The 25 best stand-up comedy specials on Netflix UK to cheer you up in self-isolation
Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018) Credit: Ken Woroner

Self-isolation can be worrying, lonely and dull. Which is why it’s probably a good idea, if you’re trapped in the house, to open up Netflix and enjoy the best stand-up specials it has to offer.

From young Aziz Ansari to Amy Schumer三级成人视频’s latest, here are 25 shows to turn that dry cough into a chuckle.

1. Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast (2017)
Lynne Koplitz Credit: Cara Howe

In a nutshell三级成人视频: A tough-talking comic in the Joan Rivers mould, Koptliz excels in the role of straight-shooter. There are fusillades about hormones and natural disasters, while she’s funny and honest about her decision not to have children. 

Best gag: “I feel like Barbie… years later.”

2. Amy Schumer: Growing (2019)
Amy Schumer Credit: Elizabeth Sisson/Netflix

In a nutshell: Better known today as a star of mildly funny rom-coms, Schumer is a gifted stand-up with a special line in gags about sex, bodies and genders. Now, with a husband in tow and a baby on the way, she spills all on a life turned newly domestic.

Best gag: “When you’re pregnant, you don’t stop being you. You don’t stop working, or drinking...”

3. Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) (2015)
Jen Kirkman Credit: K.C. Bailey / Netflix

In a nutshell: Outspoken in person, on stage and on Twitter, Kirkman is at her hard-hitting finest in her latest Netflix project. Using her most personal material to date, she talks frankly about divorce, motherhood and sex. Gender politics plus rapid-fire wit won’t be everyone’s mug of Ovaltine, but Kirkman is one of the slickest in the business at what she does. 

Best gag: “I’m against weddings. No party starts with church.”

4. Bridget Christie: Stand Up For Her (2016)
Bridget Christie

In a nutshell: Shot at London’s Hoxton Hall, the Gloucester stand-up’s Netflix debut is an enjoyable showcase for her pithy humour. She’s flinty and hard-punching, but her deprecating manner makes for a nice contrast from the gleaming teeth and unsinkable confidence of Netflix’s American comedy stable. 

Best gag: “A woman’s looks are so important, women are often asked to give people a twirl so they can be approved in 3D.”

5. Hasan Minhaj: Homingcoming King (2017)
Hasan Minhaj

In a nutshell: The Indian-American’s upbringing in an overwhelmingly white California suburb is fertile source material as he ruminates on identity and prejudice. He’s earnest – but also funny, such as when recalling his English teacher’s refusal to call him anything other than “Saddam Hussein”.

Best gag: 三级成人视频“I recently got married. It was like a reverse Lord of the Rings situation – I got a ring and I lost half of my powers.”

6. Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive (2017)
Tracy Morgan

In a nutshell: The car crash that put Morgan into a coma provides the emotional centre-point of the 30 Rock star’s comeback. “We can get right to it,” he says, arriving on stage in a white suit. “Everybody in here knows I got hit by that f---ing Walmart truck.” It’s a moving introduction – but even without the heartstring-tugging backstory, Morgan is compelling. 

Best gag: “It could have been worse – I could have been hit by a Bob’s Furniture Discount Truck. You know they ain’t got no f---ing money.”

7. Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way (2014)
Bill Burr

In a nutshell三级成人视频: Boston comic Burr’s first Netflix collaboration was filmed in black-and-white, the classy sheen in contrast to his bar-brawl humour. Shot in Atlanta, Georgia, the routine touches on institutional racism and his loathing of veganism. 

Best gag: “Something has to die every day in order for me to live. Something’s got to get its beak chopped off, feathers yanked, and an upper cut to its jaw, just in order for me to survive.”

8. Jim Jefferies: This Is Me Now (2018)
Jim Jefferies

In a nutshell: Australian comedian Jefferies takes potshots at all comers in a performance as confrontational as the hard rock that accompanies his arrival on stage. “Grabby” celebrities, politicians and his own ill-advised career moves are all fair game – though his obnoxious style won’t be to everyone’s taste.

Best gag: “There should be a wall on the Canadian border. So that when the Americans run out of healthcare, they can't crawl over.”

9. Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face (2017)
Ryan Hamilton Credit: Eric Liebowitz

In a nutshell: The Idaho comedian exploits his clean-cut image to chortle-inducing effect. “I look really happy all the time and I don’t feel like this,” he says from behind a 10,000-watt, all-American grin. “I wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and think… Well, that is inaccurate.

Best gag三级成人视频: “Where do you want to begin? Should we start with my face? I think I could sell ice-cream in the Fifties.”

10. Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018)
Ali Wong Credit: Ken Woroner

In a nutshell: The San Francisco comedian discusses motherhood, ageing and familial tensions in her second special recorded while pregnant. She’s provocative, with a delivery so forceful that, even, when the punchlines don’t land, she somehow makes you laugh anyway. 

Best gag: “My husband occasionally changes diapers, and when people hear that... confetti everywhere. When my baby girl was born, I did skin-on-skin contact with her every day to bond. She s--t on my chest. Where’s my confetti at?”

11. Patton Oswalt: Talking For Clapping (2016)
Patton Oswalt Credit: Eddy Chen/Netflix

In a nutshell: 三级成人视频Oswalt is as much a story-teller as a joke-spinner ,and this 2016 performance is rambling and discursive in the best sense. He compares and contrasts the joys of My Little Pony and Star Wars and shares moving insights on fatherhood, ageing and the perils of rigorously applied political correctness. 

Best gag: “See the green light that’s just gone on… that’s to tell me to dab the sweat. I know how sweaty I am, goddamn it.”

12. David Chappelle: The Age of Spin / Deep in the Heart of Texas (2017)
Dave Chappelle Credit: Mathieu Bitton

In a nutshell: 三级成人视频Chappelle’s brace of comebacks were released simultaneously – the comedy equivalent of a double album. The Age of Spin is built around a series of run-ins Chapelle had with OJ Simpson (the first when Chappelle was an unknown starting out in comedy). His gags about transgender people have been less positively received, but with Netflix stumping up $20 million apiece for the two shows (with a third to follow), it’s hard to imagine Chappelle is especially upset about the criticism.

Best gag: [On skipping a charity fund-raiser to attend the Oscars] “What am I, a f---ing superhero? I need to have fun. I need to live, too! I didn’t f--- that water up! Stevie Wonder was there, they didn’t need me!”

13. Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room (2019)
Katherine Ryan Credit: Lisa Rose/Netflix

In a nutshell: The London-based Canadian at her take-no-prisoners best. Ryan’s flinty persona drives this zinging performance, though her hard-punching humour is leavened by flashes of introspection and vulnerability about the realities of single parenthood.

Best gag三级成人视频: “Men are like dolphins – best enjoyed on holiday.”

14. Demetri Martin: The Overthinker (2018)
Demetri Martin Credit: Erik Simkins

In a nutshell: 三级成人视频Behind the boy-nerd image, Martin is one of the smartest comedians on the circuit. Here he shares bone dry observations about doughnut holes, dogs, sports bars, the alphabet’s most aggressive letters and more.

Best gag: 三级成人视频“When people don’t sleep well, they say they tossed and turned. But I’ve never slept so badly that I ended up lightly throwing things around the room.”

15. Sarah Silverman: A Speck Of Dust (2017)
Sarah Silverman Credit: Michael Rowe

In a nutshell: 三级成人视频In an interview with fellow comedian Pete Holmes on his podcast You Made It Weird, Silverman confessed she hadn’t been fully happy with her latest Netflix special. The magic she had experienced taking the show on the road hadn’t translated as she had hoped. She needn’t have fretted – A Speck of Dust is a fine showcase for her laconic delivery and her gift for slowly-detonating gags. Now in her forties, Silverman has partly discarded the risqué persona of her early career and her observations here are more meandering and introspective – though still hilarious.

Best gag三级成人视频: “[Donald Trump] misses the sexist past. He hates that he was Person of the Year and not Man of the Year.”

16. Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits (2019)
Jimmy Carr Credit: Laurie Sparham/Netflix

In a nutshell: Netflix presents a round-up of its favourite talents, like Jimmy Carr... Jimmy Carr... and Jimmy Carr. If you enjoy being shocked and offended from the comfort of your couch, Carr is happy to oblige. This special is characteristically mean-spirited and filthy-minded – while also confirming that he’s one of the most assiduous joke-smiths working today. 

Best gag: “Some young women drink so much they black out and can't remember what happened the night before. If that's you, don't worry, I made a video.”

17. Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive (2013)
Aziz Ansari

In a nutshell: Before Master of None established Ansari as the millennial Woody Allen, the South Carolina comic was already a superstar stand-up. An early calling card was his 2013 Netflix special, in which he commented drolly on the trials of romance in the 21st century and delivered laconic observations on racial tensions in America. 

Best gag三级成人视频: “White babies are disgusting. They’re like regular babies that aren’t ripe yet.”

18. Bo Burnham: Make Happy (2016)
Bo Burnham Credit: Handout

In a nutshell: Music and comedy can make for an uneasy mix. But Burnham wears his virtuosity lightly and is also effortlessly hilarious. Be Happy is mix of riotous sing-along – his comedy raps are terrifically catchy – and self-aware chuckle-fest. 

Best gag三级成人视频: “The churches never made me/ Feel ashamed of who I am/ But I get emails from Zappos/That Gmail doesn't mark as spam...” (from his song Straight White Male)

19. Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia (2018)
Trevor Noah

In a nutshell三级成人视频: The Daily Show’s South African-born Noah has a conversational style that sets him apart from the gag-a-minute crew. His second Netflix special draws its name from a lesson his mother taught him on how to redirect negative energy spewed from the mouths of racists. Race and immigrant identity are big themes.

Best gag: “We are living through a time when we’re all learning about the presidency at the same time as the President. That’s never happened.” 

20. James Acaster: Repertoire (2018)
James Acaster Credit: Silviu Nutu Vegan Joy

In a nutshell三级成人视频: The master of innocuous trivia and inconsequential silliness delivers four hour-long episodes for the price of one. Each is a joy, as Acaster wades through linguistic curiosities, Brexit teabag jokes and jury service. Oh, and he wears a different shade of corduroy in each episode.

Best gag: “I love French cuisine. That’s why this story takes place in Pret a Manger. I love to manger their yoghurt.” 

21. Louis CK: 2017 (2017)
Louis C.K.  Credit: Cara Howe

In a nutshell: 三级成人视频From existential riffing to excruciating insights into his personal life, Louis CK can reach high or low. He goes in both directions in his Netflix special, with scorched earth observations about religion, parenthood, old age – and the joys of napping. The comedic cherry on top is his carefully-honed persona of a reasonable man driven loopy by the craziness of the world. 

Best gag: “I’m not raising my kids religiously – I don’t feel like it. Get up on a Sunday? F--- that.”

22. Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018)
Hannah Gadsby

In a nutshell: In what is probably the decade’s most talked-about hour of stand-up comedy, Gasby tackles sexism, the myth that good art stems from trauma, and her experience of coming out in Tasmania (where homosexuality was illegal until 1997).

Best gag: “What sort of comedian can’t even make the lesbians laugh? Every comedian ever.”

23. Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfield (2017)
Jerry Seinfeld Credit: Netflix

In a nutshell: The comic returns to the New York club where he started his career and dusts down the jokes which put him on the path to stardom.

Best gag: [of unhealthy breakfast cereals for kids] “This cereal should have been called The Hell With Everything’.”

24. Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! (2019)
Ronny Chieng Credit: Marcus Russell Price

In a nutshell: The Daily Show’s Malaysian-born comedian makes a series of droll observations about America, as both an outsider and a resident. 

Best gag三级成人视频: “Of all the reasons Asian parents want their kids to be doctors for, helping people is way down at the bottom.”

25. Nikki Glaser: Bangin’ (2019)
Nikki Glaser Credit: Lara Solanki

In a nutshell: America’s raunchiest comedian talks all things sexual in all ways graphic. But it’s not all flippant: her own path to sobriety and self-confidence are also on the table.

Best gag: “I never could squirt, and I wanted to, because I think it’s such a cool power move. Just to dump a quart of water on a guy’s bed and be like: Peace. Catch you on the flip, dude.”

Which comedy specials have you been watching to keep yourself entertained? Tell us in the comments below.