Defining what exactly "comedy" is can be tricky. Therefore, when you start diving into "alternative comedy," it becomes even trickier. For the most part, alternative comedy refers to any material that deviates from the traditional means by which comedy is expressed. Therefore, instead of a comedian providing a list of straightforward jokes with punch-lines, an alternative comedian will explore the medium even more. If you want to get a better sense of what all that entails (because it's still pretty confusing), then all you have to do is watch the funniest alternative comedy specials available on Netflix, Comedy Central, and other channels.
Patton Oswalt is one of the most distinct alternative comics working today. He came from a scene where he didn't have any pre-set notions of the audience, and the audience didn't have any notions of him. Oswalt would go on to collaborate with other alternative comedians, such as Maria Bamford, Zach Galifianakis, and Brian Posehn. However, there are plenty of other comics who have dipped their toes into the alternative scene.
This list has the funniest alternative TV specials, so if you are looking for a laugh, then you have come to the right place. Vote for any specials that made you laugh way harder than you were expecting.
Directed by: Sean Doherty, Ricky Kelehar, Alice Mathis
Directed by: Marcus Raboy
Directed by: Bobcat Goldthwait
Directed by: Lance Bangs
Directed by: Michael Blieden
Directed by: Ryan Polito, Jake Szymanski