Everyone loves to binge-watch shows in their free time or otherwise. No matter what genre you prefer, sometimes you want to watch something light-hearted. This is why everyone loves a show that makes them have a good laugh. Many people also have a guilty pleasure of binge-watching comedy specials, and can we really blame them? They have witty and inappropriate humor and can instantly light up anyone’s mood. In the last few years, there has been a rise in stand-up comedy programs all over Netflix. While each program has different ratings, we have a few favorites that are a must-watch! If you are a stand-up comedy lover, we are certain you will love these suggestions. Below we talk about six such comedy specials that are available on Netflix, which you cannot miss.
- Gabriel Iglesias: One Show Fits All
Gabriel Iglesias, better known as Fluffy, has performed many comedy shows. From his funny accents to mimicry, he will make you fall in love with stand-up comedy. His special, One Show Fits All, is everything you could possibly want. He talks about his good for nothing 19-year-old son to his hilarious encounters with Snoop Dogg. He also talks about how he sneaked into Chris Rock’s dressing room and how his mom obsessed over meeting Vicente Fernandez. Once you see this special, you will be highly tempted to see Gabriel Iglesias in concert live, and it will totally be worth it. The special has hilarious comedy while Iglesias reflects on his 20-year-old career. He talks about old jokes and shows, some of which he does not even need to complete as the audience knows them so well. The special will give you a rush of emotions while hearing amazingly told stories.
- Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
Hasan Minhaj’s Homecoming King is his first comedy special, and it was incredible. He gives a hilarious yet heartbreaking account about his life as an Indian-Muslim-American and the challenges he had to go through. Due to this struggle, he built a unique sense of humor to get through the difficulties he faced while growing up. Minhaj describes certain issues American Indian kids have to go through in the United States of America, such as bullying, racism, and inequality. He talks about how difficult it was to fit in with ‘white kids’ in school. He also had to meet the high expectations of his immigrant parents, where he faced a huge generation gap. He discusses all these topics while being brutally honest and funny without making a muck of these sensitive and controversial topics. Beware of watching this if you get easily offended because this special is all about inappropriate comedy and filter-less truths.
- Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats
If you have watched the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, you will definitely be aware of Chelsea Peretti and her jokes. She has written for different programs, such as Parks and Recreation, before finally doing something of her own. It is also why ‘One of the Greats’ has been underway for a long time. However, once it aired, it got incredibly popular. The special is all about Peretti owning the spotlight and reflecting on her own character. It might sound like a bore, but Peretti did a great job and got us all laughing like mad. The kind of attitude and swag she has was prominent from the start of the show. Even in the official trailer, she humbly said, “I’m a direct vessel of God.” She finally found her voice and made the most out of it by thoroughly entertaining the audience and owning the platform.
- Aziz Ansari: Right Now
Aziz Ansari’s special Right Now was a hit. For many people, it was the best comedy special on Netflix at that time. He sits on a stool and hilariously talks about pretty much all the controversies. He talks about his sexual harassment allegations, which happened a year before this filmed and the sexual misconduct of Michael Jackson and R.Kelly. But he also talks about his relationship with his grandparents, which got us all crying. The special is all about real talk and ruthless honesty. He also discussed modern culture and how hypocritical it is, where what used to be acceptable behavior has changed. He sums it all up, hoping that everyone, especially himself, aims to be a better version of themselves every day. The special will either make you laugh or will leave you quite offended.
- Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
If you like to watch old shows and movies, Richard Pryor’s Live in Concert is everything you could have asked for and more. It is an incredible film that has marked its place in the history of comedy. It was the first film back then, which only captured stand-up comedy. The best part about it is that it is still as remarkable as it was in the 70s. Pryor talks about various topics, such as police, race, and not to mention his own self. Many people admired his work and called it one of his best. Even Eddie Murphy suggested that it was one of the greatest stand-up comedy performances, which took place on film. What else does one need? If you love stand-up comedy, you can never miss the work of Richard Pryor.
- Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given
Kevin Hart is an outstanding comedian, and his special ‘Zero F**ks Given’ is just what we all needed in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. The special was recorded in Hart’s home while he was in his pajamas! Hart talks about how the pandemic took a toll on everyone, including himself. He told many stories from his family life to his fall down from fame while elaborating on how he coped with all of it while adding humor, of course. He also talks about his pizza stories with Jerry Seinfeld and his very limited boxing career. Hart is always a treat to watch, and this special is no less. It is perfect for watching something relatable, light-hearted, and funny all in one.
Netflix shows, movies, and specials are always worthwhile to watch. It is why these six stand-up comedy specials are no different. They will fill you with a range of emotions. From laughing your head off one minute to reflecting your own life in the other, they have it all. They can get serious when needed to be, filling you up with tears and realness. But they always end on a light note and are always worth the watch.