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The comedy business in New York City, along with the entire entertainment world, has taken a huge hit in the midst of a pandemic during which many comedy clubs around the country are struggling to survive. But even as social gatherings quickly disappeared from public life, comics are finding creative ways to make quarantined New Yorkers laugh in their living rooms. Here’s some of our favorite—and sometimes incredibly timely—comedy content on the internet right now.


Sam Morril And Taylor Tomlinson’s “New Couple Gets Quarantined” Series

It didn’t take long after NYC’s shutdown for Taylor Tomlinson and Sam Morril (both have new specials out on Netflix and YouTube, respectively) to start cranking out what might be the most relevant comedy series for millennials at the moment: “New Couple Gets Quarantined.” So far, Tomlinson and Morril have posted 16 short episodes on Instagram, where you can follow the comedy couple as they navigate the messiness of being stuck in the same apartment with each other for weeks on end. From awkward Skype sessions with parents to reality show-caliber feuds, this one might just hit a little too close to home for NYC couples.


Mike Birbiglia’s “Tip Your Waitstaff” Fundraiser

When it became clear that small businesses would pay a major economic toll because of the virus, comedian Mike Birbiglia (“The New One,” “Sleepwalk With Me”) started a fundraising campaign called Tip Your Waitstaff, in which Birbiglia hosts an Instagram live chat with some of his favorite comedians to raise money for staff at comedy clubs around the country. Some of Birbiglia’s favorite comedians—so far John Mulaney, Sarah Silverman, Maria Bamford, Jacqueline Novak and Gary Gulman have been guests—join Birbiglia to work out some of their freshest material for an audience of one. For comedy nerds, this is an exciting look inside the joke-writing process with some of the funniest comedians in the business right now.


Watch Marc Maron’s “End Times Fun” on Netflix

To say the timing was eerie would be an understatement. As a frustrated Marc Maron opens up about his anxieties regarding the state of the world in his new special “End Times Fun,” the comedian and host of the popular podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” can’t help but envision a doomsday scenario in which the planet burns while we all pat ourselves on the back for ditching plastic straws. The special’s March 10 release on Netflix couldn’t have been more perfect; months after its filming, Maron’s stream of consciousness now feels more like a prophecy than a meltdown. “Isn’t there something that could bring everyone together and just realize, like, we’ve got to put a stop to almost everything?” Maron asks. “What would it take? Something terrible. That’s what brings people together.” Ask and you shall receive.


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: At-Home Edition

By the time the first “At-Home Edition” of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” aired on St. Patrick’s Day, New Yorkers had been hunkered down for a city-wide quarantine for several days. Parents viewing the show online were probably more than willing to empathize with the visibly exhausted Fallon as he tried to simultaneously converse with his daughter, corral his dog and host a webisode that nearly six million Americans would watch. Families who were already fans of “The Tonight Show” now have nightly entertainment that’s both heart-warming and relatable—a peek into the home life of a celebrity host and a comical mirror of their own household quarantine chaos. Since that March 17 episode, Fallon has hosted Skype sessions with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Garner, Trevor Noah and others. If “New Couple Gets Quarantined” gives a dry, satirical take on social isolation for young adults, “The Tonight Show” of the quarantine era provides a familial charm much-needed in a troubling time.


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