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It doesn’t matter if you’re stuck at home or have made the conscious decision to enjoy a night in — exercising your funny bone is always worth it. And without question, Netflix gets the award for the best comedy specials. In addition to a slew of stand-up shows available to stream, Netflix also provides a handful of unique comedy specials to keep us smiling even at the worst of times.

So get your viewing party set up or grab your favorite spot to cozy up to the screen solo because we’re serving up some of the best Netflix specials to get you laughing out loud.

Iliza Shlesinger, Elder Millennial

Iliza Shlesinger is a staple when it comes to popular Netflix specials. Her dry wit and quick timing bring her sets alive with relatable content, like the subject matter in Elder Millennial. In this special, Shlesinger talks about relationships and how they differ from your 20s to your 30s, but some of her best lines are on feminism, where she presents a delicate balance between comedy and honesty.

Ali Wong, Hard Knock Wife

Two years after giving birth to her first child, Ali Wong took to the stage again to present Hard Knock Wife. And not only was this her second Netflix stand-up special, but she also happened to be very pregnant with her second child. This gave Wong more than enough material to bring on the laughs when it comes to her particular points of view on marriage and motherhood.

Ellen DeGeneres, Relatable

Before Relatable came out, Ellen DeGeneres had not recorded a special since 2003. Luckily for us, she gained enough experience to bring to life a special that walks us through her lessons and tells her unique story in a very candid tone. Through her storytelling, DeGeneres successfully explains to the audience that, despite our differences, we are all, in fact, relatable.

Hannibal Buress, Comedy Camisado

If you loved him in Broad City, then you won’t want to miss him in his very own comedy special. Hannibal Buress brings his laid-back sense of humor to the masses in Comedy Camisado. He speaks of the difficulties while transitioning into adulthood, and he doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to topics like Lasik eye surgery, steroids, and even Bill Cosby.

Between Two Ferns: The Movie

Between Two Ferns is an award-winning comedy short that originated on the Funny or Die website. Host Zach Galifianakis conducts awkward celebrity interviews that are so cringe-worthy and funny that they somehow scored him a movie version for Netflix. The movie feels like more of an extended episode and features appearances by Hailee Steinfeld, Chance the Rapper, Tiffany Haddish, Paul Rudd, David Letterman, and so many more.

Jenny Slate, Stage Fright

To promote her book Little Weirds, Jenny Slate graced us with her comedy special Stage Fright. What’s special about Stage Fright is the glimpse into Slate’s personal life with home videos from her childhood and present-day interviews with her family. In this special, we learn more about Slate than we may have known before while gaining a better understanding of where her odd sense of comedic style comes from and why it works for so many people.

Ken Jeong, You Complete Me, Ho

He’s arguably one of the best parts of The Hangover films and is totally worthy of his own comedy show. Ken Jeong brings his humor to the big stage to hilariously pay tribute to his wife, while deep-diving into the madness of Hollywood. He also shares a bunch of behind-the-scenes stories from The Hangover that will have you laughing just as hard as you did while watching the film.

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has been around since 2012 but recently moved to Netflix for its tenth season. The show is directed and hosted by Jerry Seinfeld. It rarely diverts from the standard format of Seinfeld selecting a vintage car to ride in with his guest comedian before stopping at a coffee joint to continue chatting. As you can imagine, hilarity ensues in each episode with a list of guest appearances that will keep you laughing on repeat.

Taylor Tomlinson, Quarter-Life Crisis

Comedian Taylor Tomlinson has found herself at that bizarre stage where she’s a bit too old to be partying — but too young to settle down. In Quarter-Life Crisis, Tomlinson describes the trials and tribulations of being in your mid-20s and trying to navigate a complicated social life while constantly fighting the urge to just be a full-fledged adult.

Pete Davidson, Alive From New York

We all wondered what would come of Pete Davidson after his breakup with pop star and fiancée Ariana Grande, and a comedy special is certainly not what we expected. In Alive From New York, Davidson brings his particular brand of self-loathing comedy to the forefront with personal stories as they relate to Grande, SNL, the internet, and his father — a firefighter who died on 9/11. Davidson’s special was met with a lot of criticism, making it a must-see for those who are curious to know. 

Adam Devine, Best Time of Our Lives

You probably know him best from the Pitch Perfect films, and now Adam Devine has a comedy special to call his own. Devine shows off his comedy chops by regaling the audience with memories from his Pitch Perfect audition, which easily trickles into more Hollywood stories. Additionally, we are hit with hilarious details about his awkward teen years and what it’s like to be in love.

Leslie Jones, Time Machine

After leaving SNL, Leslie Jones waltzed all the way up to the stage to bring the world her stand-up show Time Machine. But this isn’t the same Jones you watched on SNL. In this special, Jones gets down and dirty with real talk about what it’s like to begin your 50s while spelling out all of the things she would tell her 20-something self now.

Billy on the Street

By now you must know who Billy Eichner is. After all, he’s been yelling pop culture questions at people on the streets of New York for five seasons of Billy on the Street, and it would seem he has no plans of stopping. The show takes on its own life as Eichner tries to entice everyday people to answer random questions “For a Dollar” or with the intent of giving them an unnamed prize. In addition to fun celebrity guest appearances, Echiner shows us what it’s really like to interact with the public on the pointless subject matter.

Michelle Wolf, Joke Show

Our first real introduction to Michelle Wolf took place when she roasted Trump during the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner. But in her Netflix special, Joke Show, Wolf proves that she doesn’t need politics to make her comedy work. Instead, we find intelligent humor when it comes to outrage culture, massages, childbirth, feminism, and much more.

Tiffany Haddish, Black Mitzvah

In honor of her 40th birthday, the always funny Tiffany Haddish celebrated in comedic style with her stand-up special Black Mitzvah. In the show, Haddish keeps the laughs coming with enough singing and dancing to get you moving from the couch to the dance floor. She pairs it perfectly with stories that describe her long journey toward womanhood.

Adam Sandler, 100% Fresh

It seems as though Adam Sandler’s old-school jokes and movie quotes will never go out of style, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t ready for some new ones. Sandler brings back his musical numbers and stand-up style with a series of jokes and original songs in 100% Fresh, a stand-up special that will have you undoubtedly laughing from start to finish.

Ricky Gervais, Humanity

He blew us away with his comedic jabs at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards, but what we witnessed that night is nothing new for Ricky Gervais. The comedian’s brand of humor has always come from a place of brutal honesty. He always tells it like it is, but instead of being pretentious about it, Gervais tries to educate his audience at the same time. All of this and more can be seen in his stand-up special Humanity.

Hasan Minhaj, Homecoming King

In his first stand-up special for Netflix, comedian and political commentator Hasan Minhaj hits all of the marks. His anecdotes ebb and flow perfectly between humorous and heartbreaking, as he tells his life story as an Indian-American Muslim. Minhaj tackles topics with smart humor when it comes to racism, bullying, and meeting the high expectations of his immigrant parents.

Chelsea Peretti, One of the Greats

Chelsea Peretti’s rise to fame began with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but there is more to her than the character she plays. Peretti’s special, One of the Greats, is a tongue-in-cheek approach to the typical stand-up show format as it mocks some of the typical gestures and flows we are used to. Her topics in the special span technology, beauty, the internet, and gender roles.

The Comedy Lineup

The Comedy Lineup is a Netflix show that highlights up-and-coming comedians. In each episode, we get to know a new wave of stand-up comics with 15-minute sets and interview snippets that showcase their strength and presence in the industry. The show has helped introduce popular comedians like Michelle Buteau, Jak Knight, Sabrina Jalees, Matteo Lane, and more.