A Fort Knox of comedy gold
Comedy fans rejoice! Netflix has been doubling down on original comedy this year with a focus on standup. With big names like Louis C.K., Dave Chapelle, and Amy Schumer, it seems like every comedy heavyweight has a Netflix special coming out this year. Which is great news for Dish subscribers because you can watch Netflix straight from your Hopper 3 DVR. No need to switch inputs. So where do you start when you have so many comedy options? We have you covered with 10 of our favorite specials of 2017.
Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes
Mike Birbiglia’s style intertwines true stories from his life with self-deprecating jokes. The Massachusetts native is on a hot streak, having written, directed, and acted in the well-received 2016 film “Don’t Think Twice” as well as the 2012 film “Sleepwalk with Me.” In “Thank God for Jokes,” his awkward interactions with the world make for a raucous 70 minutes. With topics like opening up for the Muppets and roasting his personal hero, Birbiglia finds a way to turn his most awkward moments into comedy gold.
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
Hasan Minhaj is coming off a red-hot year of comedy. He is one of the Daily Show’s most consistent contributors. In his debut comedy special, he uses his unique perspective to cultivate a style that is both heartwarming and hilarious. He covers topics such as the difficulties of growing up in the United States as a first generation American and his relationship with his younger sister. It’s no wonder that Minhaj was chosen this year to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Jim Gaffigan: Cinco
Comedy veteran Jim Gaffigan brings his family-friendly comedy to the stage in “Cinco.” You may know Jim from guest roles on shows like “That ‘70s Show” or a starring role on his self-titled TV show. Gaffigan goes back to his trademark style of comedy, where he delves into what the audience is probably thinking. He’s consistently funny without having to resort to vulgarity. “Cinco” is definitely worth the watch.
Multiple comedians: “The Standups”
Looking for fresh faces in comedy? Look no further. “The Standups” is a new series of half-hour comedy specials from up-and-coming comedians. Find your new favorite from this crew of handpicked new faces, including Nikki Glasser, Fortune Feimster, Deon Cole, Nate Bargatze, Dan Soder, and Beth Stelling. Each brings their own flavor of comedy to the table in these brief special. The Standups is a diverse plate of funny that lets you say, “I watched them before they were famous.”
Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy
Cristela Alonzo is a rising name in comedy. Although not yet a superstar, she did have an eponymous ABC sitcom called “Cristella,” which was unfortunately cancelled after one season. You also might recognize her voice from “Cars 3” and “The Angry Birds Movie.” Her light self-effacing style is both welcoming and enjoyable. Cristela makes light of her life, with jokes about her love for football and how expensive health food is. Lower Classy is a fun special to watch for any comedy fan.
Norm McDonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip and Trickery
Norm McDonald is just funny. There’s no other way to say it. The “Saturday Night Live” veteran’s timing, rhythm, and style are unmatched. His delivery makes any simple statement funny. Norm doesn’t try to be political, as many comedians have in the past year. His jokes are just jokes, which is refreshing. This special is good for when you want to take a break and just have a good laugh.
Bill Burr: Walk Your Way Out
Ever-controversial Bill Burr brings an interesting take on this past election cycle. Filmed during the 2016 election season, Burr gives his slightly twisted take on the candidates. Regardless of how you lean politically, it’s interesting to hear his point of view now that the election is over. But proceed with caution; his comedy style is definitely more vulgar than most.
Amy Schumer: The Leather Special
You may know Amy Schumer from her breakout role in 2015’s “Trainwreck” or from her eponymous Comedy Central TV show “Inside Amy Schumer.” Schumer’s act is hilarious, but her style is raunchy and definitely not family-friendly. For instance, she goes into graphic detail about a food poisoning experience she had with her boyfriend. If you are into risqué humor, this special is right up your alley.
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust
Sarah Silverman is a comedic powerhouse. You may know Silverman from her supporting roles in movies such as “School of Rock” or from her Comedy Central show “The Sarah Silverman Program.” In her new special, she is able to bring levity to topics ranging from her father’s experiences at camp to her recent near-death experience. Silverman is a master of the comedic craft, able to explain a joke without taking anything away from it.
Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark
Trevor Noah is 33 years old, but he has an extensive pedigree of political comedy. He’s hosted “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central since Jon Stewart’s departure in 2015, and has done a solid job of filling his shoes. In his special, Noah addresses issues of race and nationalism without losing a laugh. This special is solid example of hilarious political commentary that also makes you think.