It’s time to drop our final list of Netflix Original stand-up Comedy Specials, if you haven’t seen the others don’t fret, this is an incredible place to start. If your gut can handle it, check out the rest of our recommendations here. This time we couldn’t stick to only 5.
Our very own, the one who gets away with taunting Zuma, the daywalker, The “Daily Show” host! Trevor ponders the perils of naming countries, how traffic lights turn New Yorkers invincible and why you shouldn’t drink in Scotland. Our boy has still got it in spades and officially a comedic heavy-weight.
Comedy titan Dave Chappelle caps a wild year with two stand-up specials packed with scorching new material, self-reflection and tough love. Little known truths and a girl with supernatural powers, Dave goes back-to-back and doesn’t disappoint.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan cuts loose on a variety of topics, including Hot Pockets, holidays, Catholicism and his favorite activity: doing nothing. He’s a master craftsman who’s smart and sharp enough to bring his own unique viewpoint to universal topics.
Offbeat comic James Acaster covers the strange, the mundane and everything in between in this collection of four wide-ranging stand-up specials.
Maria Bamford performs a rapid-fire, playful stand-up set for crowds at park benches, bowling alleys and LA theaters in this roving comedy special. An early joke, delivered to her husband and their pugs, pokes at the apologetic language people use to describe their relationships.
John Mulaney relays stories from his childhood and “SNL,” eviscerates the value of college and laments getting older in this electric comedy special. There’s no conventional setup or punchline, and little reliance on the universality of his topic; it’s just a story ostensibly pulled from Mulaney’s life and told in a fantastic fashion.
Chris Rock takes the stage in Brooklyn for a comedy special filled with searing observations on fatherhood, infidelity and American politics. He gets real, raw and hilarious in this hour. 10 years was worth the wait.
Then we have 2 honourable mentions for some golden oldies that couldn’t be left of this list.
No list would be complete without the best laugh in the game. Flashing the wild stand-up comedy that made him a household name, Eddie Murphy unleashes uncensored observations and parodies in this 1983 live show. Don’t forget the super tight red leather. He’s issued apologies for some of this.
Richard Pryor’s classic 1979 concert film has him discussing a wide range of topics, including race, the police and his favourite target — himself. This was the first stand up routine to be released in theatres and probably the best stand-up special of all time.