Best comedy livestreams to pass the quarantine time away

Comedians are here to entertain, even in quarantine.

By Patrick Babbitt


With the lack of live entertainment, entertainers are exploring new ways of bringing their talents to you. Comedians are having great success in moving their formats to the virtual landscape. There are loads of great comedy live streams out there. Here is a list of our favorites.

Saturday Night Quarantine with Ian Abramson

When the coronavirus pandemic initially shut down Saturday Night Live, Ian Abramsom boldly claimed he would make his own version of the show on Twitch. The results are quirky DYI brilliance. Abramson enlists comedians on the come up to film sketches and help him pull off a live comedy show all filmed in his home. This is the type of art that blossoms when you put a million obstacles in front of savvy performers.

Tip Your Waitstaff with Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia is putting his talents to good use. On his show, he interviews comedic mainstays like John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, Jacqueline Novak, and Beth Stelling. They go over joke ideas which is a very cool look into the writing process of comedians. All the while, he raises money for the employees of comedy clubs that don’t know when they’ll be able to go back to work.

Maria Bamford’s New Material Zoom Show

Maria Bamford is taking to Zoom to raise money for local food banks. She’ll be trying out new material weekly. She’s been known to drop into LA stand up classes, diners, and coffee shops to try out material. Performing on Zoom will be no problem for her. Settle in, log on, and enjoy one of America’s greatest whackos.

Hot Tub With Kurt & Kristen Home Edition

Hot Tub is an institution in the comedy community. Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler started the show in New York City before bringing it to LA years ago. It’s now been running for over a decade. They’ve been able to maintain what makes the show great: amazing guests and wonderful silliness. They drop a new episode of the show Mondays at 11pm (est) 8pm (pst).

Get Your Pets with John Hodgman

John Hodgeman would like to interview your pets. They may be your last lines of entertainment while cooped up in your house but some folks out there aren’t lucky enough to have some furry friends around. John Hodgeman goes live on Instagram to learn more about people’s pets. Sounds a little dumb, and it is, but Hodgeman also makes this daily video quite entertaining.

The Pack Theater’s Twitch Channel

If you’re in Los Angeles, The Pack Theater is the place to go find the craziest comedy in town. The DYI ethics of the theater permeate on their Twitch stream. Find stand up, sketch, improv, and much more from the hooligans that run the theater. Check it out, and embrace the weird.