The Ten: Best Stand Up Comedy Specials on Netflix
Netflix, as a streaming platform, doesn’t look to have a bright future. Not that their platform needs a makeover, but their viewership is down and moving to other streaming platforms. With Hulu now being owned by Disney, the Disney+ platform release only a few months away, and studios all launching their own exclusive streaming platforms; Netflix is struggling.
Let us not forget that Netflix started all of this. They’re the godfather of streaming content. They, in partnership with Redbox, killed Blockbuster Video. They even brought cable companies back down to Earth. All of this being said, Netflix is still a top-notch platform for a couple of genres. Their best play button right now? Stand up comedy specials. Comics around the world are hoping for the Netflix call because it means that they get the chance to share space with the best comics in the game. Sure other platforms have stand-up specials, but Netflix is the gold standard.
Project-Nerd is easily the funniest collection of content creators on the internet (just ask us), so we think we’ve done our due diligence as we put together our favorites. So without further ado (unless you enjoy ado, then have some ado), we present The Ten: Best Stand Up Comedy Specials on Netflix.
Honorable Mention: Joe Rogan: Triggered, Kevin Hart: What Now, Donald Glover: Weirdo.
- Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers
One of the things that makes Anthony Jeselnik unique is his delivery. This special was 80% waiting for the punchline, and 20% ugly laughing. Jeselnik makes sure the audience knows he is an awful person, and he fully embraces it. From dropping babies to sexting with your dad, this is one stand-up special you should definitely check out (after your children are in bed please).
- Jim Jefferies: Freedumb
Who doesn’t love a foreign comedian absolutely roasting the American dream? The whole thing would illicit riots in the streets if it wasn’t so damn funny and a little bit true. You may find yourself disappointed that you laughed as hard as you did. That’s how Jefferies delivers. Keep your love for the current American political environment in another room when you push play on this one. If you have a hard time doing that, just lean into our Revolutionary War victory. By the way, he did this special in Tennessee. That takes balls.
The Iowa boy makes his way to Omaha, Nebraska for his first Netflix special. Adam DeMamp from Workaholics gives his take on teenage angst and his Pitch Perfect audition. He is high energy, brings physical gags, and just looks like he is having fun in this special. This is a total date special. You can still make awkward advances on date number four while you’re enjoying the material. Check it out.
- Tom Segura: Completely Normal
He has paid his dues and completely slays audiences. This special, Completely Normal, from 2014 is the perfect showcase to what makes Segura incredible. He is as simple and pure as stand up comedy gets. No gags, no props; just stories about life that most people relate to on a sadly basic level. There is no way you won’t find this funny unless you’re Steven Segal, Segura’s doctor, or into some weird sexual stuff. If you are, then maybe skip this one. This is the first special for Tom Segura, and he came with it.
We have to admit, Wong has an edge to her that makes her special. There is no topic that is off limits. Her confidence, charisma, and straight-laced talent is showcased in this hour-long special. On stage, pregnant, and without a filter, Wong delivers the kind of material that makes women and men laugh until it hurts. We guarantee you will blush throughout the special, so be ready. She is pulling no punches.
- Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe
Jim Gaffigan has given us laughs for years. Whether given a cameo as the quirky guy in Super Troopers or Drunk Parents, or his five comedy specials, Gaffigan delivers all the time. He is a veteran of the stage and commands it as if he belongs there. In Mr. Universe, Gaffigan hits McDonald’s, Disney World, his excessively large family, and being pale like only he can. Self-deprecating and borderline brand defamation make Mr. Universe a must watch. He is the number one person on the list to hopefully run into at a Waffle House after the show.
Her 2015 special was her second feature special, and she came with the funny. Her takes on feminism are refreshing but still edgy. She makes light of dating and sexuality while staying true to her brash delivery and impeccable comedic timing. She has come a long way from Last Comic Standing, and we certainly hope she’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
- Tom Segura: Mostly Stories
The only repeat name on the list, this 2016 special picks up where Completely Normal left off. His conversational delivery feeds off the audience. No topic is off limits, including his own weight and ability to parent. He is all of our dads, in that you know he secretly hates you. Things you learn: don’t take your kids to a theater if they make too much noise; Mike Tyson is unintentionally hilarious; and give your strip club a better name than “Beef.” Tom Segura is talented, funny, and will have the stage as long as he wants it.
John Mulaney is riding high in the entertainment business right now. The voice of Spider-Ham in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Andrew Glouberman in Netflix’s Big Mouth, Mulaney is a hot talent. He wrote for Saturday Night Live for about a decade, and he has yet to run out of incredibly relevant topical humor. The special is worth watching just to hear how he met Bill Clinton before Clinton became President. The Comeback Kid is the special following his marriage, so put it on the list before you take the leap.
- Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin
There hasn’t been a talent in stand up comedy like Dave Chappelle since Richard Pryor. His ability to tell stories, slam home punchlines, and still make you think about how you can be a better person is without rival. He tackles technology, Care Bears, race, OJ Simpson and Bill Cosby. Netflix gave us a lot of Dave Chappelle in 2017, and we couldn’t be more grateful. The other three specials are also more than worthy of your time. Welcome back to stand-up Mr. Chappelle. You were sorely missed.
These ten specials will bring plenty of laughs to your living room via Netflix. Check them all out and let us know what you think! Did we miss any? What was your favorite stand-up special? Who should have the next one? Tell us in the comments!