Stand up to laugh: Netflix’s best stand-up comedy specials


Netflix undoubtedly has a massive library with genres from thriller, crime, drama to romance, coming-of-age, and comedy, be in series, movies or documentaries. However, one more gem in Netflix’s crown is the continuously expanding stand-up comedy collection. There is an insane amount of comedy one can find on Netflix but here’s the list of the most relatable, impressive, ROFL kind of stand ups one can ever find.

Everyone from the very new faces in the genre to the well-established ones, dive in the fathomless abyss of laughter and fun.

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Wong is an American Comedian who is constantly redefining the boundaries and bringing up standards for female comedians. She’s well known for her Netflix specials like Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife. The shows became more of a hit due to the fact that she was in her third trimester of pregnancy during both the shows where she shattered taboos and societal misconceptions regarding motherhood and birth in the most honest and brutal way. With a hell amount of hilarity and honesty, she navigates through dating, sex, race, marriage and motherhood. 

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Being from the background of immigrants, Minhaj has distinctively different set of experiences than any other and he does have that wit to convert those into bone-tickling jokes which can leave the audience doubled up. His hilarious punchlines make the audience laugh out loud while having a certain emotional impact. Having the ability to make the sharpest cultural criticism without hurting the sentiments but make an impact is what anyone can learn from Minhaj. 

Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis

Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis | Netflix Standup Comedy Special | Trailer

Tomlinson’s Quarter Life Crisis is one of the most relatable comedy pieces one can bump into. She is able to create a connection with the audience, because let’s face it, all of us have been or going to be the very same imbalanced human beings in their 20s with no sense of whether stay young and enjoy or pull ourselves together and act like an adult. Her comic brilliance can be seen in the way she isn’t afraid to embarrass herself with the things she has done and things she still does as a part of this crazy decade of one’s life called the 20s.

Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby

Seth Meyers' Wife Gave Birth In A Lobby | Netflix Is A Joke

Seth Meyers has a certain charm and charisma that he brings with him every time he gets on the stage. One of his best ones is his Netflix Special, Lobby Baby, where mostly he highlights how he got his second baby in the lobby of his apartment building. From there he takes on to marriage and fatherhood which is not really an untouched topic for comedians, however, Meyers has the talent to make it his own. One of the most hilarious parts of it was he, mansplaining the concept of birth, to his wife. 

Sarah Silverman, A Speck of Dust

Sarah Silverman: A Speck Of Dust | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Sarah’s sweet voice and innocent smile nowhere aligns to the shocking material she conveys with her equal foul-mouth even though she has something meaningful to say between her casual f and d-bombs. However, in A Speck of Dust one can find her calmer, more composed, and refreshing, pushing the right buttons among audience and coming out stronger than ever.

Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers

Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Jeselnik’s humor is very much dark, abrasive and poker-faced yet leaves the audience to ponder. One line from his Netflix Stand Up is,  “What’s funny about Aurora? What’s funny about the Boston Marathon? What’s funny about your grandmother’s funeral? Nothing. Nothing is funny about those things, that’s where I come in.” His stand ups prove that one can joke about any and everything in the world if you have the brains to make a joke out of it. The reason why it works out for him is that he doesn’t make his victim the punchline but the situation there is.