Now that summer is gone, we’re all going to need some laughs to get through life, and there is no more potent medicine than drugs, but if you’re hoping to avoid those, you can try comedy instead, which also works. Between some familiar faces and newcomers to the Netflix comedy specials streaming, there’s plenty of laughs to be had. And yes, Netflix is the best for streaming, but if you’re an opinionated Amazon-loving streamer, you can also check out the Louie C.K. comedy special “Oh My God” and Adam Carolla‘s “Road Hard” and keep your opinions to yourself. Yay!
Anthony Jeselnik – “Thoughts And Prayers”
The lesser-known dry humor of a young, side-burned boy whose punchlines come abruptly and unexpected makes his mark in San Francisco with his first Netflix original special. His jokes are dark and unabashed, and he’s hauntingly okay with throwing women and children under the bus (not figuratively) before reviewing his crudeness thereafter.
Jen Kirkman – “I’m Gonna Die Alone”
This people-hating, marriage-cursing 40-something divorcee is not only a babe, but she’s right on the money. Jen Kirkman likes sex, not being married and is proud of her grey pubes and her general deteriorating lifestyle, and we’re absolutely thrilled to hear about how she hates her married friends with kids and loves living alone and sleeping with boys half her age. Her sets are strong, honest and finely-tuned, which is more than we can saw about a few of the other women streaming specials right now.
Chris D’Elia – “Incorrigible”
Though a bit spastic and possibly slightly drug addled, D’Elia delivers a dead-on, high-energy 80-minute set about sex, kids and Cubans in Florida, none of which are related topics, thankfully. He loves to laugh at his own jokes in an endearing attempt as though he’s telling them for the first time, but his laid-back humorous approach to life, love and pursuit of sexing women is admirable and highly entertaining.
Bill Burr – “I’m Sorry You Feel That Way”
Shot in black and white, we get another top-notch special from one of Boston’s lesser -educated yet most sensible comedians. In his rants about population control, transgender UFC fighters and racist old men, we walk away once again from Bill’s set thinking he makes a whole lot of sense. We see the world in a whole new light, but also we pissed ourselves a little.
Iliza Shlesinger – “Freezing Hot”
In her sophomore special, the sexy and high-powered Texas girl gives us another round of on-point female impersonations, awkward dating and saying “eff you” to silk blouses. Her first special “War Paint” was hilariously captivating, filled with goat noises and deliciously raunchy details of her sex life, and now we get a new and improved version of that. And she’s fairly easy on the eyes, guys.
Demetri Martin – “At The Time”
Clever and cunning, the man behind “Important Things With Demetri Martin” is back on stage with Netflix in a new special that’s clean, good fun and laced with culinary observations. What appears to be a large boy with a microphone is a seemingly shy guy who’s got a lot on his mind. When it’s over, you’ll see why he’s doing as well as he is, as he doesn’t take cheap shots or easy topics, but instead gives us the humorous eye of a thinker.
Nick Offerman – “American Ham”
Any lover of Ron Swanson will be swept up by the well-spoken, mustached man that is Nick Offerman in this 80-minute special about living a prosperous life. The act includes partial nudity, acoustic hymns and the wisdom of the mustached, whiskey drink meat lover in all his glory, patriotic color and some childish giggles.
Chris Tucker – “Live”
Seeing Chris Tucker live is like switching on a light that hasn’t flickered in some time, but when it’s on, it’s fucking on. The 44-year-old crowd favorite is back with some sensational humor, honesty, and some grit and wit that will have you laughing harder than the first time you saw “Money Talks” in his first Netflix original, 90 minutes of rip-roaring, fast-talking comedy.
Marc Maron – “Thinky Pain”
Possibly one of the most underrated specials is the seasoned comedian, Marc Maron, who has come into his prime a bit later than most trending talkers. With his “WTF” podcast, a successfully published book and now an off-the-top random show that’s as nonchalant as it is hilarious, we get a boatload of laughs from an experienced former drug addict, self loather and ultimate display of self-aware inadequacy. Maron is the perfect mix of confident comic and terrified storyteller.
Doug Benson – “Doug Dynasty”
Well, the show starts with him smoking the dope before coming on stage then blowing the smoke out at the microphone so you know it’s going to at least be interesting in some facet or another. Here’s an hour special of hanging out with the stoner friend you always wish you had. Words and jokes slowly trickle while Benson reads tweets, stumbles through his act and gives monotone, standstill comedy in its purest form: a human joint.
10 MUST-SEE LAUGH-OUT-LOUD COMEDY SPECIALS STREAMING ON NETFLIX NOW