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Best Netflix comedies in August 2022

The best Netflix comedies just got a little shorter — but a classic film is here to make keep your summer nights filled with laughs. Yes, while 30 Rock has left Netflix, we’ve got a tale of hooky to keep your happy.

Each month we comb through the list of what’s new on Netflix to hunt for the shows and movies will put a smile on your face and possibly have you laughing so hard you get tears in your eyes, all from the comfort of your own couch (while trying to forget that Netflix just raised prices).

Our list of best comedy shows and movies on Netflix contains plenty of different styles, so whether you prefer dark comedy, satire or downright silliness, you’re sure to find something you’ll really love. Maybe you can even revisit some of your old favorites, as there’s a wide enough selection to ensure that Netflix is one of the best streaming services.

Some of the best Netflix comedies included cult-favorite series such as Happy Endings (though it just left) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (also on our best Netflix shows list) as well as stand-up specials from the likes of Bo Burnham and Hannah Gadsby, just to name a few. We bet you’ll discover something new and hilarious to keep you cracking up for years to come. And when you want something a bit more real, check out our best Netflix documentaries list.

The best Netflix comedies right now

Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, one of the best netflix comedies

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A classic for a reason, the story of Ferris Bueller playing hooky offers wish fulfillment at the highest caliber. Ferris uses his wits to fake sick, but since a solo outing is no fun, he also finds a way to get his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and his neurotic buddy Cameron out of their daily lessons as well. Of course, this mouse has a cat on his tail, as Principal Ed Rooney is desperate to bust Ferris’ hijinks. Ferris’ sister Jeanie is no fan either, but gets into her own fair share of trouble during his brother’s day off.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones
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Anchorman

Anchorman isn’t the first big Will Ferrell movie (which is either Old School or Zoolander or Elf), but it is one of the most rewatchable films in the actor’s library. Here, he plays a chauvinistic 1970’s anchorman named Ron Burgundy, a guy who really thinks he’s the be-all and end-all for women everywhere. Life soon starts to prove him wrong in every single way possible, but his buddies are there to help. They even get into a weird street fight where Steve Carrell’s Brick Tamland killed a man. Yes, you possibly saw Anchorman (a hit that set off many a career) when it came out. You probably loved it. But let’s be honest: you’ll watch it again and love it again. But if the Rotten Tomatoes score is to be believed, Anchorman is more like Brian Fantana’s favorite cologne: “Sixty percent of the time, it works every time.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%
Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner
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Russian Doll

Natasha Lyonne in a subway in Russian Doll season 2

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There’s something about Natasha Lyonne that lends itself so well to comedy, and Russian Doll, which she co-created with Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland, is the perfect vehicle for her frantic yet natural charisma to shine through. Lyonne plays Nadia, a woman who simply wants to go to a party but somehow keeps ending up living the same day over and over again in a constant loop. While not an inherently funny premise, it’s what they do with that open-ended potential that will crack you up. Its strong second season went even loopier for its premise, and hit the feels even harder. — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Elisabeth Ashley, Yul Vasquez, Charlie Barnett
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Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You

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Not all comedies are pleasant and polite. Some, as you probably know, are dark and creepy. Sorry to Bother You is definitely one of the latter. We can’t really explain all of the movie without spoiling its insane surprises, but it all begins when Cassius “Cash” Green (Lakeith Stanfield of Atlanta) figures out he has a “white voice,” aka a way to speak that affects a white person’s personality. And while that voice is that of David Cross (Arrested Development), that’s far from the weirdest thing that takes place in this movie. Herein, Cash goes down a dark rabbit hole of oddities after figuring out the very creepy ways the company he works for is handling labor.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
Cast: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
Director: Boots Riley
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Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

John Cho as Harold Lee (in a jail cell) stretching out to touch Kal Penn (as Kumar Patel) in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

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Sometimes, all you need is a good laugh. And if that laugh is enabled by an herbal remedy taken before you snarf down a crate of burgers, we’re not judging you for that decision. That’s partially because we’re fans of the very rewatchable Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. The titular two second-generation immigrants may face annoyances and hinderances from every corner they go down, but all will be right if they can get their hands on a bag of those sliders. The only problem? The nearest WC is all the way in Cherry Hill, NJ, prompting a very weird road trip.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%
Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Paula Garcés, David Krumholtz and Neil Patrick Harris
Director: Danny Leiner
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Jackass 4.5

New Jackass cast member Zach Holmes is shirtless and wearing a kite, perched above cacti in an image from Jackass 4.5, one of the best Netflix comedies

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The grossest gang in Hollywood is back, and they’ve even got new friends. Yes, Jackass has returned (again) with the B-sides version of Jackass Forever (which is on Paramount Plus). This movie has a lot more interviews with cast than you might expect, so get ready to hear what life on the Jackass Forever set and how they were one of the first sets to resume filming during Covid (which explains how Johnny Knoxville’s hair went from black to silver).

And when you hear Knoxville say “it just felt good,” you know he’s not talking about the stunts. Because some of these stunts (the plexi-glass one in particular) didn’t feel good for those involved. Just expect some revolting moments, especially newcomer Zach Holmes’ human sashimi incident.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Jason “Wee Man” Acuña, Danger Ehren, Preston Lacy
Director: Jeff Tremaine
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Bo Burnham: Inside

Bo Burnham in Inside, one of the best netflix comedies

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Released in May 2021, the latest special from comedian Bo Burnam — which he wrote, directed, filmed, and edited as well as starred in — was recorded entirely in his own home (or a space meant to look like it) on his own during the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s no audience or crew, but there are plenty of sketches and variety songs that explore topics including sexting, mental health struggles and social media, among other topics. Being able to touch on serious subjects through the lens of comedy is refreshing and cathartic. — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
Cast: Bo Burnham
Director: Bo Burnham
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Grace and Frankie

Lily Tomlin (as Frankie) holds a lighter and what appears to be a joint while Jane Fonda (as Grace) holds a hand to her own forehead

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One of the best comedy shows on Netflix, Grace and Frankie is an odd-couple series that’s run for far longer than Netflix usually lets shows run. It also pulls another rare move by actually giving leading roles in a series to women in their 70’s (and now 80’s), and Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have proven that there’s no reason not to. The series, which focuses on frenemies who start an alliance of sorts after their husbands leave them for each other, got rave reviews after some first season growing paints. Seasons 3 through 5 have a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and seasons 2 (91%) and 6 (83%) were also deemed winners. — Henry T. Casey

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%
Cast: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen
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Murderville

(L to R) Conan O'Brien as Guest 101, Will Arnett as Terry Seattle in episode 101 of Murderville, one of the best netflix comedies

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Terry Seattle (Will Arnett) is a foolish detective who is really full of himself. So, it makes sense that he’s about to get a series of even more clueless partners. And they’re all celebrities, from Conan O’Brien to Kumail Nanjiani. Heck Marshawn Lynch and Sharon Stone show up. And while Arnett’s clued in on the “story” of the cases of the week (so to speak), his celebrity partners (who must solve the crime) don’t have a clue. So they’ll have to work together to find said clues.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%
Stars: Will Arnett, Haneefah Wood, Lilan Bowden, Phillip Smithey
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Seinfeld

George holding the golf ball in

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If Netflix has been losing all of your favorite shows? Well, the good news is that it houses arguably the greatest sitcom of all time. So hit play on Seinfeld (turn on the subtitles if you want to see what they’re yadda-yadda-yadda’ing about) and enjoy the antics of four of the most selfish New Yorkers this side of Newman. Trying to figure out where to start? Check out our guide to the 11 best Seinfeld episodes to watch on Netflix, which has excellent episodes to watch during your own personal “summer of George.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%
Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards
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Tuca & Bertie

Bertie goes to HR in Tuca and Bertie

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The hall of shows Netflix canceled way too soon has a permanent placard for Tuca & Bertie. This animated series looked to capture the Bojack crowd by having a brash toucan Tuca (voiced by Tiffany Haddish) and the anxious songbird Bertie (voiced by Ali Wong) who process the ins and outs of adult friendships. They live in the same apartment building and the show was so strong that fans desire to see more of the series led to it finding a home for season 2 on adult swim. We’re wondering when that season will show up on HBO Max, where it would quickly become one of the best HBO Max shows and movies. — Henry T. Casey 

Want more animation? We’ve got a whole list of the best Netflix anime movies and shows.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%
Stars: Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, Steven Yeun
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Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown in Community

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While Dan Harmon is best known for the animated antics of Rick and Morty, his first big show was Community, a tale of study buddies. After the low-effort lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is banned from practicing law, he tries to fix his situation at Greendale Community College, seeing it as an easy fit since his friend Dr. Ian Duncan (John Oliver) is a psychology professor, who will likely help him coast. That doesn’t happen, and Winger is instead forced to make friends to try and learn the right way. His study group includes big names such as Allison Brie and Donald Glover as Annie
Edison and Troy Barnes, though Danny Pudi breaks through huge as Abed Nadir. Community is not just one of the best comedies on Netflix right now, it’s one of the best sitcoms in forever – Henry T. Casey

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
Stars: Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover
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Dead To Me

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini in Dead to Me

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How can you not automatically love a show that stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini? The story is intriguing enough on its own — a grieving widow being befriended by the very woman who caused the accident who killed her husband — but what happens from there is even more unbelievable (and great to watch). Dead to Me can get pretty dark at times but is always saved from being too bleak by the brilliant acting performances and moments of levity between the female leads. About to hit its finale, Dead to Me is also one of the biggest canceled shows of 2022. — Jennifer Still 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%
Stars: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Max Jenkins, Ed Asner, Sam McCarthy
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I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson

tim robinson and a co-star in the Calico-Cut Pants bit on i think you should leave with tim robinson

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There’s a time in every awkward moment when someone should just get out of the room, but they refuse to leave, and make it all the more awkward. And that’s the not-so-hidden meaning behind the title of this series from Tim Robinson (Detroiters). As long as you find its cringe-level humor funny (have you paid yet?), ITYSL will become one of your favorite shows, and you’ll be quoting it with friends for a long time. Just don’t order “a sloppy steak” or go on any “adult” ghost tours. — Henry T. Casey

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
Cast: Tim Robinson, Andy Samberg, Ashleigh Nicole Johnson
Director: Alice Mathias
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Good Girls

Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman in Good Girls

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While NBC may have chosen to end the series after season 4, the 50 episodes we did get throughout its run are pure gold. Sure, the premise is a little ridiculous — the idea of a housewife and mom turning into a criminal mastermind seems a bit far-fetched, but it’s hard not to cheer for the three women at the heart of the series even when they do some really, really dumb things (which happens often). One of the best Netflix comedies that was taken from us too soon. — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%
Stars: Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman, Matthew Lillard
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Schitt’s Creek

Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy and Dan Levy in Schitt's Creek

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If you haven’t been living under a rock, chances are you’re familiar with Schitt’s Creek. But if you’ve yet to hit play, there’s no better time than right now. Schitt’s Creek not only contains some of the best comedic actors currently working in Hollywood, but it has some of the best one-liners on any sitcom ever. Also, watching this sometimes brutal take on rich people who suddenly find themselves without much money will literally never get old. If nothing else, watch this show for Catherine O’Hara alone (though it really does have so much more to give).  — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
Cast: Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy
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The Good Place

William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, Jameela Jamil and Kristen Bell in the good place

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While The Good Place follows many of the standard tropes present in sitcoms, it manages to stand out. What sets it apart is its ability to ask deep questions and do some real soul-searching, without ever coming off as preachy or detracting from its heart as a really funny show. The premise — what is the afterlife like and how you might fare depending on how you lived on this earth? — gives this series enough philosophical quandaries to explore, which it tackles in a hilarious but really genuine way. There are also some great guest appearances along the way including Michael McKean and Maya Rudolph. And the epic series finale makes The Good Place more than just one of the best Netflix comedies — it’s one of the best shows of recent history. — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
Cast: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, D’Arcy Carden, Jameela Jamil
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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Will Ferrell and Rachael McAdams in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

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You don’t necessarily have to be European to appreciate this movie. Will Ferrell, who wrote Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga certainly isn’t (though his wife is Swedish, hence his familiarity with the annual extravaganza of cheesy pop music). The movie takes you through the run-up to the Eurovision Song Contest through the eyes of Lars Erickssong (Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdóttir (Rachael McAdams), Icelandic musicians who want to represent the country at the competition. To say that the entire movie is absurd and ridiculous is an understatement, but that’s probably why it’s so funny.  — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63% (editor’s note: criminally underrated!)
Cast: Will Ferrell, Rachael McAdams, Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan, Demi Lovato
Director: David Dobkin
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After Life

Ricky Gervais and David Bradley in After Life

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Admittedly, After Life has fewer LOL-worthy moments than you might expect from a one of the best Netflix comedies. That said, Ricky Gervais’ journey as Tony, a journalist who decides to just give up and be a terrible person after the death of his wife Lisa, is worth all the heartache that comes along with it. Of course, since Gervais did create and write the show as well as star in it, you’re guaranteed plenty of his sometimes-caustic humor mixed in to alleviate the tears you’ll no doubt shed along the way. Ending with its third season, After Life is another of the biggest canceled series of 2022. — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75% 
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, Tom Basden, Tony Way, David Bradley, Ashley Jensen
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Rachel Bloom and Vincent Rodriguez III in crazy ex-girlfriend

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If you’re a fan of musical comedies, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is certainly one of the best of the genre. Each episode features hilarious original songs that only serve to elevate the generally more mundane moments in life. Star Rachel Bloom is insanely relatable as Rebecca, a lawyer who literally upends her entire life in New York to move to a town she doesn’t know for a guy who doesn’t even want to be with her. If that’s not a great premise for a sitcom, I don’t know what is. She certainly grows from there, but it’s an awkward and frequently hilarious journey. — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98% 
Cast: Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Donna Lynne Champlin, Pete Gardner
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iZombie

Rose McIver in iZombie

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Generally speaking, anytime you see a zombie on TV or in movies, they’re the scary kind. Not so on iZombie, where a plague has turned a whole host of people in Seattle into zombies that can pass as normal people by wearing wigs and makeup and buying brains from the black market to keep their appetites under control. Even if you never expected to be laughing at the walking dead, you certainly will be here. Rose McIver as medical examiner turned zombie Liv is ridiculously charming, and she’s just silly enough to keep the laughs coming throughout the show’s four seasons.  — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
Cast: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, Aly Michalka
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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If you were a fan of 30 Rock during its seven-season run, you’ll love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, particularly because it has its two creators in common: Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. After Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) is rescued from 15 years spent in a cult, she moves to New York and is suddenly introduced to a cast of strange and wonderful characters who teach her how to live in the real world. Her naivete and lack of experience result in no shortage of outlandish experiences, but it’s her relationships with Titus (Titus Burgess) and Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) that really make this show so funny. — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%
Cast: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane
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Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

Hannah Gadsby in Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

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If you’re not familiar with Hannah Gadsby’s comedy, her 2018 special Nanette is a good place to start (but please be sure to move on to 2020’s Douglas too). Nanette isn’t your typical stand-up special, instead blending Gadsby’s penchant for immersive storytelling and stark honesty with comedy in a way that is sometimes jarring but always thought-provoking. It’s clear from some of the subjects in the special that Gadsby has faced her share of adversity, but her ability to find the brighter side and transform that pain into laughter is a gift worth enjoying. — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
Cast: Hannah Gadsby
Director: Madeleine Parry
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Dear White People

Marque Richardson and Ashley Blaine Featherson in dear white people

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Dear White People, which is based on the film of the same name, does a brilliant job using humor to highlight the important issue of racism and how it affects young black people. In this instance, a group of students of color attending a predominantly white Ivy League college come up against no end of obstacles. Creator Justin Simien’s approach to the series allows his messages to effectively get across without ever wiping the smile off viewers’ faces.  — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95% 
Cast: Logan Browning, Antoinette Robertson, Brandon P Bell, DeRon Horton, Ashley Blaine Featherson, Lena Waithe
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Derry Girls

the cast of Derry Girls, lined up with paddles

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Admittedly, you might need the subtitles for this one. Set in Derry, Northern Ireland during the tumultuous time known as The Troubles in the early 1990s, Derry Girls is heavy on the thick accents but also on the comedy. As a group of friends navigates their way through the equivalent of high school and gets into loads of trouble along the way, the irreverence and observational humor have made the series a cult favorite for fans, all of whom are awaiting the forthcoming fourth season with bated breath. — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%
Cast: Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Ian McElhinney, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Nicola Coughlan
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Kevin Hart: I’m A Grown Little Man

Kevin Hart on stage in Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man

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If you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, you can’t go wrong with any of Kevin Hart’s specials, especially I’m A Grown Little Man. The 2009 concert film became an unexpected hit and went a long way into turning Hart into the major movie star he is today. Throughout the set, Hart touches on everything from family to race and his close friends in ways that make even the most ordinary event out to be riotous stories you’ll ever hear. If you’re looking for something to watch where the jokes don’t stop coming for the entire 72-minute runtime, this is one of the best Netflix comedies for you. — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Cast: Kevin Hart 
Director: Shannon Hartman
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Tig Notaro: Happy To Be Here

Tig Notaro on stage in Tig Notaro: Happy To Be Here

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Tig Notaro is known for her deadpan brand of humor, but it’s put to such brilliant use in Happy to Be Here. The stand-up special sees her discussing everything from marriage and parenting to parties at Ellen Degeneres’ house and she does it all in such a way that you can’t help but feel the same joy she clearly does while telling the stories. It’s so good that even after you’ve memorized the jokes, you’ll still want to watch it again.  — Jennifer Still

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
Cast: Tig Notaro
Director: Tig Notaro
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