If You’ve Finished Every Stand-Up Special on Netflix, Here Are a Few More to Pass the Time
Netflix is considered the place to go for stand-up specials. But these days, there are plenty of other streaming services offering up the best of the world’s comedic talent. Here are links to a few curated offerings that you can watch (for free!) while self-quarantining if you’ve already exhausted all of your Netflix options.
‘Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape’
You may recognize Jim Gaffigan from such films as 17 Again, Hot Pursuit, and Super Troopers 2. He’s had recurring roles in TV shows like That ’70s Show, Ed, and Portlandia, as well as main roles in The Ellen Show and My Boys. Additionally, Gaffigan starred in two sitcoms as himself: Welcome to New York and The Jim Gaffigan Show.
But far and away, Gaffigan is best known for his stand-up comedy. He has been nominated for the Grammy for Best Comedy album five times, including for his 2018 one, Noble Ape. The hour-long special covers such subjects as his wife’s brain tumor and his travels as a comedian.
‘Nick Cannon: Stand-Up, Don’t Shoot’
Many of those active in Hollywood pursue multiple avenues of entertainment. But few cover as much ground as Nick Cannon who acted on TV, hosted numerous reality shows, starred in several films of note, and released two rap albums and two comedy specials before the age of 40. Oh, and he’s the father of Mariah Carey’s twins.
Though he’s better known for Wild ‘n Out these days, Cannon got started in comedy on the kid’s sketch program All That. His most recent stand-up special, Stand Up, Don’t Shoot, was filmed in South Central Los Angeles, and explains his adventures in dating post-divorce as well as his thoughts on politics.
‘Janeane Garofalo: If I May’
Since the early ’90s, Janeane Garofalo has been a staple in the comedy world. She befriended Ben Stiller, appearing in his sketch comedy series before appearing on Saturday Night Live for half of a season. You may recognize her from such films as Reality Bites, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, and Dogma. She has even transitioned into dramatic roles in West Wing and 24 for a time.
The follow-up to Garofalo’s 2010 special If You Will is, appropriately, titled If I May. It digs into society’s dependence on cell phones, its hatred of gluten, and the pop culture phenomena we obsess over, among many other subjects.
‘Jermaine Fowler: Give ‘Em Hell, Kid’
This next comedian hasn’t been in the business nearly as long as the others here. Fowler started off on series such as Guy Code and The Eric Andre Show. He got network TV break with the CBS sitcom Superior Donuts. And he appeared in two celebrated indie films, Sorry to Bother You and Buffaloed, in the past couple of years.
Now, Fowler is set to star in the upcoming sequel Coming 2 America alongside Eddie Murphy. In other words, he’s about to get a lot of attention. So now is as good of a time as any to watch his debut comedy special, Give ‘Em Hell, Kid