The past year has certainly given the comedy world a lot of new material, and thanks to our favorite streaming site, you can reap the benefits right from your own couch. Here are 25 of the best stand-up comedy specials that are currently running on Netflix...
Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats
Release Date: June 13, 2014
Love Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Or Big Voice? Then we got a feeling you might enjoy Peretti's One of the Greats. "I'm a direct vessel of G-d," the actress humbly says in the stand-up trailer. But to be honest, after watching this comedy special, we might just have to agree. This gal's got us cracking up.
And this hilarious special on Netflix was a long time in the making. "It's really hard to find your voice in stand-up. It takes years to get to that part of yourself that's not really guarded and trying too hard," Chelsea previously said. Safe to say, she's found her voice.
Sam Jay: 3 In the Morning
Release Date: Aug 4, 2020
When you're dealing with someone who once penned SNL, you know you're in for a good time. Safe to say, that's exactly what you can expect from Sam Jay's 3 In the Morning. "I didn't want to do one just to do one. I wanted to be ready to do it," the funny lady confessed of nailing her very own Netflix special.
Sure enough, Sam Jay was more than ready to take on that Netflix stage. From her brutally honest commentary to the meticulous planning it called for, 3 In the Morning brings a whole new meaning to late-night chats. So what are you waiting for? Pop on over to the link (above) and get ready for some light-hearted fun.
Mike Birbiglia: The New One
Release Date: November 26, 2019
If you caught his 2017 special, Thank God For Jokes, you already know you're in for a treat here. But if by some chance you haven't? Allow us to help you out here: Mike Birbiglia's return to our Netflix screens takes storytime to the next level. And by storytime, we mean self-deprecating tales about his journey to parenthood, of course.
"I'm not exactly handing off A+ genes here," the comedian joked during his time on stage. But while his peculiar medical conditions might not sit well with his little ones, they certainly make for hilarious stories. And we've got a feeling you'll agree with us on that one. Check out The New One here and get ready to laugh (and cringe) like never before.
Neal Brennan: 3 Mics
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Being all over the place is no laughing matter - but in Neal Brennan's case, it certainly is. The comedian's special, 3 Mics, watches him switch off between 3 different mics (hence the name), while he juggles 3 different comedic techniques: 'One-Liners,' 'Emotional Stuff,' and 'Stand-Up.'
Safe to say, you're in for one whirlwind of a ride here. From good ol' fashioned one-liners to hilarious confessions, Brennan knows how to keep things interesting. Expect triple times the laughs and triple times the entertainment as the comedian proves he's got lots more tricks up his sleeves than co-penning Chappelle's Show.
Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill
Release Date: May 5, 2020
If there's anyone who can make Poptarts and iPhones funny, it's this guy. Jerry Seinfeld's 23 Hours to Kill is exactly as outrageous as you'd expect it to be. But that's also why we can't get enough of it. From restaurant reviews to texting mishaps, nothing is off-limits when it comes to Seinfeld's latest special.
But that's not the only reason you'll want to catch this one: as Roger Ebert perfectly put it, Jerry's latest time on our stage is as comforting as it is hilarious - "like catching up with an old friend, something all of us wish we could do in person in 2020 more than we can."
Pete Davidson: Alive From New York
Release Date: February 25, 2020
Those of us who love watching Davidson on our screens on a weekly basis (thank you, Saturday Night Live) should check out this comedy special. In Alive From New York, the 27-year-old jokes about adulting, dating, and living in the Big Apple in ways only Pete can.
And for those wondering if Davidson addresses that one very famous pop star in his dating history - yes, the comedian talks about Ariana Grande in the show. And that's not the only drama he discusses (AKA jokes about). But we wouldn't want to give away anymore Alive From New York spoilers.
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Planned initially as Hannah Gadsby's final stand-up show, Nanette was a roaring success that propelled the hilarious Australian native into the spotlight. The comedy special is widely regarded as funny yet socially relevant. The comedian has received wide critical acclaim ever since debuting the comedy specials on Netflix, as her stand-up focused on many talked about topics.
From talking about queer issues to the comedian's non-binary conformation, raising LGBTQ+ and gender awareness were some of the main goals, but with a whole lot of humor of course. Still, the way she did it was very unexpected. Apparently, Nanette is best understood if you watch it without knowing too much, so we won't spoil it any further.
Rhys Nicholson: Live at the Athenaeum
Release Date: December 20, 2020
You can bet that Rhys Nicholson is the perfect go-to for a giggle. And that's exactly what you'll get while watching Live at the Athenaeum. The stand-up show involved a lot of self-deprecating humor about the comedian, making it practically impossible not to laugh. Like saying that the only way he'll ever attend a house party is if someone there will be so "wrong" that they'll make him feel better about himself.
Rhys Nicholson managed to cover countless unrelated topics, from horse tranquilizers and angry letters from viewers, to more serious subjects like his mental health and gender struggles. But don't fret; He did it in his signature style which made it, according to his fans, totally hilarious. But don't take our word for it, go see for yourselves.
Brian Regan: On the Rocks
Release Date: February 23, 2021
Brian Regan gave Netflix his second comedy special when On the Rocks premiered. It almost seemed like the world was thirsty for more of his trademark style of clean jokes and "dad humor." The show was actually filmed outside thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but it looks like that didn't impact the quality of the act at all.
He began the show by talking about all the attention his gray hair has received, giving it the spotlight it deserved. After talking about aging ever so gracefully, the comic went on to discuss his struggle with OCD. But all in good fun, of course. Regan has quite a long history with well-known comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and they share a similar spirit. So to any Seinfeld fans, be sure to check out this special!
Bert Kreischer: The Machine
Release Date: November 11, 2016
This stand-up special on Netflix might be a few years old, but it's definitely worth a watch, even if you've seen it before. The Machine features funny guy Bert Kreischer in all his glory. The comedian takes viewers on an hour-long adventure of wild - and practically unbelievable - stories that might have you falling off your seats.
From Bert's encounter with a grizzly bear to tales of partying with the Russian mafia, the special just gets more hilarious as the minutes tick by. Oh, and Kreischer details how exactly he earned the nickname "The Machine" (spoiler alert: it involves the Russian mafia).
Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given
Release Date: November 17, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic managed to take its toll on the best of us, even Kevin Hart. Well, at least that's how he described it in his Netflix Special, Zero F**ks Given. The stand-up show was also appropriately recorded in his own home, with the funnyman in his jammies. He went on to talk about family life, but it didn't stop there.
Hart also opened up about how his "fall from fame" affected him and how he coped with it in his everyday life. The comedian then told many stories ranging from his short boxing career to eating pizza with Jerry Seinfeld. For anyone planning to watch this special, rest assured, Kevin Hart will never disappoint you.
Soy Rada: Serendipity
Release Date: May 27, 2021
Agustín Aristarán is back and funnier than ever. The Argentinian comedian discusses all things family, parenting, magic, and music in his latest project, Soy Rada: Serendipity. And all of the shenanigans take place in one of Buenos Aires's most important theaters with 1,300 seats. But there's a twist in this comedy special.
Not one of those over 1,000 seats is occupied. Agustín performed for an empty audience due to the pandemic. "I want you to know that, in this special, there'll be prerecorded laughter," he warned audiences. "If all goes well, your laughter will be louder than the recorded one." Don't worry, Aristarán; our chuckles definitely were.
Bo Burnham: Inside
Release Date: May 30, 2021
Ready for a hilarious one-man show? Because that is quite literally what Inside has to offer. Burnham filmed his latest special while quarantining during the pandemic and did so without a crew or an audience. The whole thing was written, directed, filmed, and edited by the comedian. If you're not impressed yet, just watch the clip below because this is definitely one of the best comedy specials on Netflix.
That's right. Inside isn't just any special; it is a musical comedy. The talented icon wrote up some hilariously relatable songs that touch on everything about daily life during the pandemic, from FaceTiming with his mom to deteriorating mental health. This is one show you don't want to miss.
Bill Burr: Paper Tiger
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Bill Burr may be a household name in the world of unfiltered comedy, and his 2019 Netflix special Paper Tiger highlighted it much more. The stand-up show, filmed in front of a packed house at the Royal Albert Hall in London, had some heavy satire, in the Bill Burr style we know and love.
The savage comedian made jokes that featured satire on anything from "Michelle Obama's book tour" to "male feminists." The funnyman also explained to the crowd why his personality might very well destroy his marriage, but we won't spoil it. For anyone wanting some good satirical fun, then Paper Tiger is a safe bet..
Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah
Release Date: December 3, 2019
Tiffany Haddish graced her first-ever Netflix special Black Mitzvah at the end of 2019 after a decade-long career in comedy. And boy did she make her audience laugh! The funny-gal has an Emmy nomination and Grammy for Best Comedy Album to prove it. The stand-up show stayed true to its name as it explored Haddish's newly discovered Jewish Heritage.
After finding out her dad is of Jewish ancestry, the comedian decided it was time to reclaim her roots and have a Bat Mitzvah. Hilariously having dubbed it as "Black Mitzvah," Haddish talked about finding herself, her relationship with fame, and how the comedy special was long overdue. Oh, and did we mention that she sang Hava Nagila in it too?
Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Taylor Tomlinson finally gave her fans what they wanted after she debuted her talent on Netflix's The Comedy Lineup Part 1, a full-fledged comedy special. Meet Quarter-Life Crisis; Celebrating her 25th year on this planet, Taylor opened up about the problems that arose, having reached the first quarter of her life. And yes, she does it in her signature Tomlinson fashion.
Tomlinson's act centers around her 20s not being the "best years in life," and she might be onto something. Additionally, she dished out jokes about realistic relationship goals. She also joked about self-improvement and other millennial problems that likely made the act more relatable to younger generations. With that being said, this new face in comedy seems to be doing quite a lot at age 25.
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones
Release Date: August 26, 2019
Many Dave Chappelle fans can agree that he's had a long hiatus. That's probably why the comedian strutted on the stage looking like Tom Cruise in Top Gun, giving viewers an unforgettable experience. His Netflix comedy special Sticks & Stones reintroduced Chappelle's famous impressions of people and races, all while talking about politics (and much more).
2006 was the last time Chappelle formally showcased his comedic skills on his self-titled show. Thankfully, his Netflix special showed no signs of rust. The audience and critics alike seemed to have realized that as well, with quite a few people commenting on how Chapelle "did not change with the times." But you can be the judge of that.
Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!
Release Date: December 17, 2019
Ronny Chieng's Netflix comedy special Asian Comedian Destroys America! focuses on the idea of cultural differences between people. He seemed to be very familiar with the topic, which he credits to his rather international life. The comedian was born in Malaysia, raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Singapore, and attended the University of Melbourne.
Spoiler alert; There's a bit more to it. The entertainer explored more than just cultural differences, but also how the internet divides up humans. One analogy of his being that the internet is "making society dumber despite containing all of the world's knowledge." But we won't give away any more spoilers, check it out!
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Now, the world of stand-up comedy has never exactly been kind to the easily offended. But Hasan took inappropriate humor to a whole new level with his first stand-up comedy special, Homecoming King. Consider yourselves warned... if you prefer comedians with a filter, then we're afraid Minhaj might not be your guy. But if you can take a joke without writing an angry Twitter rant shortly after, then you've come to the right place.
The Netflix stand-up features Hasan using heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes to tell his life story. Growing up as an Indian-American-Muslim, the comedian had to develop quite a sense of humor as a subject to bullying, racism and of course, meeting the demanding expectations of his immigrant parents. With a whopping 8.3 rating on IMDb, you can set your expectations pretty high.
Jim Jefferies: BARE
Release Date: August 29, 2014
Put the kids to bed before you put Netflix's Jim Jefferies: BARE comedy special on the TV. Cause let's just say, the content explored during this hilarious hour-long feature is not exactly... "safe for work." That's right, Jim Jefferies did it again on our favorite binging platform. But this one is strictly for our readers with a dark... dark sense of humor (yeah we see you).
Covering everything from family values, all the way to gun control, Jim Jefferies didn't leave a single sexist stone unturned for this one. And while he's no stranger to making his audience laugh out of discomfort, some viewers found this show, in particular, to be a little "below the belt." But we'll let you be the judge of that one...
Aziz Ansari: Right Now
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Right Now has gotta be one of Netflix's best stand-up comedy specials to date. With the hilarious Aziz Ansari sharing his two cents on everything including his relationship with granny and grandpa, to his opinion on the alleged sexual misconduct of R.Kelly and MJ (too soon?), you can bet that this comedy special will get a giggle out of you... or perhaps a lawsuit?
Filmed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Aziz and his brutal honesty filled the room with some real-talk on the hypocrisy of modern culture. And although shots were fired, Ansari revealed that he ultimately hopes everybody, including himself, aspires to be a better person... As for the rest of us? Well according to Aziz, “We’re all sh*tty people.” Can we get an amen?
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
Release Date: January 1979
Directed by Jeff Margolis, this hilarious stand-up special marked a moment to remember in comedy history. Richard Pryor: Live in Concert is still as good as it was back in the 70s, and even earned Pryor a 5th place nomination for the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor. And we're not the only ones who think its good. Funny guy Eddie Murphy once called it "the single greatest stand-up performance ever captured on film." Intrigued? We bet.
Richard's classic covered every topic worth discussing, from race, to the police, all the way to his favorite target: which just so happens to be himself. Dubbed as a classic, this special was also the very first full-length, feature movie consisting of only stand-up comedy. So what are you waiting for? Go back in time with Richard Pryor and enjoy the late legend's best work.
Tom Segura: Disgraceful
Release Date: January 12, 2018
If the title of this hilarious comedy stand-up special didn't put it in a nutshell for you, then allow us to elaborate. Tom Segura: Disgraceful gives a voice to all the dirty thoughts that might be swimming in your head. But the ones you would never ever say out loud. Interested? Well, you should be. The 74-minute special received a 7.4 on IMDb, with some viewers claiming that this was some of Tom's best work.
With a blunt take on parenthood, parking lot power struggles and even good ol' porn, Tom definitely gave his audience some food for thought. His "try it out on camera" style is evident throughout the entire special, so you can bet that the one-liners are stronger than they are dangerous. But don't take our word for it, we'll let you decide on this one.
Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby
Release Date: November 5, 2019
When Seth Meyers announced that he was stepping out from behind the desk on SNL, fans didn't know what to expect from his first jab at stand-up comedy. “I know it can be very jarring to see someone out of context," he acknowledged. "It might be weird to even be seeing my legs right now!” Indeed... Seth's legs were a sight to behold, but that definitely wasn't the best part.
Lobby Baby begins a little slow, with some jokes that only really applied to the Minneapolis audience. But eventually, Seth discusses parenthood and the hilarious struggles that he and his wife encountered while raising sons, Ashe and Axel. Something many people could relate to. Along with the hilarious story of his failed plans for a perfect wedding, the hour-long comedy special is witty and clever... and more importantly, available on Netflix.
Eddie Murphy: Delirious
Release Date: August 17, 1983
Before he was blessing the big screen as the voice of Donkey in Shrek or making us crack up in Daddy Day Care, this comedic icon was busy making jokes on stage. Eddie Murphy's 1983 special Delirious is one for the books. But don't take our word for it... the ratings speak for themselves.
An 8.2 on IMDb and 83% on Rotten Tomatoes? Delirious has our attention. While some of the jokes are admittedly outdated (Murphy said so himself), there's nothing like seeing a comedy icon in all of his initial glory. So get the popcorn out and get ready to laugh with one of the best Netflix comedy specials to date.