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10 Best Stand-Up Specials Streaming on Netflix

We are more than excited about the new Jerry Seinfeld stand up special landing on Netflix in May. But this is only one more in a series of excellent stand-up evenings that Netflix has brought to us over the years.

As we wait in anticipation, here are 10 other quality stand up specials to watch on Netflix now.

Bo Burnham: What.

Burnham perfectly mixes straight comedy and musical hilarity in this, his second special on Netflix. He makes himself the focus on his own comedy with self-deprecating jokes, but the talent of this young man is clearly nothing to be scoffed at.

Dave Chappelle: Sticks and Stones

An incredibly strong set from one of the undisputed legends of the stand-up comedy scene, if you have to choose from one of his five specials on Netflix, go with this one.

Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward

Taking Netflix by storm with his second stand up special for them, Jeselnik is not afraid to upfront, in your face, and dip into topics you thought taboo. Often his jokes seem unconnected, but as you continue to watch, you can see that they form a perfectly crafted tapestry. However, he is a little vegemite.

Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby

One of the most long-lived comedians on the circuit, starting with Saturday Night Live and then his own late-night show, and he brings all that experience to every joke. He is happy to use his personal life to find content for comedy. In this one, we hear about his wife having a baby in the lobby of their apartment.

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous

Mulaney has had a pretty prolific career with Netflix, he’s had three stand up specials, the animated series Big Mouth and the film version of the Broadway show Oh, Hello. This is his most recent comedy special that was filmed in 2018. He makes intelligent jokes, and his unique delivery makes for a laugh out loud special.

Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Sandler’s stand up days are over as he continues with his film work. In this special, he uses his musical talents as well, delivering songs of the caliber of his classics Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. He also makes a tribute to his friend Chris Farley.

Amy Schumer: The Leather Special

While Schumer’s comedy can tend to be a little vulgar and obvious, it has a broad appeal for a reason. You can relax and have a laugh. She sets this up as one of her early sets that she will look back on with embarrassment in the future, and indulges in every moment of it!

Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial

Shlesinger seems to have a knack to say what we all have on our minds, but don’t have the presence of mind to say in the moment. She talks about life in her 30s, where she is too young to talk about the old days, but too old to understand the culture of the young people that are taking over the world.

Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter Life Crisis

One of the newest faces on the Netflix comedy circuit after having impressed with a 15 minutes slot on a Netflix trial show, her work is surprisingly polished, probably reflecting the extra care and effort needed when you are working to break the scene. We expect to see a lot of great things from this woman in the future.

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

Wong’s second stand up special for Netflix, and her second stand up special filmed while heavily pregnant, Wong addresses motherhood, marriage, and being a woman in a man’s world. She manages to have a distinctively female point of view, without digressing into the vulgarity that many female comedians rely on.

Our previous list in 2019: 25 of The Best Comedy Shows on Netflix to Get You Giggling

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  1. This is the worst list I’ve ever seen. Ali Wong’s first special was far better than her second. Amy Schumer’s special was one of if not the worst rated special on Netflix.

    Yet no Bill Burr? No Jim Gaffigan?

    Taylor Tomlinson somehow made the list though?

    What a joke. (No pun intended)

  2. The fact that Bill Burr isn’t on this list and Taylor Tomlinson is (I had to turn it off after 15 minutes) makes this list null & avoid. At least you got Chappelle in there.

  3. Dave is the best one. Jeselnik is next then the skinny white chick the pretty one. The rest are mere trash.

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