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What to watch today: 10 Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now (August 2020)6 min read

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The entire Covid 19 episode has got us all feeling a little low. There’s bad news all around and we are all trying our best to cope with it. Truth be told, there’s no easier path to happiness than some good, comedy movies. So here, we have compiled some of our favourite comedy recommendations streaming on Netflix right now.

1. Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)


DirectorTerry GilliamTerry Jones

Cast:  Graham ChapmanJohn CleeseEric Idle

Currently streaming on Netflix.

Friyay’s Take: Leave everything and watch this.

IMDb: 8.2

Even if you have not watched any of the Monty Python movie, there is no way you are not aware of Monty Python and The Holy Grail. It has been referenced, memed, gifted, and idolized for decades by comedy lovers. It’s at its heart a parody of King Arthur ‘s legends and his knights. It’s stocked with an impressive cast — John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, and so on— and it is full of eccentric characters, bizarre adventures, and funny gut-busting jokes. It has failed Trojan Rabbits, modern-day murder investigations, animated monsters, and musical numbers, to name a few- takes you to a wild, funny adventure.

Trailer- Monty Python and the Holy Grail

2. Airplane! (1980)


DirectorJim AbrahamsDavid Zucker

Cast:  Robert HaysJulie HagertyLeslie Nielsen 

Currently streaming on Netflix

Friyay’s Take: Add this to your watchlist

IMDb: 7.7

Through the years, this disaster spoof starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty has become a kind of cult classic, mostly due to its slapstick humour and verbal puns and gags, of which there is plenty. Hays plays a former fighter pilot (with a serious fear of flying), who must take over when the commercial flight pilot he’s on gets sick.

Trailer- Airplane!

3. Dolemite is My Name (2019)


DirectorCraig Brewer

Cast:  Eddie MurphyKeegan-Michael KeyMike Epps

Currently streaming on Netflix.

Friyay’s Take: Leave everything and watch this.

IMDb: 7.3

In this biopic of legendary comic, director, showman Rudy Ray Moore, best known as Dolemite to fans of his raunchy comedy albums, stand-up tours, and blaxploitation films, Eddie Murphy stages a bit of a comeback. At the beginning of his career, Murphy plays Moore when he was merely a record store clerk trying to break out in company. We recommend this not just for the comedy but inspiration as well from Murphy’s character who will stop at nothing to pursue his dream.

Trailer- Dolemite is my Name

4. Clueless (1995)


Director Amy Heckerling

Cast:  Alicia SilverstoneStacey DashBrittany Murphy 

Currently streaming on Netflix.

Friyay’s Take: Add this to your watchlist.

IMDb: 6.8

There is hardly any teen comedy that has found a permanent place in the cultural lexicon like this flick from director Amy Heckerling. The reboot of Jane Austen ‘s classic Emma’s Beverly Hills was a sleeper hit and, more importantly, gave the phrase “As if!” to pop culture. The story follows a shallow, rich Queen-bee named Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) who starts matching fellow students and teachers at her school only to face her own shortcomings in the romance department. The trend, the catchphrases, the friendship and the magnetic output of Silverstone- all bring together a fun watch.

Trailer-Clueless

5. The Lobster (2015)


Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Cast:  Colin FarrellRachel WeiszJessica Barden

Currently streaming on Netflix.

Friyay’s Take: Leave everything and watch this.

IMDb: 7.2

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star in this grim, surreal comedy about a man searching for love under certain very strange circumstances. Farrell plays David, whose wife left him recently. David is sent to a hotel where he has been told that within 45 days he must find a partner or be transformed to an animal. While there, David encounters odd rituals and has to obey strict rules to find love, but it is not until he travels into the woods, where the “loners” live, that he finds a woman (Weisz) who might be his soulmate. It’s unusual, quirky and the perfect Farrell-starring vehicle.

Trailer- The Lobster

6. The Dictator (2012)


DirectorLarry Charles

Cast: Sacha Baron CohenAnna FarisJohn C. Reilly

Currently streaming on Netflix.

Friyay’s Take: Add this to your watchlist.

IMDb: 6.4

The Republic of Wadiya is ruled by Hafez Aladeen, an eccentric and authoritarian dictator. Aladeen is invited to a UN assembly in New York to discuss concerns about the nuclear weapons program in his country, but the trip goes awry. This movie is funny and outrageous, satire at its best. It is the story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that freedom would never arrive in the country he so lovingly oppressed.

Trailer- The Dictator

7. Lady Bird (2017)


DirectorGreta Gerwig

Cast:   Saoirse RonanLaurie MetcalfTracy Letts

Currently streaming on Netflix.

Friyay’s Take: Leave everything and watch this.

IMDb: 7.4

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut is tremendously funny. This is a coming-of-age tale with soul, as Saoirse Ronan plays a young girl named Christine who struggles at a Catholic high school through her senior year — wrestling with girls, struggling with friendships, struggling with finances, and struggling with her parents. It is a mother-daughter story at heart and while it is deeply emotional, it is surprisingly funny too.

Trailer- Lady Bird

8. Ocean’s Twelve (2004)


DirectorSteven Soderbergh

Cast:  George ClooneyBrad PittJulia Roberts

Currently streaming on Netflix.

Friyay’s Take: Add this to your watchlist.

IMDb: 6.5

Ocean’s Twelve is a blast when it comes to comedy. The plot mirrors Soderbergh ‘s challenge of following up a big hit film with a film that’s the same but different: Benedict (the studio) is once again requesting Ocean’s Eleven (Soderbergh and his cast) type to pay him back. Hilarity follows, and the movie never seems to take itself too seriously.

Trailer- Ocean’s Twelve

9. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)


DirectorStephen Chow

Cast:  Stephen ChowKan-Cheung Tsang

Currently streaming on Netflix.

Friyay’s Take: Leave everything and watch this.

IMDb: 7.7

This action-comedy borrows elements from famous Kung Fu films of the ’70s and pairs them with a completely ridiculous plot and some impressive cartoon-style fight sequences to produce a wholly original flick that we guarantee will make you marvel. The film follows the exploits of two friends, Sing and Bone, who impersonate gang members in the hopes of joining a gang themselves, but they inadvertently strike up a gang war that nearly destroys the slums of the city. This is for the absurdist and over-the-top comedy lovers.

Trailer- Kung Fu Hustle

10. Groundhog Day (1993)


DirectorHarold Ramis

Cast:  Bill MurrayAndie MacDowellChris Elliott

Currently streaming on Netflix.

Friyay’s Take: Leave everything and watch this.

IMDb: 8.0

Bill Murray has some wonderful comedies on his resume, but none are as legendary as Groundhog Day, or at least as well-loved. That’s because seeing Murray play a surly weather-man forced to relive again and again the same day is essentially a goldmine of comedy. At first, Phil (Murray) loves the time loop, binge-drinking, shooting some half-hearted news clips in a hick town in Pennsylvania, getting one-night stands, and so on, but finally, he discovers that to escape his never-ending bed-and-breakfast hell, he has to better himself, not an easy task at all.

Trailer- Groundhog Day

We hope you try out our recommendations and have a blast. Do check out our app for more discussion on movies and TV shows.


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