The funniest comedy specials of the year, vs. the best comedy, vs. the most award-worthy in 2017

The Internet’s relentless, rigorous demand for content, combined with show business’s relentless, rigorous desire for cash money, has combined in 2017 to bestow us with a bounty of stand-up comedy hours and variety specials, as well as a rash of rankings by amateur and professional armchair critics alike. My two cents? As you may already have guessed by clicking the headline, if you’re going to coax a list or ranking out of me for a completely subjective art form, then I want you to know the hows and whys of my preferences. So even the title matters. What’s funniest...

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