Seven of the best comedy specials to watch at home

Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 11:08 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 11:08 am

1 KEVIN HART: IRRESPONSIBLE

Netflix, streaming now

As a father of three on his second marriage, Kevin Hart proves that being him is indeed a tall order in a fresh special inspired by his own mistakes. It’s a chance to see the star of hit films including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Ride Along, The Upside and many more besides in front of a live audience at the O2 Arena in London.

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2 TREVOR NOAH: SON OF PATRICIA

Netflix, streaming now

Daily Show host Trevor Noah touches on tacos, runaway snakes, camping, racism immunity and lessons he learned from his mother in this comedy special. Noah’s South African roots and upbringing merge into his recent American experience making for comical juxtapositions and observations.

3 JIMMY CARR: THE BEST OF ULTIMATE GOLD GREATEST HITS

Netflix, streaming now

Nothing is off limits as Jimmy Carr serves up the most outrageous jokes from his stand-up career in a special that’s not for the faint of heart. Expect exquisite savagery from one of the most provocative stand-ups around.

4 RUSSELL HOWARD: RECALIBRATE

Netflix, streaming now

The self-deprecating comic Russell Howard ploughs ahead through politics, pornography, social media and his own shortcomings. Yet, typically of him, he somehow keeps it positive. Expect the usual manic energy and serious points smuggled through with a lightness of touch.

Kevin Hart’s show Irresponsible is now streaming on Netflix (photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV)

5 KATHERINE RYAN: GLITTER ROOM

Netflix, streaming now

Fresh from touring, Katherine Ryan shares shrewd observations about school bullies, revenge bodies and raising a very fancy child. The Canadian’s show is packed with anecdotes, jokes, and a pertinent take on society.

6 KEVIN BRIDGES: THE BRAND NEW TOUR

BBC iPlayer, streaming now

The Scots comic gives his take on the modern world, social media, anxiety and religion.

7 DARA O'BRIAIN: VOICE OF REASON

BBC iPlayer, streaming now

An opportunity to see Dara O Briain’s globetrotting Voice of Reason live show, filmed exclusively for the BBC at London’s Eventim Apollo.  Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV as host of long-running satirical show Mock the Week, Stargazing Live, Robot Wars and Blockbusters. With Voice of Reason, he goes back to his day job as a world-class stand-up comedian. The show presents Dara in full flight as one of the most intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today. In this show, Dara deals with the problems with virtual reality, having too much technology at home, how to deal with missing members of the front row and how to deal with reports of your own demise. The epic tour took Dara everywhere from Iceland to New Zealand.