Time for another Mark Watson 24-hour show! | The week's best comedy on demand © Matt Crockett

Time for another Mark Watson 24-hour show!

The week's best comedy on demand

The week's best comedy on demand. For more streaming gigs use the 'find live comedy' search box with 'online' as the region.


DARK HUMOR: Slightly randomly, Comedy Central in the US has made this episode of its documentary series about black comedy available to view on YouTube. In it, stand-ups including Gina Yashere, Roy Wood Jr., Sinbad, and Lil Rel Howery remember their earliest memories of comedy and celebrate their comedic influences:

DOORSTEP COMEDY: Stand-up streaming service NextUp has launched a second series of this show in which a camera team have visited comedians at home to see what they are up to during lockdown. It's the first original series made by the platform, which says everything has been done in a Covid-safe way. Episodes are released every Friday with Terry Alderton, Colin Hoult, and Olga Koch featuring this series.


JUST THE TONIC: Another strong bill for the comedy club's latest 'working from home' gig features Henning Wehn, Lou Sanders, Marcel Lucont, Nabil Abdulrashid and many more. Tickets are available here

Sunday April 4

WATSONATHON: Mark Watson's third 24-hour show of the lockdown, no less, is being staged as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 'bringing together the comedy community – fans and acts – in a pair of unique, unhinged, collaborative comedy meltdown'. It starts at 10am UK time, 7pm in Melbourne, and tickets are available here

WIL HODGSON: Filmed a few years after his Perrier best newcomer victory' Hodgson's live show Skinheads, Readers' Wives and My Little Ponies discusses what it's like to be an overweight pink haired toy collector and ex-wrestler with the mind of a teenage lesbian. This live screening from indie label Go Faster Stripe will be followed by a Q&A with Chippenham's finest himself...

Wednesday April 7

ALWAYS BE COMEDY: When comedy clubs pivoted to online gigs, none expected to be still doing them a year later. Yet here we are, with Always Be Comedy celebrating its first anniversary. In the past 12 months they have staged more than 150 online shows, making payments to more than 120 comedians paid, and raised around £25,000 for various charities. The celebration (raising more money for a food bank) will feature James Acaster, Nish Kumar, Rachel Parris & Marcus Brigstocke, Maisie Adams and the redoubtable MC James Gill. Tickets are here

Thursday April 8

NO MORE JOCKEYS: Fresh from winning a Chortle Award each, Mark Watson, Alex Horne and Tim Key play their engrossingly entertaining game No More Jockeys in a live stream at 9.30pm tonight. Expect disputes and challenges... the game doesn't work without them! Tickets, priced £8, are available here

Friday April 9

LAWRENCE LEUNG: CONNECTED: The comic performs his current Melbourne International Comedy Show, a performance created especially for Zoom and featuring magic tricks and mind games with the at-home audience, at a time more amenable to viewers in the UK, 8.30pm. Tickets are available from Soho Theatre. Early birds can also watch an 11am performance as part of the Melbourne comedy festival

THUNDER FORCE: New to Netflix, this comedy stars Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer as childhood friends who reuniting... and becoming a superhero crimefighting duo to reckon with:

Published: 3 Apr 2021

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