Top comedy shows to watch in lockdown from [email protected]

Village halls, festivals and theatres still seem like obscure architectural features from a long lost civilisation, but comedy survives! You can take a look at some of the up and coming talent for free via [email protected] 

Top comedy shows to watch in lockdown from Online@theSpaceUk

I think we can all agree that life needs a bit of humour right now, and thankfully the wonderful folks over at theSpaceUK are delivering – bringing together comedians from all across the world to provide some lockdown levity. I’ve gone through and watched all of the comedy from across both seasons of [email protected] and have pulled together a couple of recommendations I think are sure to tickle you. 

It should be noted that all these pieces were made either adhering to social distancing measures, or over video call. This can lead to some less than stellar audio or video, but it doesn’t dramatically detract from the experience.

Hyper‐nice: Passive Aggressive Co‐vid Poetry

e76189c0065ab71671f00aec2f264ffb8eaf8211.pngOur first performance is from David Watson, very much a man after my own heart, and the title is perfectly self-explanatory. A wonderfully bitter British look at the frustrations of having to share a planet with thoughtless members of our own species, succinctly put into prose. 

Watch Hyper–nice here

Acuña Acuna

0a06fda0e85155ec7865f94347abd0bd0d425145.jpgAcuña Acuna by contrast is a taster session of upbeat stand-up, looking at the strange cultural cross‐overs between American and Peruvian cultures, taking inspiration from Erick Acuña’s own life. It challenged (my admittedly limited) preconceptions about Peruvian culture, and played on that ignorance to surprising effect.

Watch Acuña Acuna here.

Jacob’s Ladder

cd6c366fc28fb0c9f1ec410d055597294bd8da6e.JPGJacob's Ladder is a home-grown performance by Jacob Hulland. This is his second appearance on this platform, in association with Edinburgh Fringe (in whatever form that takes these days!). His is a surreal kind of stand-up, with all the props, obscure turns and slapstick of Monty Python but the energy and style of a Lee Evans stand-up routine, peppered with more traditional one‐liners. I found myself laughing in weird places at this guy, and I hope to see more of his unique take on comedy.

Watch Jacob’s Ladder here

Half-baked Alaskan

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'Half-baked Alaskan' by Sally Ann Hall was by far my favourite piece, which was impressive given the limited props available. Her use of varied camera angles, her (albeit very small) live audience and musical interludes were all small little details which brought the standard up considerably. Her stand-up routine comes across as genuine, at times shocking and above all (key detail, really) a laugh a minute! What made her performance particularly unique was her lack of fear when touching on real-life issues, which she worked into her feminist narrative. If this woman isn't on T.V. sometime soon, something is very wrong with the world (other than the obvious, goes without saying). 

Watch Half-baked Alaskan here | Read our interview with Sally Ann Hall

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I like this format as a way of encouraging up and coming artists. They need our help now more than ever, and as one comedian said (perhaps unwisely): 'If you don't like it, it doesn't matter, it's still free!'


Season 2 of [email protected] is presenting over 50 brand new shows from around the world. The season is driven by their new writing ethos – all original work and completely free to watch. You can find more information here

You can also see our coverage of [email protected] here.

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I am a nature-loving country boy who likes to dabble in illustration and get lost in a good book, I hope to write a few of my own eventually. Honestly, I use this as an excuse to get out more and keep writing...

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