• Jessica Taylor Yates

Top 8 Stand Up Comedy Specials If You Need A Laff

With bonus food and drink pairings.


Let's face it, iso can be bleak. Instead of doing something productive, like learning yoga, baking salsa (idk I don't bake) or cleaning your washing machine, be normal - cosy up on the tv and do nothing but laugh. Like MySpace before us, here's my Top 8 Comedy Specials that are guaranteed to pull you out of your iso misery:


1. Sebastian Maniscalco, Netflix

Source: Sebastian Maniscalco, Youtube.

  • Sebastian Live (2009)

  • What's Wrong with People? (2012)

  • Aren't You Embarrassed? (2014)

  • Why Would You Do That? (2016)

  • Stay Hungry (2019)

Guys. If you are not familiar with my now-favourite-comedian's work, AREN'T YOU EMBARRASSED? This Italian-American Gen Xer doesn't tell jokes, he just talks about the everyday nuances of life but makes them hilarious. His focus is life growing up as a first-generation American with an overbearing Italian family, everyday observations, annoyances and grievances in his signature over-the-top, 'Ey, I'm walkin' 'ere!' style. Guys, I don't often laugh with TV specials (more of a 'ha' on the inside as I scroll my phone and type 'I'M DYING HAHAHA!' with a straight face) but with Sebastian, I literally get tears of laughter down my face. He's besties with Jerry Seinfeld, so that pretty much says it all. I'm fomo of not getting to watch for the first time again. Enjoy with: a bowl of pasta.

2. Amy Schumer, Netflix

Source: Netflix

  • The Leather Special (2016)

  • Growing (2019)

Fans of Amy and her style of unapologetic feminism, sexuality, general cbf