There’s not much else on anyone’s mind besides the COVID-19 outbreak and its effects on people’s lives, businesses and the world as a whole.
That’s why, with so many people stuck at home and others dealing with the anxiety of working an essential job, we thought it would be helpful to put together a list of the funniest comedies streaming on Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime.
And if you don’t pay for a streaming service, we’ve also provided some great shows and sketches you can watch on YouTube for free.
While distractions can’t solve everything, laughing helps lower stress — which, as we’ve written before, can boost your immune system and help you avoid getting sick.
We hope these TV shows and movies can help get your mind off things and bring a smile to your face even when the news is getting you down.
The Best Comedy TV Shows Streaming Now
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – This critically acclaimed Andy Samberg-led comedy flew under the radar for many years and was recently brought back to life. It follows a diverse, lovable group of detectives who are something unorthodox (albeit effective) in their methods to solve crimes.
Saturday Night Live – Even if you think you’ve seen a lot of SNL, there’s a good chance there are episodes you’ve missed that will make you laugh out loud. Catch up on the 16 most recent seasons of SNL. You can even watch seasons 1-5, featuring classic skits with comedy legends such as Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, John Belushi and Bill Murray.
Seinfeld – This “show about nothing” is considered one of the best comedies (and television shows) of all time. It follows a comedian and his three friends navigating life in New York City while commenting on the silliness of everyday situations and people they encounter.
Key & Peele – Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele made a name for themselves writing and performing their style of smart, hilarious sketch comedy on Comedy Central. The show features a mix of recurring characters and original skits, so you can jump in at any time. You’ll have to really try not to laugh when watching their show.
American Dad – Funny animated show for adults created by Seth MacFarlane, creator of “Family Guy,” about a strict CIA agent and his wacky family, which includes his wife, son, a goldfish and an alien.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – A long-running comedy about the exploits of a group of underachieving, morally questionable friends who run a bar in Philadelphia.
Schitt’s Creek – A Canadian comedy about a wealthy couple who finds themselves broke after being conned by a business manager.
BoJack Horseman – Animated series about a washed-up celebrity horse featuring some big-time stars serving as voice actors, including Will Arnett, Alison Brie and Aaron Paul.
Community – A cult-classic sitcom starring Joel McHale, Donald Glover and Alison Brie that follows a group of misfits in a community college study group.
New Girl – A popular sitcom starring Zooey Deschanel about a woman who moves to Los Angeles and moves in with three male roommates.
The Office – Hit sitcom based off a British comedy about a bunch of eccentric characters working in an office in Scranton, PA. While this one won’t be new to most people, it’s always great for a familiar laugh.
The Funniest Movies on Hulu, Netflix & Amazon Prime
Big Time Adolescence – An indie film starring Pete Davidson, who plays a drug-dealing college dropout. He befriends a high school student and teaches him his own questionable “life lessons,” much to the dismay of the student’s father.
Blazing Saddles – Directed by Mel Brooks and widely considered one of the funniest movies of all time. This spoof of a Country Western tells the story of a small town and an African-American man who is appointed sheriff by a corrupt politician.
Bachelor Party – In one of Tom Hanks’s earliest films, he plays a party animal who throws a raunchy Bachelor party for one of his best friends.
Jackass 3 – It’s not something you want to watch with the kids, but the third installment of the “Jackass” series of movies features the usual crazy, gross-out stunts, gags and pranks that made Johnny Knoxville and his friends famous.
National Lampoon’s Vacation Series – Luckily for fans of these 1980s comedies, all installments of the extremely popular “Vacation” film series starring Chevy Chase are streaming on Hulu. The series follows the Griswold family’s funny, embarrassing and often disastrous vacations.
Bridesmaids – Kristen Wiig plays a single maid of honor whose life falls apart as she helps plan her best friend’s wedding. Smart and hysterical, the film follows Wiig’s hysterical and often cringeworthy interactions with the quirky group of bridesmaids.
The Hangover – A popular comedy about a group of friends on a bachelor party weekend in Las Vegas that takes a wild turn when they wake up and realize they’ve lost the groom.
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle – A surprisingly hilarious story of two stoner buds who set out on a quest to satisfy a craving for White Castle burgers.
Step Brothers – A hysterical millennial favorite starring Will Ferrell and John C. Riley, two grown men who live with their parents and become step brothers when their parents get married.
Scary Movie – Don’t worry, these films are anything but scary. But the “Scary Movies” spoofs popular 1990s horror films in a way that’s scarily accurate, making fun of the usual tropes in a way that will have you laughing all night. While there are several sequels also streaming, the first is by far the best.
A Night At The Roxbury – One of Will Ferrell’s earliest comedies was based on a “Saturday Night Live” skit with Chris Kattan. This comical film follows two awkward brothers who unsuccessfully hit on women by attempting to dance with them at nightclubs.
Office Space – Before there was “The Office,” there was “Office Space.” This cult classic workplace comedy about a bored office worker who’s fed up with management and decides to attempt to steal corporate funds by planting a virus in the company computer system.
Hot Rod – Andy Samberg stars as an amateur stuntman named Rod Kimble with a bullying, disrespectful stepfather. When his stepfather comes down with a heart problem, Rod is forced to perform his most dangerous stunt yet to raise money for his life-saving operation.
Kingpin – Woody Harrelson plays a washed up former professional bowler who takes a young up-and-comer under his wing and encourages him to enter a $1 million bowling tournament.
Stream Skits & Shows For Free On YouTube
Don’t have time to watch a full episode or don’t want to pay for a streaming service? There’s plenty of free, hilarious content on YouTube.
You can watch standup from some of the world’s funniest comedians or catch a quick sketch from famous comedy shows. Some of our favorite shows to watch on YouTube include: