I’d like to think our highly analytic “What If…” post from 2009 (by Mike Blejer) had something to do with Pandora’s announcement to add comedy to its collection of music. But, really, it’s probably because so many Pandora listeners were itching for comedy tracks. Regardless, it’s happening. And as a huge fan of Pandora, I couldn’t be happier.
In a blog entry on Pandora’s site from last night, company honchos boast that starting now, there are already over 700 comedians with more than 10,000 tracks loaded into their system. Part of the announcement reads:
It’s been a very fun experience, taking what we’ve learned in music and applying it to a whole new category. Now, instead of talking about “minor keys,” “falsetto,” and “extensive vamping,” our comedy-analysts capture “odd juxtaposition” (A horse walks into a bar…), “misdirection” and “spoonerisms” (a well-boiled icicle, instead of a well-oiled bicycle)…
There are currently a dozen genre stations in the comedy section including Today’s Comedy (Daniel Tosh, Chris Rock, Mitch Hedberg, more); Comedy Icons (Richard Pryor, Wanda Sykes, Don Rickles, more) and Musical Comedy (Stephen Lynch, Weird Al, the Dan Band, more). The full list of genres is below:
Working Class Comedy
60s and 70s Comedy
80s and 90s Comedy
Golden Oldies Comedy
So what do you think? Will you listen to Pandora radio for its comedy?