After 10-ish long years, Dave Chappelle has released two new stand-up specials on Netflix. Both present all-new, unseen footage direct from his personal vault — “Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin,” was filmed at The Palladium in Los Angeles in March 2016, and “Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas,” was filmed at Austin City Limits Live at Austin’s Moody Theater in April 2015. Both specials are classic Chappelle: Provocative, cutting, and full of jokes best not repeated in print.
The two hour-long specials are meant to tide over the hungry masses while Chappelle touring concert dates and prepping for a third, wholly original special to be released at an unknown date. But luckily (and we mean no disrespect to Mr. Chappelle) he’s not the only game
in town on the service.
Thanks to the solid roster of hilarious comedians Netflix has quietly been building up, the laughs don’t need to stop in the interim. Now, it appears, is a great to time to be in the comedy business. Check out these 7 under-the-radar comedy specials you need to know about, and get ready to laugh-cry…
Katherine Ryan: In Trouble
The British-by-way-of-Canada Ryan has a very Amy Schumer vibe to her material, taking on everything from Bill Cosby to trying to date a Jewish man to being a young, single mom in London. Keep an eye out for her as she prepares to take the US — and the world, thanks to Netflix — by storm.
Neal Brennan: 3 Mics
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Brennan’s stand-up special is great: He’s credited with co-creating and co-writing “Chappelle Show” after all. In “3 Mics,” Brennan alternates between three microphones. At the first mic, he reads one-liners from index cards; at the second mic, he talks about dealing with depression and his relationship with his father; and at the third mic, he does traditional stand-up comedy.
Ali Wong: Baby Cobra
It takes a certain type of person to do a stand-up special, for a major streaming company, while seven months pregnant. Crazy? Maybe. Ballsy? Sure. Hilarious? Absolutely. Ali Wong’s “Baby Cobra” set delves into her sexual misadventures and hoarding, the rocky road to pregnancy, and why feminism is “terrible.”
Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes
It’s the rare comedy set that is both hilarious and oddly relaxing — but Birbiglia delivers his high-impact humor with such a soothing demeanor you can’t help but sink into each word he says, as he tiptoes hilariously through the minefield that is modern-day joke-telling.
Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy
The lighthearted and earnest comic turns her sly wit on boy bands, border walls and the immigrant experience in a set that can’t help but be utterly timely and relevant. Like Birbiglia and Pete Holmes, her delivery is so all-friendly and inviting that you never see the sharp satire coming.
Jimmy Carr: Funny Business
This British funny man is the king of the one-liners, taking down everyone from Canadians to actual audience members with his distinctively witty zingers. Fun fact: Carr and Ryan are the first and only two British comedians to have the distinction of an Original Netflix special to date.
Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills
Grandpa isn’t cute, he’s a confirmed killer; Ariel isn’t a pretty mermaid, she’s a gross hoarder. These and other bold claims make up this biting comic’s second Netflix special examining the pitfalls of being a 30-something woman in America — you may cringe at a lot of what she says, but there’s not a word that doesn’t ring true.