In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, more and more businesses are cancelling or postponing their events from an overabundance of caution – social distancing and flattening the curve to mitigate the spread of the virus. While it’s become abundantly clear that people need to laugh to get their mind of of everything, plenty of local governments are advising against public gatherings whether they be sporting events, music, live, and (as it relates to us) comedy events. Many are wondering on the state of affairs for these live events. Large comedy events, tapings, tours, and regular ol’ club shows are being postponed or canceled.
In an effort to compile as many details as possible, here’s a running list of comedy events we’re aware of being cancelled or postponed.
- Nate Bargatze has canceled this weekend’s shows on the East Coast
- NYC’s Butterboy is canceled until further notice
- Broadway has closed its doors for all performances
- Carolines on Broadway remains open, taking all the precautions, and limiting its capacity.
- The Comedy Store website currently has no shows scheduled in its Main or Belly rooms until March 23rd. Update: They’ve suspended all shows through March
- Cameron Esposito has canceled her planned book tour
- Gilda’s Laughfest in Grand Rapids has canceled and postponed some shows running this weekend
- Helium Comedy Clubs in Indianapolis, Buffalo, and Portland have canceled this weekend’s events
- Irvine Improv has canceled this weekend’s shows including headliner Brooks Wheelan
- Kreeps With Kids tour two NY hows are happening as scheduled this weekend. Update: Saturday night’s show at Gramercy in NYC has been postponed until December
- Bert Kreischer canceled 12 upcoming dates including his just announced “Call In Sick To Work” event at The Comedy Store to celebrate his new Netflix special
- Largo at the Coronet in LA is postponing shows for the next week
- Late Night television shows have announced they will tape without studio audiences. Including The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and Last Week Tonight. UPDATE: NBC has now announced its late night shows will now suspend their tapings through their previously-scheduled breaks the week of March 23rd. Making them dark for the next two weeks.
- Live Nation and AEG have paused all of their current tours, effecting major comedy shows from the likes of Lewis Black, Ali Wong, Russell Brand, Martin Lawrence, Martin Short & Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, and more
- Sebastian Maniscalco has canceled a handful of his theater dates through the weekend
- National Lampoon’s weekend of events to celebrate the launch of Lemmings: 21st Century in NY has been cancelled
- New York has issued a mandate temporary banning all gatherings larger than 500 people. Effectively shutting down large theaters and Madison Square Garden
- HBO’s Night of Too Many Stars has been postponed from its April 18th date
- The Pack Theatre in LA is closed for the time being
- Paleyfest in LA is canceled
- Brian Posehn has postponed this weekend’s shows
- QED in NYC is limiting its ticket sales to practice social distancing and encouraging folks who feel ill to stay home
- Joe Rogan’s shows at The Comedy Store are cancelled due to size of the room.
- Jerry Seinfeld has postpones dates of his Beacon Theatre residency
- Kevin Smith postponed the opening of his live podcast studio in New Jersey
- Skankfest South has been postponed and will now happen in September
- SXSW Comedy has been cancelled along with its interactive, film, and music portions of the festival
- Tosh.0, One Day At A Time, and Ellen, will also tape without studio audiences
- UCB Theatres in both NY and LA have closed their doors until things are “deemed safe”
This list will be updated as we learn more.
In the wake of this news, remember that many comedians make their living on the road and performing in front of audiences. If a show is still happening and you aren’t sick, consider attending with caution. If you aren’t planning on attending, consider supporting the comedians in other ways – purchase a piece of their merch, buy their album, subscribe to their podcast, or follow them on social media.