In the past few years, comedy has become a priority for Netflix. Case in point: there are over 100 titles in the stand–up comedy category on Netflix. Over 100! Clearly, the stand–up section is a bit oversaturated now, which means you could spend an hour just looking through the different specials available for you to watch. Classic Netflix problems.
Luckily for you, I work from home and like to throw up a stand–up special while I work away on client projects, so I’ve seen one too many stand–up specials now, which means, I can save you some time. Here is a curated list of my favorite stand–up shows for your next Netflix and Chill night:
1.) Ali Wong (Baby Cobra) – 2016
Ali Wong was relatively unknown before this Netflix special, but now you would be hard pressed to find a “Best Stand–Up Shows On Netflix” list that doesn’t have Baby Cobra among its ranks. Its magnetic draw may be that she filmed the special 7–months pregnant, which make it really one–of–a–kind. Topics covered: feminism, hoarding, sexual adventures and pregnancy (duh!)
2.) Iliza Shlesinger (Confirmed Kills) – 2016
Iliza Shlesinger has three Netflix specials (to be honest, it was hard to decide which to put on this list), this one being the most recent. She covers mermaids, being a women, the party–goblin in us all and even the TV show Shark Tank. Hilarious; like laugh–so–hard–you–cry hilarious. (Runner ups: War Paint and Freezing Hot.)
3.) Katherine Ryan (In Trouble) – 2017
Katherine Ryan is a Canada–born, UK–based comedian that makes the art of stand–up comedy look easy. If you watch one special on this list, make it this one. It’s that good! The comic touches on parenting, pets, her hometown (that she hates) and even flirts with an audience member. She is crass, with class, if there is such a thing.
4.) Chelsea Peretti (One of the Greats) – 2014
If you are a Brooklyn Nine Nine fan, you already know the comedic genius of Peretti and her Netlflix special lives up to its name. This stand–up keeps its momentum for the entire show and proves that she really has a genuine creative talent. Observational humor with perfect timing.
5.) Michael Che (Matters) – 2016
To be honest, I don’t love Michael Che on SNL’s Weekend Update but he seems more at ease and comfortable in this stand–up special. He covers a lot of relevant topics: social issues, politics, gun control and yes, even Harambe. No topic is off–limits here and the honesty will have you laughing all the way through.
6.) Jen Kirkman (Just Keep Living’?) – 2017
Jen Kirkman has two Netflix specials (both equally good!) but I chose this one mostly because it is newer. In this special she discusses meditation, human reproduction, her ankle tattoo and tells a funny story about her Italian tour guide. You will not be disappointed! (Runner up: I’m gonna die alone and I feel fine.)