Stand-Up Comedy Specials On Netflix

 

 

Photo provided by: Netflix

Photo provided by: Netflix

Jesse Baalman
Staff Writer

 

Netflix releases a wide variety of original content and comedy specials are something they care a lot about. Releasing one everyday it seems like, the streaming service has plans to release new specials from Chris Rock and Amy Schumer. Until then, here are some comedy specials on Netflix that are worth a viewing.

Louis C. K. – Live at the Beacon Theater, Chewed Up

Louis C. K. has a certain likability to him that goes beyond all of his vulgar, hilarious stand-up material. He has this quality to him because he can effortlessly connect any of his wild stories back to a real idea that he has about his own life. C. K. wins the audience over in both specials and proves that he is one of the best conversationalists out there, in his own inappropriate ways.

Chelsea Handler – Uganda Be Kidding Me

Uganda Be Kidding Me was released to go along with Handler’s memoir of the same name. Both are winning, even if a lot of it is at the expense of her coworkers, friends, and family. This special is highly creative because of how original the premise for it is. Centered around an adventurous trip she took to Africa with a few friends, this show is worth watching again and again. Netflix has now given Handler her own talk show streaming three times a week.

Aziz Ansari – Buried Alive

Ansari may not be for everyone, but there is no denying the fact that his style of comedy is very insightful. Watching him get worked up and pick apart such big ideas like marriage, online dating, and kids is a delight because never does he lose track of where he’s headed. His bits all tell a bigger story and by the very end, a grander picture is painted by Ansari about life and the way we live it. Netflix is now streaming a critically-acclaimed original series from Ansari, Master of None.

Mike Birbiglia – My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

Birbiglia should be one of the biggest names in comedy because of his simple understanding of the genre itself. He is a master at knowing the ways in which an audience will respond. It is like he creates a true chemistry with whatever crowd he is performing with. ‘My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend’ is an excellent journey through Birbiglia’s doubts and fears, but not in a way that we’ve seen before. He connects to crowds with laughter, but also with where that laughter is coming from.

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