Over the past few years, stand up comedy has not only grown as a career but has also seen a budding viewership as a mode of entertainment.
While stand-up comedy has been one of the purest expression of an art form, it has also become an escape for people while they struggle with the hustle life brings them. Personally, for me, these shows are a way to laughter through the pipeline of the internet and hence I’ve curated a list of comedians that you should watch at least once-
The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj uses his Netflix stand-up special, Homecoming King, to weave an intricate and hilarious account of his life as a son of Indian-American immigrants. What really makes this special stand out is how Minhaj manages to be bluntly honest about the difficulties of being brown in America without ranting about Muslim bans, Trump’s presidency, and other obvious issues that have been touched on before.
An Indian stand-up comedian, writer, poet, and presenter, Zakir is one of those modest young Indians who resolved to achieve a difficult dream and did not stop before he became a known and appreciated face among the masses. He rose to fame with On Air With AIB and hence people have been loving this “sakht launda” all over the world. His honesty and timing in his comedy have won him hearts. His ” Haq Se Single” and “Kaksha Gyarvi” got him a lot of praises.
Anthony Jeselnik, known for his dark humour and for his comedy that is gleefully acerbic, and whether he’s on tour or tweeting, has earned its share of detractors who find it distasteful. Jeselnik loves this about his work, however, and his most ardent fans do, as well. Hence, if you’re feeling the need to laugh and feel slightly terrible about yourself, then “Thoughts and Prayers ” is the comedy special for you.
It’s difficult to miss Dave Chappelle while skimming through Netflix’s comedy offerings. After all, in less than a year, the Chappelle’s Show star and co-creator debuted four stand-up specials on the streaming platform. This guy specialises in unpredictable comedy tackling more controversial topics, like gender identity and racial tensions, as only he can. Across all specials, the message is clear- he doesn’t care what you think, and he won’t neuter himself for the sake of political correctness.
Daniel Sloss has ended at least 34,000 relationships and 93 marriages with his Netflix comedy special Jigsaw — and that’s a conservative estimate. His unapologetic approach has helped him connect with audiences since age 17 when he first took the stage as a stand-up comedian. And with the help of Netflix in recent years, Sloss has become an international star, currently playing to sold-out shows in every corner of the globe. If you’re into dark humour with a pinch of reality check, he is the man.