Netflix and Amazon Prime’s viewership has only risen over the last few months. Due to the coronavirus, people are at home and in need of good entertainment. Netflix and Amazon have plenty of it, at least in the comedy department. While the streaming service doesn’t have the widest range of great movies to watch, at least they don’t skimp on comedy specials.
The streaming service provides a platform to the best of the best comics and some of the worst of the worst (popular) comics. Any Netflix subscriber can discover comedians whose voice, good or bad, they’ll connect with. There’s no shortage of comedy content on Netflix, Amazon, and around the web, which is why at Grit Daily we’re occasionally singing the praises of comics we can’t recommend enough.
Andrew Santino (Homefield Advantage)
Santino is a low-key comedian. He has a very chill and relaxed stage presence. There’s a quiet confidence that really helps sell his jokes for all their worth. You know the material is legit funny because Santino doesn’t have to use a bunch of bells and whistles or grand voices or physical gestures. The material speaks for itself. Santino isn’t without some showmanship, but it’s more in the craft of his material. It’s tight material but loose and relaxed at the same time, just like Santino on stage.
Recently, Santino starred in FX’s excellent new series, Dave, which had a fantastic season one finale. Santino’s sense of humor was right at home in the series, making it the comic’s best acting gig yet. We’ll see him in more films and TV in the years to come, but as a comic, we especially look forward to seeing how he evolves. Santino is just a very naturally funny guy without the appearance of trying too hard. He’s a natural comic.
Bobby Lee (The Tiger Belly Podcast)
To be clear, Bobby Lee does not have a Netflix special. It’s mind-boggling he doesn’t. Apparently, the streaming service gave Lee the shaft on an hour-long special. Thankfully, All Things Comedy is working with Lee on producing a new hour of material for consumption. It’s Netflix’s loss. Lee is just a comedic beast. There are countless hours of his podcast, The Tiger Belly Podcast, to consume and laugh with until the end of days.
Lee, known for his MadTV days and array of film roles, co-hosts the show with Khalyla. They’re probably the truest power couple in Hollywood; no couple is funnier together. Their show is just packed to the brim with laughs, plus some nice insights and life advice to go with the laughs.
Lee has stand-up online available, but his Tiger Belly podcast is where to go. There’s something very inspiring about Lee as a comic and a person. For one, he’s very open about his journey of sobriety and growth. He’s completely open about himself and his past, as is Khalayla. Their show is two very honest, very funny people having comical and raw convos. We can’t speak highly of the podcast or Lee as a comedian highly enough. Lee will go so far for a joke, it’s sometimes miraculous to witness.
Neal Brennan (3 Mics)
Neal Brennan is best known as the co-creator of The Chappelle Show, one of the greatest comedy shows of all time. Years after creating the short-lived classic, Brennan finally decided to hit the stage and do stand up. On stage, Brennan’s skills as a writer shine with perfectly calibrated material. There’s no fat in his jokes. Every line, beat, or cherry on the top matters.
As a comedian, Brennan has exceptional range, too, as shown in his excellent Netflix special, 3 Mics. Performing with three mics, Brennan does three different styles of comedy such as personal stories and quick jokes. With three different approaches to comedy, Brennan moves between his variety of material seamlessly. If you ever have the chance to see Brennan live in the distant future, don’t miss it. Brennan’s jokes stay with you beyond the comedy club.