The Best Stand-Up Comedy Specials on Netflix in 2019

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Netflix is a treasure trove of stand up comedy specials and can overwhelm even the most seasoned comedy fans. So, here is a list of the must-see comedy specials on Netflix.

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Jim Jefferies: Freedumb (2016)

Jim Jefferies Freedumb Netflix

Run Time – 1 hr 26 mins
Rating – 3.5/5

Freedumb is Australian Stand-up comedian Jim Jefferies’ second Netflix comedy special (after the critically acclaimed BARE) and he ups the ante on his unique style of comedy. While BARE was more political in nature, Freedumb has more personal stories but his offensive comedy goes up a few notches. Do not see this special if you are easily offended but otherwise enjoy watching Jefferies’ crude, vulgar and offensive comedy because it is gut busting-ly hilarious.


Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018)

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Run Time – 1 hr 9 mins
Rating – 4.5/5

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard of Hannah Gadsby’s comedy special Nanette. Although it is packaged as a stand-up comedy special, Gadsby manages to make the conversation far deeper than it first appears to and is an important and impressive performance. As a lesbian from conservative Tasmania (Australia), Gadsby has a special style of comedy which she delivers in her own inimitable style. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do.


Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King (2017)

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Run Time – 1 hr 13 mins
Rating – 4/5

Talking about unique voices in comedy, Minhaj’s name must definitely be mentioned and Homecoming King is a sublime example of that. Unlike many other comedians, Hasan Minhaj does not tell disjointed jokes. Instead, he narrates the story of his experience as the son of immigrants, growing up in America, which is equal parts funny and touching. He has the ability to create impactful moments and he does a great job of doing that here and in turn, creates a show that is remarkable.


John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid (2015)

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Run Time – 1 hr 1 min
Rating – 4/5

Perhaps one of the funniest comedians of his generation, John Mulaney has a fantastic delivery. As a former writer and performer on Saturday Night Live, Mulaney is no stranger to the camera and boy does he deliver here! From his showmanship to his physicality, The Comeback Kid has all the ingredients that make Mulaney so funny that even a comedy expert like Lorne Michaels (creator of SNL) thought he should be a TV star. Stand up is a medium that suits Mulaney’s talents and The Comeback Kid is delightfully funny.


Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark (2017)

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Run Time – 1 hr 7 mins
Rating – 3.5/5

Trevor Noah is not an unknown name ever since he replaced Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show, but, he brings a different energy to the Stand-up special combined with his global perspective. Afraid of the Dark is a hilarious take on eccentricities of people and cultures around the world. It is refreshing in its comedy and encourages viewers to step outside their comfort zones.


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Anushree Chauhan

IT professional by day, Eternal Cinephile.
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