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 content has been getting them through the pandemic. This week, we asked Ros Bell of XS Malarkey what’s making her chuckle during the lockdown. As well as continuing their regular Tuesday night slot live on Twitch, XS have also been looking through their own archives on Sunday nights to keep comedians talking and working through this trying period…

XS Malarkey

I know it’s kind of crap to put the comedy night you book in your own list of comedy lockdown favourites – but I’d be lying if I left it out. We’ve been able to book such incredible line ups because now geography doesn’t matter. We’ve got some truly brilliant comedians from all over the world coming up and it means a lot to be able to still contribute to comedians’ income during lockdown.

Alistair Green's Instagram

Alistair Green’s instagram feed is an absolute delight. He’s such a talented performer and has a brilliant knack for capturing characters. His writing is perfect, all his characters are fully believable – even though his videos are only a couple of minutes long.

Butterboy Comedy Club

Butterboy is a comedy night that runs every Monday night in Brooklyn. It’s a great show hosted by Maeve Higgins, Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone, and now you get to watch it from the comfort of your own home. If you can stay awake past midnight, you’re in for a real treat.

Adam Hess' Instagram

I love Adam Hess’ comedy. The way his brain works makes me so happy. He’s the perfect combination of silly and more silly and if you don’t find him funny, I don’t understand what it must be like inside your head and I’m sorry.

Couple's Therapy

Couples Therapy is a podcast which is now on twitch during lockdown. It’s Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman and honestly I could listen to Naomi narrating the phone book (do we have them anymore?) and she’d make me laugh. She’s got a brilliant way with words and I love how her mind works. The premise is two people who have a close relationship – siblings, dating, exes, whatever – come on the show and do a set together about their relationship. Live shows take place every Wednesday at 7pm and loads of podcast archives from the before times are also available.

John Stansfield
Published on:
Fri 29 May 2020