Comedy Central now offers comedy specials for $5 to download and stream

By | July 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm | One comment | feature slider, TV/Movies | Tags:

After the recent release of their mobile app CC: Stand-up, Comedy Central continues to bridge the gap between comedians and their fans. Inspired by Louis C.K.’s model, starting today, Comedy Central will now enable fans to download stand-up specials for a mere $5 each through a product its calling CC: Stand-up Direct.

C.K. first introduced the $5 download deal back in 2011 when he offered his Live at the Beacon Theater as a DRM-free download, which earned him $1 million in 12 days. The method of direct distribution caught on and soon other comedians such as Jim Gaffigan, Aziz Ansari also released their specials through their websites for $5. Since then Bill Burr, Joe Rogan, Rob Delaney and many others have done the same or have combined the direct-to-fan model with additional distribution through Netflix or Comedy Central.

According to Variety, the comedian’s contracts on the $5 specials state that after a certain number of years, the comedian once again has shared ownership of the special. There are already 22 specials available. The full list is below:

Owen Benjamin: High ‘Til it Hurts
Pete Holmes: Nice Try, The Devil
Al Madrigal: Why is the Rabbit Crying?
Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore
Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Laboratory
Chris Hardwick: Mandroid
Anthony Jeselnik: Caligula
Kyle Kinane: Whisky Icarus
Demetri Martin: Standup Comedian
Jeff Ross: Roasts America
Todd Barry: Super Crazy
Matt Braunger: Shovel Fighter
Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace
Paul F. Tompkins: Laboring Under Delusions
JB Smoove: That’s How I Dooz It
Jo Koy: Lights Out
John Mulaney: New in Town
T.J. Miller: No Real Reason
Nick Kroll: Thank You Very Cool
Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts
Bo Burnham: Words Words Words
Nick Swardson: Seriously, Who Farted?

Check out CC: Stand-up Direct here.

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