A mecca for comedy, the Soho Theatre is the best place to see the best stand-up in the country and thankfully they’ve got an online streaming platform for some of their favourite shows. For only £4 you can watch long-form comedy from some of the world’s best and brightest. Here’s our picks…

Josie Long: Cara Josephine

In these trying times there’s no better comedian to watch that the joyful Josie Long, here waxing lyrical about the birth of her niece and suffering a particularly brutal break-up. Long ties emotion and humour together beautifully and this show encapsulates everything that makes her such an original comic.

Nish Kumar

Recently seen clean shaven at home presenting The Mash Report and frankly not looking quite right – this show from 2017 sees Kumar thankfully full bearded and in incendiary form showcasing the satirical edge that has seen him likened to a British Jon Stewart.

Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!

With a series coming soon to the BBC, now’s a great time to watch sketch duo Lazy Susan in their Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show Forgive Me, Mother! Turning a sharp and hilarious eye on men in the post #MeToo era, the show is a must-watch and a great primer to get excited for their new series.

Mae Martin: Us

Mae Martin literally wrote the book on love and sexuality for millenials (Can Everyone Please Calm Down?) and in this show from 2017 she delves deep into identity, biphobia and loneliness. A softly spoken soothsayer, Mae Martin is an important voice in comedy and indeed mental health and this coupled with her recent sitcom success with Feel Good marks her out as one of the best in the business.

Jessie Cave: I Loved Her

Another millenial voice well worth listening to is Jessie Cave. Perhaps best-known as Ron Weasley’s intense girlfriend Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter series, here she about faces to play the intense girlfriend of comedian Alfie Brown and how she span out after finding a box of his girlfriends old things. Very relatable content told through shadow puppetry, masks and a hilarious little book of confessions.

John Stansfield
Published on:
Thu 9 Apr 2020