No matter what’s happening in the world, it’s almost always better with some jokes thrown in. Sometimes you need a little bit of stand-up comedy. Check out these picks for some of the most hilarious and outrageously funny takes on life, love, family, and politics that you can find on Netflix right now.
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30. Gary Gulman: It's About Time
Gary Gulman talks about extreme laziness and how he enjoys it. He once bought an iTunes movie that he already owned because he didn't want to get out of bed to put it into the DVD player. He talks about how his parents lived through World War Two, a polio epidemic, and so much more, but our generation is so spoiled that we can't tolerate pulp in our orange juice. He jokes about being a Jew, Nazis, and the joys and pitfalls of shopping at Trader Joe's.
29. John Caparulo: Come Inside Me
Live in Las Vegas, John Caparulo invites the audience to come inside his life as he trades being single for being married. Unlike most down-on-marriage comics, Caparulo is just glad somebody was willing to settle for him. He talks about throwing a fastball in a baseball stadium in Florida but screwing it up badly enough he expected to get booed. Then there's dealing with a high-strung dog.
28. Jen Kirkman: Im Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)
Kirkman is a spunky lady who jokes about divorce, kids, sex, and turning 40. She doesn't think we're doomed due to climate change, she thinks we're going to kill each other off due to stupidity first. She says only in Texas can she joke about killing people and be applauded. She's unhappy about getting gray hairs in personal areas now that she's 40 years old. She apologizes to single people for how she treated them when she was a married person. Then she talks about how being a cougar isn't cool.
27. Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
Brutally honest but hilarious, Birbiglia brings laughter to the painful struggle of love in front of a live audience in Seattle. He explains why he doesn't believe in marriage and brags about how he's always right; he and a friend like to break up engagements. He thinks of himself as a "sex maybe" kind of guy, which is better than a "sex never." He takes a minute out of his spiel to jump down into the audience and show everybody that there's a guy there with no socks or shoes on.
26. Lucas Bros: On Drugs
Keith and Kenny Lucas are twin brothers who join forces to put on a killer, deadpan stand-up set. Their low-key banter hits on hot button topics like police brutality (and how to solve it), O.J. Simpson, and, of course, drugs.
25. Garfunkel and Oates: Trying to be Special
Performed in Seattle, this musical comedy show is a combination of surprise, fun, and laughs as the two comediennes try to raise enough money to produce their own comedy special. They sing a song about not recognizing someone they've met before, and then they rap about not understanding hand jobs, all while weaving in stories about their lives and travels.
24. Sam Kinison: Breaking the Rules
Once a preacher, Sam Kinison became a renowned comedian who could tear up once-sacred subjects like marriage, sex, drugs, religion, and famine. On a live stage in 1987 Hollywood, Kinison gives a loud and crude performance that starts with a pair of gorgeous twins in the front row. Then he goes on to recount how he thought his girlfriend forgave him for having multiple affairs but she ended up being vicious. He's attracted to girls who will eat your heart out, and jokes about all the ways they put you through hell.
23. Mo'Nique: I Coulda Been Your Cellmate
This is an unconventional comedic performance because it was done at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. Known as "The Farm," it's a women's prison that houses 2,000 inmates. Mo'Nique jokes about how she couldn't be a criminal because she wouldn't go down alone--she'd bring you along with her. She pokes fun about her friends telling her not to go to jail and "get gay," and she goes on to explain in crude detail how that's just not going to happen.
22. Iliza Shlesinger: Freezing Hot
Performing in Denver, this gorgeous and brazen comedian makes fun of girls having to deal with cold weather and not wanting to wear a jacket. "Girls don't like to be cold but they like cold weather, that's girl logic for you." She does a great job of explaining the differences between the sexes, with useful observations like how a group of girls can never find their car, so they should always bring along at least one guy. Or how Pinterest and marriage planning are like Call of Duty and porn.
21. Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater
Performing to a live audience of 2,500, this brilliant comedian peels off riffs about how much better it is to fly first class and how he's a great guy to think of giving his seat to a soldier (but just think of it--he's never going to do it). He also talks about being a father, friendly strangers, and being successful. In the midst of it all he says something he considers the worst thing he's ever said.
20. Tom Segura: Mostly Stories
Tom Segura is considered level-headed, for a comedian, but he's still hilarious, and he mixes quick jokes with some great stories. In this Netflix-produced special he tackles such subjects as someday losing weight, the time his father started a rumor about Tommy Lee Jones, and a fraught encounter with Mike Tyson in an enclosed space.
19. Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping
This performance is in San Francisco, the place of sarcastic comments, according to this popular comedian. Now that he's a father, he goes deep into the sinister mind games of little girls. He jokes about old people having a trail mix of drugs, inappropriate phone ring tones, gay proms, politics, his unbeatable worst stand-up set, and the world's worst birthday clown.
18. Felipe Esparza: They're Not Going to Laugh at You
Winner of Last Comic Standing season 7, Felipe Esparza jokes about being randomly selected for a pat down at every airport in the U.S., but explains that he can't be a terrorist because he's Mexican and thus can't be on time. Then he covers going to Mexico and being stopped by the Mexican border patrol. He pokes fun at illegal immigration, Mexican stereotypes, and being a rebound catch for women.
17. Mike Epps: Under Rated & Never Faded
Mike Epps performs live on the stage of the historic Orpheum Theatre in Las Angeles California. He takes a roasting approach as he does blistering impressions of other famous people, mixed in with a stream of observations about modern life.
16. Katherine Ryan: In Trouble
Crass with class, Katherine Ryan starts her spiel by engaging the audience and talks about how she's popular with teenage girls, but not generally with their parents. Then she goes on about Taylor Swift and Victoria Secret models. She jokes about kids who bullied her with a fake newspaper image instead of using an iPad or the internet, and tells other stories about her friends and enemies she had while growing up. And of course she covers the time she got an entire country mad at her.
15. Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive
In his first stand-up show since an almost-fatal car crash in 2014, 30 Rock alum Tracy Morgan riffs on common experiences like being in a coma and having a crush on your physical therapist. He tackles dark subjects with the same goofy outlook and sharp comic timing that he brought to his older material.
14. Sebastian Maniscalco: Aren't You Embarrassed?
Performing in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, Maniscalco pokes fun at how modern life looks from the perspective of his family's old-fashioned Italian views. He also jokes about how Americans have lost their ability to feel shame.
13. Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
A classic from one of the best-known stand-up comedians, this live California performance from 1979 is a laugh a second. Richard Pryor is a master at poking fun at race relations, police officers and the law, and himself.
12. Kathleen Madigan: Bothering Jesus
This Irish-American comedienne grew up in Missouri and jokes about how the state can't decide on anything. She has great stories about things people in Missouri debate, particularly the hillbilly practice of "Noodling." She also jokes about how she signed her parents up to be Uber drivers without their knowledge, so they could pick up other old people on their way to Florida for the winter. There's a whole routine about losing airplanes, and growing up in a family with seven children.
11. Jim Gaffigan: King Baby
Live from the stage in Austin in 2008, Gaffigan weighs in on the non-sport of bowling, bowling balls never wearing out, germaphobes at bowling alleys, and even more bowling humor. Then there's boredom, doing nothing, escalators that aren't working, the ludicrousness of camping, bacon, and other important life topics.
10. Chris Tucker: Live
In his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, Chris Tucker shares various experience he went through to get from childhood into the big leagues of comedy. He has some great stories about when he was still in school and going to church.
9. Ali Wong: Baby Cobra
She's just turned 33 and makes hilarious jokes about being jealous of 18-year-olds. Then she goes off about the HPV virus, the "joys" of pregnancy, and her hoarding problem. She blames her mom for that, and jokes about how no one should ever try to help their mom throw out old stuff.
8. Cedric the Entertainer: Live from the Ville
Known for his stylish suit and fedora hat, Cedric is a gifted and unique comic performer. In his fresh performance in Live from the Ville he takes a stab at the presidential election, pokes fun at getting old, and having to deal with the things you've taught your kids, before he lectures the audience on "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk."
7. Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60
SNL alum Dana Carvey starts out impersonating Donald Trump, and Jeb and George W Bush, then goes on to tell stories about life as a father of millennials, and dealing with different cultures and nationalities.
6. Kevin Hart: I'm a Grown Little Man
Kevin Hart weighs in with his unusual perspective on race, family, work, and friends. He just had his second child a few months before this performance and he jokes about not being able to pick up girls with car seats in the back. Then he goes into detail about why he stopped going to the gym, and tells a great story about an ostrich that ran alongside his car at 60 miles an hour.
5. Rodney Carrington: Laughter's Good
A combination comedian and country music star, Rodney Carrington uses a combination of songs and comedy to make jokes about life, family, and religion. He's not ashamed to bring in comedy about suicide bombers and Tiger Woods, while he sings about adultery for good measure. His stories about his visit to Toby Keith's estate are hilarious.
4. Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy
In this Netflix exclusive, Cristela Alonzo takes the stage in San Antonio Texas and humorously looks at Latino stereotypes along with politics and voting, what Selena would do if she were still here, and how Trump's wall doesn't matter because Latinos dig tunnels now. She jokes about growing up poor and how life is different with immigrant parents, and how you'll never hear about a drive-by in the hood that killed someone with food allergies using peanuts.
3. Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We've Been Thinking
These two award-winning blue-collar comedians entertain a packed house in Minneapolis. One spiel goes off about one guy getting his prostrate checked by 60 different student doctors in the same day. Then Foxworthy tells funny stories about the differences between how men and women ask questions. Larry the Cable Guy has lots to say about his grandmother smoking pot, and how people have to be really drunk to take home a mosquito.
2. Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Sorry for What I Said When I Was Hungry
Known for his love of colorful Hawaiian shirts, Gabriel Iglesias cracks everybody up in this stand-up comedy performed in Chicago Illinois. He jokes about discovering a chocolate cake shake while there, and why he loves all-female-run taco trucks. Then he goes off on a hilarious rant about how he feels like a super hero in front of his audiences, but goes home to an everyday life of taking out the trash. He even has a bit about loving his dressing room because the sink has handles instead of sensors.
1. Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle famously hit stardom in the early 2000s with Chappelle's Show, got sick of it, and practically disappeared for most of a decade. Now he's back with two stand-up shows packaged together on Netflix. Raunchy and racially-charged, Chappelle's stand-up manages to even shock fans who thought they knew him from his TV show.