The Funniest Stand-Up Comedy Specials on Netflix Ranked by Raunch Level
When comedians have 60-plus minutes of uninterrupted stage time, they’re bound to push boundaries. Although stand-up specials are known for being controversial, not all of them are totally cringe-worthy. Check out these nine Netflix stand-up specials ranked by raunch level.
Jim Gaffigan: ‘Cinco’
Gaffigan is the king of clean comedy, and his fifth stand-up special, Cinco, is the most relatable one to date. The comedian discusses topics like losing your child in a museum, America’s obsession with SUVs and the general awkwardness of everyday life.
Nick Offerman: ‘American Ham’
If you’re looking for self-help advice from the one and only Ron Swanson, you’ve come to the right place. The actor’s one-man show, American Ham, is 79 minutes of pure bliss and features campfire sing-alongs, hysterical one-liners and Offerman’s top ten tips for a prosperous life.
Aziz Ansari: ‘Buried Alive’
Unlike his first two specials, Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening and Dangerously Delicious, Ansari’s Buried Alive takes a deeper, more mature approach to stand-up comedy. Not only does the Master of None star comment on relatable societal issues, but he also takes a step back and asks, “Why?” Why do men send naked photos? Why do parents flood social media with baby pics? But seriously…WHY?
Amy Schumer: ‘The Leather Special’
According to Schumer, every good comedian needs a “Leather Special.” The Snatched star uses slightly grotesque examples to describe serious issues like double standards, sexuality and negative body image. Although the 57-minute special is borderline TMI, we have to applaud Schumer for pushing the boundaries without going too far…this one time.
Chelsea Handler: ‘Uganda Be Kidding Me’
Chelsea Handler’s Uganda Be Kidding Me is based on the comedian’s 2014 book of the same name. In this live special, Handler overshares memorable moments, graphic photos and seemingly hyperbolic tales of the realities faced on her journey in Uganda. Topics include bowel movements, food poisoning and AIDS…classic Handler material.
Sarah Silverman: ‘A Speck of Dust’
Silverman is never afraid to “go there,” and A Speck of Dust does just that. The special features a string of giggle-inducing stories about family life, dogs and laser hair removal. By the end, you’ll want to “put a pin” in just about every punch line.
Dave Chappelle: ‘The Age of Spin’
In Chappelle’s The Age of Spin, the comedian discusses two African American icons: O.J. Simpson and Bill Cosby. From his first encounter with Simpson’s soon-to-be-slain wife to Cosby’s controversial accusations, this stand-up will have you asking, “Did I really just laugh at that?”
Louis C.K.: ‘2017’
OK, so Louis C.K.’s 2017 is about as uncomfortable and inappropriate as it gets. But if you’re looking for a comedian’s crass yet humorous take on a variety of taboo topics (we’ll let you check this one out for yourself), then sit back, relax and prepare for loads of nervous laughter.
Ali Wong: ‘Baby Cobra’
Raunchiness: WARNING: En fuego
It's not every day a comedian performs a stand-up routine while seven months pregnant, but Ali Wong did just that in her 2016 Netflix special, Baby Cobra. In addition to a super-detailed oral history of her past sexual encounters, Wong touches on everything from the good, the bad, the ugly and the seriously heinous aspects of pregnancy and the miracle of childbirth.