We here at Comedy To Watch are already going a little stir crazy given that pretty much all live comedy in the capital has been cancelled, but thankfully some all round lovely people are doing their best to help comedy fans like us remain sane by making their past shows available for free, and this is our guide to the best of them. Please note: We’ve only just begun to put together this guide and will be updating this page regularly to keep you up to date with all of the best online comedy around.
Latest Update: 23/03/2020
Fahim Anwar: There’s No Business Like Show Business – Another Comedy Central special, I’ve yet to view it but hear really great things about it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8a8fZujVno
Bill Burr – Let It Go – I’ve got to admit that I’m not the world”s biggest fan of Burr but no many who really admire him, and rate his 2010 special. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCJDLgQ6xFk
George Carlin – Live in 1979 – The audio and video isn’t the greatest, but fuck it, it’s still Carlin and so of course essential viewing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouTVSb03t4E
Jim Gaffigan – Mr Universe – His 2012 show, this shot in to public consciousness after Gaffigan’s routine about McDonald’s hit a chord, but the rest is strong too and very likeable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KoDEoTryS0
Donald Glover – Weirdo – Glover’s first special from 2011, it’s not his best work, but it’s still bloody funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=OjWI-5CObq8&feature=emb_logo
Foil Arms and Hog – SkiddlyWup – This Irish trio are enormously popular in their native land, and deserve to be known across the rest of the world too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUm4ABQqNOI&feature=emb_logo
Dan Klein – This Is Comedy – Bit of an odd one this as a number of well known faces praise Dan at the beginning including Thomas Middleditch, Nicole Byer, Lauren Lupkis, Jenny Slate and Adam Pally, but I watched ten minutes and only smirked once, I skipped forward a further 10 minutes to see if it improved but if anything it just actively annoyed me. Still, he somehow managed to get those famous types to say nice things about him so perhaps if you stick with it there’ll be a twist and the rather mundane and obvious stuff he talks about will suddenly start being funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhNaU5mjgAE
Demetri Martin – If – An early show from Martin, and one of his best too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmD-AaZZtas&app=desktop
Dylan Moran – Like, Totally – A man who surely needs no introduction, if you like Moran you’ll love this, and if you don’t like Moran, well, hopefully this will convert you.
NextUp Now – The fantastic live streaming service is screening some of it’s best shows on Twitch, with some of the comedians turning up to give a commentary on them – https://nextupcomedy.com/nowschedule/
Previous Update: 20/03/2020
Simon Amstell – Do Nothing – Amstell’s 2011 show, it’s a lovely bit of comedy filled with great lines and observations.
Frankie Boyle – Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved – Boyle’s show from 2015 may not be his best, but it certainly contains some very funny material.
Bo Burnham – What – Burnham’s 2011 comedy special is packed with some fantastic songs that will make you adore him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejc5zic4q2A
Sam Campbell – The Trough – We’ve yet to see it but a friend claims it’s absolutely superb, and he’s only lied three times in his entire life, so it seems like a pretty safe bet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYyCuG8HcjY&t=
Eugenius – For the first time this highly praised musical which Time Out described as “Holy superlatives, it’s a lot of fun” and The Stage reviewed as “It’s impossible to stop humming…The score is fantastic” is being streamed online and you can watch it via their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/eugeniusthemusical/
John Hastings – 10 John Hastings I Hate About You – We saw a preview of Hastings very funny show last year, and described it as “A charming and often hilarious hour which I’m sure many, many people will enjoy a great deal.”
Emily Heller – Ice Thickens – A Comedy Central special from 2019 from one of the writers of HBO’s Barry, this is packed with sharp, delicious satire and made us laugh a huge amount.
Adam Hess – Salmon – His 2014 show is on youtube, which Chortle reviewed as “Fast, funny, and vibrant, this is an assured debut from a man who deserves all the ‘one-to-watch’ tips he attracts” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsIYWezuTMY
Carl Hutchinson – Live from Newcastle Tyne Theatre – Hutchinson’s 2019 show was called “Effortlessly hilarious” by Three Weeks and sees Carl uses his trademark high-energy delivery and hugely engaging manner to discuss some not so serious events in his life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUP3UNoceDo&feature=youtu.be
Daniel Kitson – Analog.ue – As we mentioned in last week’s Comedy Snippets, Kitson has put his 2014 show on his site for free, and it’s an amazing piece of comedy and then some. https://www.danielkitson.com/analogue
Josie Long – Romance and Adventure – It’s Josie Long, so of course it’s fantastic, and this recording of her Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show is essential viewing.
Sam Morril – I Got This – Comedy Central have put this special from this superb American comedian on youtube, which will hopefully see him garner the acclaim he deserves as it’s lovely indeed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xo3Fq7GGWk
Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies? – The always fantastic Luisa Omielan’s second show is a whirlwind of comedy, with an amazing central performance and some gorgeously funny observations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yqlJQ4qJns&feature=youtu.be
Joz Norris – Hello, Goodbye – Joz Norris is all kinds of hilarious and one of our favourite comedians, and now he’s been lovely enough to post his 2016 hour online.
Mark Thomas – NHS at 70 – Okay, this one’s technically not free but you can watch it from as little as a pound (though we recommend paying more) as it’s for an excellent cause, with Thomas donating all the money to the NHS. https://www.gofasterstripe.com/cgi-bin/website.cgi?page=videofull&id=38659
Ben Van Der Velde – Barbarians – Filmed at The Bill Murray in London, Van Der Velde’s excellent 2017 show is here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS_hCgOYbls
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Thanks to the great folks at CookdandBombd for a good number of the links found here.