While other comedy apps might focus on joke generation of shareable gifs, Laugh Radio by startup Laugh.ly hopes to make streaming stand-up sets as easy and accessible as streaming music. Many comedians are turning to streaming services like Netflix to host their shows (for example, Aziz Ansari and John Mulaney). A natural next step is looking to a mobile streaming platform such as comedy apps.
Coming soon in Summer 2016, the Laugh Radio app lets users follow big names and emerging comedians, which also gives comics a chance to monetize their fan base. This has been a challenge for many in the entertainment industry, with streaming subscription models becoming increasingly prevalent in television, music and movies. Now a comedy is entering into the sphere as well.