The 10 Best Comedy Specials On Netflix Streaming Right Now
Stand-up comedy is all the rage. People are finally understanding how vital stand-up comedy is to our society. One person goes on stage and drops their best jokes to be judged by a host of people who may or many not like the comedy. They might not like the comedy because it goes against their views, but the comedian has the guts to go up there and take all the hate and love.
Netflix has replaced HBO for the place where comedians can get their own hour-long comedy special. Since Netflix is dropping cash all over the place for new content, this means we get more and more comedy specials from our favorite comedians. And it’s not just a camera pointed on stage at a person telling jokes, no, they get to stylize what it all looks like. They get total control. This means we get to see the full vision of what the comic wants you to see and hear. Thanks, Netflix. Here are some of the best of the best that they offer now.
Chris Rock, Tamborine
Rock has been a comedy lock for decades. Whenever he’s not in a movie with Adam Sandler, he’s hilarious. Rock proves he’s still one of the best in his newest special. He’s one of those comics who drops in, blows a crowd away, then leaves to have everybody talking about him. The man knows how to offend and please a crowd who’s ready for him. Also, he doesn’t age. He’s a God?
John Mulaney, The Comeback Kid
Some of Mulaney’s bits are iconic to me. The story of where he and his friend went into a diner and played the same Tom Jones song over and over to screw with people? The Law and Order: SVU Ice Cube observations? The hobo on the street pushing him? Let’s not forget his writing for SNL (Stefon!). Mulaney handles himself with ease as he makes his audience hang on his every word.
Hannibal Buress, Comedy Camisado
One of the most deadpan comedians I’ve ever seen. He also helped take down Bill Cosby for putting THE PILLS IN THE JELL-O. I honestly wouldn’t know how to hang out with Hannibal. Is he making fun of me, being sincere, both? I don’t know, but I’d probably laugh the entire time while he looked at me like I was insane. Fair enough.
Dave Chappelle, The Age of Spin
Do you really need to say anything else about Chappelle? One of the all time greats of comedy who created arguable one of the best skit shows ever made. This entire list could be him alone.
Chelsea Peretti, One of the Greats
Chelsea Peretti is bizarre. A good bizarre. This special is a bit surreal since it randomly cuts to people or puppets in the crowd during dreamlike sequences during her set. It’s mostly a comedy stand-up, but with a little touch of sketch comedy thrown in there. It works. The bits hit you when you least expect it. I could help but thrown my arms up and say, “What the hell was that?” before cracking up.
Anthony Jeselnik, Thoughts and Prayers
Anthony Jeselnik is one of my favorite comedians. His special is named after all the BS people throw out to the social media sphere to try to show sympathy for a tragedy, but ultimately make it about themselves. This is one of his best specials. Sure, his past ones were genius, but he really nails the guitar solo in this bad boy. Jeselnik is less famous for me not getting laid because I played his album on the way home from the bar. A girl looking at your laughing over a rape/murder joke was probably not a good idea to play the album.
Jim Jefferies, Bare
Jim has the unfortunate connection to school shootings in America. He tells a great and agreeable joke about control in America. I’m sure he didn’t think that joke would be brought up whenever there was a school or public shooting in America… which is about every month or less. Besides that joke, his special Bare is full of hilariousness. If you’re queasy around bad language, you may want to stay clear. You can always go watch Jeff Dunham? That or take a hammer to your nuts. It’s about the same.
Jim Gaffigan, Cinco
You’d think Jim Gaffigan would run out of food material after so many specials, but he doesn’t. Each special is as fresh as the next. They’re like delicious home meals you eat and don’t want to give anyone leftovers. It’s not just that his special Cinco is brilliant, it’s that he feels no need to be dirty. He finds what we’re all embarrassed about, makes fun of it, then brings us together.
Patton Oswalt, Talking for Clapping
Genius, nerd legend, great actor, helped finish his late wife Michelle McNamera’s book I’ll Be Gone In The Dark which ultimately led to the capture of the Golden State Killer a few weeks ago, and one of the best comics in the game. Patton Oswalt is like if an English literature major who was injected with all the knowledge in the world would go on stage and speak intelligent jokes to people who get it. He will take a subject and stretch it to find ever observation. This special is no different.
Bill Burr, I’m Sorry You Feel That Way
Bill Burr is the kind of the long story. He’s the king of taking a really controversial subject, finding an angle, then blowing it up with roof exploding laughter. It’s just just impressive that he tells such great jokes, no, it’s impressive that he remembers it all. This is why he sells out the big places. Burr is second to none when he loses his sh*t telling jokes.
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