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The best comedies on Netflix to get you through the rest of the week

Behold the best comedies on Netflix to stream, from movies to TV shows and stand-up specials. Whether you’re trying to put something on to entertain company or just looking for a distraction, these streams run the gamut from surreal mind warps to easy wind downs


Kingsman: The Secret Service

Looking at him now, it's hard to remember the days when Taron Egerton was a newcomer and we were yet to see him shine in films like Rocketman. This is partly down the fact that his breakthrough role in Kingsman: The Secret Service was so strong, it hardly felt like he was a newcomer at all. Starring alongside Colin Firth and Samuel L Jackson, Egerton plays a cheeky but lovable delinquent who gets recruited for Kingsman, a dapper group of James Bond-but-better secret agents who have taken it upon themselves to save the world and dictate that brogues are inferior to Oxfords as a choice of footwear. Ludicrously silly, yet still as sharp as the film's Savile Row suits, Kingsman: The Secret Service pokes fun at Bond and the secret agent genre in all the right ways, serving as the perfect comedic homage to 007.

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The Politician

Privileged high school student Payton Hobart knows he's going to become president of the US one day – that point isn't up for debate – but before he assumes the Oval Office, he must conquer the competition in his student body elections. Coming from the tongue-in-cheek king of satirical comedy Ryan Murphy, The President, is a show about the ruthlessness of both high school and politics. There's drama, betrayal and ridiculous farce – not too far from the real world of politics. Out now on Netflix. netflix.com

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After Life

It’s been a few years since we’ve seen Ricky Gervais truly shine on the small screen, but his latest show After Life promises to bring the comedian back to the glory days of The Office. Joined by the crème de la crème of British comedy – Ashley Jensen, Joe Wilkinson and Roisin Conaty, to name a few – Gervais stars as Tony, a man mourning both the loss of his wife and the comfortable life she provided for him. Hell-bent on punishing the rest of the world for his own lack of luck, he nurses his grief by moping around being as awful as possible to those around him. Yes, it sounds horribly depressing, but persist with this series and you’ll soon realise that, actually, the exact opposite is true. Trust us.

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Simon Amstell: Set Free

Another stand-up special to keep you laughing until the end of summer, Never Mind The Buzzcocks’s Simon Amstell returns to the screen to open up about coming out to his father and relationships. Expect a witty set about finding strength in vulnerability.

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Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready

After wrapping up her “#SheReady” US stand-up tour earlier this year, Tiffany Haddish has enlisted the help of six other comics – including women, people of colour and LGBTQ+ performers – for her new Netflix show. Each of the performers is handpicked by Haddish, spotlighting the crème de la crème of underrated talent in the industry, as they attempt to dismantle the unfair bias that still stacks the odds against minorities in comedy.

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Derry Girls

Growing up is hard. It’s even harder as a teenage girl trying to navigate boys, strict Catholic school teachers and the Troubles in Ireland. Set in the Nineties, Derry Girls follows the lives of Erin, Orla, Clare, Michelle and "wee English fella" James as they amble through teenagehood, almost burning down a chip shop, skipping school and dodging bomb scares along the way. It’s kind of like The Inbetweeners, but, dare we say, even better, thanks to the lead actors’ comedic quirks and its nuanced approach to tackling a difficult period in Northern Ireland’s history.

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If you like your comedy pitch black and brutally honest, then you’ll probably be able to finish watching the first series of Will Sharpe’s Flowers in one binge session. Starring Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt, the show tackles the difficult and often messy topic of mental health, telling the tale of a family fracturing under the weight of suppressed emotions and suicide attempts. It doesn’t sound funny, no, but Sharpe manages to find the light in the dark and you'll find yourself laughing away the pain, we promise.


In Bruges

The start of playwright Martin McDonagh’s foray into feature-length filmmaking, a career swerve that has seen him collect multiple awards to line his mantlepiece, In Bruges is the dark-comedy thriller that sees two hitmen take refuge in the Belgian city after botching a job. Starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes, this film delivers on both the drama and humour, making it a perfect option for those times when you want something a bit meatier than a romcom, but are still in need a laugh.

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Eddie The Eagle

The film that proved that Taron Egerton was much more than just another heartthrob vying to be the next Bond, Dexter Fletcher’s biopic is a witty and endearing account of ski-jumper Eddie Edwards’ journey from being an athletically challenged dreamer to becoming an Olympic legend. It’s not groundbreaking cinema, but if you’re a fan of Cool Runnings, you’ll probably also be a fan of this film – and who doesn’t like Cool Runnings?

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Chances are you’ve already seen Guy Ritchie’s 2000 gangster flick, but one of the beautiful things about Netflix’s expanding catalogue is its ability to remind you of old favourites you might have forgotten about, as your old DVDs collect dust. Featuring an ensemble cast that’s littered with big names, such as Brad Pitt and Jason Statham, Snatch is a far cry from Ritchie’s latest film, the live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin, but it will make you laugh just as much as the terrible CGI that made Will Smith look more like Violet Beauregarde than The Genie. Fast-paced and violent, with shades of Tarantino, this is one of Ritchie's most critically acclaimed films for good reason.

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Always Be My Maybe

In the mood for a romcom that isn’t just a forgettable rehash of the same old story? Always Be My Maybe is Ali Wong’s latest comedy that explores Asian-American culture through the lens of childhood best friends falling in love as adults. Sweet, sincere and genuinely funny, it’s the perfect film to settle down with after a long day. Also, Keanu Reeves is in it...

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It’s Bruno!

Perhaps the most ludicrous programme you will ever watch, It’s Bruno! tells the tale of a man, his dog and his surreal canine-obsessed neighbourhood. In ten to 15 minute episodes, you’ll see Malcolm (the dog owner) and Bruno (his dog) dodge all of the possible doggy dangers one could possibly encounter as they navigate their way to the pet store and back. It’s ridiculous, yes, but you definitely won’t be able to resist letting Netflix autoplay the next episode after each one ends. After all, who doesn’t love dogs?

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