THE AVALON ONLINE COMEDY GUIDE

Please see below a round-up of new and ongoing online comedy that Avalon artists have been creating whilst in lockdown – this list will be updated on our press centre here as any new projects launch. For our recent round-up of new and ongoing podcasts featuring Avalon artists, please click here, for a list of comedy specials featuring Avalon artists please click here, and for tv currently on demand in the UK produced by Avalon please click here.

 

Alex Horne – Home Tasking (Twitter @AlexHorne)

“Taskmaster is one of the most consistently funny comedy game shows on television”
★★★★ Sarah Hughes, The I

Emmy and triple Bafta nominated Taskmaster became interactive as the show’s creator and star Alex Horne set Taskmaster style tasks for people of all ages to do from home during the C-19 lock down, keeping families entertained and providing a nice diversion from everything that’s happening in the news. Using the hashtag #HomeTasking, fans could submit their task while Greg Davies reprised his role as the almighty Taskmaster to score people’s entries and announce winners on the Taskmaster YouTube channel.Receiving thousands of ingenious entries from households across the globe, #HomeTasking was featured on NPR in the U.S., TVNZ in New Zealand, The Project in Australia, and Channel 4 broadcast each new task throughout the day on air and across their social platforms as part of their Stay At Home activity. After a successful launch reaching 5.1 million views, the finale is released today revealing the champions of the final task. #HomeTasking will return in the future.
You can watch Alex explain Home Tasking here

 

Bilal Zafar – Pro Evolution Soccer (Twitch @zafarcakes)

“witty and absorbing…highly entertaining.  I look forward to whatever Zafar cooks up next”
Dominic Maxwell, The Times

Bilal Zafar presents a completely original interactive, improvised comedy stream via Twitch in which he plays a struggling football manager in charge of the fictional team PES United, from the classic football game Pro Evolution Soccer 5, circa 2005. Dealing with players heading off to war, accusations of bullying aka ‘banter’ and an addiction to Bongela, the stream also includes matches, regular team talks, press conferences and meetings with the players. Weekly guest apperances also feature Josie Long as the owner of the club, Danny Wallace as ‘Operations Director’ and Nick Helm as an angry supporter.
You can watch Bilal on Twitch here

 

Bilal Zafar – Bilal Zafar’s Acting School of Excellence (YouTube)

“Delivers big laughs”
Brian Logan, The Guardian

Bilal Zafar has also launched a new webseries: Bilal Zafar’s Acting School of Excellence. In the first episode, Bilal helps struggling actor Josie Long with her accents, expressions and they perform a scene from the classic British film; ‘Nil By Mouth,’ with more recent pupils including Michael Spicer, Ken Cheng, and Stevie Martin to name a few.
You can watch the series on YouTube here and on Twitch here

 

Harry Baker – Something Borrowed (@harrybakerpoet)

“[Harry Baker’s] intricate, quick-fire rhymes have always been on the impressive side of mind-blowing”
The Scotsman

 

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Something Borrowed is the brainchild of World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker where he and a different guest from the worlds of comedy, music, and performance poetry share something old, new, borrowed and blue from their respective art forms. Interacting live with viewers during each show, it’s a gig/interview/conversation/way of staying connected while physically staying apart – The first show features the phenomenal poet Erin Bolens.
You can watch Harry’s Instagram lives at 7.00pm every Wednesday here

 

Iain Stirling – Gaming (Twitch @iainstirling)

“At his best the Edinburgh native is an unhinged free-form anecdotist”
★★★★ Mark Wareham, The Mail On Sunday

BAFTA-winning comedian Iain Stirling (Love Island, Taskmaster) continues to play computer games for yours and his amusement via Twitch. Activities include playing FIFA and puzzles, alongside magazine show style streams such as dissecting old children television show’s theme tunes whilst connecting with his audience via a chat box.
You can watch Iain on Twitch here

 

Jonny & The Baptists – Love You & Hate Covid

“Wickedly amusing”
★★★★ The Times


Multi-award-nominated musical-activist-comedians Jonny and the Baptists have announced a brand new virtual tour with their latest show Love You & Hate Covid, which enjoyed a five-star run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the title Love You & Hate Bastards. Partnering with arts centres, theatres and comedy clubs across the UK with a unique show performed for each town, all proceeds will be equally split with each venue. Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers hope to help struggling independent arts venues during the C-19 lockdown and cheer up the nation the best way they know how, with musical brilliance and thought-provoking lyrics.
Latest press release here
Tickets can be found online at www.jonnyandthebaptists.co.uk

 

 

Phil Ellis – Self-Isolation Reviews (YouTube)

“you will find yourself helpless with horrified irreverent laughter.”
★★★★★ Claire Smith, The Scotsman

Phil Ellis is self (now told to by the Government) isolating during the Coronavirus pandemic. In order to raise the spirits of other self isolators he is taking to YouTube to give “Self-Isolation Reviews,” reviewing everything in his house, to entertain you and to stop himself staring at his gas oven.
You can watch Phil’s reviews on YouTube here

 

Richard Herring – Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast or RHLSTP (Twitch @rkherring)

“the best celeb interviewer in Britain”
Edward Tew, The Guardian

The multi-award-winning and perennially popular live podcast interview series in which comedian Richard Herring (“The Podfather”, The Guardian) chats with some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment is now being live-streamed every Wednesday evening via Twitch. Dubbed “The UK’s online comedy pioneer” (The Times), RHLSTP has continuously made headlines over the years, probably most famously for Stephen Fry’s sad revelation that he tried to commit suicide and then most recently many aspects of Les Dennis’ interview going viral and making newspapers. And with over 200+ episodes available online, you can also catch interviews with the likes Eddie Izzard, Dawn French, David Mitchell, Katherine Ryan, London Hughes, Grayson Perry and Brian Blessed to name a few.
Latest press release here
You can watch Richard on Twitch here
You can listen to the podcast here
Produced by Sky Potato, Go Faster Stripe and Fuzz Productions

 

Richard Herring – Me1 vs Me2 Snooker (Twitch @rkherring)

“The UK’s online comedy pioneer”
The Times

In addition to his RHLSTP and Stone Clearing podcasts now being live-streamed via Twitch, Richard Herring, otherwise known as the world’s premier semi-professional self-playing snooker player, is bringing his Me1 vs Me2 Snooker surreal podcast series to the live-streaming platform. In this show, Richard recreates his lonely childhood by playing himself at snooker; commentating as he plays. Madness!
You can watch Richard on Twitch here

 


Richard Herring
– Stone Clearing (Twitch @rkherring)

“a podcasting veteran… the chat is always worth it… fab”
Miranda Sawyer, The Observer


The word’s first podcast dedicated to the ancient art of Stone Clearing (removing stones from a field and using them for better purpose) can now be lived-streamed online via Twitch. Watch Richard Herring as he attempts to build a wall around the huge field that can be seen from space, while serving as an introduction to the industry for the newcomer and hopefully providing tips for the many other stone clearers around the world. Despite the new format, remember this effort is still a secret – please do not tell anyone what Richard is doing.
You can watch Richard on Twitch here

 

Steff Todd  – Celebrity Impressions (@SteffTodd)

“absolutely hilarious”
The Daily Mirror

 

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Comedian, impressionist and viral internet sensation Steff Todd is imagining what life is like in lockdown for celebrities such as Gemma Collins, Charlotte Crosby, Katie Price and The Kardashians to name a few. Creating a series of impressions imagining celebrities at home, on Zoom calls and discovering the latest TikTok trend, Steff recently gained national headlines when another series of impressions went viral, racking up over 10 million views and which were featured by ITV, BBC Radio 1, The Daily Mail, Metro, The Mirror, OK Magazine, Twitter Moments, Cosmopolitan and many more.
You can watch Steff’s impressions linked here on her Instagram, Twitter and on TikTok

 

Stevie Martin – Sketches (@5tevieM)

“funny AF”
TimeOut

 

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Co-host of the Nobody Panic podcast and one third of the Massive Dad sketch group, Stevie Martin (“Hilarious,” The Guardian) is putting out regular sketch videos during quarantine. Mining her life amongst the quarantine, the sketches explore topics including casting calls, auditions tapes and activist campaigning. Stevie’s latest sketch explores one of the pillar stones of the new normal, the Zoom meeting.
You can watch Stevie’s sketches on her Instagram and Twitter here and here

 

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