They say that laughter is the best medicine, and God knows we need a few hearty doses with all that's going on in the world today. Still, the 'comedy' section of Netflix can be an intimidating and confusing place if you have no idea what you're looking for and it's all too easy to get stuck in a ScrollHole (TM).

Below, we've chosen a few of the best recent (and one not-so-recent) stand-up specials on Netflix to help you on your way.

1. JOHN MULANEY: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018)

What do you mean, you've never heard of John Mulaney? The Chicagoan comic may not be a household name on this side of the pond (yet), but comedy connoisseurs will be familiar with his wry brand of humour. Formerly a writer on Saturday Night Live, Mulaney's latest special - recorded at New York's Radio City Music Hall - sees him tackle topics such as hurtling headlong into middle age (the part about his wife noticing the random body hair that he has begun to sprout is especially hilarious) and subsequently, his problems with the modern world. If you're of a certain age, you'll find yourself nodding in agreement. If not, you'll at least get a few belly laughs. His 2015 show The Comeback Kid, also on Netflix, is well worth a look, too.

2. SARAH SILVERMAN: A Speck of Dust (2017)

If you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? Sarah Silverman – whom you'll undoubtedly already know from the likes of SNL and numerous films and TV shows – takes that thread and runs with it like never before in her third stand-up special. In July 2016, she was hospitalised with a life-threatening condition called epiglottis, but on A Speck of Dust she takes amusing stock of her illness, as well as her usual off-the-cuff musings on everything from her dog dying, to sex, to the surrealism of her career. Silverman has never been afraid to poke fun at herself (particularly when it comes to her Jewish heritage), or land the odd outrageous one-liner - but here, she also incorporates an altogether more introspective angle, and it really works.

3. BILL BURR: Walk Your Way Out (2017)

There's a bit of a love-him-or-hate-him vibe to Bill Burr, and there's no question that the Massachusetts man has something of an abrasive manner to his stand-up material at times – but there are few people in the world who can make lines like 'Adolf Hitler is the Michael Jordan of evil' funny. You may recognise him from the likes of Breaking Bad, the Daddy's Home films and his voice from Netflix's animated sitcom F is for Family, but Burr is at his best alone, with a microphone, in front of an audience. This show, the follow-up to 2014's brilliant I'm Sorry You Feel That Way, is unapologetically un-PC, hilariously self-deprecating and undoubtedly worth watching.

4. RICKY GERVAIS: Humanity (2018)

We know, we know... The Ricky Gervais of 2018 is very different to the Ricky Gervais of ten years ago; as the English comic's star has ascended globally, his humour has arguably broadened and left many fans of his older work scratching their heads – not to mention his contentious jokes about transgender people that caused a furore last year. Leaving aside his various discrepancies, however, his latest stand-up special – his first since 2010's Science, in fact - demonstrates that Gervais is still capable of wrestling a chuckle or two from even the most stubborn disbeliever. The show itself takes in a lot, from his thoughts on people with wigs to arranging his mother's funeral – but there are sufficient flashes of his skewed humour to keep you tuned in to the end.

5. BILL HICKS: Revelations (1993)

It's not contemporary, it's not newsworthy and it's not topically significant – but 25 years on (and 24 since his untimely death at the age of 32), Bill Hicks's stand-up remains as culturally and socially relevant as ever. In Revelations, recorded at London's Dominion Theatre in late 1992, the by-now iconic comedian is arguably at the height of his powers as he riffs on the hypocrisy of the world, calls bullshit on the US invasion of Iraq, pours scorn on advertising and marketing executives, shares his thoughts on life (his famous 'It's just a ride' quote was taken from this show) and much more besides – all delivered with the unflinching and unapologetic honesty that has made him a legend. We can only dream of what he may have made of the rise of Trump et al - but this will give you some idea.