It’s 11 p.m., and you’re about to fall asleep. But then you remember that there are some great standup comedy specials on Netflix. So many good comedians mean so many reasons to stay up. It sounds like the perfect plan. But which one should you pick?
We’ve compiled a list of 11 of the best Netflix standup specials for your viewing pleasure. For the finest experience, be sure you know how to connect Netflix to TV.
- Dave Chappelle’s The Age of Spin
- Bill Burr’s Walk Your Way Out
- Louis CK’s 2017
- Ali Wong’s Baby Cobra
- Trevor Noah’s Lost in Translation
- Maria Bamford’s The Special Special Special
- Jen Kirkman’s I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)
- John Mulaney’s New in Town
- Anthony Jeselnik’s Fire in the Maternity Ward
- Brian Regan’s Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers
- Doug Stanhope’s Beer Hall Putsch
Dave Chappelle’s The Age of Spin
This special has been called “the comeback performance of the century” by many critics, and it’s easy to see why. Chappelle covers everything from the election to Hollywood’s changing landscape, and his insights are always hilarious and biting.
Bill Burr’s Walk Your Way Out
This hour-long set is full of classic Bill Burr humour—loud, angry and absolutely hilarious. Burr covers everything from family life to the current state of America, and his insights are always on point. If you’re a fan of standup comedy that’s full of rage but also manages to make you laugh, Walk Your Way Out is definitely for you.
Louis CK’s 2017
This special was filmed shortly after the release of his controversial movie “I Love You, Daddy,” and CK covers everything from that movie to the sexual misconduct allegations against him. He’s brutally honest and unafraid to make fun of himself, and his insights are always fascinating. If you’re looking for a special that will make you think as well as laugh, 2017 is definitely worth a watch.
Ali Wong’s Baby Cobra
This was one of the most talked about standup specials when it came out, and for good reason. Ali Wong is hilarious, brutally honest, and unafraid to talk about taboo subjects. Her set is full of jokes that will make you laugh out loud, and her insights into pregnancy and motherhood are both funny and informative.
If you’re looking for a great female comedian to watch, definitely check out Baby Cobra.
Trevor Noah’s Lost in Translation
This one is especially great if you’re interested in world politics, as Noah takes an incredibly humorous look at life in America from a South African perspective. He tackles everything from racism to cultural differences with wit and intelligence, making this one of the most unique standup specials on Netflix.
Maria Bamford’s The Special Special Special
Bamford is one of the most unique comedians working today, and her perspective on life will definitely make you laugh along with some truly bizarre insights into what makes us human. If you’re curious about alternative comedy that doesn’t follow any rules at all, The Special Special Special is a great place to start.
Jen Kirkman’s I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)
This hour-long special covers everything from becoming famous without trying to being single by choice and other intriguing topics—while still managing to be absolutely hilarious throughout. Kirkman has been called “the female version of Louis CK,” and she lives up to the comparison with her blunt, self-deprecating sense of humour.
John Mulaney’s New in Town
The show covers everything from his family to modern dating habits with wit and intelligence, all while making you laugh along the way. If you’re tired of watching corny comedians tell cheesy jokes about their life experiences, check out New in Town instead. It’ll be well worth your time!
Anthony Jeselnik’s Fire in the Maternity Ward
This one is pretty unconventional, and that’s what makes it so great. Jeselnik takes a look at the world in his usual scathing way, and he never pulls any punches when it comes to making fun of everything from celebrities to current events.
Brian Regan’s Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers
Regan is a master of observational humour, and this special is a great showcase of his talents. He covers everything from diets to aeroplane travel with wit and intelligence, and his insights are always fascinating.
Doug Stanhope’s Beer Hall Putsch
Stanhope is one of the most controversial comedians working today, and his unapologetic brand of humour will definitely make you laugh—even if you don’t always agree with him. This hour-long set covers everything from politics to religion, and Stanhope never holds back when it comes to sharing his controversial opinions with the world.
With so many standup comedy options on Netflix, it can be hard to know where to start. Hopefully, this list has put you in the right direction. Enjoy!
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