I know we don't know each other very well, but if statistics are anything to go by, one thing I know for sure is that you have a Netflix account. At the very least, you use your ex's Netflix account because they haven't bothered to cut you off, in some kind of vain attempt to keep your lives connected even though you both know, deep down, that the relationship was just hurting you both. Did that hit a little too close to home? Even worse, did it not hit close to home at all, and now I'm just rambling? 

Annnnnnnnyway, what I'm trying to say is that you probably use Netflix, and you probably use it to laugh. But what most people don't seem to realize is that Netflix actually has opportunities for comedy outside of reruns of The Office


For one thing, Netflix has become the new home for stand-up comedy. It used to be that HBO was the king and/or queen of comedy specials, but these days they're better known as the scratchy logo you see before that episode of Game of Thrones you pirated. 

Instead, people turn to Netflix for all their stand-up needs. But if you're having a hard time figuring out where to start, here's a handy guide for the best of the best that Netflix has to offer. 

The ranking here is based on a few factors, like IMDb and Letterboxd user ratings because frankly, it would be insane to ask me to watch over 150 specials just for one article.

Dave Chappelle — The Bird Revelation

IMDb: 7.7/10 | Letterboxd: 3.8/5

2017 saw the release of not one, but four different stand-up specials from the returning stand-up legend. The most recent, The Bird Revelation, may not be the funniest of the group, but the whole project has fans relieved to have a voice from comedy's last generation offer a unique perspective on the current state of things. 

Dave Chappelle — Deep in the Heart of Texas

IMDb: 7.9/10 | Letterboxd: 3.7/5

The first of 2017's specials, Deep in the Heart of Texas, stands out for showing an older comedian trying to navigate the modern world — for better or for worse. Where Jerry Seinfeld made his return with Jerry Before Seinfeld doing the same sorts of things he's always done, Dave Chappelle is willing to discuss his outdated beliefs, although he does seem determined to cling to them.


Dave Chappelle — The Age of Spin

IMDb: 8/10 | Letterboxd: 3.7/5

In The Age of Spin, the second 2017 special, Dave Chappelle continues on his quest to remain true to himself amid pressure to change with the world. The comedian has been called out in particular with regard to his material about transgender people, and fairly so. 

It's challenging to watch Chappelle call himself an ally while making jokes that seem to suggest the opposite. This special in particular isn't for everybody, and I'd encourage anyone who enjoys it to give some thought about why they're laughing as much as they are. 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney — Oh, Hello on Broadway

IMDb: 7.7/10 | Letterboxd: 3.9/5

This one's about as far off the beaten path from stand-up comedy as we're going to get. Oh, Hello on Broadway is the culmination of two characters, Gil Faizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (Mulaney), two older New Yorkers "who are known for their turtlenecks, misinformed beliefs, and tendency to say 'Oh, hello' in unison." 

The constant Manhattan references will likely mean some jokes simply won't land unless you're intimately familiar with the borough, but when it's at its best, the special shows what two comedians with a singular vision can accomplish.