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4 Hilarious Comedy Specials

Right now, there are a slew of new comedy specials beckoning from my Netflix queue. I can’t stop watching (and laughing out loud). Each show is recorded live at a stand-up gig, so you get a front row seat to see some of the all-time comic greats from the comfort of your sofa. Here are four I’ve enjoyed so far…

After 12 years out of the spotlight, Dave Chapelle whet our appetite for his return with a stint hosting Saturday Night Live after the election. Now arguably one of the best comedians ever is back with “The Age of Spin” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” Warning: Nothing — sex, scandal, race relations, terrorism, Bill Cosby, O.J. Simpson, kids’ lunches — is off the table during these two hour-long specials. But come on, what do you expect?

Watching Amy Schumer perform makes me want to hang out with her and share that bottle of red wine she is drinking onstage during the whole thing. She is characteristically self-deprecating yet empowered in The Leather Special, as when she talks about her body: “Here’s a word that you don’t want to hear when a nude photo of you goes viral: Brave.”

Before there was Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, there was Trevor Noah, the stand-up comedian. It’s refreshing to see him back on stage in Afraid of the Dark, and totally clear why he was picked to fill Jon Stewart’s shoes. He has a way of turning world politics into thought-provoking jokes that feel fresh. He’s also good at accents and has the most adorable way of laughing at his own jokes. (He is definitely my latest celebrity crush.)

Iliza Shlesinger may be the least known of the bunch (she was the 2008 and only female winner of Last Comic Standing), but she is definitely the most relatable in Confirmed Kills. I may have actually experienced her “party goblin” phenomenon in my 20s. “Your party goblin — everybody has one — she lives in the back of your brain and she’s basically the creature that comes out when you don’t expect it, and is responsible for any crazy night you’ve had. The thing is, she doesn’t come out when you’re like, ‘It’s my birthday, let’s go out!’ She might — but she comes out on the night where you’re like, ‘I’ll just have one drink…'”

Do you watch stand-up comedy? Who are your favorite comedians?

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  1. Emily says...

    I’m so surprised by Iliza Shlesinger’s popularity. I watched her special “Freezing Hot” and could not believe all the gender stereotypes she perpetuated. It just felt so dated and one-dimensional. Maybe her other specials are better. Not surprised to see that everyone loved Ali Wong’s “Baby Cobra.” So great!

  2. Virginia Fay says...

    Bo Burnham! Make Happy is a comedy special in musical form and he is so hilarious, huge celeb crush on him :) and John Mulvaney!

  3. I love Tig notaro! She is one of my very favorite comedians

  4. ami am says...

    Moshe Kasher is hilarious, too. I highly recommend his comedy special.

  5. Love all of these! I knew what Amy Schumer’s comedy was going to be like as soon as I saw Trainwreck so her book and the Leather Special didn’t throw me off – I still think she’s hilarious and I can’t wait to see her new movie next month. Definitely going to watch some Ali Wong this weekend! Also Chris D’elia’s special on Netflix is good to0, his bit about drunk girls is spot on.

  6. Mila says...

    Just watched Iliza Shlesinger, as recommended – and it is SUPER FUNNY! More posts like this, please :)

  7. Laura says...

    My all-time favorite is Aziz Ansari, but recently watched Ali Wong’s Baby Cobra on Netflix. It might have taken over the #1 spot on my faves list.

    • Anna says...

      YES!!! Baby Cobra is right up there with Louis CK for me, though I have a soft spot for Trevor Noah, too. And Cristela’s stand up was both funny and heart wrenching, too.

  8. Esther says...

    ALI WONG!!!!!! Echoing all the other comments up here. Not even a question – she is brilliant.

    • Meg says...

      I have watched Ali Wong’s Netflix special so many times. It’s now my go-to for something to have on in the background while hanging around the house.

  9. Sheena Peter says...

    Louis CK’s new special is great! I’m a long time fan of his and he
    Hits some hard topics from his point of view. I just love him.

    I’m usually a fan of Amy Schumer, but I found her leather special a bit awkward. Almost like watching a couple fighting. I found it a bit passive aggressive. I don’t like when male comics do that either. I founded it very uncomfortable and not funny. Just leave him.

  10. Marie says...

    His specials aren’t super new but my husband and I love Sebastian Maniscalo. He is hilarious and so much of his humor is so relatable. Love it!!

  11. Libby says...

    My favourite comedian is Carl Barron. So Australian. I’d love to know if people from other countries think he is funny too!

  12. Alanna says...

    I also enjoyed Ali Wong’s special and didn’t particularly love Amy’s leather special BUT can I challenge all of us to be cognizant of what we are doing when we make comments like “Ali is SO much funnier than Amy!!” I don’t see anyone pitting male comedians against each other like that! Especially in a field with relatively few women, and in a world where we STILL talk about how women “aren’t funny” I think there is more than enough room to support all of these awesome female comedians!

    • Eva says...

      Hear hear!! And now I totally want to check out this Ali Wong special …

    • V says...

      Agreed. I just watched Ali Wong’s special on the recommendation of many lovely COJ readers and my god it was funny.

    • YES! Completely agree – plenty of laughs to go around :)

  13. Em says...

    Jim Gaffigan is by far my favorite! SO excited we have tickets to see him in November! :) And now I’m excited to check out the Ali Wong special after all of these recommendations!

  14. AnnAnn says...

    I simply must add Katherine Ryan: In Trouble (Netflix) to this list!! And agree with everyone on Ali Wong.

  15. Janna says...

    I am normally an Amy Schumer fan, but this recent Netflix special missed the mark for me. I really enjoyed her book, even recommended to friends, but this special repeated many of the jokes/stories from the book and overall this show was one- note. There’s better Schumer out there.
    I agree with a few commenters before me- Patton Oswald is great and I found the new Louie CK stand-up snort laugh worthy.

  16. linda says...

    Nothing about breakout star Ali Wong and her special Baby Cobra?

    • Lara says...

      I JUST watched the Ali Wong special last night and immediately recommended it to several friends. She’s awesome! Totally relatable, ugly-laughed many times. Highly recommend. :)

  17. Bethany says...

    Amy was boring and Chapelle was offensive. I can’t believe Ali Wong didn’t make the list. Best standup I’ve seen in years…

    • Kristin says...

      Agree on all three.

  18. Jessica says...

    I lean towards the dry wit of British comedians, in particular dara o’briain and bill bailey, who are both immensely talented. The British have a somewhat dark, and un-self conscious sense of humour that i find really refreshing! Gina yashere is a female British comedian who is also fantastic, and seldom relies on the “every woman” jokes a la Amy

    • Sara says...

      Hi Jessica,

      In case you didn’t know, Dara Ó Briain isn’t British – he’s Irish! Works a lot in the UK.

      Sara

    • Mila says...

      LOVE Jim Jefferies!!!

  19. Tina, nyc says...

    While I don’t know if he has any new stand up tv specials, my fave comedian is, hands down, Jim Gagffigan.

    His humor is clean and if you watch Jerry Seinfeld’s brilliant, Comedians In cars Getting coffee, jerry points out the vulgar shtick so many commedians rely on is a crutch. It’s far harder to be clean.

    If you haven’t seen CICGC, I highly recommend it. They are short and are so much more than just funny. the interviews feel like you are sitting in on a private conversation between old friends.

    My fave epidsodes inclide Alec Baldwin, President Obama, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah they are at the same time hilarious but also poignant and illuminating so just go watch it.

    • jillygirl says...

      Oh yeah CICGC, yes. I loved Sarah Silverman and David Letterman, they’re all good though!

  20. Sasha says...

    As other commenters have mentioned, Ali Wong, who performed while seven-months pregnant, is also hilarious! Her Netflix special “Baby Cobra” is a must-watch. She is touring now and her shows are selling out like crazy.

  21. I normally think Amy Schumer is pretty funny (loved Trainwreck, and found her memoir refreshingly wise *and* witty), but I really did not like The Leather Special. I have absolutely nothing against sex jokes, but every.single.joke was something about sex or vaginas or jizz. It got old really fast and just showed that a lot of times she relies on sexual humor. I think she’s a great writer (the sketches on her show are really fantastic), but her stand up is kind of boring. *insert grimace emoji here*

  22. Ashley says...

    Bert Kreischer! I watched his special on Showtime and I howled with laughter the entire time – could not recommend more

    I second comments about Amy Schumer’s special – I usually like her comedy but thought the leather special was terrible and terribly filmed. I was really shocked.

  23. I haven’t seen any of these! I love Amy and of course Dave, but I’m interested in seeing Ali Wong’s standup like everyone else is talking about. These days it’s such a pleasure to laugh and release all the stress. Thanks for the recommendations!

    http://www.shessobright.com

  24. Amy Schumer is one of my very faves…but. Didn’t love the leather special. I feel awful admitting it. It had some funny moments for sure, but it wasn’t her best. Iliza is fabulous! Proud to have both ladies at the forefront of comic relief!

  25. Christine says...

    Just look at the promo pictures above: the men get to wear shirts and jackets, the women, tank tops.

    • Kerry says...

      Thanks for pointing this out. You’re so right! Men just don’t have to put their bodies on display the way women do. Frustrating.

  26. I’m glad Amy Schumer is well paid and famous. I like the idea of more womenn at the “top comic” table. I just don’t love her stand up. I think of the Dowager Countess from “Downton” reminding us not to confuse vulgarity with humor. Trainwreck, however, was surprisingly enjoyable.
    Ali Wong’s special is a favorite and John Mulaney has 2 good ones on Netflix, too.

    • Ashley says...

      Totally with you on this one. Ali Wong is WAY funnier than Amy Schumer. Schumer’s humor is crassness for crassness’ sake. John Mulaney is adorable.

      I’ll add Bo Burnham’s Make Happy special to the list — it’s kind of like a musical version of stand up. Don’t let Toby overhear because his songs are dark, but VERY catchy.

  27. Jenny says...

    I feel the same way about Amy as many other commenters. Used to like her stuff, but had to turn the Leather Special off after 10 minutes.

    But I love Iliza!! I find her jokes brilliant and feminist but she also pokes fun at how ridiculous we all are. I also highly recommend her online mini-series Forever 31 on ABC if you haven’t seen it.

  28. One Love says...

    None of these people are funny except Dave Chappelle. Bill Burr is hilarious too!

  29. Amena says...

    I wonder why so many female comedians mostly talk/joke about sex and vagina. There is so much more to women than that. I like to listen to comedy that talks about simple everyday experiences and make that funny. It’s very easy to joke about sex and vagina but not easy to joke about everyday boring life. Hence why I respect and really enjoyed Dave Chapelle, C.K Louis and Neal Brennan 3 Mics netflix specials.

    • Ange says...

      Agree 100%.

    • Kate says...

      Check out Jess Solomon and Eman al-Hussseini! They are married Canadian comics, one is Jewish and one is Palestinian. Jess used to be a human rights lawyer with the UN.

      My favourite thing about their acts is that they consistently make jokes about everything BUT sex, and it’s so refreshing!

    • Amena says...

      wow, Jess Solomon and Eman al-Hussseini sound like a dream comic team. Thanks Kate.

    • Janet says...

      Agree!!

    • Jenny says...

      I agree! If you haven’t checked out Iliza yet, I would really recommend giving her stuff a try. She explicitly avoids outrageous sex/vagina jokes too because they’re “easy laughs”.

      I’ll have to check out Jess and Eman! They sound great.

  30. I listened to Amy’s stand up while walking for an hour to get some exercise around my neighborhood. I enjoyed most of it, but there were some parts that I thought were too crass and racy and made me feel uncomfortable.

    LOVED Trevor’s bit about Russians: usually I find such jokes offensive (I’m Russian), but his had me laughing.

    http://www.mangotomato.com

  31. Lily says...

    If you haven’t watched- Tom Segura is HI-larious!

    • Laura says...

      I was going to say this! Ali Wong’s comedy special is waay funnier too

  32. Nancy says...

    ALI WONG ALL THE WAY!!! You should do a whole post/interview with her :)

    • YES. I cackled like a maniac watching her Netflix special.

  33. Zoe says...

    I have to say, I am so pleased with the comments here. I tried to watch Amy and got over it so fast. The self-deprecating humor just got old, she’s a one trick pony.

    I didn’t watch Dave Chapelle but my boyfriend tried to tell me about a “hilarious” joke which involved trans people and I was not pleased. We actually kind of got into a fight over it. Glad to see that others think this type of humor needs to be called out.

    • Jamie says...

      Oh man Zoe that sounds familiar… lately I just can’t let things like that go like I used to. I used to laugh it off or try to ignore it if someone says something offensive but ever since Trump won I realized that all of our silence is what got us here. There have been a lot of jokes that dissolve into serious discussions lately, then I end up apologizing for taking it so far. But at the same time, silence is complicity.

    • I totally felt the same way when I saw Dave Chapelle live. He took shots at trans bodies — e.g., expressing horror at the idea of Caitlyn Jenner’s nude photoshoot. And then! In the same breath, he sincerely expressed how sad he felt when a trans fan educated him on how hurtful his jokes were. And then! He did a bit about how no LGBT person should complain about their plight to a black person. This was all in the name of comedy, of course, and I believe Dave when he says he doesn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings… but at the end of the day, he was still continuing to make unhelpful remarks. As a fan, I left the show feeling confused. It’s hard to know what’s said in “good fun” anymore, given the current political atmosphere. For me, any language that “others” people, even if it’s said playfully, can suck the air out of the room.

  34. IH says...

    Totally hearing what everyone is saying about the Dave Chappelle stand up and I’m in no way disregarding your opinions, BUT, I don’t think his commentary on rape or domestic violence was promoting or making light of these things. If anything, his commentary was like– “Really? How are people doing these things?”, his disappointment in Cosby and the difficulties to accept both what he’s done for the Black community and the heinous acts he’s accused of. Chappelle has also stated how he is a Feminist and Pro-Rights for everyone. Comedians take dark situations and make them into situations that we need to talk about– POC have had to laugh at our pain for centuries and this is just an extension of that. Chappelle make the viewer uncomfortable by talking about the uncomfortable.

    • I completely agree with all of this. Couldn’t have said it better myself!

    • I agree with a lot of this, but David Chappelle isn’t making fun of his own pain (unless he himself is a survivor of sexual assault). He’s making fun of women that have been raped. At the hands of men.

    • LH — glad you commented! (Also cupofjo I love how you create a respectful atmosphere to disagree)
      So here’s my rationale:
      I think that rape culture and people making light of rape is way too commonplace for Dave Chappelle to make the distinction between his rape humor and the misogyny that still perpetrates. I think that issues like Title IX violations from colleges, convictions that result in a slap on the wrist, and communities overempathizing with the rapist are still happening all around.

      The superhero rape joke – a dude who gains power from violating women? Yeah that just sounds like the definition of hegemonic masculinity.
      And that was the punchline!

      In that context it is hard to interpret Chappelle’s jokes as a critque on rape culture. Instead it feels as a contribution to rape culture.

  35. Alexandra says...

    Chelsea Handler comes back Friday and I can’t wait! I love the way she balances current issues with comedy through unique quest lists and blunt honesty. Also, she spent her entire hiatus traveling the world for her show and I can’t wait to see the topics she bubbles up.

  36. So cool to see Iliza on the list! Big fan of hers and actually was at the taping of this special in Chicago :)

  37. Emma says...

    Why shouldn’t people joke about rape or domestic violence? The rationale for this line of thinking tends to go like this: “it’s a painful and serious matter where lives are at stake”. But applying that logic to other topics means that most everything is off the table to joke about. Humor is the primary way I have been able to overcome hardships in my life and I appreciate stand-up for being a “safe space” where people can blurt out almost anything in an attempt to make people think and laugh about life’s serious moments.

    • Lydia says...

      For me, the line is crossed when the rape or violence is the punchline. I think it’s fine to joke about those topics and, like you said, it can be good to find humor in terrible situations. It’s good to make people think and laugh ABOUT life’s serious moments but I don’t think it’s healthy for a society to laugh AT those things.

  38. Audra says...

    Euh, I’m so over Amy. She’s not funny and tries way too hard to be “every woman” but just comes off gross and kind of classless.

  39. jen says...

    Ali Wong and the new Louis C.K. Both are great.

    • Caitlin says...

      The new Louis CK is great. Fair warning, there is a long bit about abortion right off the bat. I work at an abortion provider and with all the crap going on I’m usually in no mood to joke about it, but he is spot on and dry and dark and I was cracking up.

  40. Claire says...

    Mike Bribiglia’s Thank God For Jokes is the best I’ve seen in a long time.

    • YES! SO good.

    • Sarah says...

      Yes!!!! He just announced his tour, too. I cannot wait.

  41. Paige says...

    Honestly, so disappointed in the Dave Chapelle shout out. I’ve been a fan of his in the past, but his latest special makes fun of rape and domestic violence. Never okay, never funny.

    On another note, Christela Alonzo’s special on Netflix had us belly laughing for the entire hour. Couldn’t recommend her stand up enough.

    • Rachel says...

      I agree. Loved Cristela’s comedy special on Netflix.

    • Mitra says...

      I LOVED Cristela’s special, too! I thought that in this political climate, normalizing an immigrant experience through comedy felt really important. Was a little surprised not to see this or Ali Wong’s special included in this round-up.

    • KIRSTY says...

      Another huge vote for Cristela here. Her standup is amazing, she’s hilarious without being crude, and her voice as a working-class, on the border of poverty-line, immigrant is a really important one to acknowledge, particularly right now.

  42. Fae says...

    dave chappelle special was borderline unwatchable. “in a gay couple, which one is the wife?” gross.

    • Samantha says...

      THANK YOU! My girlfriend and I had to turn it off. The levels of misunderstanding were too much.

  43. Lindsey says...

    John Mulaney’s New In Town and Mike Birbiglia’s Thank God for Jokes (both on Netflix) are two of my favorites. Highly recommend both! And I agree with a number of the comments — I was disappointed with Amy Schumer’s special. It seemed like she was trying to be shocking — which made it feel boring. And it didn’t have any of the pointed (and hilarious) criticism you see in her show.

  44. I like Amy Schumer as a human, but I do not find her stand up funny. It almost feels like she is trying to hard. Where as Trevor Noah’s stand up special had me laughing out loud, and I agree with everyone else, Ali Wong is so hilarious. I re-watched her special several times because I’ve made so many other people watch it.

  45. Samantha says...

    The Louis CK special on Netflix has been my favorite so far! He does SUCH a good job of joking about serious, relevant topics in a way that doesn’t make fun of the group it’s about, but is still really funny! I felt like Dave Chapelle didn’t do a good job of this. Just my opinion though! :)

  46. jillygirl says...

    Trevor Noah is my all-time favorite. Clean, razor-sharp insight delivered with kind humor, and perfectly mature restraint in playing the edge. LOVE him.

    ALI WONG is amazing.

    I love Amy Schumer too but feel like she’s gone deep in the wrong direction – the sweetness that kept her vagina jokes pro female has just descended into what feels like self-abuse. So sad, I hope she shifts back into empowerment instead of blatant self-denigration. It was embarrassing. Live and learn Amy, live and learn!

    • Katie says...

      Too true.

    • Sonya says...

      Agree with all of this. Getting through Amy’s Netflix stand-up just made me cringe; I just wanted it to be over.

    • Sarah says...

      Agreed. We turned it off after 10 minutes. She’s better acting in movies, I think. Can’t wait to watch Trevor Noah’s though!

  47. MB says...

    I found the Dave Chapelle stand-up pretty uninspired. I remember his stand-up from 15 years ago and he seemed so alive and vibrant. These two sets had a weird moodiness, not to mention the strange jokes about trans people, or the knocks against some of his fellow well-established comedians (Key and Peele get side-eyed? really, Chapelle?)… He’s funnier than a lot of comedians, but it just felt like it wasn’t right for 2017. If he was going for social commentary it was too shallow and under-considered to make a dent.

  48. Aw man, I’ve got to say I’m SO disappointed in the Dave Chappelle shoutout. As other readers here stated, his standup was so f***** up. Rape jokes? Never okay. Domestic Violence jokes? Never okay.
    Never funny.

    I know he’s been gone a while, but he should’ve caught up with how far society has progressed dealing with violence against women.

    • Paige says...

      YES TO THIS

    • IH says...

      Left a comment about this on the page! Would love to discuss.

  49. Caroline says...

    *listening

  50. Bethany says...

    Mike Birbiglia!!

  51. Trisha says...

    Someone please please please turn on Chelsea Peretti’s- One of the Greats!! It is so funny! I cannot believe she has not been mentioned yet! So weird and good and unique and hilarious that lady is!
    Also, same as most of the comments on Amy Schumer, I could not get past 15 minutes! Maybe I should give it another try??
    And the new Dave Chappelle- yes!
    But really, Chelsea Peretti- stat!

    • I, too, tried the Amy one and then quit. Just because something is outrageous doesn’t make it funny or interesting. To the other commentor who called it “lazy comedy”—AMEN.

    • Loribeth says...

      Chelsea Peretti is so friggin funny. I love her standup and I would watch an entire show of just her character Gina from Brooklyn Nine-Nine!

    • Audra says...

      I love Chelsea! My sister introduced me to her. One of my favorite parts was her making fun of people overusing “hubby”–my pet peeve!

  52. Leah says...

    I clicked on the Trevor Noah link and “accidentally” watched the whole show… Hilarious!

  53. I’m always up for a good laugh, but I have to admit I was sad to see that Dave Chappelle’s special made your list. You’re correct in saying that nothing is off the table for him, but sex and scandal is not how I would describe making light of the experiences and trauma of survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and rape. The last couple lines of this article (http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2017/03/dave-chappelle-rape-jokes) summed up the hurt of his “jokes” in a way that really resonate with me as a survivor of sexual assault:

    “Abuse survivors are used to people treating their pain as collateral damage on some important man’s road to greatness. It’s just painful to see that kind of talk echoed by a man who claims to be a feminist.”

    • Totally agree with you.

    • Rebecca says...

      Also, his special was completely transphobic! It’s not a joke that “you don’t feel like using the correct pronouns”

    • MB says...

      Ah! Just wrote the same thing! I watched both and just felt kinda sad after it was over… I just expected more from him. Lots of navel-gazing but not in an introspective, self-critical way… felt like he was out of the game.

    • jillygirl says...

      Have to agree though I love him. I found myself feeling really uncomfortable for his daughters!

  54. I loved Amy Schumer’s book so must watch this special! One of my fave celebrity memoirs (and I’ve read a bunch!)

    Honestly, I’m a Dave Chapelle fan but didn’t love his Hollywood special. Sure, parts of it made me laugh, but many of his jokes felt a bit off to me. I get what you’re saying with your disclaimer (what do you expect?) but I actually expect Chapelle to be sharp and clever and intelligent with his jokes. Some of his jokes (especially about gay people) felt kinda lazy. I think Pop Culture Happy Hour summed up how I felt in a much more articulate way in this podcast episode. Worth listening, I think!

  55. Jennifer says...

    I am a big Dave Chappelle fan (for an amazing watch check out “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party”), but I was so saddened and disappointed by his specials. There were moments that were funny but leaning on homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny so heavily for laughs seems out of touch for 2017. For a great analysis, I’d recommend checking out the “Pop Culture Happy Hour-NPR” podcast on the Dave Chappelle specials. The panel articulated exactly what left me feeling cold.

    • Caroline says...

      I second the recommendation about listing to the Pop Culture Happy Hour discussion about the Chappelle specials. Saw both specials prior to listening, and the podcast discussion helped to clarify my negative reaction to the shows.

  56. Connie says...

    I am a big fan of John Mulaney, Donald Glover, Garfunkel and Oates, and Patton Oswalt.

  57. Jim Jefferies! His comedy is pretty vulgar and definitely NSFW, but I laughed so hard I cried at “Freedumb,” his most recent Netflix special. He’s gotten increasingly more political and it’s awesome–the bit about Donald Trump in “Freedumb” is hilarious, and his routine about gun control in “Bare” is a must-watch. He’s coming to Tampa in June and I can’t wait to see him live!

    • Mila says...

      You are so lucky that you get to see him live – I LOVE his stand up!

  58. Tara says...

    BABY COBRA!! When she’s talking about doulas and breastfeeding. I died. “All these white witches come over to help you…”

  59. Tati says...

    Ali Wong all the way!

  60. Rachel S. says...

    I second the Ali Wong special!! It was AMAZING. She’s just so funny! Every bit of it was so well done.

    I have to disagree on the Amy Schumer, I did not think it was very funny and was pretty disappointed. The comedy felt lazy to me.

  61. I could not get past 12 minutes of Amy’s comedy special. Made me so happy I did not waste money on tickets when she toured!

    • jen says...

      Exxact same reaction–and I really like her movie.

  62. Shira says...

    I’m obsessed with John Heffron, who won the second season of Last Comic Standing. He’s just so relatable and (important to me) not dirty. I wouldn’t be embarrassed to go to one of his shows with my parents.

    I don’t get the love affair with Amy Schumer. I just don’t find her funny at all.

  63. Noelle says...

    We loved Patton Oswalt’s Talking for Clapping! We’re pretty picky about standup – we don’t get into the crass comedy, so we like Jim Gaffigan and Trevor Noah a lot too. (We got real sad after watching Nick Offerman’s standup a year or two ago when we were deeply into Parks & Rec)

  64. Marisa says...

    Jen Kirkman’s Netflix specials are great – super funny! I usually love Amy Schumer, but The Leather Special just felt forced and totally not funny to me.

  65. Lauren E. says...

    I thought the Dave Chapelle special was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. The bit at the end of part 1 had me actually crying I was laughing so hard.

    And if you want a throwback, Eddie Murphy Raw is my go to. I’ve seen it ten times at least and it never disappoints. For anyone whose mother told them they didn’t need to go to McDonald’s because she could make her own burgers, this one is for you.

    And lastly, if I’m ever in a bad mood, I watch ten minutes of old Ellen Degeneres stand up on YouTube and I am instantly happier.

  66. escondista says...

    I feel like the only person who found Dave Chapelle’s comedy to be extra sexist and Dated. Also, he looks like he’s been smoking and drinking HEAVILY since he disappeared and needs some substance-abuse services.

    • You are not! I agree with you re: dated/sexist. You should listen to the Pop Culture Happy Hour episode on it here :)

  67. Ali Wong is the best.

  68. Lindsey says...

    Man, I laughed so hard at Amy’s “on my vaginas best day it smells like a small farm animal” bit. So crass and nasty but COME ON, that is funny!!

    • You should read her book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo! That line is straight from her book :) It made me LOL a bunch.

  69. Alexandra says...

    LOVE Iliza—War Paint and Freezing Hot are the foundation of many of my friendships. She gets me.

  70. Patty says...

    Also John Mulaney’s New in Town is a really great gem on Netflix!

    • Sinds says...

      YES! John Mulaney is my favorite stand-up comic of all time, and his latest one “Comeback Kid” is even better, if that’s possible!

  71. Carrie says...

    Ah, comedy specials.
    Demetri Martin had this special back in 2012, wish I could remember the name. Anyhow, I got incredibly high and watched it all by myself- to this day I can’t remember a time when I’ve laughed so hard. It was the kind of laugh where no sound is even coming out anymore. Now it remains a cherished (hazy) memory.

    • Rebecca says...

      Yes!!!!! Dimitri Martin makes me laugh more than anyone ever.

  72. Katie says...

    I grew up with Iliza. We went to middle and high school together and were on swim team together :) She’s just as funny in real life, and it’s been really cool watching her become so successful. She actually has three Netflix specials, my favorite of which is Freezing Hot.

  73. Sarah says...

    I was so impressed with Neal Brennan’s “3 Mics” special, also available on Netflix. I didn’t know much about Neal before watching, other than that he was the co-creator of Chappelle’s Show. I highly, highly recommend checking out “3 Mics.” Very funny, but lots of deep stuff, too.

    • Yes!! It was soo good!

  74. afsi says...

    All these recommendations are on point – except Amy Schumer’s new special. I have always been a fan after her previous specials, movie, and her fantastic book, however this latest special, I couldn’t even get through it.

    • Emma says...

      Same! I was so disappointed. My friend and I made Saturday night plans to watch it together and order take-out and we turned it off 20 mins in or so.

    • Jamie MA says...

      I have to agree. I love Amy. Cutting was a hysterical comedy album. And I find her antics so funny. But this latest special was a huge disappointment. Not only was it not funny it hit hard on the same theme of blackout drinking, which all felt very recycled.

    • I completely agree, think she is funny but I had to turn her leather special off. It wasn’t funny and bordered disgusting.

    • Celeste says...

      Agree with everything here-huge fan but did not find her Latest special any more than very slightly funny. She repeated huge chucks from her book, too…which is her prerogative, I guess, but felt…well…repetitive.

  75. Brittany says...

    I wish people would get off the Amy Schumer train. Her special was terrible and she is not funny at all. When you have to constantly rely on the “dude bro” mentality and talking about your vagina, you’re done. She’s the female Dane Cook. Way funnier out there. Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special was amazingly funny.

    • Carrie says...

      Yes. All this and more

    • Samantha J says...

      I totally agree! I can’t stand her anymore. The whole self-deprecating thing is getting so old.

    • Rebecca says...

      Agreed!

    • Leslie says...

      Agree! We really wanted to like this, so we kept watching thinking it would get better. I don’t think my fiance or I laughed one time.

    • Becca says...

      Thanks for this. As someone who was never on the train, I just don’t get it.

    • Amy says...

      Agreed. I’ve never really appreciated her style of humour so maybe she’s talented, but it’s just not for me.

    • linda says...

      I actually love Amy Schumer but was not impressed or entertained by the Leather Special. I’m surprised no shout out for Ali Wong’s Baby Cobra. Now that is a breath of fresh air and so funny!

  76. Kali says...

    Louis CK’s latest one hour on Netflix is also hilarious and par for the course for Louis. Nothing is off limits and he continues to walk this amazing line of seeing both sides of an issue in the best comedic way possible. I think he’s a genius and this time he throws in some impressions … ugh. I mom-peed more than once. <3

    • Sinds says...

      Seconded – although trigger warning for supremely un-funny jokes about abortion. The first 10 minutes of his new special is really tough to get through if that’s a sensitive topic.

  77. kristen says...

    Also relatively new to Netflix is another Mike Birbiglia special – Thank God for Jokes. It’s hilarious! We watched this immediately following Dave Chapelle (Deep in the Heart of Texas). While I appreciate Chapelle’s talent..and parts were certainly funny..we cringed…a lot, and managed to laugh twice as much during Birbiglia. I really respect humour that is not based on vulgarities, stereotypes, and homophobic remarks.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Mike Birbiglia’s special was one of the best! Still laughing.

    • Kyle says...

      Agree with Mike Birbiglia! If you are a fan of This American Life, you know Mike Birbiglia.

    • Yes, to Mike Birbiglia! His show was SO well-crafted and engaging. Smart comedy at its best.

  78. Loribeth says...

    I absolutely love Iliza Shlesinger! She’s hilarious and her special “Freezing Hot” is basically my early 20s. I quote her ALL the time with my friends from college and my sisters!

  79. I absolutely love standup comedy, but I must admit I did not care for Amy Schumer’s new special. I watched the first 15 minutes of it and found it….far too crass for my taste. And I’m no prude!

    Am I being too harsh? Does it get better after 15 minutes?!

    • I love Amy Shumer (well, I thought I did..) and I did not care for her special at all. It put me to sleep after 20 minutes!

    • Kali says...

      I think Amy tends to feel crass at times because she’s a woman. This is not meant to criticize your point of view, I myself think that at times too. But then I watch any other male comedian insinuate the same concepts and it doesn’t register the same. I think that’s why Amy is so brilliant at what she does. Sometime’s she’s labeled a sex comic when instead, she’s just a woman talking about sex, which men do all the time. The last ten minutes of Louis CK’s new show … 100% about sex but he’s never labeled as such. She’s breaking barriers and while it’s a different delivery, it’s so refreshing. Although I can totally see the need to have to get used to it.

    • Chandra says...

      I agree! I was surprised that I didn’t like it but I watched all the way through and it unfortunately didn’t get any better. I didn’t think it had the same voice her stuff normally has, something was off.

    • Hannah says...

      I felt the exact same way…I think I only laughed a couple times during the entire special. Sometimes her stuff is so cringey…especially the whole “on its best day, my vagina smells like a small farm animal.” Girl, you need to get that checked out because I don’t think it’s normal. Getting kind of sick of the shock value stuff.

    • Caroline says...

      I agree Ashley! I am also usually a big fan of Amy Schumer, but the Leather Special really missed the mark for me. I don’t think comparing herself to a farm animal was terribly funny – or particularly empowering to women.

    • Joanna says...

      Am I the only one that is not a huge Amy Schumer fan? (Although love the work she’s doing with gun control…keep it up!)

      I find the hyper talking-about-every-aspect-about-being-a-woman not me, even though I am a women. I don’t relate to much of what she’s talking about.

    • Grace says...

      I agree 100%! I love Amy, but this special felt so forced. It seemed like she was just saying things for shock value.

    • Char says...

      It was horrible. Like not funny. I’m so over her.
      I’m a fan of crass, but vagina and sex jokes only get you so far after a certain point.
      The gun control monologue was totally on point, but was so out of place.

  80. Tania says...

    I cannot believe you didn’t mention Ali Wong’s ‘Baby Cobra’ (maybe it’s less recent than I think). I’ve watched it a few times and it is too, too funny.

    • Emma says...

      Loooove Baby Cobra!

    • Nectar says...

      ALI WONG! literally rolling on the floor laughing while watching this.

    • Agree, agree, agree! She just sold out Chicago too!

    • Suzanne says...

      I just watched it this weekend and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! She was so funny and so much of what she said resonated with me! :)

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Thanks for the recommendation! Definitely watching it next!

    • Kate says...

      That was my first thought, too! She’s hilarious.

    • Jane says...

      The funniest!

    • escondista says...

      +1 for Ali Wong.

    • Caroline says...

      I’m disappointed that the list didn’t mention Ali Wong as well! Such a good comedy special!

    • Sue says...

      My thoughts exactly!!! Ali Wong is great.