Oral Contraception

The best delayed laughter joke ever.

The Great Renaldo

What starts as a late-night viewing of a hypnotist turns into Allen running down the streets in red flannel underwear.


Allen takes on a bully and fails.

My Grandfather

Allen's obsession with mortality and dying goes back to his stand-up days.

Down South

Unsurprisingly, being a sarcastic, neurotic New York Jew doesn't go over well at a Klan rally.

Second Marriage

Allen's astute, poignant take on relationships exhibited in 'Annie Hall,' 'Manhattan' and others find their roots here.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
R 2010
Based on 28 critics

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