These are the best stand-up comedy shows you can watch on Netflix to lift your spirits

During these uncertain times, it's important to find ways to be cheerful - and escapist comedy is a perfect example.

From action to drama and creepy horror films, streaming platform Netflix has a wide array of choice to keep you entertained throughout the lockdown.

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However, if you need a good belly laugh, you might want to head to the comedy section for some quality stand-up.

These are some of the best stand-up shows on Netflix right now.

Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow

While Michael McIntyre isn't everyone's cup of tea, his Comedy Roadshow is a great choice if you fancy some comedy but aren't a connoisseur yet.

The show has several different comics star in each episode, including appearances from Jason Manford and Sarah Millican - so there should be something for everyone in there.

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Dave Chappelle, various

The popular American comedian, Dave Chappelle, has several Netflix specials on the streaming platform.

The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas are especially popular, with Chappelle discussing everything from racially charged run-ins to celebrity scandals and fatherly dilemmas, with funny, flawless delivery.

Katherine Ryan, Glitter Room

American-born Katherine Ryan has risen to fame in the UK over the past couple of years, thanks to her outrageous and hilarious brand of comedy.

In Glitter Room, Ryan shares her shrewd observations about revenge bodies, school bullies and child-raising, with some incredible punchlines throughout.

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Bo Burnham, Make Happy

For a more off-brand style of comedy, you might want to try Bo Burnham's Make Happy, which combines typical stand-up with more atypical elements, like music, stage lighting and sound effects - prompting funny, weird and sometimes unsettling results.

James Acaster: Repertoire

James Acaster has become a mainstay on the UK comedy circuit over the past couple of years, and his transition from panel show member to Netflix stand-up will not disappoint.

Discussing everything under the sun - from the mundane to the strange - Acaster's goofy style of comedy and laugh-out-loud observations are certain to brighten any dismal day.

Sarah Silverman: A Speck Of Dust

Once known for shock factor punchlines, this Netflix special from Sarah Silverman marks a more introspective style for the popular American comedian - though the results are no less funny.

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Though she still includes some risque jokes, she also touches on some more sensitive subjects, for a more intimate style of comedy.

Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast

Ex-teacher and Inbetweeners actor, Greg Davies, shines in this hilarious Netflix special, touching on everything from growing old to terrifying dates and manscaping disasters in this hour of side-splitting comedy.