Though it was for a terrible reason, the world of comedy has pretty much pivoted on a dime (with growing pains to be sure) into a cornucopia of live-streaming through several online platforms. Two weeks into a good majority of the major comedy hubs of LA and NYC being sheltered in home, there have already been a whole row of weekly and even daily livestreams featuring your favorite comedians and comedy folks. Best of all, you don’t have to live in LA or NYC or really anywhere to see these. Many are free or for donations and can be seen so long as your WiFi is solid. Also, that means many of the best comedians around the country will be showing up on all sorts of shows as they just have to join in on Instagram Live, Twitch, Zoom, etc.
For the time being, these livestream shows have set up shop and will be here every week or most days of the week to keep you from going entirely insane while being stuck at home. Take note that there are plenty of one-off special events that are happening as well not mentioned here. Check our listings frequently for when and where those shows will be happening.
Obviously, we’ll update this post the more that we find.
Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen (Home Edition)-same great weekly stand-up show with Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal on Mondays at 8PM PST/11PM PST at http://holdthephone.tv/, donations accepted for comedians and COVID-19 relief.
New Material Show with Maria Bamford-Maria Bamford works out 1/2 hour of new material Monday-Friday 3PM PST/6PM EST on Zoom, donate $5 or more to food bank or Venmo $1 to @maroo-bamfoo.
Tip Your Waitstaff with Mike Birbiglia-Mike Birbiglia and special guests write new jokes to raise money for staff of comedy venues around the U.S. Goes on Instagram Live @birbigs at various times on most weekdays.
Saturday Night Quarantine with Ian Abramson-As Saturday Night Live is on hiatus like most TV shows, Ian Abramson has taken it upon himself (along with some remotely taped segments) to do a DIY version of Saturday Night Live all on his own. Every Saturday at 8:30PM PST/11:30PM EST at Ian’s Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ianabramson.
Lyric Public Access-Lyric Hyperion has two to three different shows, all of kinds, even beyond comedy that stream on Instagram Live @lyrichyperion every day (check @lyrichyperion for programming schedule). Donations accepted for staff and theater.
Cabernet Cabaret with Catherine Cohen-Catherine Cohen keeps her beloved weekly comedy variety showcase at Club Cumming going with special guests on Instagram Live @catccohen every Wednesday at 5PM PST/8PM EST.
Last Stream on the Left-For years and years before the pandemic, The Last Podcast on the Left boys, Marcus Parks, Ben Kissel, and Henry Zebrowski had already been doing a livestream watching some of the weirdest videos they can find and taking calls. Airs every Tuesday at 5PM PST/8PM EST on http://www.adultswim.com/streams.
Get Your Pets with John Hodgman-celebrated humorist, author, and podcaster John Hodgman interviews peoples pets at Instagram Live @johnhodgman Monday-Friday at various times (check @johnhodgman for daily times).
Quarantine Cocktail Time with Paul Feig-Truly enjoy some quality time and some fancy cocktails and outfits with accomplished comedy director Paul Feig. Tune in at 5PM PST/8PM EST daily on Instagram Live @paulfeig.
Eat Dinner with the Gaffigans-Jim Gaffigan and Jeannie Gaffigan and their five kids all have dinner together and with the rest of us via YouTube Live at 3PM PST/6PM EST at https://www.youtube.com/user/jimgaffigancomic/featured
Throwing Shade Live-The long running political comedy podcast hosted by Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson do a special live edition of their show on Instagram Live @earwolf every Monday at 1PM PST/4PM EST.
Ga’riffs-Beginning this week, comedian and podcast riff-er extraordinaire Gareth Reynolds will be riffing off of submitted topics for 30 min. every Thurs. at 6PM PST/9PM EST on Instagram Live @reynoldsgareth.