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  • Stand-Ups Who Sell Comedy Videos Online Are Serious About Business

    The recent use of streaming platforms that allow comedians to offer comedy specials directly to their audience is absolutely no laughing matter. In December of 2011, world famous comedian Louis C.K, star of the sitcom “Louie”, released his special “Live at the Beacon Theater” as a $5 download from his personal website. Within 72 hours, C.K. had walked away with nearly a quarter-of-a-million to show for his efforts, and to date the special is closing in on nearly a million. Within a few months, Aziz Ansari, the star of NBC’s hit “Parks and Recreation” took the cash cue and also offered his special “Dangerously Delicious” as a download directly to his fanbase. Although Ansari has not released his numbers, most suspect that he found similar results in the experiment. It appears that a new day has dawned for American comics. The advent of paid content has allowed comedians and other entertainers to offer their performances directly to their audience and sell comedy videos online, thus cutting out costly middlemen. It used to be that stand ups who wanted to sell their material, whether it be in the form of DVDs or televised events, were at the mercy of studios, networks, and distribution companies. This meant that each chain in the sales link took a larger and larger portion of the profits, often leaving the performer with only pennies on the dollar for their efforts.

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