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When Flight Of The Conchords played Late N Live

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.

Saturday August 22

GREATEST EVER LATE N LIVE: The Gilded Balloon presents another highlights compilation from the most famous mixed-bill gig on the Edinburgh Fringe. Tonight Flight Of The Conchords, Felicity Ward, David O’Doherty, Danny Bhoy, Jarred Christmas, Gina Yashere, Eleanor Tiernan and Rhys Darby face the unforgiving crowd. Watch from 9pm here

SUMMER COMEDY FESTIVAL: Sara Pascoe hosted and curated last night’s episode of the Radio 4 show, featuring stand-up from Sophie Duker, character comedy from Steen Raskopoulos, music from Emmy the Great and readings from actor and columnist Rhik Samadder. Listen again on BBC Sounds

JUST THE TONIC WORKING FROM HOME: A strong online bill from 9pm tonight features Jimeoin, Paul Foot, Dane Baptiste, Daliso Chaponda, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Kate Lucas and Charlie Baker Tickets

EDFRINGE - COMEDY IN THE MEANTIME: Another showcase from the RBM agency at 8pm tonight features Ria Lina, Karen Hobbs, and The Stevenson Experience, probably the world’s only identical twin double act. Tickets

Friday August 21

AJ BELL FRINGE ON FRIDAY: Tonight's major fundraiser for the Edinburgh Fringe – and the entire ecosystem that surrounds it – includes comics Lauren Pattison, Craig Hill, Christopher MacArthur-Boyd, Mo Omar, Catherine Bohart and host Nigel Ng (pictured), among many others. Tickets cost £9 here, and the show starts at 9pm.

A GOLDEN HOUR OF COMEDY: As part of the Fringe of Colour alternative Edinburgh programme, Shamiso Mushambi introduces an hour of comedy from up-and-coming comedians, headlined by Athena Kugblenu. It starts at 8pm and is free, although donations are welcome. Details are here.

HOOPS: Netflix today launches the silly animated comedy about an abrasive Kentucky high school basketball coach played Jake Johnson, as part of a cast that also includes comedians Ron Funches, Natasha Leggero and Rob Riggle and more. Reviews have not been that good, but it's free for subscribers and you're looking for stuff to watch, right?!

WHO SAID THAT? Mark Olver's remote panel show is staging a version in front of a live audience at the Old Vic in Bristol tonight, as part of tentative steps to get the theatre open again, even if the comedians will still be beaming in from their homes. Meanwhile, the latest episode, featuring Joel Dommett, Seann Walsh, Joanne McNally and Mo Omar, has dropped on YouTube:

SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATRE: BOO LINGERIE, THE SOCKY HORROR SHOW: The knitted Fringe regulars continue the online presentation of their pun-laden back catalogue with their 2012 offering, featuring Frankie Valli and the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse, Burke & Hare, Jekyll & Hyde and more. It's on Zoom at 8pm, and tickets priced £9 are available here

Thursday August 20

HAPPY HOUR Q&A WITH Lucy Beaumont: The comedian speaks to Leicester Comedy Festival founder Geoff Rowe about her comedy career, her views on the future of live comedy and her recently renewed sitcom Meet The Richardsons, about her married life with fellow comic Jon Richardson. This online session, at 8pm, is helping to raise money for the festival and tickets are available here.

THE BEEF AND DIARY NETWORK PODCAST: It's that time of the month again, when Benjamin Partridge's pitch-perfect spoof podcast for all those 'involved, or just interested, in the production of beef animals and dairy herds' hits BBC Sounds. The new episode celebrates International Organic Farming Week.

GIVE ME SOME GOOD NEWS: In this podcast, comedian Nathan Caton and radio presenter Rich Wolfenden are joined by guests who share some much-needed good news. Richard Herring was there this week, and previous guests include Ed Gamble, Joe Lycett and Jo Caulfield. Get your dose of cheer here.

Wednesday August 19

FUTILE ATTEMPTS (AT SURVIVING TOMORROW): 'Performance artist, comedian and manic-depressive' Kim Noble has decided to make a podcast 'like every other loser'. Taking stock of a life he thinks he's screwed up, his premise is that he's going to try to get a fresh start, beginning with a quest to track down and apologise to people he has wronged. It's an ambiguous mix of uncomfortable reality and comic absurdity, featuring secret recordings alongside scripted scenes, with episode one partly recorded from a Catholic church confessional booth and starring Julian Barratt as God. Adam Buxton stars as himself in a later episode. The first weekly instalment is available from the usual podcast places, including here

ALWAYS BE COMEDY: Nick Helm,Anna Mann, Nigel Ng and Suzi Ruffell is the top-notch bill for this virtual comedy night from 8pm, hosted by James Gill. Tickets.

CRAIG SHAYNAK: I AM GOOGLE: LIVE FROM HOLLYWOOD: One of the funniest, and most-watched, series from online comedy producers College Humor is If Google Was A Guy. Well, American comic Craig Shaynak brought a similar idea to the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of years before they started – and tonight revives the show online as part of the Laughing Horse virtual Free Festival. Details are here, it starts at 8pm, and it's pay-what-you-want.

Tuesday August 18

DAD JOKE: In this short film, which featured on last year's BFI London film festival last year, comic Joshua Robertson plays a version of himself, performing a make-or-break gig on the night his first child is born. There's more about how director David Abramsky made the tense film, which was a single 16-minute shot, in this article.

WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE: Sara Pascoe joins hosts Fern Brady and Alison Spittle on today's episode of this BBC podcast, to share their funniest and most humiliating break-up stories. Listen here

XS MALARKEY: Carl Donnelly headlines this week's Twitch show from the beloved Manchester club, alongside Evelyn Mok, Alex Kealey and Chortle Student Comedy Award winner Erika Ehler, hosted, as always, by Toby Hadoke. Make donations here

Monday August 17

COMEDY CENTRAL AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE: The broadcaster stars a series of online stand-up shorts tonight, definitely not filmed at the Edinburgh Fringe. In the first, Thanyia Moore explains why she wants to nut a nine-year-old girl and talsk about pretending to be middle class on the edge of death. From 8pm on social medias, including YouTube

ALTERNATIVE COMEDY MEMORIAL SOCIETY: The series of quirky showcases from last year's Fringe continues. In the latest instalment, Thom Tuck and Tom Bell introduces to the Monkey Barrel stage Ed Aczel, Matt Winning, The Establishment, David McIver, Zeroko, Gemma Soldati Eric Lampaert, David Tieck, Linda, Sam Morrison, Kevin O'Connell, The Gorilla, Colt Cabana. Each episode is only up on YouTube for a day, so tuck into this feast before midday tomorrow, when another is on the way.

A YOUNG MAN DRESSED AS A GORILLA DRESSED AS AN OLD MAN SITS ROCKING IN A ROCKING CHAIR FOR FIFTY-SIX MINUTES AND THEN LEAVES… 12: This quintessential Fringe experience, whose title can leave you in no doubt what to expect, goes online this year. Given the audience response is such a crucial part of the experience, it'll be interesting to see how this plays out via YouTube from 2pm tomorrow...

Sunday August 16

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: Mel Brook's classic and affectionate parody starring Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman and Madeline Khan was on BBC One in the early hours of this morning - which means it's now available on iPlayer But only for a week, mind, thanks to royalty issues so hurry! (Incidentally, the stage musical version of the film is to be made into a live TV event in the States later this year)

SAVE LIVE COMEDY: As also featured in our round-up of the week's best live comedy, since real audiences are allowed into the Clapham Grand for the first time. Jayde Adams will introduce Ed Byrne, Jen Brister, Lost Voice Guy, Tony Law and many more, plus James Acaster, Desiree Burch and Felicity Ward beaming in from home. It starts at 7.30pm with tickets available here

FRED MACAULAY IN CONVERSATION: Another in the Gilded Balloon's series of virtual Edinburgh Fringe gigs, this talks show features the comic speaking to Still Game's Greg Hemphill and Balamory star Julie Nimmo Wilson. It starts at 5pm and tickets, priced from £2, are available here.

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NOTE: Sometimes links and videos of live events expire after the event. All were valid at the time of publication

Published: 22 Aug 2020

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