I think many of us are watching TV/Netflix/Prime/Hulu, etc. a little more than normal. Do you agree? Sure you do.
As you may know, I love to laugh, and laughing feels extra needed right now. So if you’re like me and looking for something funny to watch, take a little looksee through this list.
YouTube Shows & Clips
I have Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime for comedy shows and standup specials, but there’s also a lot of comedy gold to be found on YouTube.
Lights Out with David Spade. I love David Spade but you don’t even need to to like this show because each episode features different comedian or comedic actor guests. It originally only ran on Comedy Central, then they started posting full episodes on YouTube. Once corona hit, David began doing episodes from home and video chatting with guests. Comedy Central recently canceled the show for the next season, but it may end up on Netflix or somewhere else where the decision makers understand good comedy. This was one of the great pre-COVID episodes, and here’s what things are looking like now.
Something’s Burning. This show is hosted by comic Bert Kreischer, who has two comedian guests on each episode as they attempt different recipes. I thought the funniest episodes were with Theo Von and Andrew Santino, Chris D’Elia and Bobby Lee, and Colin Quinn and Nick DiPaolo.
Jake & Amir. This show from the College Humor YouTube channel ended a while back, but I still sometimes watch episodes. The two coworkers have often absurd conversations mostly due to Amir’s ridiculous character. The episodes are usually three or four minutes long, so the perfect amount of time if you just want a quick break.
Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik. There are clips from this Comedy Central show on YouTube, which is the only way I can watch it since I haven’t had a TV since the early aughts. Anthony is one of my favorite comics, so watching him with other comics I love–like Tig Notaro, Kumail Nanjiani, Natasha Leggero, David Spade and Nick Kroll–is enough to make me happy. It’s worth a try, especially if you’ve never seen a deadpan-off.
Under a Rock with Tig Notaro. Tig is another one of my all-time favorite comics. She’s been in the industry for a long time, but has almost no pop culture knowledge or ability to recognize most celebrities. On this show, Tig meets and questions celebrities she doesn’t recognize to try to figure out who they are. If that premise sounds funny to you, give it a shot with this Tony Shaloub episode.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard on Taste Buds. In this Ellen segment, two celebrities are blindfolded and one is supposed to describe what the food they are eating is to the other. I don’t remember any of the other people who have been on this segment, but this Kristen and Dax one makes me cry laughing every time.
YouTube Video Podcasts
I only ever watch video podcasts (you won’t find me just listening, unless that’s the only option) and I also only mess with podcasts hosted by or featuring comedians. Especially with certain comedians, facial expressions are part of what makes me laugh, so why would I just listen if I can also watch?
Congratulations with Chris D’Elia. Hands down my favorite comedy podcast. I’ve never missed an episode and I truly look forward to each one being released. If I were you, I would start with Episode 1 and work your way up (they turn into video podcasts starting at episode 33), because there are a lot of jokes and kind of a language that you’ll only understand if you start it from the beginning. I’ll help you out: click here.
This Past Weekend with Theo Von. There’s something about a funny person who also has a Southern accent that makes me laugh extra hard. Theo is naturally funny, and the way that man’s brain works is unreal. I especially love the episodes where he has guests on (like this one with Sebastian Maniscalco), as Theo interacts with people like no other. And his Anthrax Challenge videos–where he opens gifts from fans and hopes they don’t contain anthrax–are hilarious. I would start here and then work your way up to Anthrax Challenge #10, which just came out.
Tiger Belly with Bobby Lee and Khalyla. I’ve loved Bobby since his days on Mad TV, and he makes me laugh just as much on this podcast he does with his girlfriend, Khalyla. I especially like this episode with comic Brent Morin.
Thank God for Netflix, right? From comedy series to sketch shows to standup, they’ve got a solid selection.
The Fix. I don’t know how this show is not more popular! I’ve watched the entire season three times so far. The panel show, hosted by comic Jimmy Carr, features D.L. Hughley, Katherine Ryan and two rotating comedian guests each episode. They talk about serious issues–like gun control, global warming and the wealth gap–and then try to to fix those issues with solutions that will make you laugh, but sometimes think “Could some of that actually work?”
Grace & Frankie. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda star in this series about two women who are brought together when they discover that their husbands are in love with each other. I’ve laughed out loud at every single episode, and I’m sad the series is done after the next season. Lily Tomlin is, in my opinion, one of the funniest people in Hollywood.
Parks & Recreation. If you haven’t watched this, get on it! This is a classic for a reason. It’s the kind of show where you can go back and watch any episode and it’s still funny. You’ll fall in love with the characters and when you finish the series, if you’re like me, you’ll cry because it’s over. Still worth it.
The Office. Please see: everything I just said about Parks & Rec.
The Good Place. Such great writing on this show about a group of people in the afterlife. I found Ted Danson’s character, Michael, to be especially hilarious. This show is too easy to binge.
Netflix Standup Specials
I’m just going to name the comic, as some of them have several Netflix specials and I don’t have all day here.
Moshe Kasher (also has a special with his wife, Natasha Leggero)
I’m new to Hulu (started my free one month membership in February then decided to do a paid membership once that was up), but I’ve been making my way through it.
The Mindy Project. This show created by and starring Mindy Kaling was originally on Fox, then was picked by Hulu after Fox cancelled it. This is a cult favorite type of show that really deserves more widespread recognition. The writing, the characters, the storyline, the acting–everything is as good as it gets. I still think about certain lines of dialogue and start laughing, even months after I finished the series.
Community. The six season series about a group of friends at a community college is the most recent series I watched, and one of the funniest. The actors on this show–including Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong, among others–are so good. I find it hard to picture anyone else playing their roles, because they were so perfect for each one. If you watch this series–and I really recommend that you do–please comment with your favorite scene with the dean, because I have one that I think about pretty regularly and it makes me laugh out loud, by myself.
I could keep going, but I have to end this post somewhere. If you’re in need of a laugh, hopefully this helped. I know it can feel easier to cry than to laugh lately, but you can’t be sad while you’re laughing–which is exactly why we need comedy.
Have a beautiful day 🙂