Netflix’s offering has gone from featuring a handful of decent stand-up offerings to becoming a full-on comedy hub. If you were looking for a decent stand-up special, you were limited to older specials, most of which had already been thoroughly mined for Youtube clips already. Now there are so many new and great original options it’s hard to pick. That’s why we have curated a list of the best comedians on Netflix. Here they are!
The best comedians on Netflix:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best comedians on Netflix regularly as new comedy specials enter the platform.
1. Bo Burnham
Before indie darling Bo Burnham directed Eighth Grade, he was best known as a teenage Youtube comedian, and a stand-up oddball. His mix of musical comedy with satire and often ruthless introspection is original and downright hilarious. It makes him one of the best Netflix comedians.
Burnham’s got two specials on Netflix, what. and Make Happy. They’re crass, frenetic, and riddled with Burnham’s particularly cutting observational style. Check them out if you’re in the market for musical comedy and don’t mind laughing at yourself a little.
2. John Mulaney
John Mulaney has been on a real tear the last few years, with what feels like new hilarity every year. He’s without a doubt one of the best comedians on Netflix. If you’re looking for conventional stand-up comedy, check out Kid Gorgeous or The Comeback Kid. They’re both hilarious, featuring Mulaney’s mix of anecdotal stories, social awkwardness, and astute observations.
If you want something a little more involved, check out Oh Hello, a recording of the eponymous Broadway show Mulaney performs with comedian Nick Kroll (The League). The two play a pair of old New Yorkers sharing oddball stories about their past and interacting with various guests. It’s weird as hell in the best way. On top of all that, Mulaney also plays in John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch.
3. Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt isn’t only one of the best comedians on Netflix, he’s also one of the busiest. This guy pops up in a wide variety of content on the service. He has great stand-up specials like Talking for Clapping and Annihilation, as well as a bunch of other shows.
Oswalt also plays Happy in the dark comedy of the same name. This is about an imaginary horse accompanying an unhinged ex-cop turned hitman, played by Christopher Meloni (Law and Order). He’s extremely prolific, and it’s not hard to see why. Patton Oswalt is relatable, adorably dorky, and very, very funny.
4. Ali Wong
How many comedians can say they’ve done a stand-up special pregnant? Not only has Ali Wong done it — and well — she’s done it twice. In her two fantastic specials Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, Ali Wong tackles marriage and motherhood, race and feminism in America, and being pregnant while being a Netflix comedian.
If you’re in for something scripted, Wong’s romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe is on Netflix. In it, she plays a celebrity chef looking for love, alongside Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) and Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat).
5. Hannah Gadsby
Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby only has one special on Netflix. However, Nanette is required viewing if you’re a stand-up comedy fan. It’s gut wrenching, witty, and sometimes hilarious. Gadsby gets into her experiences with sexism and homophobia, in life and in comedy, and why she was planning to leave the scene altogether after the show.
Thankfully, she thought better about that last bit, but nonetheless this is a powerful and honest show everyone should watch. She is a great Netflix comedian.
6. Wanda Sykes
Wanda Sykes is a comedy veteran who’s been in comedies and stand-up specials for decades. The selection of her work on the platform is pretty limited, but she’s still one of best comedians on Netflix. Sykes has a stand-up special on Netflix called Not Normal, where she gets political, tackling race in America, Donald Trump, and more.
7. Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle has become one of the most popular stand-up comedians on Netflix, and for good reason. The comedian isn’t afraid to call it like it is, often bringing up controversial topics with a funny twist. Netflix currently has two of Dave Chappelle’s specials: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation and Sticks & Stones. Additionally, you can find a couple Dave Chappelle live shows bundled in a “season”.
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8. Chelsea Peretti
You may recognize Chelsea Peretti from her acting in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. If you thought she was a great actor, she is an even better comedian. Her Netflix special One of the Greats is crude and dark, but also as funny as they get.
9. Ellen DeGeneres
Oh yes! Ellen DeGeneres is definitely one of the best comedians on Netflix. If her show is hilarious, you can only imagine how great a standup session from the renown personality is. In the special named Relatable you can see a side of her we never really see in camera. She opens up about topics like poverty, sexuality, and more, all while keeping the crowd animated. She also jokes about her current wealth and fame!
10. Gabriel Iglesias
Gabriel Iglesias, also nicknamed “Fluffy”, is easily one of the best comedians on Netflix for those of you with Hispanic heritage. But even though many of his jokes revolve around culture and race, he makes his specials funny and relateable to everyone. His size is another source of funny stories, as are his life adventures.
Those are just a handful of the comedians you can find on Netflix, with even more available to stream. If you’re in the mood for something else, there’s new content on the service basically every week.