In these most unprecedented of unprecedented times, it’s good to find somewhere to have a bloody good laugh. In a new series we’ll be asking some of the city’s comedy vanguard what has been getting them through the pandemic. This week we spoke to Lloyd and Pete from Foxdog Studios, the funniest IT consultants you’re ever likely to see and creators of one of the best bangers of the lockdown with ‘Visa Application’. They’ve also been invited comedians to play Sausage Cannon Bowls remotely on Twitch every Monday. Here are their top five picks for guaranteed guffaws indoors…

Robot Skater

Robot Skater is a browser game that’s difficult to control, unpolished and has no completion state – making it an instant classic. It influenced our own game we created in lockdown for the Ludum Dare Game Jam, Delivery Derby.

Soft Mongoose’s Sculpture burning

Soft Mongoose makes incredible felted sculptures seen everywhere from Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated shows to optician’s window displays. During an instagram livestream they investigated whether their crafts could be improved via incineration.

Pinata’s EuroIsioñ

Eurovision is an annual international song competition, Piñata is an arts comedy cabaret night – and euroIsioñ was a livestream of 20 songs by performers made during lockdown. Our top three were Feet Fatale, Jimmy Slim and Shelf – we had our own entry too.

Pangzai Hebei and his friend with good humour

Pangazi Hebei makes videos of himself drinking in a wild way. His “tornado” beer drinking technique made him a social media star, but it’s the wholesome videos of enjoying food and drink with friends that has us coming back for seconds.

Christine Landlord in Sean Morley’s Livestreams

Sean Morley’s live streams in lockdown have pushed the medium in new exciting narrative directions. Within the streams, Christine Landlord is a presence that literally haunts him for her rent and bears an uncanny resemblance to Manchester comedy circuit treasure, Jain Edwards.

John Stansfield
Published on:
Fri 22 May 2020