10+ Best Stand-up Comedy Specials on Netflix: Tickle your funny bone with the best comedy shows


Streaming giant Netflix is known to have pretty much any show that one would want to watch regardless of its genre. True to this assumption, Netflix makes sure to have the newest and most popular shows, and its comedy section certainly does not disappoint.

Recently, Netflix launched a new line of shows that focused on stand-up comedy and compiled various stand-up specials from different famous and up-and-coming comedy artists. The comedy specials all fall under the “Netflix Stand-up” label.

If you are planning to watch some stand-up comedy and do not know where to start, then this list would be perfect for you.

Tom Segura: Ball Hog

Year: 2020
Runtime: 1h 20m
Tom Segura catches the audience’s laughter through off-guard jokes about mothers, fathers, dreams (or the lack thereof), in a predictable yet comedic manner. If you are someone who likes childlike jokes, then this special is for you since the jokes are not as intellectual as one might expect, but it is smart enough for one to enjoy. Be warned, though— this special might be offensive or even too offensive for some as Tom shows his boldness in this hour-long special.

The Standups

Year: 2021

Runtime: 30m each episode

Set in Los Angeles, up and coming stand-up comedy artists take the stage in 30-minute specials as they show the crowd what jokes they have in their pockets. The show is sure to have sly and naughty jokes, personal encounters, and audience interactions that will surely make you laugh and even question your sense of humor.

Some episodes include stand-up artist Brian Simpson, Naomi Experigin, Mark Normand, Janelle James, and more as they talk about anything under the sun, and when we say anything, we mean anything— from the similarities of pet stores and stripclubs, to pieces of advice against browsing medical websites, and to one’s last words.

This special will not make you bored as you get to watch multiple artists and discover how comedy can come from different artists with different comedic styles.

Ricky Gervais: SuperNature

Year: 2022

Runtime: 1h 4m

Long-time comedian Ricky Gervais makes his mark in his 2022 special as he establishes the ground rules in comedy. He also talks about his life with his cats and how acts of nature can be fascinating and terrifying at the same time.

Bill Burr: Paper Tiger

Year: 2019
Runtime: 1h 7m
In this stand-up special shot in London, Bill Burr takes on controversial topics on male feminism, cultural appropriation, and outrage culture. Watch as he takes a comedic stance on slightly sensitive topics while delivering a highly good time. He also dabbles on robot sex to ensure that his audience will not be as robotic as his topics.

Joe Rogan: Strange Times

Year: 2018
Runtime: 1h 3m
Controversial podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan takes on his audience as he outspokenly jokes on various tales and topics. Watch the special as he talks about cats (everyone loves cats), pot laws, vegans, and even pro wrestling as he entices his audience in this Netflix special shot in Boston.

Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-life Crisis

Year: 2020Runtime: 1h 1m
If you are halfway through your 20s then this stand-up special might just be for you. Watch Taylor Tomlinson as she facetiously talks about her quarter-life crisis. Her jokes circle around how she is too old to party but too young to settle down. The brave comedian dabs on her life as she takes a shot against her poor life choices.

Kevin Hart: Zero F**cks Given

Year: 2020

Runtime: 1h 9m

In a very different yet very familiar setting, Kevin Hart stirs up laughter from the comforts of his living room. From serving brick oven pizza to fresh, hot jokes, he makes sure that his audience enjoys raunchy new lines in one of his latest specials. Watch as Kevin Hart jokes about life after 40 and how he facetiously talks about having COVID-19.

Bert Kreischer: Hey Big Boy

Year: 2020
Runtime: 1h 2m
Known for the man who delivers shows while half-naked, Bert Kreischer certainly did not disappoint in fulfilling that role. The comedy party-animal owns the stage as he delivers lines on being a parent and living with his family, being a gun and pet owner, and discovering that his dad knew pot. Watch this goofy and raunchy take on stand-up comedy.

Iliza: Elder Millennial

Year: 2018
Runtime: 1h 12m

There are very few female comedy artists so when one mentions Iliza, people automatically know who she is. Now while blondes are often stereotyped as the dumb ones, Iliza is defnitely an excpetion! She takes to the stage as she talks about life at 35, the insanity of what she has experienced, and what is to come as she ages. This slightly irreverent take on life shows how Iliza can effectively display humor while touching some sensitive topics in life.

Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho

Year: 2019
Runtime: 1h 2m
Actor and comedian Ken Jeong or comedy’s sexiest snack stars in his first-ever stand-up comedy show as he pays tribute to his wife. He also dabbles on the Hollywood glitz and glam as he narrates how “The Hangover'' saved his life (or maybe his career)! Follow Ken Jeong as he also finds relatable events in his Asian life. This quirky comedy special is surely a gem to watch.

Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry

Year: 2016
Runtime: 1h 27m

Our resident Hawaiian-shirt Enthusiast Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias talks about the randomest things like all-female taco trucks, Prius-driving cops, and racist gift baskets. The comedy artist also mentions how he thinks he is a superhero whose power is to make others smile and be happy, yet this power does not apply when he goes home. The goofy and charming Iglesias will surely make you watch one of his many superb specials.

Jimmy Carr: Funny Business

Year: 2018
Runtime: 1h 2m

Shaking up this list is British comedian Jimmy Carr. His sold-out show at the Hammersmith Apollo in UK became a great platform as he delivers his deadpan humor and wickedly funny jokes to the audience. Jimmy Carr effectively convinces his audience that whatever is funny to him is also funny to them. The witty and raunchy Netflix special shows how class, dignity, and respect may or may not be obvious in comedy.

Deon Cole: Cole Hearted

Year: 2019

Runtime: 1h 9m

Now while this comedy special sounds like it’s made to turn your heart into stone, fret not as Deon Cole gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling as he explains that comedy is the last raw form of expression. He also establishes a fine line on when to thank the heavens and when “welp” is already the best answer to things. The obviously witty and slightly irreverent take on life and its humor will surely make your heart not cold.

So there you have it! This list is just the start of your journey in finding the best kind of humor that will absolutely test your brain, patience, and tolerance as different comedy artists facetiously take on life’s challenges. But if you are already someone who has watched a lot of comedy specials, then perhaps it is time to re-watch. Do you already have a favorite from this list?

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