Great British Netflix Comedy Specials

About a year ago, my friend Claire and I saw Jack Whitehall at the Hammersmith Apollo, marking the end of his At Large tour. Although we had already seen the show twice early 2017, the difference about the performance at Hammersmith was it was being filmed for a Netflix comedy special. I knew Netflix did these specials predominantly with American comedians (Chelsea Peretti’s One of The Greats is a brilliant one), but I didn’t realise there was such demand on a large public platform to showcase British comedy. So below are three British comedy specials that you can watch on Netflix now that I highly recommend.

Jack Whitehall: At Large

Having seen this show three times and in three separate venues, trust me, it’s worth the watch. In this special, Jack tells stories of the time he hosted the Royal Variety Performance, the time he was on Google maps and the time he was cut out of Frozen. Jack Whitehall also has two other comedy specials available on Netflix too and they are all just as camp, posh and theatrical as you would think.

Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast

I have always wanted to see Greg Davies’ stand up ever since I saw him as the headmaster on The Inbetweeners. I had briefly seen his appearances on shows like 8 Out of 10 Cats and Live At The Apollo, but I hadn’t seen a full stand up set from him until his Netflix special titled You Magnificent Beast, something he was told by a person he met on the street. The show has an overarching theme about family that starts with a questionable relationship with a teddy bear but ends with a beautiful Welsh choir in honour of his dad’s passing.

Russell Howard: Recalibrate

Russell Howard was one of the first comedians I watched on tv through his show Russell Howard’s Good News which aired on the BBC. I’ve seen many of his stand ups live, including a tour early 2017 which has turned into his Netflix special Recalibrate. Again, there is the overarching theme of family in this special too where Russell reminisces on moments with his recently deceased grandparents as well as stories with his mum; who seem to have become quite the double act! Although the special was recorded in Bristol, part of me wishes it was recorded in the US, as Russell packs a lot of commentary on American politics and I would have LOVED to see what the reaction was. Especially in the heavily republican, pro-trump States.

I was inspired to write this post after seeing an excellent comedian called Daniel Sloss was going to have TWO Netflix specials coming out this summer titled Dark & Jigsaw. To be frank, I hadn’t really heard of him before this except from brief snippets on Twitter. I always thought he was an up and coming comedian but with credits like nine seasons in the West End, three seasons Off Broadway and touring across 28 countries around the globe, how have I not checked him out before? After his Netflix specials have aired, Daniel will be touring his brand new show X throughout the UK, including a run at the Soho Theatre in London, which I will definitely try to check out. See the tour dates below if he is performing at a venue near you!

2018 Daniel Sloss Landscape-MED

DANIEL SLOSS: X – Tour Dates

Wed 7 Nov                         The Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Box Office 028 9033 4400

Thu 8 Nov                          Albert Halls, Stirling

Box Office 01786 473544

Fri 9 Nov                            Rep Theatre, Dundee

Box Office 01382 223530

Sat 10 Nov                         Arts Centre, Jersey

Box Office 01534 700400

Wed 14 Nov                      Howden Park Centre, Livingston

Box Office 01506 340700

Thu 15 Nov                        The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Box Office 01224 641122

Fri 16 Nov                          Eden Court, Inverness

Box Office 01463 234234

Sun 18 Nov                        Perth Theatre, Perth

Box Office 01738 621031

Wed 21 Nov                      The Witham, Barnard Castle

Box Office 01833 631107

Thu 22 Nov                        The Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle

Box Office 0844 693 3336

Fri 23 Nov                          Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline *ONLY FIFE SHOW

Box Office 01383 740384

Sat 24 Nov                         The Garage, Glasgow

Box Office 0141 332 1120

Sun 25 Nov                        The Lowry, Salford (Studio)

Box Office 0843 208 6000

Tue 27 Nov                        Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

Box Office 01227 769075

Wed 28 Nov                      Lighthouse, Poole

Box Office 01202 280000

Thu 29 Nov                        Tiverton Theatre, Devon

Box Office 07443 502523

Fri 30 Nov                          The Hen & Chicken, Bristol

Box Office 0117 966 3143

Sat 1 Dec                            The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

Box Office 0131 665 2240

Mon 3 Dec – Sun 8 Dec  Soho Theatre, London

Box Office 020 7478 0100

For tickets and more information please visit: www.livenation.co.uk/artist/daniel-sloss-tickets

 Thanks for reading! Which comedians would you like to see have their own Netflix special? I would love to see more women and PoC have their own Netflix specials including Mo Gilligan, Roisin Conaty, Shappi Khorsandi and Francesca Martinez to name a few.

Until next time,

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