Today, we are beginning to see a lot less comedy specials taking over our airways and giving comedians a little less attention than what they deserve. Netflix took that to a whole different level and has a plethora of standup gigs that you can watch right now on Netflix. These specials include some of our favorite and well-known comedians, and others are up and comers dedicated to making you laugh.
You may have been blissfully unaware of these standups on Netflix, but here are some of the best standup gigs you can watch on Netflix right now.
Hasan Minhaj, Homecoming King
Run time: 73 minutes
Hasan Minhaj might sound familiar, and that’s because he’s worked for The Daily Show as their Senior Correspondent for four years. Now he is spending his time doing comedy gold, and Homecoming King is just a topper on some of his great work. This special features tails of his life as a son of Indian American immigrants.
The show will bring you a ton of laughs, but it also hits crucial parts about the difficulties of growing up in white America when you are not white. Minhaj’s banter includes laughs about the cultural learning curves and hilarious mistakes his parents made while growing up.
Chelsea Peretti, One of the Greats
Run time: 74 minutes
If you loved Chelsea Peretti in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Rec, or Saturday Night Live, then you want to make sure you check out her Netflix special. This standup on Netflix is different from others because Peretti is making a comedy show about comedy shows. The special features irony and wit, plus a lot of good standup that we don’t typically see anymore.
Peretti got some heat about her comedy on Netflix, mostly after Ralphie May went on a Twitter rant, but she shows she is one of the pros of humor with this special. Check it out for yourself and enjoy a good laugh.
Aziz Ansar, Right Now
Run time: 65 minutes
Azuz Ansari first appeared on Netflix after his much talked about sexual harassment debate arose. After stepping away from Hollywood, Ansari included Spike Jonze in his special to help document everything he was about to speak. Although the standup was funny, Ansari talked about family, the #MeToo movement, and wokeness, plus the directional direction that Jonez went in made the show even better.
With this Netflix special, you can see layers on Ansari that we don’t typically see in comedians, and it’s a personal look into comedy fame and survival in the industry.
Donald Glover, Weirdo
Run time: 65 minutes
By now, we all know that Donald Glover is insanely talented. The actor and comedian has appeared in numerous things, including Community and Star Wars, plus he spends his time as his alter ego, Childish Gambino. His standup on Netflix came out at the height of his Community days, and it allowed viewers to dive deep into Glover’s mind.
Glover talks about sex, race, and poop in the standup, but the comedian also gets serious about fitting in as a kid and the lack of black identity in superhero films. If you didn’t like Donald Glover you will after watching this special.
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney
Run time: 104 minutes
Netflix took Nick Kroll’s and John Mulaney’s popular Comedy Central skits and threw it into a two-hour special with a live audience. As much as this is a standup show, it is also an act where Kroll and Mulaney transform into their famous roles of Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland.
Kroll and Mulaney have no issue making fun of the boomer generation. Still, they do more than just mock older people in this show since they decided not to obey a traditional format that viewers might be accustomed to seeing. Instead, their special is just a played-out act that works well.
Amy Schumer, Growing
Run time: 60 minutes
Amy Schumer may be a lot for some people to handle, but her comedy on Netflix will make you laugh. The comedian gives an honest and inspirational look at marriage, pregnancy, and her personal growth in this special. Schumer also gets into age and changes a person goes through after you reach a point in your life, which some of us can agree upon.
If you are having a fun wine night with the ladies, this is a special you’ll want to press play on since it features chats about womanhood, marital bliss, and a lot of sex. The show was filmed in front of a packed house in Chicago.
Taylor Tomlinson, Quarter-Life Crisis
Run time: 60 minutes
Quarter-Life Crisis is the sibling to Taylor Tomlinson’s Netflix debut The Comedy Lineup Part 1 but just as good. In her second special that premiered two years after her first, Thomlinson talks about “the best years of your life” and how your 20s are far from it.
The special also features Tomlinson talking about bettering herself, realistic relationship goals, and a ton of millennial buzz-topics that makes you want the show to never end. A great way Tomlinson describes her twenties is “too old to party, but too young to settle down.”
Tiffany Haddish, Black Mitzvah
Run time: 88 minutes
You might remember Tiffany Haddish from the numerous blockbuster movies she has starred in, but the comedian got her start in standup and is good at it. Haddish has been in the comedy game for over a decade, but when she got her first Netflix special, it took off.
In her special, Haddish speaks about being a black Jewish woman and dealing with fame and being uncomfortable with it. You will see Haddish as a relatable woman who is hilarious and charming and fully deserves more specials in the midst of this special.
Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It?
Run time: 59 minutes
Whitney Cummings has done a lot in her career, like producing the sitcom Two Broke Girls and Whitney, but she takes it even further with her Netflix comedy gig. Cummings uses some of her original work that we are used to seeing in her special and has a lot of self-reflection.
Of course, the most talked-about of her special was the second half, where Cummings introduces a custom-built sex robot that looks like her. Cummings’ comedy is, for sure, raunchy, but also funny and slightly weird. It’s something you might be into or might not, but we say go ahead and give it a try.
John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons
Run time: 101 minutes
Originally, Latin History for Morons was a one-man show that won John Leguizamo a Tony Award. The show dives into the influence and importance of Latin America through U.S. History Since it was so powerful, Netflix wanted to bring it to their viewers.
The show is done as if the viewer is in the classroom, getting a lesson from a very energetic professor. The show includes a chalkboard and other props and is not your typical standup show, but it is worth watching for both its humor and educational lessons.
Netflix is chock-full of amazing and hilarious standup gigs just waiting for you to watch them. These specials are all under two hours long and are great for making you laugh and educating you on some crucial, current topics you might not be familiar with.
Whether you’re watching with your girlfriends, with a date, or just by yourself, Netflix is a great place to head to for some comedy gold.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do comedians make from Netflix specials?
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Netflix was known to pay their comics anywhere between $50,000 and $20 million for a single, one-hour special. The most common pay rate is $500,000.
Who is the highest paid comedian?
As of 2019, Forbes lists Kevin Hart as the highest paid comedian with a $59 million net worth. Hart has been making waves in the film industry lately, especially in Jumanji.
Who is the highest-paid female comedian?
Amy Schumer was the only female on Forbes’ highest-paid comedian list, coming in at $21 million. A lot of debate has sprung from this since people believe more female comedians should have been on the list instead of her.