First online gig from the Fast Show's Simon Day | Today's best comedy on demand

First online gig from the Fast Show's Simon Day

Today's best comedy on demand

Here's Chortle's daily round-up of new comedy to watch at home during lockdown.

This list, updated at around 3pm daily, covers subscription services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, iPlayer and NextUp, to podcasts and shows that comedians are releasing themselves, is your essential guide to getting a daily dose of laughs.

As well as these highlights, you can search our listings for other online events using the blue box at the left or top of this page.Or if you're a promoter wanting to add an event, details are here.

Simon Day

Simon Day today (Saturday) presents his first online show, with characters from the Fast Show and more.

The show will be streamed live on Facebook from 8.30pm, then be available for the next 24 hours. Tickets, priced £5, are available here

Jericho Comedy Festival

Another day, another online comedy festival. Running concurrently with the Hastings event (see below) comes this, one run by top Oxford venue Jericho Comedy and just kicked off.

Acts over the weekend include Jacob Hawley, Anna Mann, Nigel Ng and Mark Watson's show How You Can Almost Win. Watch it here.

Just the Tonic

Jason Manford and Kerry Godilman are the stars of the comedy club's latest Working From Home gig tonight, coming from the spare room of promoter and MC Darrell Martin.

He said: 'Don't expect a normal stand-up show; the world has changed, and stand-up is a format for being in a room with people and all the atmosphere that comes with it. We are not trying to recreate that, so join us with an open mind.'

Comics Andrew Bird, Phil Ellis and Naomi Cooper are also on tonight's show, which starts at 9pm after a pre-show build-up from 8.30pm. Tickets

Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival

It would have been the fifth year of this small south-coast event this weekend... but organisers have decided to push ahead with an online offering, with a series of full pre-recorded shows courtesy of NextUp and London's Angel Comedy Club.

It kicks off at 8pm tonight (Friday) with Tony Law's Go Tony Go! followed by Pope Lonergan's Pope's Addiction Clinic at 9.30pm and Russell Hicks: Philosophical Improvisations at 11pm.

Other shows over the weekend include Maisie Adam, President Obonjo, Laura Davis and Dane Baptiste, which a previously unseen set.

All shows are free to watch at scheduled time on Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival streaming platforms including YouTube with an option to donate to the acts. The full schedule is here

The Regionnaires

Here's one from the archive, a regional TV panel show which aired in 2004 to celebrate talent from the North-East of England, much of it based around old footage shot by Tyne-Tees television.

Presented by Viz co-creator Simon Donald – who has released the whole series on his YouTube channel the team captains were stand-up Gavin Webster and radio presenter Catboy.

Guests on episode one, below, were darts commentator Sid Waddell and Marcus Bentley, the voice of Big Brother, with comics John Fothergill, Alfie Joey, Anvil Springsteen and Kirsten O'Brien pop up in future episodes.

F Is For Family

The animated series based around the life of stand-up Bill Burr returns to Netflix for a fourth series.

Set in the 1970s, the show stars Burr as Frank Murphy, a short-tempered veteran prone to profanity-filled rants who lives in the suburbs with his wife, Sue (Laura Dern) and their three children.

This season, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul actor Jonathan Banks joins the cast, playing Frank's estranged dad Big Bill Murphy.

Marcel Lucont's Cabaret Domestique

The French flaneur tonight (Friday)  presents another line-up of international comedy and cabaret stars 'from the discomfort of their own homes', including Chris Lynam, John-Luke Roberts and Lili La Scala. It starts at 9pm, and tickets are available here.

Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With…

The comedian and former Bake Off presenter yesterday launched a second series of her talk-show podcast, after the first topped the Apple charts.

This new run launched with Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine in character as agony aunts Joan and Jericha, discussing how they've been coping with lockdown as well as giving tips for anyone struggling with relationship issues.

Future guests will include Johnny Vegas and Alan Davies. It is available on all podcast channels, including Audioboom, along with the full archive.

Insane In The Fem Brain

Comic Rich Wilson has enjoyed success with his light-hearted podcast series looking at mental health issues, Insane In The Men Brain.

Now, 'following a heated debate with his partner Jayde Adams' he has launched this spin-off series with a different perspective.

Adams said: 'Like many other men, he knows very little about women that he hasn't been in a relationship with. It's time he started learning! He needs to learn more about the other sex and what makes women so powerful and I know some of the best women in the world to start his education. '

Those confirmed to appear include comedians Deborah Frances White, Sophie Willan, Desiree Burch, Eleanor Tiernan and Jessica Fostekew as well as the likes of boxer Hannah Rankin and activist Felicity Hayward.

The first new episode is due to land today, although the channel has already launched with Wilson's previous discussions with female comics Jen Brister, Samantha Baines and Sarah Callaghan, who appeared on the Men Brain podcast. Subscribe here.

The Love/Hate Club

This new BBC Scotland podcast from Clyde 1 radio presenter Cassi Gillespie and media freelancer Roisin Kelly talk about  life, culture, friendships, and dating as they dissect bizarre obsessions and irrational hates.

Stand-up Fern Brady is their first guest, who discusses dead chickens, annoying fake accents, and being a comedian. Listen here

The Paddock

It took a while, but the second episode of E4's lockdown compilation comedy show finally landed last night, two weeks after the first.

In this instalment Tash and Ellie (Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White) project an Instagram-ready version of their lives as out-of-work actors stuck at home, while Nick Mohammed shows Mr Swallow preparing his theatrical comeback, too. And other contributions come from Leo Reich and Babak Ganjei.

The Lost Comedy Streams

The subscription service yesterday launched its first podcast, featuring highlights from the Twitch streams it has been hosting since lockdown.

The pilot run of episodes features Laura Lexx, Tiernan Douieb, Christopher Bliss and Bec Hill in a mix of interviews and performances and all are available here.

Sketches That Never Quite Made It

In this podcast, James Walsh from the Next Level Sketch group and his pals in comedy look back at abandoned sketch ideas and weigh up whether they were mercy killings or if there is an inkling of an idea that can be salvaged. 'Hopefully in the process we'll all learn something about how not to write sketches,' he says.

Listen here

Mark Thomas: Showtime From the Frontline

The comic tonight (Tuesday) introduces a live stream of his 2018 stand-up special about how he joined forces with Palestinians to set up a comedy club in a refugee camp in Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

As he explained: 'Our aim was to open up a comedy club in a refugee camp…a very conservative refugee camp surrounded by one of the most heavily armed and trigger-happy armies in the world. The result….well you have to watch the show to find out.

'But what I am happy to tell you is that after many adventures with bureaucracy we managed to get two of our comedic comrades Faisal Abu Alhayjaa and Alaa Shehada to the UK where together we wrote and performed the show we are incredibly proud of; Showtime from The Frontline, the story of how to be yourself when everyone else wants to put you in a box.'

Tonight's show, which airs from 7.30pm, also features a Q&A with Thomas, Alhayjaa and Shehada. The intro and Q+A will include BSL signing, and the main show will have subtitles.

Tickets are £5 and available here

Stars In Your Ears

Musical comedy impressionist Jess Robinson has today launched this new podcast, with each episode featuring a live band, plenty of her singing (including Sweet Caroline as Judy Garland in episode one) and a guest who'll learn a new impression, starting with Rachel Parris.

Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcast.

Outside The Comedy Box

Harry Hill is the big-name guest on tonight's (Tuesday's) lockdown gig from the south-west London comedy clubs, with support from Carl Donnelly, Sally-Ann Hayward, Funmbi Omotayo and MC Maff Brown, who also runs the gig.

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Edy Hurst's Podcast Version of... The War of the Worlds

The musical comedian starts a chapter-by-chapter read-through of HG Wells's classic - and handily out of copyright – sci-fi novel in this new podcast.

Of course, the novel is annotated with Hurst's asides, sketches, comedy songs and guests. In today's first instalment, The Eve of The War, discusses the origins of scientific racism in Victorian times, introduces the recurring character The Explaining Lad and features a song about monkeys and lemurs.

Listen on Spotify or iTunes.


On the day she was let off the hook by Ofcom over her comments about Boris Johnson, Miriam Margoyles's four-part BBC comedy Bucket, about an outspoken mum on a road trip with her daughter (Frog Stone, who wrote it), arrives on archive British-led TV subscription service Acorn TV (which is £4.99 a month with the first 30 days free)

Dating Amber

This new coming-of-age comedy set in Ireland in the mid-90s will inevitably draw comparisons with Derry Girls and Normal People, not least because Fionn O'Shea stars in the latter as well as playing one of the leads here: a gay army cadet who is firmly in the closet.

Lorla Petticrew plays his friend, who's also gay and hiding it – so the pair decide to stage a fake relationship to stop everyone from speculating about their sexuality. The film – which co-stars Sharon Horgan - has premiered on Amazon Prime today.

Lockdown Laughathon

At the time of publication, we're exactly halfway through this 24-hour stand-up marathon, which finishes at 3am UK time.

The show on Twitch features 122 comedians from around the globe including Brits  Rosie Jones, Tiff Stevenson,  Lloyd Langford, Jayde Adams, Carey Marx, One Baptiste and Stuart Goldsmith.

What We Do in the Shadows

The vampire houseshare comedy film which spawned a hit series was screened on BBC Two overnight, which handily puts it back on iPlayer for another 29 days...

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Published: 13 Jun 2020

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