Is there anything harder than standing on a stage alone and making an entire crowd of strangers laugh? Not just laugh, but laugh hysterically. Though there are other forms of hilarity, from comedy podcasts to big-screen antics, stand-up comedy is likely the purest form of this enduring brand of lighthearted entertainment.
Below are some of the modern masters of the art form. You can watch them right now, provided you have a Netflix subscription.
1. Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace
Hannibal Buress‘ second special, Animal Furnace, is his funniest yet. Buress often does little more than share real-life anecdotes and riff on them for a few minutes each. He uses his lackadaisical delivery style to point out the absurd stupidities of the tiniest interactions and his own fractured thought processes.
Somehow, bits about a university newspaper and buying apple juice on sale become unlikely sources of resounding belly laughs.