New site allows you to download and stream full comedy specials

By | July 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm | 7 comments | feature slider, News | Tags: ,

With the success of Louis C.K.’s recent self-distribution model and comedians like Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan following suit, there’s been a lot of talk about whether or not self-distribution is the future of comedy. While it may be a great way for the aforementioned comedians – comedians who are already have massive fanbases (not to mention the means to produce their own comedy specials) – to go about things, it might be difficult for comedians who are just beginning to break out to benefit from the “Louis C.K. Model.”

LOLFlix, a site that is comparable to Netflix but offers stand-up exclusively, could offer some exciting opportunities for these comics as well as their fans. LOLFlix allows users to stream or download stand-up specials that were originally produced for Showtime, and now Scott Montoya, the longtime comedy producer behind it all, is beginning to work alongside comedians to produce original specials as well. Currently LOLFix offers specials from Russell Peters, Tom Arnold, Caroline Rhea, Jon Lovitz, Louie Anderson and more. The service is both comedian and fan-friendly – the comedians get a 50 percent share (or more) of the revenue they make through LOLFlix. Specials are available to purchase, DRM-free, for $5. There is no subscription service – just pay, and download or stream.

Montoya plans to continue helping comedians produce and distribute specials through LOLFlix for the foreseeable future, and hopefully the site will continue to grow to be a larger and more profitable service. It may be the best way for rising comics to get their material out there and for comedy connoisseurs to find them. Check the site out and let us know what you think.

Could it be the future of distribution amongst the comedy world?

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Lucas Gardner

Lucas Gardner is a writer native to Rochester, NY. He nows lives in New York City. He has a Twitter and a blog.

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  • TomA

    This reads like a press release.  You have undisclosed advertising on your site?

    • Dylan

       this isn’t an advertorial. it’s a news story written with positive spin. sorry you think it sounds like a press release.

  • Sighhh

    paid money.. their download link broken.. took all my 3 downloads away without letting me download.. filed paypal dispute

  • Howard

    Lucas,   If you are from Rochester, you must know Comedy.  I founded and ran the orignal comedy clubs there……..Hiccups and before that Yuk Yuks………and I think Brother Wease is my cousin….
    all longer and interesting stories……..   Thanks for the lolflix info.

    Howard Lapides

    • Lucas Gardner

       Hey Howard. Yuk Yuks and Hiccups were a little before my time. I used to go to Comix Cafe a bit before it closed and I go to The Comedy Club in Webster every so often. what are you up to nowadays?

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