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The best Netflix stand-up comedy specials to watch right now

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The best Netflix stand-up comedy specials to watch right now
Holly Pyne
18 March 2020

Stand-up comedy is having a major TV revival right now and Netflix is leading the charge. More and more comedians are working with the streaming service to create original content, not just simply selling old shows - as this best Netflix stand-up comedy specials list showcases.

But, how do you know what’s good? Hopefully, that is where our list of the best Netflix comedy specials comes in. After a long day at work, comedy is the perfect way to unwind but you don’t want to be trawling through endless options.

UPDATE: We've added the fantastic Marc Maron to this list. Famous for his podcast and starring in the brilliant GLOW, he brings his cutting and observant humour to Netflix in a stand-up special, aptly called End Times Fun.

Our best Netflix comedy specials guide means that you can sit down with your tea and cackle away - no added fuss.

Take a look at what we think are Netflix’s best offerings and remember to vote for your favourite below.

Best Netflix stand-up comedy specials

Best Netflix stand-up comedy specials

1. James Acaster: Repertoire

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James Acaster’s four-part mini-series describes itself as showing “the four stages of James Acaster” and is a perfect blend of physical comedy, wit and eccentric mannerisms. With each part interwoven into the next, it is one of the smartest shows we’ve ever seen. It’s well-written and perfectly executed.

Duration: 4 x 50 minutes

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2. Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin

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If you’ve been scrolling through Netflix then you have probably seen a fair few of Dave Chappelle’s shows. The Age of Spin is one of his first specials on Netflix and according to critics, his best. Be warned; they all come with their share of controversy.

Duration: 67 minutes

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3. Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

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This is Katherine Ryan’s second stand-up special and it is packed full of anecdotes, shrewd observations and parenting stories. Ryan shares her experiences of being a single mum with wit, sass and a good dig at the patriarchy. She’ll also teach you the difference between day wine and night wine, so it’s a win-win.

Duration: 65 minutes

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4. Jimmy Carr: Funny Business

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This routine is everything you would expect from Jimmy Carr; deadpan one-liners with a wicked edge. There are no no-go zones in Carr’s comedy as he perfectly walks the line of acceptability in order to draw belly laughs from those watching. Carr is a seasoned professional so you probably know this by now but, if you’re easily offended, this one is not for you.

Duration: 62 minutes

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5. Marc Maron: End Times Fun

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Marc Maron is a brilliant storyteller and that's why he excels in this fantastic stand-up show. He chats about everything from the return of Christ, the Marvel universe and the impending apocalypse. While the whole thing is brilliant, it's the end part that really resonates - and sees Maron more animated than ever.

Duration: 71 minutes

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6. Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

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This is the first stand-up special from former The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj. It is heartwarming - and a little heartbreaking - as he guides the audience through an exploration of the immigrant experience in the US. It’s award-winning too, having won a Peabody Award in 201 for being “profound, illuminating, delightful, personable, and witty”.

Duration: 72 minutes

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7. Chris Rock: Tamborine

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Chris Rock is a heavyweight in the comedy circuit and this special from last year showcases why. Tamborine - the comic’s first recorded show in 10 years - is a delicate balance of social commentary, politics and self-reflection. Rock is a pro at finding the funny in the devastating, whether that be in the US political landscape, police shootings or his own divorce.

Duration: 64 minutes

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8. Bo Burnham: Make Happy

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In this comedy special, Bo Burnham takes a dig at the entertainment industry, making fun of everyone from rap artists to himself. The comedian uses a combination of songs and one-liners to take on this immense topic. But, there’s also a song about not being able to fit his hand in a Pringles can, so you know it is all about balance.

Duration: 60 minutes

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9. Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark

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The Daily Show host uses his experience as an immigrant to provide some shrewd commentary on American culture. He touches on everything from international relations to race. It’s serious stuff but Noah knows how to make you laugh through the pain.

Duration: 67 minutes

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10. Russell Howard: Recalibrate

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Russell Howard has probably become one of the UK’s most well-known comedians for appearances on panel shows such as Mock the Week or his own shows Russell Howard’s Good News and The Russell Howard Hour. This special has all the same jovial, good-natured energy as Howard tackles topics such as porn, social media and his own shortcomings. It’s self-deprecating but positive.

Duration: 69 minutes

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11. Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats

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The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star is not afraid of being a little silly to make people laugh. Originally released in 2014, this comedy special is as much comedy about comedy as stand-up itself. Peretti does not take herself too seriously and she is a better comedian for it.

Duration: 74 minutes

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