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You hoped and prayed and crossed your fingers during the earliest days of the pandemic, but have now accepted the bummer reality that your favorite fests, concerts and comedy shows have almost certainly been pushed to 2021. But we don’t want you to suffer and neither do your favorite superstars. In the same way that COVID-19 has given us virtual views of museums and far off places, some of our favorite entertainers have gotten creative as heck and are thriving with pandemic-produced performances. Here are some of our faves.

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Travis Scott

The rapper, Grammy nominee and former bae to Kylie Jenner was set to headline Coachella in April. But don’t cry into your PBR just yet. Scott still showed up for his fans via the 10-minute virtual reality performance Travis Scott Astronomical which debuted April 23 smack in the middle of video game Fortnite. (Yup, it was a virtual musical performance hidden within a video game.) The event attracted 12.3 million fans. Take that, Coachella!

Billie Eilish

After scooping up a literal boatload of awards at the Grammys in January, we were as stoked as you to see Eilish co-headline at the Life Is Beautiful fest in Vegas in September alongside the Black Keys and Post Malone. The event has been cancelled (could this pandemic suck any harder?), but here is Eilish and brother Finneas taking part in Together At Home, the COVID benefit organized by Lady Gaga and featuring Lizzo, Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, Ben Platt, Paul McCartney and others.

Second City

The Chicago comedy institution famous for churning out megawatt stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and current SNL cast members Chris Redd, Aidy Bryant and Alex Moffat, loves rewarding locals with free improv shows nightly. That tradition continues with online performances like Improv House Party and The Last Show Left on Earth, both of which feature troupes interacting solo from their homes. Sign up for live performances at the Second City website.


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The Oakland-based singer-songwriter isn’t quite 20 and yet the catchy tunes this YouTube star strums out on her ukulele have us dancing around our living rooms in unadulterated fits of quarantined bliss. Her upcoming spring tour has been postponed, but naturally her online, at-home game is on point. Check out her lip-synced living room renditions of popular songs like this snippet from “Prom Dress” we yanked off TikTok where she’s naturally insanely popular.

Nick Hakim

If you were a teen in the ’90s, MTV’s Unplugged rocked your world. The modern day version of that is NPR’s unlikely Tiny Desk concert series which features stripped down performances from superstars busting out hits in a crowded NPR workspace. COVID-19 may have shuttered public radio’s offices for now, but the series has soldiered on as Tiny Desk (Home). R&B singer Nick Hadim may not be touring in support of his new album Will This Make Me Good (May 15), but we’re willing to postpone the real deal in exchange for this in-home gem.

Cirque du Soleil

Can we just all agree that the world is a more dour place without a weirdo cadre of aerialists, contortionists and extreme athletes  defying gravity in clown makeup and skin-tight leotards for our amusement? While the Montreal-based cirque troupe has closed down its performances in Vegas and elsewhere,  it hasn’t lost its ability to dazzle. Via the troupe’s online content hub CirqueConnect,  fans and first-timers can view weekly performances (like last week’s sing-along!) stitched together via archival footage. And what a great chance for new fans to get a Cirque taste sans the pricey ticket.

Taylor Tomlinson

She destroyed it with her Gen Z comedy special Quarter-Life Crisis and was poised to do so again in May at the LA-based comedy fest Netflix is a Joke. That’s been postponed of course (dang), but Tomlinson joined up April 4 with fellow stand-ups Anthony Jeselnik, Joel Kim Booster, Adam Sandler, Gina Yashere, Amanda Seales, Marc Maron and others for a night of living room, home office and den-based jokes benefitting COVID-19 relief. The full event lasted more than 8 hours so if you conquered Netflix after week one of the pandemic, this ought to tide you over for a least a day or two.

Alicia Keys

It’s been 7 years since Keys set the world on fire with her, um, 2013 Set the World on Fire Tour. Keys is back on the road again, with a new tour kicking off stateside in July. Or is she? Our gut says it will be postponed, but fans can take heart. In Saving Ourselves: BET COVID-19 Relief, artists of color including Keys, Usher, Kelly Roland, Tiffany Haddish, John Legend, Ciara and Chance the Rapper (who cancelled his 2020 tour for personal reasons) rally for disaster relief. Alternately hilarious, heartfelt and full of heavy beats (you will be dancing in your living room), do yourself a favor and have the  tissue handy when Keys performs her tribute to NYC.

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