The Live Online Comedy Guide

live online comedy 05082020Even though the majority of the world is under lockdown right now live comedy is still being produced and streamed online by a number of amazing people, and so we’ve set up this page to highlight the very best of it.

Latest Update: 05/08/2020

Always Be Comedy – Anna Mann, Nick Helm, Rachel Parris, Marcus Brigstocke, Tim Vine, Marcel LuCont, Phil Wang, Catherine Bohart, James Veitch and Eleanor Tiernan are among those performing at this online club over the next month – https://www.alwaysbecomedy.com/tickets

Angel Comedy – The lovely people behind two of the capital’s best comedy venues are hosting audience-less gigs, with many of them being improv based and enormously fun stuff. https://www.facebook.com/angelcomedy/

The Attic Art Club Festival – An online festival that begins on Friday, this sees performances from the likes of the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, Captain Cauliflower and Sh!t Theatre among various others. https://www.atticartsclub.com/programme2020

Comedy At The Covid Arms
– Kiri Pritchard-Mclean hosts this online club and the next gig is on the 15th of August, with Lolly Adefope, Will Duggan, David O’Doherty set to appear, and tickets can be bought here: https://www.comedyatthecovid.co.uk/

Comedy Store Live
– Is hosting shows on most weekends, with Paul Sinha, Ivo Graham, Catherine Bohart, Dominic Holland and Markus Birdman all performing very soon, and more info can be found here: https://london.thecomedystore.co.uk/whats-on/

Comics Solving Problems – Part of The Online Free Fringe, this is a late-night talk show just after the watershed hosted by Steve N Allen and Erich McElroy, taking place on August 11, 13, 18, 25 and 27, it starts at 9pm. There are loads of problems in the world. The news is full of them. Our lives are full of them. Comedians Steve N Allen (The Mash Report) and Erich McElroy (GMB, Sky News, Newsnight) are here to help with Comics Solving Problems, the topical comedy show live from their spare rooms. Broadcasting twice weekly on YouTube, and part of The Online Free Fringe Fest, the duo tackle the day’s headlines and any problems that their live-streamed audience send their way. While they arguably haven’t solved anyone’s problems, and the world is probably in a worse state since they started (initially as ‘Comics in Quarantine Solving Problems’), everyone’s had a lot of laughs along the way. You can see for yourself here. “It’s our version of a low budget, lockdown American late-night show,” says Steve, “filmed on webcams from our spare rooms, and just after the watershed.” “For our last Edinburgh Fringe show we had a live audience present us with their moral problems,” says Erich. “We didn’t solve any, so when the world ended and we stopped gigging we took the same formula to the internet and now we aren’t solving problems there.”. For more information please go here: https://www.freefestival.co.uk/show.aspx?ShowID=6953

Help Save Live Comedy – This gig will be live streamed on the 9th, 16th and 23rd of August with the aim of raising money to help a number of live venues survive the pandemic. Hosted by Al Murray and Jayde Adams, according to the website acts performing live will include “KWAME ASANTE / DANE BAPTISTE / HELEN BAUER / DON BISWAS / CATHERINE BOHART / SIKISA BOSTWICK – BARNES / LORRAINE BOWEN / FERN BRADY / MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE / JEN BRISTER / KANE BROWN / ED BYRNE / NATHAN CATON / DIANE CHORLEY / HUGE DAVIES / CARL DONNELLY / DAVE FULTON / ED GAMBLE / KERRY GODLIMAN / LOST VOICE GUY / RICHARD HERRING / JOSH JONES / ROSIE JONES / SARAH KEYWORTH / SHAPPI KHORSANDI / YURIKO KOTANI / TONY LAW / GARRETT MILLERICK / THANYIA MOORE / SCUMMY MUMMIES / NIGEL NG / RACHEL PARRIS / JOHNNY PELHAM / MAWAAN RIZWAN / ELEANOR TIERNAN / SINDHU VEE / SOPHIE WILLAN / RICH WILSON / GLENN WOOL” while the following will be appearing digitally: “JAMES ACASTER, AISLING BEA, BETHANY BLACK, DESIREE BURCH, HOLLY BURN, SARAH CALLAGHAN, MYRA DUBOIS, MICK FERRY, JESSICA FOSTEKEW, LONDON HUGHES, NISH KUMAR, LUISA OMIELAN, TIM VINE, FELICITY WARD”. https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/helpsavelivecomedy

Ian Lane – Is performing a number of different shows, some involving DJ-ing, some concerning old classic games, and some where he talks about important subjects, all of which we’ve enjoyed a great deal of late. https://www.twitch.tv/ruffledbricks/

Just The Tonic – The next Just The Tonic show will be hosted by John Thomson, with more performers to announced soon, and more info can be found here. https://www.justthetonic.com/streaming/

Keith and The Girl’s Silent Trailers – This online game show that goes LIVE this Saturday, August 8 at 4pm ET / 1pm PT ! Tickets are on sale now for just $10. This month’s show will include a panel consisting of Andrea Allan (The Hot Mess Comedy Hour & Only in New York), Tracey Carnazzo (Teen Mom Trash Talk, 90-Day Fiance Trash Talk, & Only in New York), Jerome “Newsy” Charles (Everyone Sucks Here & Hoes for Justice), Bianca Brady (Last Week on KATG & Whitey Puzzleman’s Crossword Hour), and Craig Klein (Diamond Dogs). The live game show will pit KATG’s Keith Malley against the aforementioned panel of comedians who will attempt to decipher his co-host Chemda’s descriptions of movie trailers. The catch? Chemda has virtually no celebrity knowledge and Keith has seen every movie ever made. Literally. This show is a must-watch for fans of film, game shows, and rapid fire hilarity. http://www.keithandthegirl.com/

The Mads Are Back – Join Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff (“Dr. Clayton Forrester” and “TV’s Frank”) as after the success of their live streaming Glen Or Glenda will return for a second show where they’ll mercilessly mock The Tingler. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mads-the-tingler-live-online-riffing-show-with-mst3ks-the-mads-tickets-114189535976

Mark Thomas – Is live streaming his Walking The Wall show on August 11th, and as with previous occasions he will be performing a live Q&A afterwards. More info and tickets are here: https://www.gofasterstripe.com/cgi-bin/website.cgi?page=videofull&id=41015

Nuke It From Orbit – ‘Nuke it from Orbit’ is a brand new comedy panel show about all things nerdy. From Marvel to DC, Star Wars to Star Trek even via Stargate. It is a show with various games about various thrones. But don’t panic! This is a show not just for the die-hards but also for those who love their comedy. Two teams of top Northern Irish comedians will battle it out to see who is the geekiest of them all! So join them for competition rounds such as ‘Sci-fi NI’, ‘Stun, Marry, Vaporize’ and the rapid fire round ‘#Spoilers.’. https://www.freefestival.co.uk/show.aspx?ShowID=6946

The Online Free Fringe Fest – As the Edinburgh Festival has sadly been cancelled this year, this online festival is taking place instead and along with the acts already mentioned on the page you can watch the likes of Charmian Hughes, Andy Quirk, Meryl O’Rourke, Will Mars, Sam See, and many others. Further info is here: https://www.freefestival.co.uk/Genre.aspx?GenreID=1&GenreName=Comedy

Paul Currie – Is performing a show every single night which you can watch via his Instagram page, with Currie describing it as “So I’m taking the original Fringe ethos by the horns and performing a twisted version of what would have been my new show ‘TEET’ with no tech, all on my own, in my living room and I’m gonna attempt this one person show on various nights (possibly maybe every night ??!) through out the Fringe Festival month of August 2020. Consider these Instagram shows a fringe of the fringe of the fringe, no producer, no flyers, no venue. Just a comedian, a phone camera, a living small living room and allot of props. Tune in to my Instagram every night at **8.30pm**.”
https://www.instagram.com/paul_currie_comedian_/?hl=en

RISK! – Join Kevin Allison and a fantastic crew of storytellers for RISK!’s live online show! This show will be broadcast via a webinar format on Zoom, and will feature incredible true stories from Kevin Allison and other fantastic storytellers. Only 100 tickets are available for this show, so get yours in advance to guarantee entry! http://risk-show.com/

XS Malarkey – An award winning Manchester comedy club, this hosts a regular Tuesday night gig and though the line up for next week’s gig has yet to be announced it’s bound to be a great one, for more info check out their twitter feed. https://twitter.com/xsmalarkey

Previous Updates, In A Handy A-Z Format: Not all of these gigs are still running but for those which aren’t, recordings of their shows can be found online:

ComedySportz – The Manchester-based improv show is hosting shows several days a week, the schedule can be found here. https://www.comedysportz.co.uk/

Comedy Virtually Live – Jon Pearson is creating a virtual comedy club with performers at home via Skype. The next gig is at 7.30pm on Sunday with Thomas Green, Jenny Collier and Stuart Goldsmith. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPatHV3a7Tw&feature=youtu.be

Cosmic Shambles – Set up by Robin Ince this is a mix of podcasts and stand up’s performing from their homes. https://cosmicshambles.com/livestreams

Gilded Balloon – Are hosting various live online gigs, and both their facebook page and their youtube channel is worth checking out.

The Good Ship Comedy Club – This great club run by Ben Van Der Velde has moved online, with four great acts normally performing each week: https://www.facebook.com/TheGoodShipComedyClub/

Hold The Phone – Has a number of weekly comedy shows online, the most recent of which have included Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen which sees Ian Abramson, Dana Donnelly, Chris Garcia, Maya May, Caleb Synan, Sarah Tollemache, Nick Turner, Nick Ciarelli and Brad Evans, while Phoebe Bottoms, Caitlin Cook, Tom Thakker and Shane Torres took part in this week’s “Good God” show. https://www.twitch.tv/holdthephonecomedy

Knock2Bag – Are recreating their Moth Club night with a selection of pre-recorded stand up which will be streamed live and features the likes of Tim Key, Natasia Demetriou & Ellie White, Lou Sanders, Adam Hess, The Pin and many more. Tickets can be bought here, though they are free for all NHS staff and keyworkers.

Komedia Live – Brighton’s much loved comedy club the Komedia is hosting a show each Friday night, with the previous ones available to view online. https://www.youtube.com/komedialive

Live At Hot Water Comedy Club – Are producing a new show each week with Danny McLoughlin, Carl Hutchinson, Scott Bennett and Daliso Chaponda set to perform in the next couple of weeks. https://www.hotwatercomedy.co.uk/

Local Laughs – This Australian comedy club is hosting online gigs which include a mixture of Australian and English comics, with Dave Callan, Rusty Berther, Ivan Aristeguieta, John-Luke Roberts and Steph Tisdell among those set to perform over the next few weeks. https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=175052&

Lockdown Laughs For Parents – Carly Smallman and Alyssa Kyria are the founders of Bring Your Own Baby comedy, a show where kids and parents watch comedy together, but now they’re launching an adult themed comedy night which airs each Thursday on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/c/byobcomedy?fbclid=IwAR2dJtEXJ_tqooq2jqv7TtIjr4t25S_qUpyR14XBw83OKp8wny1S8-Tf88k

Outside The Box – This Kingston based comedy club founded by Maff Brown is streaming a show each Tuesday, with Brown, Harry Hill, Abandonman and Maisie Adam set to perform over the next few weeks. https://www.wegottickets.com/outsidetheboxcomedyclub

Saturday Night Live At The Stand – This comedy club is live streaming another gig on Saturday night, they’ve been attracting big names each time so this is definitely one to watch. https://www.thestand.co.uk/saturday-night-live-at-the-stand/

The Weekly Stand Up – Jason Manford has set up this online comedy club with each gig taking place on Thursday evenings, with the likes of Harry Hill, Tez Ilyas. Harry Hill, Russell Howard and Milton Jones due to headline future events https://www.theweeklystandup.co.uk/

Group Shows:

Notflix – This superb all female, five star rated improvised musical group are producing live content each and every Sunday at 7pm. https://www.waitingforthecallimprov.com/

Showstoppers! – A live improvised musical, hopefully there will be future performances in the near future too. https://www.facebook.com/theshowstoppers/videos/918352645246170/

Solo Stand Up / Comedy Performances:

Jack Gleadow – Was hosting a weekly variety show featuring sketches, stand-up, game shows and guests via webcam, and old episodes can be seen here – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1mMX8JYsA889d64Tdz5SdQ

Elf Lyons – The astonishingly talented comedian is performing live on Twitch three times a week at the moment, often reading out brand new disturbing horror stories that we love a great deal. https://www.twitch.tv/elflyons

Sean McLoughlin’s Pirate Radio – Sean also produces a live show from his bedroom three times a week where you can hear songs, stories and the thoughts and feelings of various phone-in guests. https://www.youtube.com/seanmcloughlincomedy

Stu Goldsmith’s Infinite Sofa – A mix of chat and variety show, this sees Goldsmith talk to various comedians, play games, and mess around with a watermelon (according to the website, anyhow).  https://www.comedianscomedian.com/sofa/

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Alex Finch.
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