Not all comedies are light hearted. This is the era of black (ie dark) comedy.
I include some of our faves.
I separated out Stand Up because you really have to be in the mood for some standup.
Just added this genre in fall 2019.
Apple TV Plus Comedy Recommendations
On the Rocks (2020 October 23): Starring Bill Murray. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola
Mythic Quest (2020): Gaming software company. Powerful female role in a very male environment is part of the story.
Ted Lasso (2020 – ): starring Jason Sudeikis. Funny, sweet, lovable series. Soccer is involved.
Hulu Comedy Recommendations
Brockmire (2017 – 2020) 4 seasons. Starring Hank Azaria, Amanda Peet. Some great moments with JK Simmons in season 3. Themes: baseball, alcoholism. Explicit.
This Way Up (2019): Excellent British dramedy about a quick witted woman who has just been released from rehab after an attempted suicide. Aisling Bea, Aasif Mandvi
Stand-up Comedy Recommendations
Seth Meyers Lobby Baby (Nov 5 2019, Minneapolis): Nice introduction to his family and lobby baby is a true story as evidenced by the photo at the end of the show.
Sarah Silverman, A Speck of Dust (2017): Standup. Some political commentary. Nominated for an Emmy
HBO Comedy Recommendations
Awkwafina is Nora from Queens (2020 – 2021) 2 seasons co-starring Lori Tan Chinn as grandma, BD Wong and Bowen Yang.
Insecure (2016 – ) Dramedy co-created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore. Starring Issa Rae. 5 seasons so far.
Mrs. Fletcher (Oct 27, 2019): Newly divorced by her husband, 45 year old Eve (Katheryn Hahn), becomes fascinated with online porn. She works in an assisted living facility. Highly entertaining 30 minute episodes.
Silicon Valley (2019 ongoing, series ends with episode 7 in December)
Barry (2018 – ): Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, Laura San Giacomo, D’Arcy Carden (the Good Place). Dark comedy. Season 3 was 2022.
VEEP (series ended in 2019)
Netflix Streaming Comedy Recommendations
Call My Agent (2015 – ) French dramedy, 3 seasons
#BlackAF (April 17, 2020): Created by and starring Kenya Barris. Kenya is a writer/producer – not previously known as an actor – know for Black-ish, Grown-ish, and Girls Trip and has 6 children in real life. No that is not actually his family even though the show will convince you they are. Rashida Jones (daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton) as his wife, Iman Benson as the lead of his 6 children in the show. Appears to have lots of improv. Very funny though it has serious moments.
Living with Yourself (October 18, 2019): Dark Comedy Sci-fi starring Paul Rudd and Aisling Bea.
Amazon Prime Streaming Comedy Recommendations
Upload (2020, May 1): Sci-fi, Rom-com, Mystery. You may not know the actors but they do a good job. 10 episodes in Season one. After a 45 minute start, the rest of the episodes are about 30 minutes. Amazon Original.
Netflix DVD Comedy Recommendations
JoJo Rabbit (2019): Written and Directed by Taika Waititi, starring Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Roman Griffin Davis. Winner Oscar or Best Adapted Screenplay. Lots of award nominations. Great film!