From Edinburgh Fringe favourites to stars of Hollywood blockbusters, here are some Netflix comedy specials to stream at your leisure
When we're going through tough times, sometimes a good laugh is the only thing that can make things feel a little better. And thankfully, while we're all stuck at home, there are a whole hoard of comedy specials on Netflix that are just sitting waiting to be watched. If you're looking for a bit of escapism, some of the below specials might be able to temporarily provide some relief.
Pete Davidson: Alive From New York
Candid stand-up from the SNL hero, in which he dissects his fame, relationships, comedy work and more. It's a special in which Davidson presents a real sense of vulnerability, placing a spotlight on his storytelling skills above all else.
Marc Maron: End Times Fun
A pretty timely special from the comedian, podcaster, writer and actor, even though it was recorded last year. As cynical as ever, Maron posits the end of the world in his trademark dark and pessimistic fashion, with reference to Nazis, evangelicals and the environment.
Tom Segura: Ball Hog
American actor and comedian Segura's first special of 2020 is a wonderfully uncomfortable hour in which he tells stories and offers advice on things like how to handle emotionally fragile people. The second special will be shot in Spanish this autumn.
Bert Kreischer: Hey Big Boy
Kreischer is known for getting profiled in Rolling Stone during his days at Florida State University, where he was given the title of 'top partyer at the Number One Party School in the country'. The stand-up party animal's special is full of embarrassing stories, as well as anecdotes about family and parenting, all of which he delivers shirtless.
Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis
In her first hour-long comedy special, Tomlinson takes on life lessons, personal flaws and the joys of being in your mid-20s, ultimately concluding that they suck. Her self-deprecating, observational humour is not only morbid and very funny, but shows a maturity well beyond her years.
Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!
Crazy Rich Asians actor and The Daily Show correspondent Chieng uses his Netflix comedy debut to offer merciless thoughts on life in modern America, breaking down everything from stereotypes to consumerism. Imagining what life would be like with an Asian-American president, his thoughts and evaluations are both witty and brutal.
Michelle Wolf: Joke Show
The brilliant Wolf's stand-up special from New York is all about her scrupulous studies into the differences between men and women. She goes after everything from woke culture and menstruation to feminism itself, with important lessons and dick jokes along the way.
Bridget Christie: Stand-Up For Her
The English comedian and Edinburgh Fringe favourite filmed this special in front of a packed audience at London's Hoxton Hall. Managing to keep the crowd clearly enthralled from start to finish, Christie delves into the politics of gender, sex and equality with intelligent and quick-fire humour.
Simon Amstell: Numb
A classic from 2012, Numb is a one-off stand-up special of the show Amstell toured to sold-out venues that year. Cheeky, awkward and engaging, this sees the comedian ridicule establishment views and rules, while offering commentary on romance, disconnectedness and societal injustices.
Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room
Canadian comic Ryan's second Netflix special once again places firm focus on her charismatic and charming humour, highlighting her experience as a single mother. Analysing patriarchy and toxic masculinity but also womanhood and equality, Glitter Room is a confident routine, packed full of zingers.
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