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Our Netflix April Fools!

Our Netflix April Fools!

We select our roster of Netflix April Fools and reveal which films and stars are sure to get you laughing this April Fool’s Day

By Virgin TV Edit

If ever there’s a day where waking up your loved ones by brushing strands of lovingly harvested, tree-sourced spaghetti slowly across their forehead is acceptable, its April Fool’s Day.


And, if doing so prompts a day-long silence while everyone is at work (or working from home), at least you can sit down with those now-former loved ones and enjoy these side-splitting comedies on Netflix, each one featuring one of our carefully selected April Fools who, we think, are sure to get you laughing…


Adam Sandler: Murder Mystery

Though it isn’t quite the gut-busting comedy of his cult classic Happy Gilmore, Murder Mystery sees Adam Sandler add a more subtle, understated performance to his oeuvre. Jennifer Aniston (more on her later) is also at the top of her comedy game as, after befriending billionaire Luke Evans, the couple becomes embroiled in a murder case.


Adam Sandler movies also available on Netflix:

The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected)

Happy Gilmore

The Longest Yard

Hotel Transylvania

50 First Dates


Amy Poehler: Wine Country

As if being one of the industry’s funniest figures in front of the camera wasn’t enough, Amy Poehler only went and proved she’s as supremely talented behind it on Netflix last year, directing, co-writing and starring in this touching comedy in which a group of middle-aged friends visit California’s fabled “wine country”.


Amy Poehler movies and series also available on Netflix:

The House

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp

Russian Doll


Will Ferrell: Stranger Than Fiction

Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction

While he’s better known for his string of comedy smash-hits like The Other Guys, Talladega Nights and Anchorman with director Adam McKay, we think this is easily one of Ferrell’s best (and most underrated) performances. Equal parts comedy and drama, it sees him at his paranoid, panicky best as a bland office worker who suddenly finds his life being narrated by an acclaimed novelist.


Will Ferrell movies also available on Netflix:

The Other Guys

Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby

Step Brothers

Kicking & Screaming

The House


Jennifer Aniston: Dumplin’

After a run of more dramatic roles, Anniston returned to her comedic roots with this absolute belter. As a  former beauty queen with a plus-sized daughter, Aniston delivers one of her best, most memorable performances as her daughter goes about revolutionising both the beauty pageant itself, and the small Texas town they call home.


Jennifer Aniston movies and series also available on Netflix:

Murder Mystery


Horrible Bosses

Along Came Polly

Friends With Money


Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan: The Trip

It’s slightly unfair to lump these two together, but the fact that you can’t think about one without thinking about the other justifies doing so. Especially when it comes to The Trip, their improvised travel series-come-sitcom that sees the duo visiting increasingly picturesque restaurants. Sure, check out their individual highlights (listed below), but they bring out the best in each other in The Trip.


Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan movies and series also available on Netflix:

Gavin & Stacey (Brydon)

Swimming With Men (Brydon)

I’m Alan Partridge (Coogan)

Knowing Me, Knowing You (Coogan)


Olivia Colman: Flowers

Olivia Colman in Flowers

It says a lot about Flowers’ bizarre, brilliant writing that it supports one of Colman’s strongest performances. Playing a much-maligned wife to a depressed illustrator, she shows off a fascinating mix of her comedic sensibilities and those she’s been deservedly awarded for in more serious, far darker dramas.


Olivia Colman series also available on Netflix:

Peep Show

That Mitchell And Webb Look


Zach Galifianakis: Between Two Ferns: The Movie

After asking countless celebs (and even the odd president and presidential candidate) immensely weird, often nonsensical, questions on his web series of the same, Zach Galifianakis (albeit the heavily fictionalised version of himself) returned in this feature-length outing. It’s bigger, weirder, more surreal and, as expected, packed to the brim with ferns.


Zach Galifianakis movies and series also available on Netflix:

Due Date

The Campaign


The Lego Batman Movie

Missing Link


Melissa McCarthy: Spy

If ever there was a role Melissa McCarthy was born to play (aside from the borderline psychopathic sister-in-law in Bridemaids) its Susan Cooper in Spy. A long-time analyst of Jude Law’s Bond-esque secret agent, she soon finds herself fighting on the frontline, with the consequences as hilarious as they are absurd.


Melissa McCarthy movies and series also available on Netflix:

Identity Thief

The Happytime Murders

Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life


Ricky Gervais: Extras

Though he’s best known for bring the world the original iteration of The Office and, more recently, After Life, Extras is where Ricky Gervais really shone – both in front of and behind the camera. Co-created, written, directed and starring alongside Stephen Merchant, Extras sees Gervais at his most acerbic as one of many film and TV extras rubbing shoulders with a string of acclaimed co-stars in cameo roles.


Ricky Gervais movies and series also available on Netflix:

After Life

The Office


Ricky Gervais: Humanity

David Brent: Life On The Road


Owen Wilson: Wedding Crashers

In a departure from his quirky roles in Wes Anderson films, this unashamedly raunchy mid-noughties romcom sees Wilson and best friend Vince Vaughan crash weddings in order to meet glamorous women. Is it a high-brow comedy that examines the human condition? Not really. Is it funny? Yes, it most certainly is.


Owen Wilson movies also available on Netflix:

How Do You Know

Drillbit Taylor

Hall Pass

Little Fockers

Free Birds


How to watch Netflix with Virgin TV

If you have a TiVo® box or Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo®:


Press home on your remote

Select Apps & Games

Select All Apps 

Select Netflix


If you’re already a Netflix subscriber, you can also access the app through Search & Discover or by pressing Red on channel 204. Just sign in with your existing login and start watching. And you’ll only have to log in the first time you use it. 


If you’re new to Netflix, then you’ll need to subscribe to use the app. The easiest way to do this is by going to You can also subscribe using the Netflix app in Apps & Games.


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