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Feel-good stand-up specials to stream right now!

Feel-good stand-up specials to stream right now!

From storytelling masters to edgy up-and-comers, we bring you the best stand-up specials to stream on BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Prime Video and All 4

By Virgin TV Edit

The age of the comedian Christmas DVD is dead, which is a shame, because it always made for a brilliant pressie that went down a treat. Now, stand-up specials are available at the click of a button, so instead of feigning surprise as you unwrap that familiar rectangular package, turn on the telly and gather everyone round, and maybe even find a new favourite.


Kick back, relax, and get ready for some serious laughs with this feel-good list of stupendous stand-up specials that’ll have you gripping your sides in no time…

Asian Network’s Big Comedy Night

Find in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

This hilarious (and suitably big) night of comedy features a smorgasbord of up-and-comers such as Sunil Patel, Ria Lina, Jamie D’Souza and a whole lot more. Well worth a watch.

Live From The BBC

Find series 1-3 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Some of the best rising stars on the comedy circuit are at the top of their games in this cracking series filmed in the iconic Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House.


Stand Up For Live Comedy

Find it in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Up-and-coming comics reflect on life in London before and during lockdown in this brilliant celebration of all things comedy in a particularly trying time. Great, uplifting stuff.

Live At The Apollo

Find series 16 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

The London venue has become synonymous with big belly laughs, provided by comedy royalty as well as fresh new faces.

Vic Reeves Big Night Out

Find series 1 & 2 in Apps & Games > All 4

We know, we know. While it isn’t technically a stand-up set, this uh-mazing (and undoubtedly surreal) series of stage shows packed with sketches and co-starring the brilliant Bob Mortimer is not to be missed.


The Jack Dee Show

Find it in Apps & Games > All 4

Take another trip back to the 1990s with this dry but oh-so brilliant show that mixes music and comedy as the titular host waxes lyrical on all manner of topics and interviews a plethora of superstar musical guests.

Comedy Live Presents

Find it in Apps & Games > All 4

Russell Brand and a host of his comical friends come together for a fantastic variety performance in this classic comedy special from 2008.


Taxi Gags

Find it in Apps & Games > All 4

Some of the best comics around riff on any topic and subject of choice… from the back of a cab. Intimate, surreal, short and snappy and fun – this is a series of specials quite unlike anything we’ve ever seen.


Russell Howard: Lubricant

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix from Tuesday 14 December

When he’s not dissecting current events with this trademark wit, the Bristolian comic is taking a deep, unfiltered and no-holds-barred dive into his own life, including his experience of the dreaded lockdown(s), in hilarious specials like this two-parter.

Bo Burnham: Inside

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

The comedian and filmmaker shot and performed this award-winning special over the course of a year on his own during the pandemic – without a crew or audience. He tapped into the mood of the world with his funny (uncomfortably so) observations, with songs that became a hit on TikTok.

Michael McIntyre: Showman

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

In this razor-sharp special, the legendary comic talks family, tech, sharks, and everything in between.


James Acaster: Repertoire

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

Four separate specials combine to make one ma-hoo-sive set as the Kettering-based comic takes to the stage.


Ricky Gervais: Humanity

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

Who better to take the entirety of humanity to task than modern-day comedy legend and superstar Ricky Gervais?


Dave Chappelle

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

The eponymous comedy icon is at the top of his game in this self-titled set that sees Chappelle tackle race relations and the state of the nation.

Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

The former teacher and The Inbetweeners star talks disastrous dates and manscaping in this occasionally cringe-inducing but always exceptional comedy special.


Jack Whitehall: I’m Only Joking

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

Whitehall takes to the stage to discuss his globetrotting travels with his father, life in hotels, and happy couples.


Jimmy Carr: Funny Business

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

Expect put-downs, plenty of heckles, and one of the quickest comic wits around as Jimmy Carr takes to the stage in this 2016 special.


Mo Gilligan: Momentum

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

Tunes and tales combine in this brilliant breakout special from Mo Gilligan that sees him address grime, family gatherings and everything in between.


Daniel Sloss: Live Shows

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

Prepare to hear some seriously edgy material as the Scottish comic dissects all manner of increasingly dark (but always funny) topics in his trademark style.


Trevor Noah: Son Of Patricia

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

The Daily Show host shares the many life lessons and pearls of wisdom passed on to him by his very own mother in this wholesome special.


Bill Burr: Paper Tiger

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

The foul-mouthed US comic and Breaking Bad star brings his cutting observations and on-the-edge witticisms to London’s Royal Albert Hall for this brilliant 2019 special.


John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

Saturday Night Live writer Mulaney wows audiences in his third comedy special, which sees him tackle babies (…not literally), marriage, and Bill Clinton.


Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

Expect shrewd observations on school bullies and fancy children with this acclaimed special from Katherine Ryan.


Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

The comic riffs on how she’s surviving her twenties and takes her life choices to task in this witty, self-deprecating set.


Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

Punchlines and personal stories touching on gender, sexuality and childhood turmoil blend in this thought-provoking but hilarious special from Australian comic Hannah Gadsby.


Soho Theatre Live

Find series 1 & 2 in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Since it opened 21 years ago, London’s Soho Theatre has quickly become the place to see some of the best comedy acts, including Nish Kumar, Shappi Khorsandi, Dane Baptiste, Jen Brister, Aditi Mittal and more.

Joe Lycett: I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Hot on the heels of his breakout, equally catchily titled special That’s The Way A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett, comes another suitably hilarious set that sees him discuss painting, trolling, and more.


Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Nothing is off-limits for the acclaimed comic as she explores anything from IBS to road rage and how she lets her husband know that “tonight’s the night”…


Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational Live

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Everyone’s favourite comic called Romesh takes to the stage at the Hammersmith Apollo for a sell-out set in which he has a rant about Madonna, coffee shop strangers, and his own children.

Kevin Bridges: The Brand New Tour – Live

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Bridges delivers again with this smash-hit special from a sell-out tour with this exceptional (and pretty sweary) set from Glasgow’s Hydro Arena.


Josh Widdicombe: What Do I Do Now… Live

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Everyday frustrations come to the surface in this side-splitting special from The Last Leg star.


Paul Chowdhry: Live Innit

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Comedy icon Chowdhry brings his acclaimed tour to the screen in this Amazon Original special.


Russell Peters: Deported

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Canadian comic Russell Peters returns to his ancestral homeland of India for this riotous special that sees him riff on his heritage, upbringing, and all manner of topics.


Ed Gamble: Blood Sugar

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

The comic makes his stand-up special debut with this hilarious set addressing an issue close to Gamble’s heart (literally): diabetes. Funny, informative and not to be missed.

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.

How to watch Amazon Prime Video with Virgin TV

Prime Video is available to all Virgin TV customers with a V6 box, powered by TiVo®, and a subscription to the service. Simply sign up to Amazon Prime Video via their website, and you can log in on the box. And because Prime Video is fully integrated into TiVo®, you can search without even going into the app. Just select Search & Discover from the Home menu and type in the name of the show or movie you’re after.

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