Launched to the masses at the start of the year, Facebook Live has quickly transformed into a global live-streaming phenomenon. The social network’s strategy has been to pour millions of dollars into partnerships with media companies and celebs to create a rich variety of content that can rival web giants such as YouTube.
Unlike Google’s video platform, however, Facebook Live is all about real-time interactions. And nobody is pushing the comic boundaries of fan engagement on the platform quite like comedians. From Hollywood a-listers to Internet celebrities, Facebook Live is a hub of humorous activity. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that comics are fearlessly taking to the live-streaming feature. After all, their careers are built around live performances, onstage, in front of large crowds.
Whether or not Facebook is using financial incentives to encourage comedians to utilize its platform remains unclear (the company told us that it does not comment on its specific paid partners). Whatever the reason, it’s a great move for Facebook and comedians.
Thanks to Facebook’s constant updates, Live video offers an immersive viewing experience in its own right. All you have to do in order to start watching is like a Facebook page, and you’ll be notified every time it goes live. But not every comedian has a Facebook Live presence, which is why we’ve compiled this list of the most frequent (and funniest) live-streamers.
As Facebook continues to invest its resources into video content on its platform — which it believes could one day be purely visual — now is the ideal time to tune in.
Hollywood’s most bankable comedy star, Hart is reportedly a Facebook Live paid partner, and was an early adopter of the medium. The comedian recently utilized Facebook’s live-streaming tool to flip the camera on reporters during a press interview alongside his Central Intelligence co-star Dwayne Johnson. The result turned an otherwise by-the-numbers junket into a spontaneous, profanity-laden laugh riot. Viewers were consequently treated to footage that would never have made it on to television. Hart is also not afraid to switch on the live-stream at home, even in the bedroom. “We all can be cool in a picture, but I think you come off very interesting when you’re not afraid to be yourself in that live moment,” Hart told Yahoo earlier this year.
What to expect: Behind the scenes clips from his promo tours, and films, hilariously intimate live-streams, send-ups of his co-stars and fellow celebs on the red carpet.
The Emmy-winning writer and actress has achieved a critical and commercial acclaim that her counterparts would kill for. During her recent show at Madison Square Garden, Schumer took to Facebook Live to announce that she would be hitting the road on a world tour. Despite keeping relatively quiet on the service until now, you can be sure she’ll air plenty of behind-the-scenes action, and onstage footage, from her globe-spanning trip.
What to expect: Backstage antics from her arena tour, a tongue-in-cheek take on her celeb lifestyle, and maybe some cameos from her a-list friends along the way.
Dope Queens (Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson)
Daily Show alumni Jessica Williams and fellow comedian Phoebe Robinson broke the glass ceiling of comedy podcasts with their show 2 Dope Queens. The two women bring that same brand of pop-culture infused, anecdotal humor to their stand-up routines, which have been given the live-streaming treatment on a few occasions. Earlier this month, they went live on Facebook with surprise guest Ilana Glazer (writer and star of Broad City). The connection with Comedy Central’s hit show goes beyond Glazer, (who also produces Robinson’s other podcast Sooo Many White Guys), with Williams soon to pair up with Broad City writer Naomi Ekperigin on her own original TV series.
What to expect: Extensive live-streams from their stand-up shows, live-streams of their podcast, plenty of Ilana Glazer.
Life off-stage is a recurring theme in stand-up comic Jo Koy’s Facebook Live streams. His broadcasts have included clips from his road trip to Canada, and several episodes of his podcast The Koy Pond, including special guests such as rapper and presenter Chanel West Coast, and singer Cassie. Fatherhood plays a big part in Koy’s comedy, and his Facebook Live videos often include his teenage son. He even live-streamed a family reunion earlier this month from Las Vegas.
What to expect: Guest stars including family and famous friends, live-streams of Koy’s podcast, a lot of love for his Tesla Model X.
Vine sensation Logan Paul was nabbed by Facebook (sorry, hired to produce “experimental content”) with a six-figure deal as part of its media blitz to promote Facebook Live. Unless you’re a millennial, you may not have heard of Paul, but he actually has a bigger Facebook following than most of the people on this list — including the a-listers. A prolific streamer, he uses live-streams to keep fans updated on his globe-trotting adventures, bringing the same energy to his broadcasts that made him a breakout internet star. He can be seen streaming from the Great Wall of China one moment, and prankingPokémon Go enthusiasts in Central Park the next.
What to expect: YouTube-style stunts, constant updates, hyperactive comedy.