You can’t list the five best indie comedies without clarifying what “indie” means. Back when the big six studios were the undisputed kings of the box office, any film made without substantial assistance from one of them was considered independent—no question about it. But today “outside” production companies have the ability to provide resources, distribution and funding on par with the majors. Could anyone call a film with a $100 million budget “indie” with a straight face? These five comedies, produced outside the studio system on budgets of less than $10 million, can rest assured their indie cred will not be disputed.