Best Stand-up Comedy Specials on Netflix (2020)

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: Comedian, performer Jim Gaffigan performs on stage as The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 10th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Bob Woodruff Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: Comedian, performer Jim Gaffigan performs on stage as The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 10th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Bob Woodruff Foundation) /

4. Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale

The stand-up special that made Jim Gaffigan a household name and the most family-friendly comedian of all-time. Filmed at  The Vic Theater in Chicago in 2006, Gaffigan starts out by professing his love for food, which is a staple of his act and now his self-titled show on TV Land.

Gaffigan notes it wouldn’t be American if he didn’t celebrate the Fourth of July with a burger, brat, and a steak and that’s something I can agree with and I’m sure many watching will as well. From his thoughts on grocery stores, fast food, cheese in a can, dessert and his fondness for cake, Gaffigan will not only have you cracking up, but he’ll get your stomach growling.

But that hunger may dissipate when he talks about the culinary monstrosity otherwise known as the Hot Pocket, which is one of the many highlights of the special that begins with uproarious laughter and doesn’t relent for the duration of the special that ends with his takes on Catholicism and his Shi’ite Catholic wife and his thoughts on Heaven and Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

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