In these testing times, at least we can call on streaming sites for some entertainment. So how about some of the best comedy specials on Netflix?
It's been a rough ride this past year or so, and the best thing to put a smile on your face is a bit of comedy - and Netflix have you covered.
We've decided to put together a list of what we believe to be the best seven comedy specials on Netflix at the moment. We've tried to vary the comedic styles in order to give you a complete palette of shows, but Netflix is dense with specials.
Without further ado, here are the seven best stand-up specials available on Netflix right now:
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Dave Chappelle: Sticks and Stones
Dave Chappelle is one of the kings of comedy, and specials don't come much better than Sticks and Stones.
He's got his finger on the pulse throughout this special, and the above clip shows his trademark observational style of comedy. A must-watch.
Katherine Ryan - Glitter Room
Katherine Ryan has been a mainstay on television in the UK for the past number of years. Ryan's TV personality seems slightly different to her on-stage persona, with her on-stage persona displaying a more light-hearted edge.
Nevertheless, Ryan still finds a way to extract comedy from a variety of uncomfortable subjects. She still showcases an uncompromising tone, even as her audience squirms before her. Glitter Room is a perfect watch if you want to find joy amidst awkwardness.
Bill Burr - You People Are All The Same
Bill Burr will rightfully go down as one of the greatest stand-up comedians ever to adjust a mic stand. The American is at home ranting and raving about an array of subjects, with his simplistic outlooks not only relatable but down right hilarious.
You People Are All The Same contains the same level of anger with punctuates most of Burr's work. Moreover, it's something of a landmark show in the history of Burr's career and Netflix as a whole. It was the first comedy special ever produced by the platform, with the practice not becoming the norm until one year after its 2012 release.
Donald Glover - Weirdo
Donald Glover is a jack of all trades. Seemingly, the Atlanta comedian/actor/writer/musician is a master of all trades as well. Glover caught his big break on Community, playing the role of Troy. Beforehand, he had written for the likes of 30 Rock and embarked on a burgeoning hip-hop career. In the aftermath of Weirdo, Glover's received critical acclaim for his work, not least with his writing and acting credits on Atlanta.
Let's get back to Weirdo, if we may. It showcases Glover at his silly best, spinning yarns about childhood misadventure and missteps in adulthood. The beauty in Weirdo is that it never aims to be serious. Glover, instead, plays on the innate wide-eyed wonderment of the crowd, playing into our universal immaturity.
Bo Burnham - Make Happy
If Weirdo didn't take life too seriously, allow Make Happy to make you ponder over the very essence of life itself. Bo Burnham was one of the first stars of YouTube, cultivating an audience for his comedy songs in the mid to late 2000s. These songs were densely clever, with wordplay and references that were verbose but ultimately childish. These elements are still at play in Make Happy, but Burnham utilises them in order to make arguments surrounding artistic expression and personal gratification.
Burnham is probably unlike any other comic on this list. He's usually found behind a piano delivering his set, either through song or otherwise. Moreover, Burnham is a master of utilising multimedia in his comedy. Of course, musical comedy is nothing new. But Burnham can find comedy all while using PA narration, auto-tune, strobe lights, and even wind chimes.
Tiffany Haddish - Black Mitzvah
Although Tiffany Haddish has been working in the entertainment industry for over 15 years, only now is she starting to reap the rewards of her endeavours. The comic's breakthrough came through her role in the film Girl's Trip, and since then, her career's gone from strength to strength.
Haddish's debut comedy special Black Mitzvah contains all the bombast you'd expect of Haddish. The special released on her 40th birthday, with the stage show akin to a Broadway musical. Black Mitzvah deals with Haddish's relationship with womanhood and her life thus far, with Haddish as razor-tongued as ever.
Richard Pryor Live In Concert
There's not much you can add to the litany of words written about the genius of Richard Pryor. The comedian was a revolutionary figure in American entertainment, literally changing the face of what it meant to be funny in America.
Eddie Murphy has said that it's "the single greatest stand-up performance ever captured on film" and it's hard to argue. Pryor is just as adept at physical comedy as he is commenting on current affairs. Pryor's performance, to paraphrase Eddie Murphy, exemplifies what stand-up comedy should be.