We could all use a good laugh these days, and thankfully, Netflix Canada has a truckload full of stand-up specials that are ripe for the picking.
From a few big-time comedians to some classic specials and fresh faces, here are some comics to give you some much-needed laughs these days.
You can’t go wrong with any of Dave Chappelle’s specials on Netflix (or any form of Chappelle, for that matter).
In this special from 2017, Chappelle makes his triumphant return to the screen with a double-dose of blistering specials.
You can’t go wrong.
Bo Burham, Make Happy (2016)
Bo Burnham is a bright comic who tackles comedy with an eccentric take, words, puns, and plenty of music.
John Mulaney relays stories from his childhood and SNL, eviscerates the value of college and laments getting older in this electric comedy special.
Aziz Ansari, Right Now (2019)
In a comedy special directed by Spike Jonze, Aziz Ansari shares deep personal insights and hilarious takes on woke-ness, family, and the social climate.
Richard Pryor’s classic 1979 concert film has him discussing a wide range of topics, including race, the police, and his favourite target — himself.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Chelsea Peretti showcases her diverse talents in this dark yet silly reimagining of the comedy special.
Marc Maron, End Times Fun (2020)
The sky’s on fire. The lizard portal is open. He’s hashtagging the end times and trying to stay woke.
Bill Burr, Walk Your Way Out (2017)
No-nonsense comic Bill Burr takes the stage in Nashville and riffs on fast food, overpopulation, dictators, and gorilla sign language.
Tom Segura: Disgraceful (2018)
Tom Segura gives voice to the sordid thoughts you’d never say out loud, with blunt musings on porn, parking lots, parenthood, and more.
In his world, there’s no such thing as too dark or too son — a night of twisted comedy with a master provocateur.
Eddie Murphy, Delirious (1983)
You can’t mention stand-up comedy and not list Delirious.
Flashing the wild standup comedy that made him a household name, Eddie Murphy unleashes uncensored observations and parodies in this 1983 live show.
Be warned; it’s leaving Netflix Canada on April 14.
Newly engaged comic Iliza Shlesinger dives into undeniable truths about life at age 35, the insanity of the road travelled, and what’s to come.
Jim Jefferies, Bare (2014)
Nothing is sacred in this show from Australian comic Jim Jefferies, whether it’s the mother of his child, auditioning disabled actors, or gun control.
In her first comedy special post-health scare, Sarah Silverman shares a mix of fun facts, sad truths, and yeah-she-just-went-there moments.
Chris Rock, Tamborine (2018)
Chris Rock takes the stage in Brooklyn for a comedy special filled with searing observations on fatherhood, infidelity, and American politics.
Hannah Gadsby, Nanette (2018)
Australian comic Hannah Gadsby reshapes standard stand-up by pairing punchlines with personal revelations on gender, sexuality, and childhood turmoil.
On her 40th birthday, Tiffany Haddish drops a bombastic special studded with singing, dancing, and raunchy reflections on her road to womanhood.
Jim Gaffigan: Cinco (2017)
America’s king of clean comedy delivers wickedly funny jokes in his fifth hour-long special.
Katherine Ryan: In Trouble (2017)
Stand-up comic Katherine Ryan reminisces about unusual relationships, life in the hometown she hates, and the time she enraged an entire nation.
Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (2019)
SNL alumnus and subversive master of late-night TV Seth Meyers comes out from behind the desk to share some lighthearted stories from his own life.
Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face (2017)
Small-town import Ryan Hamilton charms New York with folksy comic observations on big-city life, hot-air ballooning, and going to Disney World alone.
On his painfully honest but hilarious journey, Birbiglia struggles to find reason in an area where it may be impossible to find: love.
Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (2016)
She’s fierce, filthy, and pregnant. And after finally her Mr. Perfect, she dreams of never working again.
Ricky Gervais, Humanity (2018)
In his first special in seven years, Ricky Gervais slings his trademark snark at celebrity, mortality, and a society that takes everything personally.
People keep telling her to enjoy her 20s. Loser boyfriends? Bad decisions? Broken engagements? Yeah, she’s having the time of her life.
Deadpan comic and self-proclaimed world champion Judah Friedlander performs over several nights in New York City, explaining why America is number one.