It's not just musos who've been sidelined by venue closures and gig cancellations. Coronavirus hit right in the middle of comedy season, putting a pin in the country's biggest stand-up events including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival.
In response, Stan have put together an Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival with a cast of some of Australia's best-loved funny-makers.
“The brand-new Stan Original Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival will bring together some of our brightest talent, both in front and behind the camera, joining our already established One Night Stan Comedy Specials to bring some much-needed laughter to the nation,” said Stan’s Chief Content Officer Nick Forward.
The series will feature acts like Wil Anderson, Cal Wilson, Nazeem Hussain, Geraldine Hickey, Steph Tisdell and Tommy Little performing the shows we would have seen on this year's festival circuit if it weren't for the lockdown, filmed in their own homes and beamed directly to yours.
"Thanks to Stan for their support of Australian comedy during this time," said veteran comic Wil Anderson, "at least when I tell a joke at this gig and no one laughs I will know it is because I am responsibly socially isolating."
Details on the premiere date and full line-up of comedians taking part to be announced soon.