It’s OK to laugh: virtual comedy shows to get you through the pandemic

We all need a good laugh.

words by: Natasha Marsh
May 11, 2020

Another week of social distancing in the books. To combat our weird new reality, comedians are bringing comedic relief. Forced to obey lockdown rules, entertainers everywhere have had to cancel shows and events, forcing them to connect with their audiences digitally. 

All over Instagram, you can find comics streaming live shows for free or a small fee, or hosting stand up sessions on their pages. Because we all could use a laugh right now, we rounded up some of the top resources for those of us that need a laugh.


Live shows…

  • Comedian Maria Bamford performs new material every afternoon on Zoom. The first 100 people can either donate $5 to a local food bank or $1 Venmo to Maria herself. 


  • The Magnet Theater in New York has switched from live shows to virtual shows via streaming platform, Twitch. Although there is a fee for shows, Twitch allows comics to unmute the entire audience so the sense of community and a laughing ripple effect is not lost. 


  • Ellen DeGeneres has taken to Instagram to stay connected to her fans. With daily videos, lives and stories, no one day is the same. If you’re in need of a laugh, this is the place to go. 

Online comedy class…

Now is the time to do all the things you’ve been putting off. If perfecting your jokes or learning the art of comedy is one of them, have a look at the below world-renowned classes.

  • Second City Training Center in Chicago is offering a new online “from your couch” classes. Students will learn how to create a pitch for a TV series, write a sitcom spec script and how to do voice overs. 
  • MasterClass with Judd Apatow is a series of 32 lessons to take you from a beginner to advance for only $180. 
  • Improv Olympic is home to the Harold method of improv. Harold focuses on repetition of comedic themes and ideas and abstract openings. 


If you’re privy to extra money right now, consider supporting comedians all over by donating to COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.