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If you've turned on the news in the last few months, it's clear that the world needs a good laugh now more than ever. Thankfully, Netflix is here to save the day.

In recent years, Netflix has rapidly become the network of choice for stand-up comedians ranging from Aziz Ansari's Buried Alive to Chelsea Handler's Uganda Be Kidding Me. To help end 2016 on a high note, the streaming service is ramping up its exclusive releases and bringing us some highly-anticipated specials from some notable names in comedy.

Check out a list of all of the upcoming stand-up specials that will be joining Netflix this fall!

Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy’s We’ve Been Thinking…

Premiere Date: August 26

That's right! Two big names in the business, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy, are joining powers to bring us a new special, We've Been Thinking..., performed at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. According to the description, the special "features solo performances by both comedians, as well as a show stopping encore as the pair comes together for an audience Q&A."

Iliza Shlesinger’s Confirmed Kill

Iliza Shlesinger "Freezing Hot."
Iliza Shlesinger "Freezing Hot."

Premiere Date: September 23

She might not have the same name recognition as the comedians above, but the Season 6 Last Comic Standing winner and host of TBS's Separation Anxiety is a comedic powerhouse in her own right. The 33-year-old Shlesinger offers up some hilarious straight-talking standup in her second Netflix original special from The Vic in Chicago.

Cedric the Entertainer: Live from the Vill

Cedric the Entertainer
Cedric the Entertainer

Premiere Date: September 16

Cedric the Entertainer always draws a crowd and provides a barrel of laughs, and his special Live from the Ville at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville should be no exception to that rule. In this routine, the comedy great tackles "aggressive lyrics of today’s rap artists, raising kids in the Snapchat generation, and Obama’s legacy."

Russell Peters: Almost Famous

Premiere Date: October 7

Not to be confused with the Cameron Crowe film of the same title, Russell Peters' latest foray dives deep into the topics of family and race before an audience in Toronto, Canada.

Joe Rogan: Triggered

Joe Rogan "Rocky Mountain High."
Joe Rogan "Rocky Mountain High."

Premiere Date: October 21

Between commentating for the UFC and doing his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogen toured for his special Triggered, an act which "explores everything from raising kids and Santa Claus to pot gummies and talking to dolphins." I'm already sold.

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Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60

Dana Carvey on "The Tonight Show."
Dana Carvey on "The Tonight Show."

Premiere Date: November 4

Famed SNL cast member may be over 60, but that doesn't stop him from rolling out awesome stand-up. The Emmy Award-winning comedian's latest special from The Wilbur Theater in Boston will be available for the perfect November night in.

Colin Quinn: The New York Story

Colin Quinn on "The Tonight Show."
Colin Quinn on "The Tonight Show."

Premiere Date: November 18

Dana Carvey isn't the only SNL veteran to release a Netflix comedy special this season. Colin Quinn's off-broadway show marks his second Netflix release. The Jerry Seinfeld-directed event was performed for "a crowd of fellow locals, Quinn presents the history of New York and the different groups who shape the personality of the city."

Michael Che Matters

Premiere Date: November 25

To round out the SNL slate, Weekend Update co-anchor and Daily Show correspondent Michael Che "tackles society’s most controversial actions through his hilarious prism at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York."

Reggie Watts: Spatial

Reggie Watts on IFC's "Comedy Bang! Bang!".
Reggie Watts on IFC's "Comedy Bang! Bang!".

Premiere Date: December 6

Comedy Bang! Bang!'s Reggie Watts delivers an improvised show that can only be described as a "one-of-a-kind surrealist experimental comedy adventure." Filmed on a Los Angeles soundstage, Watts leads audience members through a unique and wild ride.

Gabriel lglesias: I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry

Premiere Date: December 20

Everyone's favorite fluffy comedian is back with his new Netflix special I'm Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry. lglesias discusses life in front of a sold-out show in Chicago.

With a whole new arsenal of laughs soon to be at our disposal, I wish you all some happy Netflixing!


Which comedy special are you most looking forward to Netflix and chilling to?

[Source: Entertainment Weekly]


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