YouTube's pay-to-view stand-up

Laugh Factory's new subscription channel

Hollywood comedy club The Laugh Factory has become one of the first companies to start charging to watch YouTube videos.

The Google-owned website has just announced the first 30 channels available as a paid subscription – and the LA venue is the only comedy-centred one.

Although YouTube is awash with stand-up videos, the Laugh Factory is hoping its ‘premium’ clips will be enough to justify the £1.99-a-month fee (or £17.99 for a full year) for its VIP channel.

The channel also promises a selection of full-length shows, including The Supreme Court Of Comedy, presided over by Dom Irrera, and The Kevin Nealon Show, a talk/stand-up show. Guests on the first episode include the UK’s Andi Osho.

Other premium channels launched include Baby’s First TV Channel, Gay Direct, Quello Concerts, and Digital Theatre, which films British stage productions.

Here is a trailer for the new Laugh Factory channel:

Published: 9 May 2013

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