Okay, we all know Netflix has endless cheesy rom-com movie options and a scary (yet completely necessary) amount of true-crime documentaries , but let us not forget about a silly lil genre that deserves just as much love and attention: standup comedy specials. Listen, the world is in total disarray right now. You don’t need to learn about another grisly murder in a sleepy town–the husband did it, you guys. What you need is a 90-minute fail-proof giggle sesh. I’ll admit I’m a bit of a standup nerd. My idea of a perfect night *out* is hitting up a late-night comedy show in some dark cellar bar, and my ideal night *in* is watching a new special from one of my favorite comedians while in a pair of comfy jammies on my couch. What’s cool about the free option (I assume you’re still using your cousin’s ex-boyfriend’s login? Good girl.) is that Netflix has a ton of A-list comedians’ standup specials in their library. I’m talking about people like Amy Schumer, Michelle Wolf, and Chris Rock who might not roll into your neck of the woods when they tour. After devoting way too many hours of my life to streaming, I’ve come up with the 26 must-watch standup comedy specials to stream on Netflix as soon as humanly possible. Get ready to flaunt the six-pack you’re gonna have after laughing your way through this list. John Mulaney: New In Town Stream Now Stop whatever ambitious cooking project you’re halfway through and watch ANY John Mulaney special right now if you’ve never seen his stuff. He’s always my #1 rec. New in Town, his first Netflix special from back in 2012, covers a range of random topics, from the dangers of quicksand to how he once went to the doctor for a Xanax prescription and ended up getting a prostate exam instead. Iliza Schlesinger: Elder Millenial Stream Now Older millennial Iliza has a lot of important wisdom to impart. Her hilariously candid truths about women and dating will have you laughing at all the dumb sh*t you know you do, like hitting up every girlfriend to analyze a single text. Ali Wong: Baby Cobra Stream Now This is the standup special that made Ali Wong famous, in part because the world had never really seen a very pregnant woman telling incredibly raunchy jokes before. She delivers especially biting bits on married life and motherhood that’ll have you laughing so hard you’ll cry. Chris Rock: Tamborine Stream Now This is Chris Rock’s first standup special in 10 years, and he freaking nails it. He doles out smart social commentary on everything from race to politics to police brutality to relationships, and while yes, everything is wickedly funny, he also makes important points along the way. Hannah Gadsby: Nanette Stream Now If you haven’t yet heard of Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, today’s your lucky day. Her special is a must-watch for everyone. It’s amazingly written, honest, and perfectly self-deprecating. She addresses sexism, homophobia, and even mansplainers with a sharp sense of humor. Amy Schumer: Growing Stream Now In this special, Amy Schumer is mid-pregnancy and she’s got jokes on jokes about the experience, including a riff on what it’s like to be pregnant at the same time as Meghan Markle. Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark Stream Now If you love Trevor Noah’s political jokes on The Daily Show, you’re really gonna love his standup. He dives into race in America, immigration, international relations, and so much more. Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust Stream Now Leave it to Sarah Silverman to have you thinking she’s about to get into a bit about sexual assault and then somehow it turns into a poop joke. Bold, hysterical, gasp-inducing–this special is everything you’d expect from her work. Patton Oswalt: Annihilation Stream Now Here, Patton Oswalt somehow manages to take his personal tragedy of unexpectedly becoming a widow and a single parent in middle age and turn it into comedy gold. Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife Stream Now Pregnant with her second baby, Ali Wong is now armed with even more hilarious truths about motherhood and marriage. And though she insists that having a baby has changed her comedy, she’s still as bold and raunchy as ever: she may or may not get into her first encounter with a micropenis. Maria Bamford: Old Baby Stream Now Heads up: Maria Bamford’s eccentric, absurd, and kinda delirious sense of humor may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if it is, you’re in luck. John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Stream Now In this special, Mulaney tackles the important issues, like why TF we had to sit in school assemblies as kids and listen to someone with homemade puppets teach us about the dangers of bullying. Tig Notaro: Happy to Be Here Stream Now For Tig Notaro, being self-deprecating is a professional sport. She talks about how frequently she’s mistaken for a man, and even pokes fun at her own comedic delivery and presentation. Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For Jokes Stream Now Usually I’m not a fan of people who drag out the telling of one single story, but I’m definitely down to listen to Birbiglia recount what happened at the 2012 Gotham Awards, which he teases for the *entire* special–of course, with some expertly-crafted jokes inserted along the way. Iliza Schlesinger: Freezing Hot Stream Now Iliza covers all the sh*t that girls do: aggressively Pinteresting, hating the cold (yet loving sweater season), and obsessing over PSLs. Oh, and she’s got a genius plan for plotting the perfect breakup. Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) Stream Now For anyone who lives in their own head and routinely takes a thought to its most neurotic conclusion, Jen Kirkman is your girl. Pure shenanigans. Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats Stream Now Chelsea Peretti covers a l-o-t in this special, but the best part, hands down, is her bit about what we all wish we could do: text our dogs. Michelle Wolf: Joke Show Stream Now Michelle Wolf might be known most for hitting so hard at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that they stopped hiring comedians, and thankfully, she doesn’t pull any punches in her special, either. She covers periods, childbirth, and abortions (including her own), and, of course, plenty o’ dick jokes. John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid Stream Now Okay, okay, I think you get it at this point. Pretty much any standup comedy special that John Mulaney touches turns to gold/is worth watching, bye! Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives Stream Now His meta-comedy and somehow inclusive political jokes make for an all-around delightful show. And yeah, Trump jokes abound. Bo Burnham: Make Happy Stream Now Bo Burnham lets out a slightly darker side in this special, which is especially enjoyable if you’re already a fan. Ridiculously insightful songs like “Straight White Man” (about all of the, erm, extremely minor problems that come with the territory) will have you cry-laughing. Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers Stream Now If you’ve got a twisted sense of humor (hey, same), Anthony Jeselnik’s special needs to be your next watch. The topics he covers are anything but light: death, tragedy, animal cruelty, oh, and serial killers–and yet, somehow, he makes it work. Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfeld Stream Now Part standup special, part walk down memory lane, fans of Seinfeld will eat this special up. The legendary comedian pulls out material he wrote before he ever got famous, which proves he has always had a knack for the lulz. Jim Gaffigan: Cinco Stream Now If you’re looking for quality standup you can safely watch with the whole fam, this is it. Gaffigan is known for his sharp yet clean comedy that often revolves around what we all love most: food. Leslie Jones: Time Machine Stream Now The former Saturday Night Live cast member’s special is an antidote for the blues. She has so much fun on stage, it’s infectious. Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King Stream Now You get hilarious comedy mixed with a healthy dose of vulnerability as Minhaj goes through what it was like growing up the child of Indian immigrants.
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