#1Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady
Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady is an HBO comedy special which is an hour of stand-up comedy featuring herself scrutinizing on different topics and other social issues from feminism, dating and many more.
#2Chris Gethard: Career Suicide
Chris Gethard: Career Suicide is an HBO comedy which was adapted on his one-man off-Broadway show of the same name. This talks about his experience with mental illness and psychiatry, and with people sharing their experience.
#3Ramy Youssef: Feelings
Ramy Youssef: Feelings is an HBO stand-up comedy special wherein the Egyptian-American comedian talks about candid anecdotes about his life. This includes his connection to Donald Trump, his father's immigration story and more.
WHAT'S THE MEANING?
Stand-up comedy is a comic style wherein a comedian performs in front of a live audience. The comedian is usually directly speaking with the audience while delivering humorous stories, jokes, and one-liners. This makes the feedback of the audience instant and crucial for the comedian's act. Although the term "stand-up" implies performing while standing, this is not mandatory.
DID YOU KNOW?
Netflix might be dominating the current stand-up wars. But, before them, HBO has been the prestigious network for a comedian to work with. It all started in 1975 when HBO aired the first eight specials of Robert Klein. This helped HBO to dominate the field and established relationships with famous comedians. But, have you ever wondered how stand-up comedy evolved through time? Well, stand-up comedy can be traced back in the early 1800s, though it was popularized in the mid-1970s after the days of vaudeville. Comedians became wittier and had a classy style of comedy from slapstick and physical. Indeed, the 70s was when the actual birth of stand-up took place, with a new generation of comedians. In the 1980s, stand-up comedy could be seen anywhere from TV shows, clubs, and stand-up comics. Sadly in the 90s, stand-up's popularity started to fade but was able to get back into the scene in the 2000s. Over time, stand-up comedy has become one of the most popular performance art forms in the US. It comes as streaming services like Netflix, as well as cable and premium outlets, distribute more comedy specials than before. Although, more stand-up comedians are starting to leave stand-up comedy acts for more scripted professions. The art continues to boom with its popularity.
#4David Cross: The Pride is Back
David Cross: The Pride is Back is a stand-up special on HBO which was recorded live on his performance at the Show Box Theater in Seattle. This comes after one year since the sketch comedy Mr. Show ended its run on HBO.
#5Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles is an original HBO comedy special wherein she performs in front of an intimate audience taking aim at different topics and subjects from cellphone porn, religions, terrible roommates and more.
#6Jerrod Carmichael: 8
Jerrod Carmichael: 8 is a stand-up comedy show performed by Jerrod Carmichael and taped live at the Masonic Hall in New York City. This 1-hour show was rated TV-MA and was unsuitable for children under 17.
#7Paul F. Tompkins: Driven to Drink
Paul F. Tompkins: Driven to Drink is a stand-up comedy show performed by Paul F. Tompkins and directed by Keith Truesdell. The show is rated TV-MA and is unsuitable for children under 17.
#8Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo
Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo is a stand-up comedy show performed by Amy Schumer in 2015. This 58-minute show was rated TV-MA which was unsuitable for children under 17.
#9Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted
Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted is a stand-up comedy show performed by Tig Notaro, a Grammy(R)-nominated comedian. This show was taped at the Wilbur Theater in Boston Massachusetts.