Comedy is subjective, and when it is in film, it can be strange and varied at the same time. Since what might appear as funny to one person may elicit a different reaction in another, making comparison in comedy films and television shows is not among the easiest thing in the world.
For one to have an opinion about comedy, they must be really in the mood for something cerebral, or else it will be just another show being aired on the television. But unlike in the olden days when making comparisons between comical shows, in the present times, with the advent of streaming services such as Netflix, it really is easy to know what is indeed hilarious from the ones that bears only the name comedy, and without content matching the name.
Over the years, Netflix has proven to be one of those legendary inventions and has managed to bring people countless of hours of easily accessible shows, and not just comedy alone. Making an outright choice of the top comedy movies and television shows may thus be some sort of a hurdle, but with a little bit of digging, we have managed to unearth some of the most celebrated comedy and television shows for the year 2016 on Netflix. Below is a list of the top comedy movies and television shows on Netflix for the year 2016.
For a certain group of comedy fans, the works by Christopher Guest will always be the best. Guest has established himself as the gold standard for pseudo-documentary comedies and with Mascots, Guest managed to explore the competitive world of professional mascots that took all comedy lovers with awe. Though they may not be real things, the demonstration of Mascots by Guest imbues the show with mismatched couples which brings about a unique weirdness that the fans have come to love. In as much as it may not be the best by Guest, it is one of those movies which will be remembered by comedy enthusiasts as amongst the best in 2016.
Magic Mike was released in 2015 in Los Angeles and it quickly became one of those comedy movies that aired on Netflix in 2016. The world of male trippers is something most people are yet to come to terms with. In this movie, the director, Steven Soderbergh welcomes to you to a surprising nuance of Magic Mike. Mathew McConaughley gets a lot of fun when he displays his bare oiled chest to a bunch of horny women whom he teases on whether or not they are “lawbreakers”. The movie, however, takes a turn towards what is commonly referred to as dark comedy, where we see a delicate balance between the gyrating thighs, the adoring crowds and the easy money. The movie did not just kick start the McConaissance, but also it proved that Channing Tatum had skills that extended well beyond dancing.
The Big Short
In the 2008, there was in impending collapse of the economy. For some, it was a time to count losses and hope that things would somehow work. But for others, it was an opportunity to make money while the rest make the losses. This is a comedy movie about a Wall Street guru who realized that a good number of subprime home loans were in danger of defaulting and took a step to make a killing.
Steve Burry decided to bet against the housing market by investing a whopping $1 billion of his investors’ funds. His actions, however, did not go unnoticed. Banker, Jared Vennett and hedge fund specialist Mark Baum as well as other greedy opportunists joined hands with him and together they made a fortune by taking full advantage of the looming economic collapse in the United States. This movie was a perfect demonstration that sharp comedies still had a place in modern megaplex. With a talented cast, an Oscar winning screen play and an unorthodox structure, this is the kind of movie that won’t encourage you to turn off your brain.
Dope is originally a 2015 comedy movie, but also it is one of the most adored comedy films on Netflix in 2016. As a matter of fact, Dope has earned cult status in online streaming. The film is about a high school senior, Malcolm and his friends Diggy and Jib, who are all young nerds trying to school and survive in a pretty rough neighborhood. Their encounter by chance with a drug dealer known as Dom gives them a ticket to the drug dealer’s nightclub birthday party where violence ensues and the trio runs away with a stash of ecstasy that was secretly hidden in Malcolm’s backpack. What follows then is a wild adventure where the trio tries to evade armed thugs who are keen on getting their hands on the stash on Malcolm’s backpack. The movie as something fresh and extremely funny and it deserves a spot in the top 10 movies and television shows which aired on Netflix in 2016.
Donald Trump The Art of The Deal The Movie
The movie was directed by Jeremy Konner and it was one of the most watched comedy movies in Netflix in 2016. You may consider the movie to be too long for what it is trying to achieve, but is a caustic-pseudo adaptation of the 1987 memoir of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States of America. Starring Johnny Depp, The Art of the Deal is a 50 minute sprint of the president’s formative years in business, but laced with a unique kind of comedy that will make the entire duration of the movie go so fast. It is one of those comedy movies that will get you glued to your seat right from the first minute to the last.
Band of Robbers
Band of Robbers was directed by Adam Nee and Aaron Nee. If you think that the talent in front of the cameras in this movie is strong (featuring Mathew Grey and Hannibal Buress), then wait until you see the talent behind the camera. The Nee directors know their stuff, irrespective of whether they are setting a punch line or they are composing love shots for in widescreens. They have made this film to be so hilarious and beautiful at the same time.
Orange is the New Black
In this television show, Piper Chapman seems to having life of her dream as a public relations officer as well as a fiancé and is definitely planning to settle down when her past life catches up with her. During her mid thirties, she is sentenced to jail to serve in a minimum security prison in Connecticut to pay for her crime of associating with a drug baron ten years earlier. While in prison, she is forced to trade power suits for prison orange. As a result, she tries to adjust her life in the prison system and life behind bars in general and she also manages to make friends with a lot of eccentric, unusual and funny people she meets inside the prison. The first episode of this Netflix original series aired on July 2013 and still goes strong even in 2017.
This is a television show about a humanoid horse that is lost in booze and self loathing who decides it is time to make a comeback. In one of the sitcoms which he featured during the 90s, he was a star where he played the role of an adoptive father to three orphaned kids. 18 years down the line, BoJack is keen on regaining his dignity. With the help of a feline agent ex-girlfriend and a human sidekick, he embarks on a journey to make it happen. But a lot has changed in Hollywood since then, and now he has to get used to things like Twitter. This original series from Netflix has lots of references to drugs, sex and alcohol. It is thus a television series you wouldn’t sit down to watch with the little ones.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kimmy Chmidt is rescued after 15 years in cult and decides to take control of her life one more time by be venturing to New York she faces life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. From a sudden desire, she makes the decision to rent a room from Titus, a wannabe Broadway actor, who does street performances in Times Square to make ends meet. The pair then realizes that they are well suited for one another and Titus embarks on an arduous task to reintroduce Kimmy to normal life. He tries to do so by offering her inspiration that she should never give up. Together, they vow to make it through life, no matter what life throws at them.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
The Gilmore Girls are back and Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham are eager to revise their roles as Rory and Lorelai, the coffe loving, fast-talking daughter-mother duo together with other cast members of the original Netflix series. This television series takes you to a trip back to Stars Hollow for a whole year with one episode every season.