Not Your Average Zoom Call: Musicians, Comedians, Actors Flock To Livestreaming During Pandemic

Performers are playing concerts, doing sketch comedy, and bringing TV show casts  together online, usually for free.

By Shelly BrisbinMay 14, 2020 10:23 am, , ,

From Diplo to Dave Matthews, Major Lazer to Dolly Parton, performers have been livestreaming events like never before during the pandemic. They’re playing concerts, performing comedy, holding cast reunions and reading stories for fans. And most of it is free. 

Tech expert Omar Gallaga told Texas Standard host David Brown on Thursday that some performers are using videoconferencing software like Zoom for these events. North Texas resident Erykah Badu has been streaming a weekly concert series from her bedroom. Others are appearing inside online games like Fortnite, as musicians Travis Scott and Major Lazer did recently. 

Comedy institutions like Saturday Night Live and Second City have been streaming comedy, Gallaga said. And actor John Krasinski, famous for his role on “The Office,” been hosting a YouTube show called “Some Good News.” A recent episode featured a reunion of his “Office” castmates.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– What TV series produced a brand-new episode for streaming viewers

– How some streaming get-togethers raise money for charity

– Where to watch Dolly Parton read stories 

– Where to find more streaming performances and conversations


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