Have you given up on learning to play the guitar? Has your unopened embroidery set that you bought at the beginning of quarantine been staring at you too intensely lately? Did you throw your TV remote against the wall when the baseball season ended and you realized you’d have to go back to watching professional ping pong in your free time? This list will help you out. I promise.
“Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King”
This is the perfect special to watch after crying about the fact that “Patriot Act” was cancelled by Netflix. Minhaj discusses growing up in America as the son of two brown immigrants and shares his bittersweet prom story. No matter what Minhaj is talking about, he manages to tie in hilarious visual aides and make anyone watching feel like they are having a one on one conversation with him. Trailer here.
“Jack Whitehall I am Only Joking”
If you don’t know who Jack Whitehall is, I am about to change your life. Whitehall painfully describes buying coffee in the 21st century, “amicable breakups” and the general stupidity of humans in his first Netflix special. The jewel of his routine was dealing with parents who have ruined their children’s lives by bestowing them with less than ideal names. Trailer here.
“John Mulaney Kid Gorgeous at Radio City”
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve watched this because honestly I’ve lost track. Kid Gorgeous at Radio City details John Mulaney’s Chicago upbringing, stranger danger meetings and his views on college and the presidency. I have forced pretty much every person I have come into contact with to watch this special.
“Trevor Noah Afraid of the Dark”
This comedy sketch is one of the most underrated ones on Netflix. Trevor Noah, known by many as the host of “The Daily Show”, talks about race in America and immigration policies. His impressions are INCREDIBLE, and honestly, I wish the comedy special was longer. The one hour show is perfect for those nights where you want to procrastinate homework, but not too much. Trailer here.
“Jack Whitehall At Large”
After three years, we were finally gifted with another Jack Whitehall netflix special. Whitehall shares experiences of playing would you rather at Muslim weddings, having a non speaking role in an animated film and dealing with idiots at the airport. He is one of very few comedians who has two equally good comedy specials. Trailer here.