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The best stand-up comedy on Netflix right now

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There’s something intimate about going to a rundown comedy club to hear stand-up veterans and newcomers share their perspective and their unique sense of humor. And while comedy clubs are still alive in the post-pandemic era, Netflix gives comedy fans a lot of specials that recreate the sensation of being in the crowd for some of these shows. Watching these comedy specials on Netflix also gives viewers at home a better seat than most of the people who were there live.

The most recent Netflix comedy special, Jack Whitehall: Settle Down, brings Whitehall back to the forefront for his take on domestic partnership and parenthood. And if you happened to miss 2023’s late releases, both Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais have comedy specials that you may want to catch up on. There are more new stand-up specials coming to Netflix soon, but everything listed below are among the best stand-up comedy on Netflix right now.

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Jack Whitehall: Settle Down (2024) new

Jack Whitehall: Settle Down
Jack Whitehall: Settle Down

Imdb: 6.8/10

r 65m

Genre Comedy

Stars Jack Whitehall

Directed by Chris Howe

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watch on Netflix

Jack Whitehall is back on Netflix with his special, Jack Whitehall: Settle Down, and it’s like he never left at all. Whitehall’s hair may be longer, and he may be more domesticated, but he’s still largely the same guy at heart. He’s also somewhat miffed that he’s not quite famous enough to be touted by his former school and yet somehow famous enough to be linked to someone truly heinous.

Much of the material focuses on Whitehall’s family life, including getting a dog, having a kid, and realizing that he can never watch a Leonardo DiCaprio film (like Killers of the Flower Moon) again.

Sit Down with Stand Up Udom Taephanich (2024) new

Sit Down with Stand Up Udom Taephanich
Sit Down with Stand Up Udom Taephanich

Imdb: 6.8/10

124m

Genre Comedy

Stars Udom Taephanich, Yuthana Boonorm

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watch on Netflix

Sit Down with Stand Up Udom Taephanich is a bit unusual in that it is a stand up special, and yet also a talk show. Udom Taephanich is a famous comedian from Thailand, and for this event, he sits down for an extended interview with Yutthana Boonaom while sharing stories from his life and his decades in Thailand’s stand-up comedy scene. Taephanich may not be as famous in America as he is in his homeland, but comedy lovers should still be interested in hearing his perspective in this format.

Dave Chappelle: The Dreamer (2023) new

Dave Chappelle: The Dreamer
Dave Chappelle: The Dreamer

Imdb: 7.0/10

r 57m

Genre Comedy

Stars Dave Chappelle

Directed by Stan Lathan

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watch on Netflix

Dave Chappelle is arguably the biggest stand up comedian in the world, and he can still pack in the huge crowds as he does for Dave Chappelle: The Dreamer. There are very long stretches of self-indulgent stories in this special that are punctuated with a truly hilarious encounter with Jim Carrey and Chappelle’s reaction to the Chris Rock and Will Smith Oscar slap controversy. But Chappelle always seems to go back to the well with trans jokes way too many times. Chappelle even says in the special that he loves punching down, and he’s not lying.

Ricky Gervais: Armageddon (2023) new

Ricky Gervais: Armageddon
Ricky Gervais: Armageddon

Imdb: 7.0/10

r 63m

Genre Comedy

Stars Ricky Gervais

Directed by John L. Spencer

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watch on Netflix

As the former star of the original U.K. version of The Office and a stand up legend in his own right, Ricky Gervais’ comedy legacy is largely secure. But Ricky Gervais: Armageddon is far from the comedian’s best material. There’s so much grievance comedy, especially against LGBT people, that it seems like Gervais should go on the road with Dave Chappelle.

This special only really comes to life when Gervais actually addresses Armageddon and shares his belief about how the world will end. That’s the stuff worth watching the special for, and the rest is hit or miss as Gervais fails to realize that he’s a bigger snowflake than the people he’s ridiculing.

Trevor Noah: Where Was I (2023)

Trevor Noah: Where Was I
Trevor Noah: Where Was I

Imdb: 6.6/10

pg-13 68m

Genre Comedy, Documentary

Stars Trevor Noah

Directed by David Paul Meyer

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watch on Netflix

As is wont, Trevor Noah takes a worldly view of the United States in his stand-up special that arrived towards the end of 2023. Noah is insightful as always, leaning on learnings from Europe to inform his takes, which are always nuanced and honest. There’s also a phenomenal payoff at the end of the special for patient fans of the South African comedian.

Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool (2023)

Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool
Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool

Imdb: 7.4/10

pg-13 78m

Genre Comedy

Stars Mike Birbiglia

Directed by Seth Barrish

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watch on Netflix

Mike Birbiglia’s one-man show adds to his vast Netflix library. This was one of the top sets of 2023, with Birbiglia delivering deep and profound messages in a style that can wring out the laughter from the most heavy subject matter. It’s a must stream.

Verified Stand-Up (2023)

Verified Stand-Up
Verified Stand-Up

Imdb: 4.7/10

1 Season

Genre Comedy

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watch on Netflix

Instead of sitting through an hour set, sit through two episodes worth of quick, 15-minute sets from comedians trying to make the leap to a higher status. Some of the comics, including The Daily Show correspondent Dulce Sloan, are names that might have some traction. Most of these comics are little known as they take the stage at Webster Hall, though, creating an opportunity to find your next favorite jokester.

Matt Rife: Natural Selection (2023)

Matt Rife: Natural Selection
Matt Rife: Natural Selection

Imdb: 5.0/10

r 64m

Genre Comedy

Stars Matt Rife

Directed by Erik Griffin

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watch on Netflix

Matt Rife is already a major comedian on Instagram and TikTok, but Natural Selection was a new avenue for him to gain notice. Some will take issue with the way he goes about that in this special, particularly a domestic violence joke that garnered criticism (and led Rife to double down). Rife is a hot commodity and a debate topic throughout the stand-up circuit and this special shows off his shtick, warts and all.

Ralph Barbosa: Cowabunga (2023)

Ralph Barbosa: Cowabunga
Ralph Barbosa: Cowabunga

Imdb: 7.2/10

64m

Genre Comedy

Stars Ralph Barbosa

Directed by Eric Adams

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watch on Netflix

Ralph Barbosa is a rising star in stand-up comedy; Cowabunga reinforces that notion. There’s something innocent in the way he addresses topics like his grandparents, the vision of his dream girl, and his ability to cut hair. During the special, he discusses what it means to be cool — and his journey to the stand-up stage is the epitome of cool.

Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American (2021)

Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American
Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American

Imdb: 7.3/10

pg 61m

Genre Comedy

Stars Nate Bargatze

Directed by Troy Miller

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watch on Netflix

This was one of the first great pandemic stand-up specials, demonstrating how the genre would continue on, even when the world around it stopped. Bargatze is willing to lean into the madness, both in his jokes and in the way helicopters interrupted his set. Bargatze is a comic finding his stride in this performance.

Pete Holmes: I Am Not for Everyone (2023)

Pete Holmes: I Am Not for Everyone
Pete Holmes: I Am Not for Everyone

65m

Genre Comedy

Stars Pete Holmes

Directed by Oren Brimer

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watch on Netflix

Pete Holmes’ winding career takes him back to the stand-up stage in I Am Not for Everyone. He embraces that truism with plenty of crude, particularly in the category everyone knows too well: dad jokes. Holmes’ awkward inappropriateness really isn’t for everyone, but it could definitely be for you.

Beth Stelling: If You Didn't Want Me Then (2023)

Beth Stelling: If You Didn't Want Me Then
Beth Stelling: If You Didn't Want Me Then

Imdb: 6.3/10

59m

Genre Comedy

Stars Beth Stelling

Directed by Mo Welch

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watch on Netflix

Beth Stelling is a comedian on the rise. In If You Didn’t Want Me Then, Stelling returns to her hometown of Dayton to tell jokes that are both uproarious and personable, detailing her childhood and how it continues to impact her life today. Parts of the set are heavy, but it’s definitely worth the watch.

Michelle Wolf: It's Great to Be Here (2023)

Michelle Wolf: It's Great to Be Here
Michelle Wolf: It's Great to Be Here

tv-ma 1 Season

Genre Comedy

Cast Michelle Wolf

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Michelle Wolf peaked in notoriety when she took on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner during Donald Trump’s presidency. She’s back on the stand-up stage with It’s Great to Be Here, a comedy special that unfolds over three episodes and five segments at multiple locations. Despite being broken up, the series breaks down to a breezy 77 minutes as Wolf tackles significant topics, including white womanhood.

Shane Gillis: Beautiful Dogs (2023)

Shane Gillis: Beautiful Dogs
Shane Gillis: Beautiful Dogs

52m

Genre Comedy

Stars Shane Gillis

Directed by John McKeever

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watch on Netflix

Beautiful Dogs marks the Netflix stand-up debut of Shane Gillis, known for his presence on YouTube and a role in the Peacock comedy, Bupkis. Topics from Gillis’ big Netflix premiere include being bullied by an interesting character from across the Pacific Ocean, as well as the depths of despair that come from dating someone whose ex is a Navy SEAL.

Tom Segura: Sledgehammer (2023)

Tom Segura: Sledgehammer
Tom Segura: Sledgehammer

Imdb: 7.1/10

r 61m

Genre Comedy

Stars Tom Segura

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watch on Netflix

Any celebration going forward could easily feature Tom Segura. His fifth special for Netflix, is Sledgehammer. Taped at a sold-out show in Phoenix, Segura says what everyone likely thinks about raising a couple of sons and talks a lot about one of Hollywood’s leading men, Brad Pitt (Bullet Train).

Amy Schumer: Emergency Contact (2023)

Imdb: 5.6/10

51m

Genre Comedy

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watch on Netflix

Filmed at the Orpheum Theater, Emergency Contact is Schumer’s first stand-up special since prior to the pandemic, and third overall on Netflix. She’s dabbled in some other things, including her own Hulu series, Life and Beth, so it’s good to see the comedian return to her roots. Topics included postpartum sex and chewable Viagra; the title is almost certainly a reference to her partner, Chris Fischer.

Hannah Gadsby: Something Special (2023)

Hannah Gadsby: Something Special
Hannah Gadsby: Something Special

Imdb: 6.6/10

74m

Genre Comedy

Stars Hannah Gadsby

Directed by Jenney Shamash

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watch on Netflix

Hannah Gadsby graces the Netflix stand-up stage for the third time, this time coming from the famed Sydney Opera House in Australia. Gadsby’s first special became a phenomenon, while the second was strong as well. The third delivered more strong content while uplifting audiences. Topics included marriage proposals, wedding cakes, and bunnies.

Wanda Sykes: I’m An Entertainer (2023)

Imdb: 7.2/10

60m

Genre Comedy

Stars Wanda Sykes

Directed by Linda Mendoza

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watch on Netflix

The comedy legend returned with I’m An Entertainer, which premiered on the service in May 2023. The hour-long special, Sykes’ second on Netflix, saw her discuss co-parenting with her French wife and the tragedy that is the public bathroom.

John Mulaney: Baby J (2023)

John Mulaney: Baby J
John Mulaney: Baby J

Imdb: 7.5/10

Genre Comedy

Stars John Mulaney

Directed by Alex Timbers

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watch on Netflix

Netflix favorite John Mulaney returned to the stand-up stage after a hiatus, but his life is much different than the last time he graced the stand-up stage for the streamer. He is now the father to a child with actress Olivia Munn, likely the source of the special’s title, Baby J. Plus, he’s been in treatment for cocaine addiction.

Chris Rock: Selective Outrage (2023)

Chris Rock: Selective Outrage
Chris Rock: Selective Outrage

Imdb: 6.8/10

Genre Comedy

Stars Chris Rock

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watch on Netflix

There’s not much to say about Selective Outrage after its premiere. Why? It was the Chris Rock experience at its purest. It was Netflix’s first global live-streaming event. Unsurprisingly, he tackled his feelings about Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith in his first major event since last year’s Oscars, when Smith infamously hit the comedian across the face on national television. The special, filmed in Baltimore, follows Rock’s previous popular Netflix special, Tamborine.

Chelsea Handler: Revolution (2022)

Chelsea Handler: Revolution
Chelsea Handler: Revolution

Imdb: 6.0/10

77m

Genre Comedy

Stars Chelsea Handler

Directed by Jo Koy

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watch on Netflix

After dropping Evolution on HBO in 2020, Chelsea Handler took things a step further with Revolution. Directed by comedian Jo Koy, Handler’s special dives into personal topics like dating during the pandemic and choosing not to bring a child into the world. She also hops on her soapbox regarding an important topic: why men shouldn’t wear flip-flops. Handler has a long history with Netflix, including a talk show for the streaming service.

Nick Kroll: Little Big Boy (2022)

Nick Kroll: Little Big Boy
Nick Kroll: Little Big Boy

Imdb: 6.7/10

60m

Genre Comedy

Stars Nick Kroll

Directed by Bill Benz

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watch on Netflix

Nick Kroll took just enough time off from making uproarious Big Mouth episodes to film a stand-up special for Netflix. In Little Big Boy — a title that also describes the essence of his animated show — Kroll touches on heartbreak, hypnosis, and getting his start in comedy. This is Kroll’s first special for Netflix and his first stand-up special in more than a decade.

Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special (2022)

Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special
Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special

Imdb: 7.5/10

86m

Genre Comedy, Documentary

Stars Norm Macdonald, Adam Sandler, Conan O'Brien

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watch on Netflix

Norm Macdonald tragically passed in September 2021, but he had one more gift for his fans. Nothing Special, released posthumously, shows the comic performing a set by himself in his living room during the height of the pandemic. Self-taped, the special hits on the same smart witticisms Macdonald became known for during his career. The special also includes a featurette of comedians paying tribute to Macdonald and his legacy. Participants include Adam Sandler, Conan O’Brien, and David Letterman.

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Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018)

Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh
Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh

Imdb: 7.5/10

r 73m

Genre Comedy, Music

Stars Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Dan Bulla

Directed by Steven Brill

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watch on Netflix

Adam Sandler is most known for his movie career, but he has tried dabbling in stand-up comedy as well. In his 2018 special 100% Fresh, Sandler reemerges from a stand-up hibernation with earnest and hilarious songs, connecting fairly easily to his audience. Sandler rocks out on the guitar but doesn’t take on the aura of an out-of-touch rockstar, instead showing a form of humility and honesty as he copes with getting older and coming to terms with the mortality of comedians. Some have declared the special one of Sandler’s, funniest and it’s hard to disagree.

Jim Gaffigan: Comedy Monster (2021)

Jim Gaffigan: Comedy Monster
Jim Gaffigan: Comedy Monster

Imdb: 6.9/10

70m

Genre Comedy

Stars Jim Gaffigan

Directed by Jim Gaffigan

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watch on Netflix

Jim Gaffigan’s trademark style is back on the stage in Comedy Monster. This was the comedian’s first stand-up special of 2021 and the ninth of his prolific career. His observational style is also unique in that he avoids cursing in most of his storytelling. This special covered the year that was, as well as the seemingly never-ending appetite for billionaires to launch themselves into space. Gaffigan has scored numerous Grammy nominations for his comedy albums en route to becoming one of the more popular comedians of his generation.

Katherine Ryan: In Trouble (2017)

Katherine Ryan: In Trouble | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Imdb: 7.0/10

63m

Genre Comedy

Stars Katherine Ryan

Directed by Colin Dench

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watch on Netflix

In Trouble features Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan expounding on some dark topics and doing so in a tight set that never slows down. Her range is strong, jumping through topics from aging all the way to the popularity of Taylor Swift. She can be raunchy and cheeky but also tackles heavy subjects such as Donald Trump, showing no problem eviscerating the then-recently elected president (this was filmed in 2017).

Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (2019)

Imdb: 7.5/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Seth Meyers

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watch on Netflix

The former Weekend Update host and late-night talking head emerges from behind his desk to tell stories about his life, such as the time his wife had a baby in a lobby (as everyone does at one point in life). Meyers is on his A-game when talking about current events and politics, the bread-and-butter of his television stints. But Lobby Baby demonstrates another side of the comedian, one that is flawed and human and family-oriented, things that are tougher to see in his day-to-day gigs. Obviously, there’s still plenty of talk about politics, and this came out in 2019 when Donald Trump was president, but there’s a pretty clever way to skip ahead if you’re not interested in that part of the special.

James Acaster: Repertoire (2018)

Imdb: 8.5/10

tv-14

Genre Comedy

Cast James Acaster

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watch on Netflix

James Acaster’s four-part collection of stand-up routines was released to Netflix back in 2018. Since then, it has drawn comparisons with Bo Burnham’s nominal special, Inside. In Repertoire, the audience isn’t always in on the joke. Acaster seems to be speaking in traditional stand-up prose for the most part, but he is doing it in all sorts of unconventional ways, beginning the first show on his knees with no explanation for several minutes. His act can feel emotional at times and cerebral at others, simultaneously keeping audiences at a distance and inviting them deep into a psyche. Put simply, it’s a different type of stand-up, one that is becoming more mainstream.

Michael Che Matters (2016)

Imdb: 7.2/10

tv-ma

Genre Comedy

Cast Michael Che

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watch on Netflix

Michael Che’s star rose on Saturday Night Live, but like much of the show’s cast, he’s cut his teeth on the stand-up circuit. In Michael Che Matters, Che addresses many subjects, many echoing the matter broadcast during his Weekend Updates segments. In November 2016, Che inevitably talked about Donald Trump, but he also talked about gun control, homophobia, and racism, giving takes that still feel relevant. The best part is Che’s delivery, which is never meant to shock the audience. Instead, it’s all about getting on his relatively calm wavelength, allowing the comedy and insights to land at a much more level decibel.

Bo Burnham: Inside (2021)

Bo Burnham: Inside
Bo Burnham: Inside

Metacritic: 98 %

Imdb: 8.7/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Bo Burnham

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watch on Netflix

It’s tough to find anything to which you can compare Bo Burnham: Inside. Burnham recorded the special in his home during the COVID-19 pandemic — without a crew or an audience — over the course of a year. Along with hilarious sketches about things like reaction videos and video game streaming, Inside is filled with Burnham’s original songs. At first, songs of pure comedy like FaceTime with My Mom (Tonight) are interspersed with more biting satires like How the World Works, but as the year and special progress — and Burnham goes from slightly shaggy to full-on mountain-man — things get increasingly darker until the comedian will sing something like “it’ll be over soon,” and you’re not sure if he’s talking about the pandemic, the world, or both.

Pete Davidson: Alive from New York (2020)

Pete Davidson: Alive From New York | Official Trailer | Netflix Standup Comedy Special

Metacritic: 52 %

Imdb: 6.1/10

tv-ma

Genre Comedy

Cast Pete Davidson

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watch on Netflix

Pete Davidson has drawn more scrutiny and interest than most Saturday Night Live cast members. In Alive from New York, Davidson dishes on some of the hot gossip around his life, beginning the stand-up set by explaining his public feud with disgraced comedian Louis C.K. Part jokes, part real-life introspection, Davidson’s special doesn’t shy away from the controversies he’s been swept up in. The comedian stirs the pot around jokes he made on SNL about figures such as Congressman Dan Crenshaw and pop superstar Ariana Grande, with whom Davidson formerly shared a much-publicized relationship. It’s relatively brief at 49 minutes, suggesting Davidson is only scratching the surface as a comic.

John Mulaney: New in Town (2012)

John Mulaney: New in Town
John Mulaney: New in Town

Imdb: 8.3/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast John Mulaney

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watch on Netflix

John Mulaney is now accepted as one of the greatest stand-up comics of a generation. Before then, however, he was just New in Town — well, not really. Mulaney’s first true stand-up special was filmed in 2012 when he was still perfecting his idiosyncratic style. This special doesn’t quite hit the same highs as future specials, but there are still jokes that hold up perfectly upon each rewatch, well after the special first aired. Two particular gems in this special involve Ice-T’s memorable turn on Law & Order: SVU as well as a pitch-perfect delivery about a homeless person Mulaney once ran into on the streets of New York City.

Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given (2020)

Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given
Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given

Imdb: 6.0/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Kevin Hart

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watch on Netflix

Kevin Hart’s COVID-era special recorded in his own home with the comedian performing in his pajamas has a pretty misleading title. The title Zero F**ks Given braces you for an hour of no-holds-barred ranting, but that isn’t what you get. While Hart is no less free with obscenities than usual, Zero F**ks is an impressively funny and surprisingly introspective comedy special. Much of it revolves around Hart coming to terms not only with the pitfalls of fame but with how it’s changed him. He explores his own ups and downs as a celebrity with hilarious stories about being filmed in fast-food parking lots, his short and fruitless boxing career, and having pizza with Jerry Seinfeld.

Marc Maron: End Times Fun (2020)

Marc Maron: End Times Fun | Official Trailer | Netflix Stand-Up Comedy Special

Imdb: 6.8/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Marc Maron

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watch on Netflix

Everybody’s favorite podcasting middle-aged cynic, Marc Maron, takes his trademark bleak attitude toward everything to Netflix in this suitably titled special. Maron discusses vitamin hustlers, evangelicals, grown male nerd children, and many more harbingers of the end times as he weaves his way toward a truly climactic secret apocalyptic fantasy.

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018)

Imdb: 8.2/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Hannah Gadsby

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watch on Netflix

Widely regarded as one of the most groundbreaking, unique, and powerful stand-up specials of a generation, Australian comic Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette deconstructs the very nature of stand-up comedy and the human experience. Originally planned as Gadsby’s final stand-up show (although the comedian ended up launching Douglas in 2019 after Nanette’s wild success), Nanette is as hysterically funny as it is emotionally raw. The special debuted on Netflix in June 2018 to critical acclaim and almost immediately inspired countless think pieces celebrating Gadsby’s surprisingly layered exploration of LGBTQ issues, gender, mental health, and even art history. The brilliance of Nanette is best understood when you go into it without knowing too much about how the special unfolds, so we’ll leave it at that and hope to see you on the other side.

Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado (2016)

Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado
Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado

Imdb: 6.6/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Hannibal Buress

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watch on Netflix

Hannibal Buress was already relatively famous when the Bill Cosby scandal broke. When it came out that Buress had already called Cosby out for sweeping his sexual assault allegations under the rug in a previous comedy special, his popularity exploded. In Comedy Camisado, Buress addresses the fallout from his Cosby routine in his customarily sly, dry way. He also delves into zipper etiquette and the legacy of steroids — important topics for everyone to consider.

Eric Andre: Legalize Everything (2020)

Imdb: 6.2/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Eric André

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Eric Andre is well-known for pushing the envelope in ways both provocative and inane. When he takes the stage in New Orleans in this comedy special, Andre brings his textbook energy and shamelessness to new heights. Tackling everything from flawed fast-food icons to the bizarre choice of the Cops theme song, Andre takes a more political note, striking at commercialism and a broken society in Legalize Everything.

Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019)

Imdb: 8.2/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Bill Burr

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watch on Netflix

Bill Burr has never been called “subtle,” and it’s extremely clear why in this Netflix special filmed in front of a full house at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In this raucous, scathing special, Burr complains about Michelle Obama’s book tour, takes on male feminists, explores his hang-ups on taking baths, and explains why his personality may very well destroy his marriage.

Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis (2020)

Imdb: 7.4/10

tv-14

Genre Comedy

Cast Taylor Tomlinson

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watch on Netflix

Taylor Tomlinson followed up her Netflix debut on The Comedy Lineup Part 1 with her first dedicated Netflix special just two years later. By this point of her career, Tomlinson had accomplished much more than many other comedians, and she learned many, many lessons in that quarter decade — most notably that the 20s are far from “the best years of your life” like everybody keeps telling her they are. Tomlinson talks about working on herself, realistic relationship goals, and all those other millennial buzz topics with a caustic wit that shows her to be one of the great voices of reason in comedy.

Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019)

Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah | Official Trailer | Netflix

Imdb: 6.2/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Tiffany Haddish

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watch on Netflix

Tiffany Haddish has become such a full-fledged movie star at this point that it’s easy to forget that she cut her teeth in stand-up for more than a decade before hitting the big time. In her first Netflix comedy special, which, again, is crazy considering how long she’s been doing this, she shows why her star took off so suddenly once she finally got the recognition she deserved. Exploring the eccentricities of being a Black Jewish woman and her uncomfortable relationship with fame, Haddish is delightful, relatable, and, of course, hilarious in this special.

Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial (2018)

Iliza: Elder Millennial | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Imdb: 7.2/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Iliza Shlesinger

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Iliza Shlesinger has long been a Netflix stand-up stalwart, with numerous specials (Freezing Hot, War Paint, Confirmed Kills, etc.) and a sketch show, but Elder Millennial is her masterpiece. Taking aim at her own generation as well as every other one, Elder Millennial feels strangely like listening to your grandmother on her annual Thanksgiving tirade. Yet Shlesinger is infinitely more charming than your grandmother — no offense. Nailing everything from dating, sex, and the double standards and hypocrisy that pervade our society’s every interaction and government’s operation, Shlesinger walks a tightrope of wisdom and purposeful naivete. She’s an elder millennial with much to learn but she also knows how to tell it how she sees it.

Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019)

Dave Chappelle Netflix Standup Comedy Special Trailer | Sticks & Stones

Imdb: 8.5/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Dave Chappelle

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Dave Chappelle’s long-awaited return to stand-up specials did not disappoint in the slightest. With his characteristically caustic wit and self-referential humor, Chappelle struts into the special like Tom Cruise in Top Gun, an action hero who returned to glory after a self-imposed hiatus. The guy left on top, he’s returning on top. Of course, times have changed since the final episode of Chappelle’s Show aired in 2006, and Chappelle’s famous impressions of people of different races and unfiltered opinions on race relations in the U.S. (the Jussie Smollett incident, for one) haven’t aged well for all. That’s likely why critics widely panned the special. Audiences and die-hard Chappelle fans, however, loved it because Chappelle has refused to change with the times, even if that means living a few steps over the line. If you like Chappelle, you’ll love Sticks & Stones.

Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! (2019)

Ronny Chieng Netflix Standup Comedy Special | Asian Comedian Destroys America! Trailer

Imdb: 7.4/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Ronny Chieng

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watch on Netflix

Capitalizing on American hysteria over … well, everything, and Americans’ exceptionalist attitude toward … well, everything, Chieng has some good-natured fun with cultural differences between people. Chieng worked as a Daily Show correspondent who was born in Malaysia, was raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Singapore, and attended the University of Melbourne. He has been around, seen the world, and actively engaged with it, and it shows in his stand-up.

Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It? (2019)

Imdb: 6.5/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Whitney Cummings

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By her own admission, Whitney Cummings has evolved. “Generalizing about men and women paid for my house,” Cummings notes, referring to her sitcoms, 2 Broke Girls, which she produced, and her short-lived starring vehicle Whitney. That was the old Cummings. While Can I Touch It? tackles similar material, it does so with more nuance and self-reflection than Cummings’ past work. Not that the comedian has lost her ability to shock, of course. The part of Can I Touch It? that everyone will be talking about comes in its second half, when Cummings brings out a custom-built sex robot that looks exactly like her before launching into an extended bit about how man-on-robot relations might pave the way for the next feminist revolution. Is it uncomfortable? That depends on how you feel about sleeping with an automaton. Is it raunchy, funny, and weird? You bet.

Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty (2020)

Imdb: 6.8/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Fortune Feimster

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Fortune Feimster is a Southern, lesbian, full-bodied woman, which is to say she is fairly unique in stand-up comedy. In her Netflix special debut, she shows off why she’s such a rare talent with an original perspective. Though she sometimes ventures into well-traveled stand-up topics, Feimster does it with unabashed brashness and unapologetic fury — a tour de force you don’t often see on stand-up stages. She’s a laugh-out-loud talent with a lot to say and the charisma to make you take notice.

John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons (2018)

Imdb: 7.5/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast John Leguizamo, Rubén Blades, Oskar Eustis

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John Leguizamo premiered his one-man stage show Latin History for Morons in 2017, and the performance went on to earn a Tony Award for its exploration of the influence and importance of Latin Americans throughout U.S. history. Netflix brought the show to subscribers in November 2018, offering a chance for everyone who couldn’t make it to Broadway (or afford tickets) to experience the fascinating, kinetic history lesson taught by Leguizamo across 90 minutes of energetic explanation — complete with chalkboard and assorted props. While it’s not traditional stand-up comedy, the show’s one-man format and nonstop humor make it stand out from the crowd as both educational and entertaining.

Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017)

Metacritic: 74 %

Imdb: 7.0/10

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Genre Comedy, Documentary

Cast Jerry Seinfeld, Johnny Carson, Mark Schiff

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So, what is the deal with airplane food? Netflix threw a reported $100 million at Jerry Seinfeld for streaming rights to his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee series and two stand-up specials, and the comedian’s first effort was a return to his comedy roots. Jerry Before Seinfeld explores the comedian’s early stand-up career before he became an icon with his titular sitcom in the 1990s. The special is part documentary, part stand-up, and all hilarious confirmation that Seinfeld’s brand of humor is timeless. If you’re a die-hard Seinfeld fan who can stand laughing for nearly an hour, Jerry Before Seinfeld needs to be in your queue.

Tig Notaro: Happy To Be Here (2018)

Imdb: 6.7/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Tig Notaro

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If you’re unfamiliar with Tig Notaro, get familiar, because she’s both a wickedly funny comedian and an inspiration to cancer patients everywhere. In 2012, following a breast cancer diagnosis, Notaro took to the stage to air her grievances in a legendary set at L.A’s Largo club. Later, even though Louis C.K. sold copies of that Largo performance to raise money for Notaro, she used her series One Mississippi as a platform to call upon women to make their voices heard, prompting investigations that submarined C.K.’s career. In Happy to Be Here, as the title implies, Notaro is more jovial than ever, happily joking about her gender identity and performing bits of goofy physical comedy without any hint of hesitation. It’s both hilarious and heartwarming, and if you like comedy, you should see it.

Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust (2017)

Sarah Silverman: A Speck Of Dust | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Imdb: 6.8/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Sarah Silverman, Michael Sheen

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While Sarah Silverman hasn’t completely abandoned the shock-value jokes that put her on the map — and let’s be real, she probably never will — A Speck of Dust sees the comedian slowing her roll a bit, mixing some charm and sincerity into the acid vat. Silverman’s offering touches on a litany of personal subjects, including the death of a beloved pet, and imbues some of her routines with a biting sense of self-awareness that effectively serves new material while deconstructing the old. If you’re here for the gross-out punchlines, they’re still around, but it no longer feels like the focus of her comedy, and we appreciate it.

Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)

Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

Imdb: 8.1/10

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Genre Comedy

Stars Richard Pryor, Jennifer Lee Pryor

Directed by Jeff Margolis

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Pryor’s no-holds-barred, profanity-laced comedic style influenced an entire generation of actors and stand-up comedians, as did the legendary stand-up film Live in Concert. Pryor’s physical, high-energy brand of comedy brings his jokes to life, as the troubled comic all but jumps off the screen. Live in Concert plays far better on a screen than it does through a set of speakers, as Pryor’s hyper-dramatized facial expressions truly bring his jokes to life. His manic mimicry is at its best when he’s joking about his own life, from snorting cocaine in front of grandma to stepping in the ring with Muhammad Ali. Pryor’s classic set holds up decades later.

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018)

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Imdb: 7.4/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Ali Wong

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As you might have guessed by reading this far, women are depressingly underrepresented both in stand-up comedy as a whole and in Netflix’s library. Reprising her extremely-pregnant role from Baby Cobra, the 2016 Netflix special which shot her to stardom, Wong riffs on the difficulties of pregnancy and parenting with no regard for the stomachs of her audience. “Motherhood is a wack-ass job,” she tells us while primed to pump out kid No. 2 at any second. She’s similarly uninterested in riding the fence of political correctness, addressing questions of race and gender with brutal honesty befitting her high-octane style. Her comedy isn’t for everyone, but it’s undeniably powerful.

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Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (2017)

Imdb: 7.2/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Patton Oswalt

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Annihilation was Patton Oswalt’s first stand-up special after the unexpected death of his first wife — true-crime writer Michelle McNamara — in 2016. He talks about the aftermath, particularly being faced with the sudden reality of raising his daughter alone, with poise and humor. But while he may get you to tear up a time or two, the special is more than therapy. While a good chunk of the second half deals with his loss, there’s still plenty of tear-jerk-free humor covering robocalls, bad haunted houses, and the best street fight Patton Oswalt ever saw.

Demetri Martin: The Overthinker (2018)

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Imdb: 7.2/10

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Genre Comedy

Cast Demetri Martin

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Demetri Martin brings his signature deadpan delivery to the stage in 2018’s The Overthinker. Martin seems a little looser than in earlier stand-ups, and unlike in his first Netflix special — 2016’s Live (At the Time) — his large white pad returns with his hilarious satirical cartoons, including his design for a p-shirt (as opposed to a t-shirt) and a graph tracking how well his jokes do. And as usual, we get about four minutes of guitar accompanying a stream of classic one-liners like “Nearly half of all Americans are torsos” and “Experts believe there’s about 25% more camouflage than we realize.”