Best-Reviewed Comedy Specials 2018
With Netflix’s continued investment in stand-up comedy, it’s no surprise the streaming service has captured critics’ attention and dominates the list of the year’s best specials. Hannah Gadsby’s thoughtful rumination on the medium, Nanette, lands in the No. 1 spot.
The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2018. Scores might change over time.
Adjusted Score: 102104%
Critics Consensus: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette brilliantly moves modern comedy into nakedly honest new territory, pivoting from dry humor to raw, powerful storytelling.
Australian comic Hannah Gadsby reshapes standard stand-up by pairing punchlines with personal revelations on gender, sexuality and childhood turmoil.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100457%
Critics Consensus: Chris Rock reasserts his credentials as one of comedy's preeminent figures in Tamborine, an introspective standup act delivered with fresh sensitivity and trademark exuberance.
Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Chris Rock, who redefined stand-up comedy with his hilarious and brilliant takes on relationships, race... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100330%
Critics Consensus: Ali Wong emerges a mother still perturbed in Hard Knock Wife, a hilariously honest hour of comedy that highlights the joys and oh boys of motherhood with fearless energy and just the right amount of squirmy detail.
Adjusted Score: 100267%
Critics Consensus: John Mulaney incisively describes his own befuddlement with the modern world in this uproariously funny deconstruction of manners, relationships, and religion.
John Mulaney relays stories from his childhood and "SNL," eviscerates the value of college and laments getting older in this... [More]