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Lockdown Comedy 1: where to get your laughs this week | reviews, news & interviews

Lockdown Comedy 1: where to get your laughs this week

Lockdown Comedy 1: where to get your laughs this week

Live stand-up, podcasts and not the Eurovision Song Contest

Nick Mohammed has made his 'Mr Swallow: Houdini' show available to stream

It looks like live comedy will be impossible for a while yet, but there are lots of things going on to keep us entertained. This is just some content available this week.

Katherine Ryan's Telling Everybody Everything

Katherine Ryan's podcast has quickly become a must-listen as she muses on life and stuff.

Available on all podcast platforms, including Spotify

Monday 27 April: Good Ship Comedy

Virtual pub night for comedy and music; among those on the bill tonight are host Ben Van der Velde and Athena Kugblenu.

Tuesday 28 April, 8pm: Outside the Box

Maff Brown and Eleanor Tiernan are on the line-up, live on Zoom, with a video contribution from Omid Djalili.

Tuesday 28 April, 8pm: XS Malarkey

Live-streaming comedy, as if from the Manchester club. Tonight's line-up includes Jessica Fostekew, Mrs Barbara Nice and Adam Hess.

Wednesday 29 April: Mr Swallow: Houdini

Nick Mohammed has made his show (recorded at Soho Theatre in 2017) available to stream from today (read the review here) for a small fee, which all goes to charity.

Friday 1 May, 9pm: Mark Watson's Watsonathon

Mark Watson starts another live 24-hour show, this time via webcam, with some comedy mates to help him.

Available on twitch and YouTube

Friday 1 May, 7.30pm Jack's Night In

Jack Gleadow's variety show, as live from his bedroom (and bathroom), plus guests.

Saturday 2 May, 8pm: the Isolation Song Contest

One of the most disappointing casualties of live entertainment during lockdown – and provider of much unintended comedy – has been the Eurovision Song Contest. But comedian Tom Taylor has come up with a brilliant alternative in the Isolation Song Contest, where his mates from comedy, entertainment and drag enter their own songs. Among those competing are Mel Giedroyc (representing Italy), Tim Vine (Romania) and Flo and Joan (Iceland, whose official song was thought to be a shoo-in for the real thing). Money raised goes the the Trussell Trust, Crisis and Refuge.

Saturday 2 May, 8.30pm Saturday Night Live at The Stand

As from the Edinburgh venue, recreated at the home of host Mark Nelson, with the line-up to be announced.

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