How porn is helping the comedy industry during lockdown | ...and not just in the way you're thinking!

How porn is helping the comedy industry during lockdown

...and not just in the way you're thinking!

comedyMany comedians may be turning to pornography to get them through these difficult times – but none quite like this.

New York comedy club Stand Up NY has teamed up with adult entertainment website CamSoda to stream a show tonight.

It means the technology on the site usually used to tip webcam models can instead be used to send money to the comics performing their very different acts.

Comics including Alia Janine, Dante Nero and Sherrod Small will be taking part in the first show, which will be streaming here at 8pm local time, midnight UK time.

The only downside is that next to the video stream is a column of extremely explicit X-rated ads which might prove something of a distraction.

Daryn Parker, vice president of CamSoda, said: ‘Coronavirus has left much of the US stuck inside. This has not only taken a toll on people’s sanity, but it’s had – and will continue to have – a terrible impact on businesses, especially those in the entertainment space, who have been forced to shut their doors,

‘In an effort to provide consumers with some top-of-line entertainment remotely, and to enable businesses to earn money, we’re leveraging our technology that allows adult entertainers to broadcast to millions annually and  launching CamSodaLive.’

And Stand Up NY, a 34-year-old venue on Manhattan's Upper West Side where Zach Galifianakis once worked as a manager, is the first comedy club to take advantage of that.

Last week, before the lockdown restrictions tightened, the club live-streamed a marathon of 50 performers from their venue on more conventional technology.

Published: 25 Mar 2020

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