6 Mexican Stand-Up Comedies on Netflix (2018)

Netflix recently started adding Mexican comedy specials to its lineup. Watching stand-up is a great way to learn Mexican Spanish since it’s full of colloquial expressions and pop culture references.

If you are an intermediate or advanced learner, I recommend watching with Spanish subtitles as studies have shown it enhances language learning. I also note down any interesting new vocabulary and add it to my Anki flashcards later.

Warning: Mexican humor frequently relies on ethnic stereotypes and is often extremely politically incorrect. I have omitted the worst offenders like Ricardo O’Farrill and Alexis de Anda from this list, but still be prepared for some cringeworthy moments. However, if you can get past the occasional tasteless joke, you’ll be rewarded with cultural insights as well as cool slang to impress your Mexican friends.

1. Sofía Niño de Rivera: Expuesta (2016)

Sofía Niño de Rivera: Expuesta - Netflix comedy special

If you watch one Mexican comedy special on Netflix, make it this one. A pioneer of Mexico’s stand-up scene, Sofía Niño de Rivera’s brand of self-deprecating humor is darkly hilarious. A good opportunity to pick up common groserías and gain insights about Mexican culture like the mutual disdain between chilangos — Mexico City residents — and the rest of the country.

2. Mau Nieto: Viviendo sobrio… desde el bar (2018)

Mau Nieto - Netflix Mexican comedy special

Standupero Mau Nieto dishes on his humble origins, his attempts at sobriety, and about being one poop away from losing the love of his life. Lots of chilanguismos (Mexico City slang). Recommended with chilango pride by my awesome Spanish teacher in Mexico City.

3. Daniel Sosa: Sosafado (2017)Daniel Sosa: Sosafado (2017) - Netflix comedy special

Humor is so culture-specific. Unfortunately, Mexican comedy on Netflix often gets terrible reviews from non-Spanish speakers (OK, some of it really is terrible). Daniel Sosa’s jokes require a good grasp of Mexican culture and slang, so his show offers lots of learning opportunities. An added bonus is the spectacular backdrop provided by the Polyforum Siqueiros in Mexico City, featuring the world’s largest mural by famed painter David Alfaro Siqueiros.

4. Simplemente Manu NNa (2017)
Simplemente Manu NNa - Netflix comedy special

Diva of Mexican stand-up Manu NNa riffs on the struggles of being gay in a machista society and shares his affinity for telenovelas and marijuana. Lots of colorful slang and pop culture references. Funny, brash, and sexy, with a few cringe-inducing moments of crass stereotypes (see warning above about Mexican humor).

5. Carlos Ballarta: El amor es de putos (2016)

Carlos Ballarta: El amor es de putos Netflix comedy special

Popular standupero Carlos Ballarta’s cynical and humorous take on the tragic realities of daily life in the Mexican capital.

6. El Especial de Alex Fernández, el Especial (2017)

El Especial de Alex Fernández, el Especial - Netflix comedy special

In this high-energy performance, Alex Fernández riffs on reggaetón lyrics, the show “Sabadazo,” and the origin of suppositories. Lots of funny musical impressions. Clean material refreshingly free of racist stereotypes.

Have feedback on these shows or more Netflix recommendations? Please share your suggestions in the comments.


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