If you're in need of a laugh, Wonderwall.com has your fix. Join us as we take a look at some of the buzziest comedy specials that you need to watch… starting with Jerry Seinfeld's latest! "23 Hours To Kill" — which was filmed during Jerry's 2019 residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York City — debuts on Netflix on May 5, 2020. Keep reading for more comedy specials that should be on your radar…
In 2019, Ali Wong kicked off her "Milk & Money" tour, which we hope will find its way to our TV screens in the near future. In the meantime, you can catch Ali's other laugh-out-loud specials on Netflix: "Baby Cobra" and "Hard Knock Wife," on which she jokes about her marriage, being pregnant, making money and her Asian heritage.
In "Pete Davidson: Alive From New York," the "SNL" star tackles everything from mental health, drugs and his firefighter father who died on 9/11 to other comedians — like how disgraced Louis C.K. once tried to get him fired. He also goes for laughs about his high-profile romances with Hollywood beauties and why he thinks it's "fair game" for him to talk about former fiancée Ariana Grande. The New York Times noted that the stand-up special "seems like it could use a hug" while Decider called it "a tell-all that leaves you wanting more."
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It took 15 years for Ellen DeGeneres to make her stand-up comeback, but it was worth the wait. In her 2018 Netflix original comedy special, "Relatable," Ellen jokes about everyday life and celebrity life, touching on subjects including her early days as a sitcom star, her career as one of television's "nicest" women and how that reputation makes it really hard for her to be a jerk.
In 2019, new mom Amy Schumer gave us one last comedy special before she gave birth to her first child, son Gene Fischer. On the hilarious Netflix original titled "Growing," Amy jokes about her changing body, her new marriage to chef Chris Fischer and all the ways she's no longer the same wild party girl she once was.
One thing we genuinely loved about Aziz Ansari's 2019 Netflix comedy special "Right Now" is that he not only discusses the allegations of sexual misconduct that were leveled against him a year prior but takes responsibility for his behavior — raising the bar for how men in the spotlight should respond to such claims. The material is also good, with Aziz incorporating laughter as he discusses more personal moments of his life, including his relationship with his parents, his girlfriend and his frequent travels. There's social commentary, anecdotes that will make you tear up and enough laughter to leave you thoroughly satisfied.
If you're anything like us then you probably can't get enough of Tiffany Haddish. The "Night School" star has appeared as a guest comedienne on numerous stand-up specials and even has one of her own, the 2017 comedy hour "Tiffany Haddish: She Ready!" — which you can watch on Google Play. Her special became the inspiration for her current Netflix original series, "Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready!" in which she introduces several of her favorite female comedians. Stay tuned for another stand-up special from this talented funnywoman — she has one coming on Netflix.
Another Netflix original you shouldn't miss is shirtless wonder Bert Kreischer's "Secret Time," which premiered in 2018. Telling stories about his family, his zip-lining adventures and his need to one-up a former NBA star — all while he's only half dressed — makes this funnyman's comedy routine even more hilarious. Once you're done, make sure you watch his other Netflix comedy special, "The Machine."
This Canadian began working in comedy in 1989 and has since become one of the bestselling comedians in the world. Russell Peters, who makes fun of his Indian heritage while pointing out hilarious oddities about other cultures, returned to the stage in 2019 with his "Deported World" tour, which tackled fatherhood, relationships and sex as well as his interesting take on ethnicity and discrimination in the world. While we wait to see if the tour will be turned into a televised special, we're keeping the laughter going with his numerous other specials including "Almost Famous," "Notorious" and "Russell Peters vs the World" which, thankfully, are all available on Netflix.
Like an ancient shaman, comedienne Iliza Shlesinger takes her wisdom to the masses in her Netflix original comedy special, "Elder Millennial." Making us laugh about everything from landlines to women's reproductive rights, Iliza lays it all on the line in her 2018 show, which we think is one of her very best.
If you've yet to watch Trevor Noah's 2018 Netflix original comedy special, "Son of Patricia," then trust us when we tell you that you're missing out on one of the funniest stand-up routines we've seen in years. Trevor takes his audience through his upbringing in South Africa and his move to the States and his hilarious first encounter with a beloved street food: tacos. From making fun of trap songs to talking about current politics and the realities of racism, Trevor's comedy special shows exactly why he was the perfect person to take over hosting duties on "The Daily Show."
Hannah Gadsby wrote the jokes for her Netflix original comedy special, "Nanette," expressly for the purpose of quitting the business. Unfortunately, her performance was so hilarious, there's no way this Australian powerhouse can leave now. She made us laugh about everything from gender fluidity to sexism and took a brave stance against making fun of herself — in an effort to show others that it's possible to love yourself and be funny without being the butt of your own jokes.
This one's an oldie but definitely a goodie, especially if you're as obsessed with writer, actor, musician, comedian and producer Donald Glover as we are. We're specifically talking about "Weirdo," his underrated, highly worth-the-watch 2012 Netflix comedy special. Rambling about his love for toy stores, cold cereal and more, we get an unflinching look into the wacky and, yes, weird mind of this multitalented award-winning star.
If you like your comedy with a dose of intellect, then make sure to check out Hasan Minhaj's Netflix original special, "Homecoming King." For one hour and 12 minutes, Hasan dives deep, talking about immigration, racism and the American dream. Don't worry — even if the topics sound heavy, Hasan finds a way to make everyone laugh at the absurdity of our world and of the imaginary lines that divide us.
Following a health scare, comedienne Sarah Silverman returned to the stage with her 2017 Netflix original stand-up special, "Speck of Dust." From the beginning, Sarah wasted no time breaking the ice. Whether she's talking about her dad diagnosing campers' bowel movements as a teen or her idea of inserting a camera into a man's testicles to watch what happens when he ejaculates, Sarah pushes the envelope in the most uncomfortable ways, making us all laugh painfully hard in the process.
Dave Chappelle's wildly controversial 2019 Netflix stand-up show, "Sticks & Stones," is his fifth comedy performance project for the streaming service. Critics overwhelmingly hated it (delivering a 35 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes) while audiences overwhelmingly loved the material (it earned a 99 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes), which covers everything from gun culture and the opioid crisis to celebrity scandals and controversial jokes about Michael Jackson's alleged molestation victims, trans people and more.
Emily Heller's Comedy Central special "Ice Thickeners" (which you can stream online for free) is a breath of fresh air in a political climate that many feel can be overly focused on controlling women's bodies. Joking through the lens of feminism, Emily unpacks her problems with a male-dominated society, the president and, of all things, the beloved dog movie "Air Bud."
Jo Koy has quickly become one of our favorite male comedians in the biz. Since delivering his hilarious 2017 Netflix special, "Live From Seattle," Jo has captured our attention with his stories about parenthood, growing up Filipino and his troubled dating life, which all endeared him to us. With his 2019 Netflix special, "Comin' In Hot," Jo carries on the tradition, sharing stories about his son's puberty, his mom's addiction to Louis Vuitton purses and a so-funny-you-might-actually-die confession that not every man has a large… um… package.
Nate Bargatze will catch you off guard with his smooth Southern humor in his 2019 Netflix original special, "The Tennessee Kid." Whether he's lamenting his unfit body, his cheap wedding or having to tell his daughter their dog died, Nate has a way of making every unhappy situation fodder for belly-deep laughter.
After an eight-year break from stand-up, comedian Chris Rock returned to the stage with his long-awaited 2018 Netflix special, "Tamborine." In typical fashion, Chris yell-talks about his personal life, including his divorce caused by his own infidelity, his difficulties with dating again and the lessons he's learned over the years about fatherhood. While Chris still has the same voice we've come to know and love, the material dives deeper and makes us laugh harder, showing this old dog still has some new tricks up his sleeve.
Known for his high-pitched squeal and family-focused humor, there is something so hilariously lovable about "fluffy" comedian Gabriel Iglesias. In his 2019 Netflix comedy special, "One Show Fits All," Gabriel returned to the stage with new jokes about fatherhood, food, meeting his favorite celebrities and what it's like to be a Mexican man in America right now.
R-rated jokes aren't for everyone and that's why we love clean comedian Jim Gaffigan. His 2017 Netflix original comedy special, "Cinco" (named so because it's his fifth on the streaming service), brought us more of his deadpan delivery of a hilarious array of topics including fatherhood, his friend with too many cats and the pressure that comes with being a Midwesterner.
Mo Amer is the comedian we didn't know we needed in the world. In his 2018 Netflix comedy special, "The Vagabond," Mo — who is one third of the comedy trio Allah Made Me Funny — jokes about sitting next to Eric Trump on an airplane and his difficulties with the American immigration system and shares hilarious personal stories about his family's migration from the Middle East to America.
A year following the sudden and unexpected death of his wife, true-crime author Michelle McNamara, Patton made a triumphant return to the stage with new material reflective of his pain as well as the turmoil in our country in 2017's "Annihilation." Leaving no stone unturned, Patton takes aim at issues including racism, social inequality and the president's qualifications while also making time for hilarious small talk with the audience.
When we tell you Wanda Sykes' 2019 Netflix comedy special, "Not Normal," will make your sides hurt, we aren't kidding. This powerhouse comedian spends an hour and six minutes dissecting all the ways our country has fallen apart at the seams, focusing on politics, reality television and the uptick in racism and bigotry across the nation.
Tom Segura's 2018 Netflix comedy special, "Disgraceful," features the kind of humor that catches audiences by surprise. With an unassuming yet powerful stage presence, Tom manages to make us laugh harder than we expect while telling seemingly serious stories about his dad killing people amid war as well as his love of closing the elevator on people before they can get inside.
W. Kamau Bell's 2018 Netflix comedy special, "Private School Negro," unpacks the black experience in today's America with searing humor everyone will enjoy. From explaining racism to his 6 year old daughter to pointing out the lack of qualifications among those in the current White House administration, W. Kamau takes no prisoners in his hilariously smart and reflective stand-up routine.
Seth Rogen's 2018 laugh-out-loud Netflix comedy special, "Hilarity for Charity," is one of the most unique on our list. With Seth as the host, this comedy hour features a dozen or more guest celebrities and comedians including Michael Che, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, John Mulaney and even the Muppets performing funny sets and sketches to raise money for Alzheimer's disease.