Audible, the Amazon-owned company largely known as the world’s biggest seller of downloadable audiobooks, has just made a major push into the world of comedy. Utilizing its Audible Channels platform and harnessing the talents of comedians Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Eugene Mirman and more, comedy lovers will now be able to enjoy a host of exclusive comedy programming, anchored by The Comedy Show Show with Will Arnett, described as an “all-access pass to the hottest thematic comedy shows around the country.”
“I’m excited to see The Comedy Show Show take off because of the amazing platform that Audible is creating with Channels,” Arnett says. “The opportunity for creative and inventive stand-up comedy to gain exposure and build momentum among Audible’s voracious listener base, and to be part of a growing roster of other incredibly high quality and entertaining shows, is gratifying.”
Accessed through the Audible app, listeners will now be privy to Bedtime Stories for Cynics, hosted by Offerman and featuring children’s-style stories but for adults from the likes of Patton Oswalt, Lewis Black, Maria Bamford and more (Watch the video below!). Then there’s Hold On with Eugene Mirman, wherein Mirman makes guests like Weird Al Yankovic, Lisa Lampanelli and Jim Gaffigan stop the stories they’re telling in order to divulge deeper details. In Audible Comedy Specials, listeners will get audio highlights from comedy festivals, early access to comedy releases and exclusive live recordings from the likes of Jen Kirkman, Brian Posehn and more.
Additional audio comedy shows delivered through Audible Channels include:
• Hot Mic with Dan Savage, a collection of awkward, poignant and hilarious stories about lust, longing, and lewd behavior hosted by the sex advice columnist
• The complete first season of Sounds like America, hosted by a rotating cast of seasoned comics including Rob Delaney and Roy Wood Jr.; each episode covers a different American pastime, region, characteristic, event, or zeitgeist
• Limelight, hot and fresh stand-up from comedy clubs across America, with a new theme and a new host – from T.J. Miller to George Lopez – each episode
• McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, dramatic performances of the very best pieces from McSweeney’s literary humor site
The premium comedy content is free with paid Audible membership or Amazon Prime memberships or $4.95 as a stand-alone service just for the channels. So, “Why don’t you go ahead and slip into something more comfortable while I make sure Audible brings you some of the best live themed comedy shows from all over this big, long, fully aroused… country,” Arnett adds.
Your move now, comedy lovers.