5 Stand-Up Comedy Specials to Watch ASAP on Netflix

Hannah Gadsby at the 70th Primetime Emmys. Photo by Michael Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9885449jq)

Comedy is at it’s best right now and Netflix is the place to stream stand-up specials. We can all use a bit of light-hearted humor in our lives right now and these are five you don’t want to miss out on.

Hannah Gadsby, Nanette

Australian comic Hannah Gadsby’s hour-long set offers a moving reflection on life and trauma mixed in with some humor. The special was very much talked about when it was first released, and revolutionized the way we think and talk about comedy as she isn’t afraid to tackle controversial topics and that’s why you need to check her out. It’s obviously still worth a watch, alongside her newly released special, Douglas.

Dave Chappelle, The Age of Spin

In less than a year, Chappelle released four stand-up specials on Netflix including Deep in the Heart of Texas, The Age of Spin, Equanimity, and The Bird Revelation. The one to watch is The Age of Spin, which focuses on race, technology, Bill Cosby, and OJ Simpson.

Hasan Minhaj, Homecoming King

Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show) recounts his life as the son of Indian-American immigrants and all of the cultural differences that come with growing up with immigrant parents in America. He’s brutally honest about being brown in America without preaching about political issues going on in the country.

Ali Wong, Baby Cobra

Wong has been a writer on Fresh Off the Boat since 2014. Her first comedy special on Netflix tackles pregnancy, feminism, and being a woman of Asian descent in America and is hilarious all the way. The special was filmed in September 2015, when Wong was seven months pregnant with her first child. Wong’s second Netflix special, Hard Knock Wife, is also worth a watch.

Bo Burnham, Make Happy

The 2016 comedy special takes a deeper look into all aspects of the entertainment industry including rap artists, country music, and Lip Sync Battle. His one-liners and ability to get to the point make his darker comedy funny.

John Mulaney, Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

The Saturday Night Live writer talks about anything and everything ranging from school assemblies, manners, church, college, and aging. He even touches on politics and the special won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.