10 funniest stand-up comedy specials on Netflix UK
Netflix is seriously doubling down on stand-up comedy, shelling out millions to secure the biggest names in the business.
Need a good laugh? Here’s our pick for the 10 best stand-up comedy specials on Netflix UK.
1. Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones
But Chappelle’s latest comeback special had to be the one to make the cut (and speaking of cut, don’t adjust your set - that is in fact what Dave Chappelle looks like now).
Once you get over the funnyman’s ripped new look, you’re in for a hilarious comedy rollercoaster ride.
2. Chris Rock: Tamborine
Chris Rock goes into some deeply personal issues from his life in this hilarious comedy special.
The comic turned movie star speaks candidly about getting rejected by Rihanna, his infidelity and the need to punch his son in the face.
3. Chris D’Elia: Man on Fire
Chris D’Elia - the stand-up comedian who by his own admission looks like a “tired eagle” - is a tour de force in this Netflix special.
‘Man on Fire’ - a reference to the Denzel Washington film - sees D’Elia on top form, clearly enjoying himself as much as the audience.
4. Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
Hannah Gadsby’s anti-comedy comedy special is both hysterical and poignant as the Aussie comic lampoons herself and questions the wider implications to the LGBT+ community of doing so.
5. Jerry Before Seinfeld
Before he was spending his days in cars getting coffee with other comedians, Jerry Seinfeld was one of the most successful stand-ups of all time.
In this special, the king of TV sitcoms takes us back to where it all began as his stand-up comedy performance is interspersed with clips of his old stomping grounds in Long Island, New York.
‘Jerry Before Seinfeld’ is a great watch for those fascinated by the inner workings of comedy.
6. Katherine Ryan: In Trouble
You’ll probably recognise Katherine from TV comedy panel shows like ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’, ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’.
The former Hooters waitress - who was fired from the US restaurant chain for writing “club sandwiches not seals” on a menu board - proves she’s found her true vocation (despite her jokes to the contrary).
7. Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way
If you’re not familiar with Bill Burr, you might recognise him as the voice of eternally angry father-of-three Frank in Netflix animated comedy ‘F is for Family’.
The Boston comic decided to give his fourth stand-up comedy special the black and white treatment for a more “grimy” look.
No topic is off limits for the flame-haired funnyman as he jokes about religion, childhood and his relationship with his long-suffering wife.
8. Ricky Gervais: Humanity
Before his TV and film work had the entertainment industry showering him with awards, Ricky Gervais had a pretty successful stand-up comedy career.
In his first comedy special since 2010’s 'Science', the controversial comedian delves into God, Twitter fights and his own history of telling inflammatory jokes.
Not for the easily offended. Speaking of which...
9. Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers
Anthony Jeselnik’s brand of humour is also not for fans of political correctness.
But the ‘Comedy Central Roast’ star’s one-man show is a delight for those who like their jokes on the darker side. You were warned...
10. Bo Burnham: Make Happy
Bo Burnham started his career putting out silly songs on YouTube before blossoming into the best comedy-musician the US has to offer.
Enjoy the quirky youngster’s take on the problems with Pringle can dimensions and his hip-hop rendition of ‘I’m A Little Teapot’.