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The 25 Best Stand-up Comedy Specials of 2017

The 25 Best Stand-up Comedy Specials of 2017

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Maybe there isn’t a comedy bubble?

I took over this section at the beginning of 2015. I’ve interviewed dozens of comedians since then, and almost every conversation has eventually come around to discussing the “comedy bubble.” There are more people doing comedy in more venues and through more media outlets than ever before, and so many comedians are positive that this can’t last much longer. There’s going to be a crash, they think, usually soon, and they’re trying to position themselves as strongly as possible within the industry before that happens.

If any year was going to prove that thesis right, it should’ve been 2017. Netflix released a brand new hour-long stand-up special every week this year . They scooped up rights to new specials from the biggest names in comedy, from returning legends (David Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld , Judd Apatow), to now-disgraced marquee attractions (here’s looking at you, Louis.) And […]

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