10 Best Standups on Netflix

Looking for the best standup on Netflix? The criteria we used to create this top include the specials’ IMDb rating, as well as each comedian’s popularity. Keep in mind this article is about the best stand-ups available for streaming on Netflix, therefore we considered the ratings of individual shows as primary. Without further ado, these are the funniest bits of stand up comedy you can stream for a good laugh.

10. Hannibal Buress: Live from Chicago (2014)

Release Date on Netflix: February 6, 2016
Director: Marcus Raboy
Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
Streaming on: Netflix US, Australia, Canada, India, and the UK.

Hannibal Buress: Live from Chicago stars the highly acclaimed Hannibal Buress, and Leon Rogers as the announcer. It definitely deserves a spot on this list of the best standup on Netflix thanks to his wit, cool, relaxed delivery, and spot-on observations that seem brutally honest at times and that define the comedian.

Taped in Buress’ hometown of Chicago, this extended and uncensored show is one of his best, and the fact that Hannibal has been named one of the best-emerging comedians this decade definitely adds to the quality of this piece.

9. Marc Maron: Thinky Pain (2013)

Release Date on Netflix: April 14, 2015
Director: Lance Bangs
Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
Streaming on: all Netflix markets

Written by Marc Maron himself, this 2013 comedy special is starring Marc Maron, as well as Sam Lipsyte, Amanda McCauley, and Tom Scharpling and is seen as a hit or miss. As the title suggests, this production describes the journey of Maron as he realizes that his pain and self-loathing aren’t real, but merely Thinky Pain. He has a somewhat Woody Allen-esque vibe about him, as he usually talks about his many neuroses on stage.

Occasionally feeling like a therapy session, his shows entertain as much as they offer insight. Maron shines with the help of his painful self-analysis and his sharp sense of self-awareness. And while that can be off-putting to some, Marc Maron is still one of the best stand up comedians on Netflix.

8. Donald Glover: Weirdo (2012)

Release Date on Netflix: April 14, 2015
Director: Shannon Hartman
Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
Streaming on: Netflix US and Canada

Most people are probably familiar with Donald Glover from his stint on Community or from his music career as Childish Gambino. But he’s also a successful, funny, and witty stand-up comedian, and Weirdo is one of his best projects to date.

Different than the Donald Glover people knew from his other endeavors, the multi-talented artist managed to impress everyone with his very particular brand of storytelling. Funny, highly observational, occasionally deep, and completely irreverent at times, this production is worthy of its place on our list of the best standup on Netflix.

7. Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny (2010)

Release Date on Netflix: October 20, 2015
Director: Shannon Hartman
Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
Streaming on: Unfortunately, this title is no longer available on Netflix. 

Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny was written in 2010 by Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, and Joey Wells and also stars LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal as uncredited audience members. The standup was shot in Cleveland, Ohio in front of a sold-out live crowd and, as with most entries on this best standup on Netflix list, the special stirred the crowd. Hart’s harsh reality checks are entertaining regardless of whether you agree with him or not.

6. John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: November 13, 2015
Director: Rhys Thomas
Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
Streaming on: Netflix US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Norway, India, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

A promising emerging comedian, John Mulaney is certainly worth checking out. He used to be one of the wittiest and observant Saturday Night Live writers, and it’s easy to see why after watching just a few minutes of his shows. Written by Mulaney himself, The Comeback Kid also stars Petunia and Amanda Walsh.

With his trademark sharp wit and boyish charm, Mulaney might just provide one of the funniest stand up on Netflix. In the show’s one hour and two minutes of runtime, the ex-SNL writer approaches topics such as marriage, a run-in with Bill Clinton, and why he has a beef with babies.

Note: If you want a good laugh, you might also benefit from our list of the best comedy movies on Netflix!

5. Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale (2006)

Release Date on Netflix: May 15, 2014
Director: Michael Drumm
Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
Streaming on: Netflix US, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

A comedian so PG-rated that he opened for the Pope, Jim Gaffigan is one of the funniest currently alive. Beyond the Pale was written by Gaffigan himself and also stars his wife, Jeannie Gaffigan. And it’s full of the internationally appreciated comedian’s typical sense of humor.

As self-deprecating, witty, and in love with food as he is pale, every time he gets on stage, Gaffigan is a success. One of the very few clean comedians to be truly hilarious, Jim Gaffigan is known for his particular comedic style. From his complicated relationship with Hot Pockets to his whispery meta-comments, Jim Gaffigan certainly provides some of the best standup on Netflix.

4. Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (2013)

Release Date on Netflix: April 14, 2015
Director: Seth Barrish
Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
Streaming on: Netflix US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the UK.

Everyone’s favorite Olive Garden Italian is back for his eighth special, and he’s bringing everything he has to the party. Written with the help of his brother, Joe, Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend is one of Mike’s best works so far and is one of 2013’s best standup on Netflix.

One of the most relaxed comedians on TV, Mike Birbiglia has a very infectious humor. Whether he’s talking about how his sleepwalking almost got him killed, about inappropriate comments he should’ve kept for himself, or about his Italian background, his self-deprecating sense of humor is nothing short of genius.

3. Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983)

Release Date on Netflix: May 15, 2014
Director: Bruce Gowers
Runtime: 1 hour 9 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%
Streaming on: Unfortunately, this title is no longer available on Netflix. 

Any comedy fan recognizes Eddie Murphy as a reference in the stand-up industry, and this 1983 show s one of his funniest. Delirious stars Eddie Murphy in his glory days, and features Gus Loundermon and James Argiro in cameos. One of the funniest comedians alive, Murphy delivered what is still considered by some to be the best standup on Netflix.

Peppered with foul language, raucous and raunchy humor, witty observations, and hilarious stories, this standup is one for the ages. Approaching subjects such as puberty, dating, sexual orientation, then-relevant celebrities, and family, this show reminds us why we fell in love with Eddie Murphy in the first place and will likely cause you a belly ache from all the laughing.

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

Release Date on Netflix: September 23, 2017
Director: Jay Karas
Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
Streaming on: all Netflix markets

This 2014 standup special is a Netflix production written by and starring Bill Burr. As with most such shows, it’s not suitable for minors or those easily offended. Still, it is one of the best standup on Netflix you could possibly watch.

Bill Burr’s delivery, timing, and punchlines show that he has enough mettle and skill to be considered an A-lister. And he has only been getting better and better at his particular style of humor. Honest, witty, and very, very irreverent, Bill Burr has provided us with the second best standup on Netflix at the moment. But let’s see who took the cake, shall we?

1. Louis C.K.: Chewed Up (2008)

Release Date on Netflix:
Director: Louis C.K. and Shannon Hartman
Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute
IMDb Rating: 8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
Streaming on: Netflix US

Once again, every comedy fan out there saw this coming; we simply couldn’t have written an article about standup and not mention Louis C.K. Performed in Boston, at the Berklee Performance Center, Chewed Up is the perfect portrayal of CK’s very relatable nature and delivery and makes it easy to understand why he is currently almost everyone’s favorite comic.

Whether he’s writing, directing, or simply acting, C.K. seems to be doing everything right. A legend in the making, he has perhaps one of the best critical minds of our century. His performances are not just the best standup on Netflix, but perhaps the best of all time.

Conclusion

Whether you’re a long-time comedy aficionado or only now getting into standup, there’s no way you won’t enjoy our list. Featuring some of the best comedians to ever live, this is the best standup on Netflix. If you don’t agree with our choices, please leave a comment telling us why.

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