Laugh out loud while watching these hilarious Netflix comedy specials
Netflix comedy specials are the perfect thing to watch for anyone who is feeling down in the dumps. Laughing actually makes you live longer . . . so finding funny things to laugh at should be a mission everyone embarks on. The benefits of laughing include strengthening your immune system, helping diminish physical pain, and protecting from the damaging effects stress can have on the mind.
If laughter truly is the best medicine, Netflix comedy specials can potentially be considered a healthy dose of that much needed medicine! Comedians who have been able to land specials on such a popular streaming network like Netflix are winning. Stand-up comedy wasn’t always taken seriously, but these days, it’s respected & revered.
At a time in life when it’s easy to feel isolated or sad across the globe, watching uplifting & humorous content can really change everything. Here are some of the best Netflix comedy specials available right now.
Hannah Gadsby, Nanette
Hannah Gadsby is a hilarious comedian from Australia with an undeniably funny Netflix comedy special. Gadsby’s special on Netflix is called Nanette and the episode is so good it earned an 8.4 out of 10 rating on IMDb. The reason she went with the name Nanette is an interesting story in & of itself. Gadsby met a woman of the same name and thought she’d write an entire set of jokes based on that interaction.
Gadsby uses a lot of personal reflections in her stand up comedy making jokes about what it was like growing up in Tasmania, the difficulties of being an LGBTQ woman, and even the occasional compliments towards Monica Lewinsky. Ever since she won the Raw Comedy competition award in 2006, Hannah Gadsby has become one of the most well-known & popular comedians out there.
Dave Chappelle, The Age of Spin
Pretty much everyone in the world knows Dave Chapelle. Most people instantly love him because he has such a great sense of humor. He doesn’t speak through a filter whatsoever – he tells it like it is and he’s proud of being that way. Sometimes when he talks, it comes across as poetic because he is so brutally honest. His Netflix comedy special The Age of Spin is exactly what anyone in need of a mood boost should watch.
Between 2003 & 2006, Chappelle’s Show was the sketch comedy show fans were obsessed with. Half Baked (1998) & The Nutty Professor (199) are two other super memorable movies that Dave Chapelle has starred in. It’s no surprise that he ended up landing one of the highest-rated comedy specials on Netflix.
John Mulaney, Kid Gorgeous at Radio City
John Mulaney’s Netflix comedy special is called Kid Gorgeous at Radio City. In the special, Mulaney dives deep into what life was like for him as a young child in comparison to what his life was like as a standup comic on a show like Saturday Night Live.
SNL is a huge show and a great platform for funny actors to get their foot in the door. His opinion of his time on the show is absolutely hilarious, and he also covers some political & religious commentary, and makes his lack of belief in the college system known. Kid Gorgeous at Radio City hit Netflix in 2018 and earned 8 out of 10 stars on IMDb. Impressive!
Chelsea Peretti, One of the Greats
Chelsea Pedretti knows how to command a stage with her comedic presence. Her playful sense of humor makes her so much more enjoyable to watch. Fans got to know her on Brooklyn Nine-Nine (a show that she’s been part of since 2013) but she has been up to so much more than just that.
The jokes she lands in One of the Greats are typically very perspective as she describes uncanny things she’s seen happen around her in day-to-day life. Her comedy appeals to an audience who can laugh at jokes about texting etiquette & Botox – she’s a well-rounded comedy queen.