The 10 best stand-up comedy specials on Netflix

From the legendary US stars Richard Pryor and Dave Chapelle to British masters Ricky Gervais and Frankie Boyle, here are our favourite comedy sets available right now

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Netflix has invested heavily in original comedy over the last three years, signing the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chapelle and Jerry Seinfeld up to multi-million pound deals – meaning the catalogue is now stacked with top notch sets from the best stand-ups around.

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Check out the 10 best stand-up sets on Netflix UK below.

Ricky Gervais: Humanity

Gervais’ stand-up tour last year was hailed, by critics and by Ricky Gervais, as his best ever. Netflix filmed it during the comedian’s three-week residency at the Apollo in London. Although his capacity to offend, and then goad people for being justifiably offended, is still in evidence, Gervais also draws more reflectively on episodes form his own life.

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Ali Wong: Baby Cobra

34-year-old Wong filmed her first stand-up special, Baby Cobra, when she was seven and a half months pregnant. She touches upon this in the show: “it’s very rare and unusual to see a female comic perform pregnant, because female comics… Don’t get pregnant”. As an outlier in stand-up comedy, she offers fresh and hilarious takes on the female body, race and gender.

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Gad Elmaleh: American Dream

The wildly popular French comedian performs his first English language set. If you love podcasts, his story of trying to break America is a must listen.

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Chris Rock: Tambourine

“You’d think every once in a while the cops would shoot a white kid just to make it look good,” Rock says at the beginning of his first standup special in 10 years. He’s unafraid, as ever, to find humour in serious topics. He doesn’t let himself off the hook, touching upon his infidelity and his addiction to pornography. It’s a brilliant, at times brutal, hour of comedy.

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