In the past decade, technology has fundamentally transformed how most of us consume and discover media. The rise of services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora, and Spotify, along with the development of smartphones, DVR, and social media, have changed the way that we discover and consume movies, television, and music. It has become a consumer-driven world.
Of all the forms of media, standup comedy has yet to be brought into the twenty-first century. As company founder Dave Scott points out, three decades ago, comedy albums made up 20 percent of the total albums sold in the United States. But while music albums have become available on streaming platforms, only 10 percent of comedy albums are available for streaming, leaving a big void for comedy fans. Worse, this comedy is spread across an ever-increasing number of services and platforms, making it even more difficult, and overwhelming, to keep track of the best and funniest content.
But that’s where Laugh.ly comes into play, aggregating the best content and making it available to consumers in one place. Available for both iOS and Android, the Laugh.ly app provides unlimited streaming access to a catalog of over 400 comedians and over 20,000 standup tracks right to your smartphone or browser.
The number of comedians that the company has managed to pull together for the app is impressive. Every corner of the comedy world is represented, from old legends that your grandparents would love like Shelley Berman and Bob Newhart, to popular comedians like Louis CK, Amy Schumer, and Aziz Ansari, and everyone in between.
What’s most notable about Laugh.ly is just how flexible the app can be. If you know exactly what comedian you want to listen to, just use the search functionality and you’re ready to go. Just want some quick laughs on the way to work? Click ‘Surprise Me’ and let the journey take you where it may. Want a more curated approach? Take a listen to one of Laugh.ly’s expertly curated themed playlists or genre channels.
At Laugh.ly, we believe in the power of a good joke to speak to you in a way that nothing else can. That’s why we have 400+ of the top comedians and their best jokes, plus curated playlists personalized to your unique taste. How do we do it?
Abiding by its mission to deliver ‘comedy your way,’ the app also provides users the option to eliminate ads by upgrading to ‘Reserved Seating,’ for only $3.99 a month. In addition to eliminating ads, users will receive profanity filters and Laugh.ly exclusive content. Considering the lineup Laugh.ly has managed to put together already, it wouldn’t be surprising see some tremendous content emerge on the platform.
Comedy has proven to be a big draw for companies seeking to enter the digital media space. As such, there are many competitors. But considering Laugh.ly’s impressive selection, its ability to curate content, and its flexibility in providing ‘Comedy Your Way,’ Laugh.ly is well on its way to bringing standup comedy into the twenty-first century.