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The 64 Best Netflix Stand-Up Comedy Specials

Last updated: June 7, 2021

Whether you’re in the mood to laugh, cry, or let your mind go entirely blank while you ignore the responsibilities of life and binge three seasons of a series in one weekend, Netflix has a show for that. In the past few years, the company has focused in particular on the “laugh” aspect, curating a massive collection of stand-up comedy specials from the world’s biggest comedians. Rotten Tomatoes has created our own list of the very best of those specials, coming from A-list superstars, lesser-known funny people, and many in between.

Some of the specials entered the mainstream consciousness, and four of them are even Certified Fresh at 100% on the Tomatometer (a fifth, Aziz Ansari’s latest stand-up special, Right Now, is also Certified Fresh). What you won’t find: Comedy specials that can actually be classified as variety specials, like the very funny Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life, or John Mulaney and Nick Kroll’s in-character Oh Hello On Broadway, or John Leguizamo’s Tony-nominated play Latin History for Morons.

To be considered for inclusion on the list, each special must have received at least five reviews to earn a Tomatometer score. As a result some recent specials from stars like Russell Brand, Kevin James, and Trevor Noah aren’t included, nor is Tiffany Haddish’s new series spotlighting lesser-known comedians, They Ready. Cristela Alonzo and Katherine Ryan also didn’t quite make the list. And due to their current Rotten scores, some specials from A-listers like Dave Chappelle, Pete DavidsonRicky Gervais, Ray Romano, and Amy Schumer aren’t on it either.

What is on the list: Bo Burnham’s critically acclaimed — we’re talking 100% Fresh on the Tomatometer — special Inside, which the comedian wrote, directed, and filmed from his home during 2020.

We’ll update this list as new titles launch on Netflix and get scores.

Recently Added: Bo Burnham’s Inside

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 19496%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Iliza Shlesinger
Directed By: Steve Paley

#63
Adjusted Score: 25731%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Fred Armisen
Directed By: Lance Bangs

#62
Adjusted Score: 33793%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: David Cross
Directed By: Alex Coletti

#61
#61
Adjusted Score: 37559%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Marc Maron
Directed By: Lynn Shelton

#60
Adjusted Score: 76285%
Critics Consensus: 23 Hours to Kill misses the mark but still finds some funny in a special that's entertaining, if not always great.
Synopsis: Jerry Seinfeld's new hour-long special, Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill, reinforces his reputation as the precision-craftsman of standup comedy.... [More]
Starring: Jerry Seinfeld
Directed By: Joe Demaio

#59
Adjusted Score: 55673%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Hasan Minhaj
Directed By: Christopher Storer

#58
#58
Adjusted Score: 72150%
Critics Consensus: Amy Schumer's standup matures in an hour filled with concise insights into aging and matrimony, marked with only slight Growing pains as the comedian refreshes her comedic voice.
Synopsis: Amy Schumer gives a refreshingly honest and hilarious take on marriage, pregnancy and personal growth in her new Netflix comedy... [More]
Starring: Amy Schumer
Directed By: Amy Schumer

#57
#57
Adjusted Score: 32132%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Marc Maron
Directed By: Lynn Shelton

#56
Adjusted Score: 37633%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Directed By: Unknown Director

#55
Adjusted Score: 26429%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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#54
Adjusted Score: 18249%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Katt Williams
Directed By: Unknown Director

#53
Adjusted Score: 30232%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Urzila Carlson keeps the laughs coming with thoughts on "The Biggest Loser," sex tapes and boxed wine in a stand-up... [More]
Starring: Urzila Carlson
Directed By: Hayden Guppy

#52
Adjusted Score: 57895%
Critics Consensus: W. Kamau Bell's affable charisma makes Private School Negro a mirthful dissection of modern America, although although seasoned fans may find the material a bit familiar.
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Starring: Unknown Actor
Directed By: Unknown Director

#51
Adjusted Score: 40005%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Tracy Morgan
Directed By: Unknown Director

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 40008%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Jim Gaffigan
Directed By: Jeannie Gaffigan

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 45493%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Following her Netflix debut on The Comedy Lineup Part 1, Emmy Award-nominated Saturday Night Live writer Sam Jay is back... [More]
Starring: Sam Jay
Directed By: Kristian Mercado

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 85114%
Critics Consensus: Aziz Ansari balances sharp social commentary with just enough earnest introspection to craft a special that, while not without its baggage, shows how far the comedian has come - and how far he may still have to go.
Synopsis: In a comedy special directed by Spike Jonze, Aziz Ansari shares deep personal insights and hilarious takes on wokeness, family... [More]
Starring: Aziz Ansari
Directed By: Spike Jonze

#47
Adjusted Score: 40932%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On stage in San Francisco, the comedian covers topics like old people getting drugs, his worst stand-up set, gay proms... [More]
Starring: Patton Oswalt
Directed By:

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 47797%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Judd Apatow returns to stand-up comedy after 25 years, riffing on living with three women, amusing moments from his career... [More]
Starring: Judd Apatow
Directed By: Marcus Raboy

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 39313%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Stand-up comedian, actor, and podcaster, Bill Burr, delivers a scathing review on the state of the world in his new... [More]
Starring: Bill Burr
Directed By: Mike Binder

#44
Adjusted Score: 52597%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Meet Nate - Your stereotypical masculine man just trying to be better. Natalie Palamides: Nate - A One Man Show... [More]
Directed By: Philip Burgers


#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 90300%
Critics Consensus: An energetic Sandler jumps back into the spotlight with fresh songs, stories, and spoofs in Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh, a wonderful return to form for a beloved comedian.
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Directed By: Steve Brill

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Chappelle is back and better than ever in the honest, provocative, and insightful Dave Chappelle: Collection 1 which offers moments for both laughter and contemplation.
Starring: Dave Chappelle

#40
Adjusted Score: 77726%
Critics Consensus: Seasoned pro Ellen DeGeneres finally returns to the comedy stage in her most on-brand form - genuinely goofy and undeniably good.
Synopsis: Ellen DeGeneres is "Relatable" in her debut Netflix original comedy special premiering December 18. Filmed at Seattle's Benaroya Hall, Relatable... [More]
Starring: Ellen DeGeneres
Directed By: Joel Gallen, Tig Notaro

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 94192%
Critics Consensus: Humorously human and poignantly hilarious, Douglas is an expertly constructed hour of comedy that further affirms Hannah Gadsby's mastery of her craft.
Synopsis: Hannah Gadsby returns for her second special and digs deep into the complexities of popularity, identity and her most unusual... [More]
Starring: Hannah Gadsby
Directed By: Madeleine Parry

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 94526%
Critics Consensus: Jerry Before Seinfeld finds its star revisiting his earliest material on his hometown stage, offering appropriately familiar - yet still abundant - laughs along the way.
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Starring: Jerry Seinfeld
Directed By: Michael Bonfiglio

#37

Louis C.K.: 2017 (2017)
95%

#37
Adjusted Score: 95687%
Critics Consensus: Though he switches up his attire for a more polished look, Louis C.K. remains controversial, addressing hot topics head on in this edgy and daring special.
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Directed By: Louis A. Székely

#36
Adjusted Score: 22811%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmed at the historic Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco, Anthony Jeselnik's latest special delivers an all-new hour of hilarious, laugh-out-loud... [More]
Starring: Anthony Jeselnik
Directed By: Adam Dubin

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 33995%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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#34
Adjusted Score: 23916%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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#33
Adjusted Score: 48199%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The "Daily Show" host ponders the perils of naming countries, how traffic lights turn New Yorkers invincible and why you... [More]
Starring: Trevor Noah
Directed By: David Paul Meyer

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 33036%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia brings his award-winning Broadway show, Mike Birbiglia: The New One, to a global audience for... [More]
Starring: Mike Birbiglia
Directed By: Seth Barrish

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 32494%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Tom Segura
Directed By: Jay Karas

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

#29
Adjusted Score: -1%
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#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 40796%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Combining his trademark wit and self-deprecating humor with original music, Bo Burnham offers up his unique twist on life in... [More]
Starring: Bo Burnham

#27
Adjusted Score: 27707%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On this painfully honest but hilarious journey, Birbiglia struggles to find reason in an area where it may be impossible... [More]
Starring: Mike Birbiglia
Directed By: Seth Barrish

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 27706%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Aziz Ansari focuses his unique viewpoint on pending adulthood, babies, marriage and love in the modern era.... [More]
Starring: Aziz Ansari

#25
Adjusted Score: 56237%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Norm Macdonald
Directed By: Liz Plonka

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 39642%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Kevin Hart
Directed By: Leslie Small

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 45342%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Leslie Jones
Directed By: David Benioff

#22
Adjusted Score: 36498%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In his latest Netflix original standup special, Live At Madison Square Garden, Ansari headlines the iconic Madison Square Garden and... [More]
Starring: Aziz Ansari
Directed By: Aziz Ansari

#21
Adjusted Score: 47595%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Directed By: Lance Bangs

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 48198%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 45492%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Todd Glass
Directed By: Scott Moran

#18
Adjusted Score: 45490%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Hari Kondabolu
Directed By: Bobcat Goldthwaite

#17
Adjusted Score: 36502%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In his new stand-up special John Mulaney regales a sold out audience at the Chicago Theater with stories about his... [More]
Starring: John Mulaney
Directed By: Rhys Thomas

#16
Adjusted Score: 36499%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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#15
Adjusted Score: 38265%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Chelsea Peretti showcases her diverse talents in this dark yet silly reimagining of the comedy special.... [More]
Starring: Chelsea Peretti
Directed By: Lance Bangs

#14
Adjusted Score: 64266%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Mike Birbiglia

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 52857%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Michelle Wolf
Directed By: Unknown Director

#12
Adjusted Score: 51981%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Comedian Tig Notaro brings her signature deadpan silliness in Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here, available only on Netflix starting... [More]
Starring: Tig Notaro
Directed By: Tig Notaro

#11
Adjusted Score: -1%
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#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 61194%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ali Wong's stand-up special delves into her sexual adventures, hoarding, the rocky road to pregnancy, and why feminism is terrible.... [More]
Starring: Ali Wong
Directed By:

#9
Adjusted Score: 80337%
Critics Consensus: Led by a natural, effortless and extremely funny performance, Sarah Silverman delivers a special full of excellent jokes.
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Starring: Sarah Silverman
Directed By: Liam Lynch

#8
Adjusted Score: 100044%
Critics Consensus: A disarmingly perceptive exploration of loss, Patton Oswalt: Annihilation finds the comic deftly balancing his off-beat humor with an profoundly cathartic edge.
Synopsis: By turns scathing and candid, Patton Oswalt reflects on the glut of comic material in the Trump era and the... [More]
Starring: Patton Oswalt
Directed By: Bobcat Goldthwait

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 100125%
Critics Consensus: Maria Bamford delights with her distinct style and impressive onstage confidence, solidifying her status as a contemporary master of comedy.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Maria Bamford
Directed By: Jessica Yu

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 99115%
Critics Consensus: Jenny Slate leans into her Stage Fright in a special that's raw, honest, and as overwhelmingly delightful as the comedian herself.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Jenny Slate
Directed By: Gillian Robespierre

#5
Adjusted Score: 100300%
Critics Consensus: John Mulaney incisively describes his own befuddlement with the modern world in this uproariously funny deconstruction of manners, relationships, and religion.
Synopsis: John Mulaney relays stories from his childhood and "SNL," eviscerates the value of college and laments getting older in this... [More]
Starring: John Mulaney
Directed By: Alex Timbers

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 96202%
Critics Consensus: A claustrophobic masterclass in comedy and introspection, Inside is a beautifully bleak, hilariously hopeful special from Bo Burnham.
Synopsis: A new comedy special shot and performed by Bo Burnham, alone, over the course of the past year.... [More]
Starring: Bo Burnham
Directed By: Bo Burnham

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 100364%
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.
Synopsis: Two years after the hit "Baby Cobra," Ali Wong is back with another baby bump -- and a torrent of... [More]
Starring: Ali Wong
Directed By: Unknown Director

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 100494%
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.
Synopsis: Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Chris Rock, who redefined stand-up comedy with his hilarious and brilliant takes on relationships, race... [More]
Starring: Chris Rock
Directed By: Bo Burnham

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 102184%
Critics Consensus: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette brilliantly moves modern comedy into nakedly honest new territory, pivoting from dry humor to raw, powerful storytelling.
Synopsis: Australian comic Hannah Gadsby reshapes standard stand-up by pairing punchlines with personal revelations on gender, sexuality and childhood turmoil.... [More]
Starring: Hannah Gadsby
Directed By: Madeleine Parry, Jon Olb


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