For most comedians, the stand-up is revered as the purest expression of the way of his art. Although the comedy in vivo in a scenario dating back to ancient Greece, the stand-up contemporary (stand on a platform or stage in front of a live audience, with nothing more than a wall behind you and a microphone in front of it), has its roots in the american shows of vaudeville, and in concert halls british of the NINETEENTH century. Thousands of talented comedians, regardless of their style, race or gender, have entertained the audience with laughter throughout the centuries. And that now continues, with the best stand up Netflix.
Although the experience of being present at a live event has no comparison, at present, do not have to buy tickets or go to a theater or presentation room to watch a good comedy, but you can pass it directly to your home, or wherever you are if you have a device connected. And although there are many options, Netflix is one of the platforms that has one of the best collections of special stand-up. If you want to have a good time by laughing out loud, we put together this list (in no particular order) some of the best stand up Netflix.
JOHN LEGUIZAMO: ‘LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS’
The actor and comedian John Leguizamo premiered their show Latin History for Morons in 2017, where the only protagonist is himself, and the action will be awarded a Tony Award for his exploration of the influence and importance of the Latin american people throughout the history of the united States. Netflix brought this presentation to their subscribers in November of 2018, providing an opportunity for all of you who were not able to attend Broadway (or pay for the tickets) to experience the fascinating history lesson on kinetics taught by Leguizamo, through a 90-minute explanation of energy and fun, with a chalkboard in the style of the best professor. While it is not a comedy traditional, the format of “a single man” and the mood incessant make it stand out from the crowd as an experience both educational and entertaining.
HANNAH GADSBY: ‘NANETTE’
Recognized as one of the stand ups more innovative, unique and powerful of the past few years, Nanette could be the last performance that we’ll see of the comic australian Hannah Gadsby, who uses his platform to deconstruct the very nature of stand-up, comedy, and human experience. As fun as it is emotionally raw, the special debuted on Netflix in June 2018, with great success (currently has a rating of 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and almost immediately inspired countless ideas that celebrate the amazing exploration of Gadsby on issues of gender identity, mental health, and even art history. The brilliance of Nanette is best understood when you experience it without knowing too much about how it develops the special, so that we will not give you any spoiler.
HASAN MINHAJ: ‘HOMECOMING KING’
The first special correspondent of The Daily Show, Hasan Minhaj, titled Homecoming King, won a Peabody Award in 2018 for his brilliant and wildly entertaining exploration of the immigrant experience in the united States, and particularly on the experience of Minaj as part of a muslim family indian-american. The fact that Minaj is able to do brilliantly without having to resort to the topics more worn, is what makes the special so unique, and the stories are poignant and, at times, heart-wrenching, sharing about his life are the types that often find common ground in the human experience, such as that of the immigrant experience. Even so, it achieves that the comedy is overlap to the tragedy.
JERRY SEINFELD: “JERRY BEFORE SEINFELD’
Since his leap to fame with the iconic television series from the ‘ 90s that bears his name, Jerry Seinfeld has become synonymous with comedy. More recently, Netflix launched a $100 million for the broadcast rights for two special stand-up, the first effort of the comedian make a return to his roots of comedy, in addition to his series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which is (you guessed it) a comedy that ride with Seinfeld in a car, and then sit down to have a conversation while taking a coffee. In regards to their live shows in front of an audience, Jerry Before Seinfeld explores the early career of the comedian before becoming an icon thanks to the popular sitcom in the 1990s.
The special is part documentary, part stand-up, and confirms that the brand of humor of Seinfeld is timeless. If you are a fan of Seinfeld you want to laugh for almost an hour, Jerry Before Seinfeld should definitely be on your list.
MICHAEL CHE: ‘MICHAEL CHE MATTERS’
Your last name, or life experience, it has nothing to do with Argentina. In his special for Netflix, the one-hour, stand-up comedian of Saturday Night Live, Michael Che, you are presented with situations more uncomfortable and it will guide you along a series of amusing experiences. The grim face and the sharp wit of his participation in the news segment of SNL are in full screen, while it addresses the racism, the control of weapons and the confused theory that all the evil people of different ages go to the same hell. As happens in many cases with comedians, we have to warn you that the style of Michael Che and his lack of political correctness could definitely offend some people.
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