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11 comedy stars of the internet to help fight off the January blues

In the age of endless doomscrolling, these comedians are brightening our feeds by sharing their best material with social media, writes Isobel Lewis

Friday 08 January 2021 10:40 GMT
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Clockwise from top right: Munya Chawawa aka Unknown P, Alistair Green, Daisy May Cooper and Will Hislop
Clockwise from top right: Munya Chawawa aka Unknown P, Alistair Green, Daisy May Cooper and Will Hislop

In 2021, with the majority of the UK plunged into lockdown, we’re desperately in need of something to brighten the January blues. But at a time when our feeds have been filled with bleak headlines, Teflon-coated politicians and an increasingly barren cultural scene, there has been a ray of hope.

A number of comedians have set up camp online, dedicating the content they’d usually save for comedy clubs and fringe festivals to their social media followers. From celebrity impersonations to lipsyncing, original sketches and musical routines, they’ve adapted to new mediums such as TikTok and Instagram Live, showing off online the improvisational skills they’d usually use on stage.

As a much-needed break from the doomscrolling (and scrolling and scrolling), here are 11 comedians you should be looking out for this year...

Lucia Keskin

Armed with a green screen and some questionable wigs, Lucia Keskin – or Chi with a C – made a name for herself last year parodying some of the biggest shows on TV in which she played every role. But these aren’t your normal parodies, as the ridiculously talented 19-year-old writes her own new mini-episodes, in which the cast of Sex Education are forced to self-isolate or Lorraine Kelly interviews the actor formerly known as Lorraine Kelly on daytime ITV. Genius doesn’t even come close, honestly.

Alistair Green

If you like your comedy laden with eye rolls and tongues smugly curled over the teeth, then Alistair Green is the comedian for you. No one is safe from his parodies, from anti-maskers to your family and their insufferable Christmas games of Trivial Pursuit. You’ll struggle to find someone who puts more effort into their personalised video messages on Cameo too; they’re works of art.

Meg Stalter

I have a firm belief that there’s nothing funnier than self-delusion or saying words wrong, so Meg Stalter ticks two big comedy boxes for me. The American comedian produces side-splitting sketches for Twitter, playing characters such as “The waitress who keeps flirting but won't put your order in” and “Woman goes on date seconds after getting the vaccine” and subsequently won’t stop singing about kissing in French.

Abi Clarke

It was actually a video of Abi Clarke lipsyncing to the Mamma Mia! musical soundtrack with her dad – who originated the role played by Colin Firth in the film – that first introduced me to the comedian. But musical theatre aside, Clarke has spent her lockdown producing hilarious original comedy sketches for TikTok, playing office colleagues who answer every question with a never ending chain of “good, you?”, lipsyncing Mean Girls and even contributing to the Ratatouille musical trend with a song from the perspective of the woman with a gun.

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