These days the Netflix movie selection is looking more and more like the five-dollar DVD bin at Target, so Valley thinks you should turn to stand-up comedy for this summer’s entertainment…but let us warn you, this raunchy humor is an acquired taste to say the least.
Amy Schumer: The Leather Special
In “The Leather Special,” Amy Schumer takes the stage by storm at Colorado’s Bellco Theatre in Denver, Colorado. She states that each comedian has a ‘leather special’ at some point in their career—a show in which they wear only leather and later regret it—and this is hers. From joking explicitly about her sex life to making a statement about gun control in the U.S, Schumer has absolutely no boundaries in her performance, but does that surprise you? The special is an hour of Schumer at her best and it will keep you laughing nonstop.
Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas
Dave Chappelle’s two episode Netflix series, first at the Hollywood Palladium and later at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, features him discussing his insights on predicaments with fatherhood, racially charged run-ins and recent celebrity scandals. Chappelle has a nonchalant way about him regardless of how outrageous the joke, making him that much funnier. His spot-on impersonation of Lil Wayne and his stories about encounters with OJ Simpson are just some of the many highlights of the performance. The amusing production comes full circle as he ties it all together at the end referencing a joke from earlier in the show.
Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden
Many of you probably know Aziz Ansari as the guy who portrays the hysterical Tom Haverford in “Parks and Recreation.” But “Live at Madison Square Garden” is Ansari’s third stand-up comedy film and it’s even better than the last. Joking about smart phones and dating, he compares trying to schedule a date with a girl to a secretary trying to schedule things for a shoddy organization with the flakiest people.
Jason Zinoman of The New York Times says Ansari “has done a virtuoso imitation of a soulful singer (R. Kelly twice) and told a crowd-pleasing story about hobnobbing with a celebrity, like doing a joke for Kanye West or getting ribbed by President Obama. Mr. Ansari has managed the difficult trick of remaining relatable while exuding swagger and success.”
Kevin Hart: What Now?
Because of his multifaceted career (including acting, producing and writing) we might forget that Kevin Hart is first and foremost a stand-up comedian, and a great one at that. Hart’s record-breaking performance at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field is the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.
Hart’s personality fills the venue with his goofy mannerisms and facial expressions, as he is able to take situations from his everyday life and fabricate them into hilarious, exaggerated stories. The show concludes with a standing ovation from the 53,000 audience members and Hart claims, “This has been the best night of my life.”
So if you find yourself asking your friends, “What should I watch next on Netflix?” you just found your answer. Valley promises any of these selections won’t disappoint.