Whether you love a good laugh or are in need of a good laugh, there is now an app strictly dedicated to making its users smile through the power of comedy.
Launched on Thursday for iOS and Android, Laugh.ly is the app that allows users to stream tens of thousands of stand-up comedy routines from an impressive library of more than 400 comedians.
This makes the platform the largest media publisher of comedy content, and features heavy-hitting comics like Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Chris Rock and George Carlin.
Essentially an app like Pandora, Laugh.ly takes on the concept of listeners' music preferences and previous listening history to provide the perfect radio station for that user, and applies this to the realm of comedy.
The platform was built around a three-year research project where the team transcribed the audio of stand-up routines to text form in order to identify and study the context of the jokes. This allowed them to teach the app to build stations based on a particular subject matter. This means that users can have a playlist full of channels that are built, say, around Donald Trump jokes or by their favorite comedians.
It also provides a hub for all things comedy instead of having to stream a stand-up special from Netflix or listen to a podcast in another app from a comic the user enjoys.
"There's a real hunger to access quality stand-up comedy anywhere and everywhere you are, so we knew the app would be in high demand," founder and CEO (and former comic) Dave Scott, said in a press release. "After such positive feedback in beta, we can't wait to see comedy lovers everywhere start to use the product."
Laugh.ly provides users with two different memberships for streaming from its library of funny content. This includes either the free option that features ads during the listening experience, or the premium "Front Row Seating" subscription that costs $3.99 per month to go ad-free.
Either way, users will be able to listen to albums like Louis C.K.'s Chewed Up, Aziz Ansari's Buried Alive, Kevin Hart's Seriously Funny and Bill Burr's Why Do I Do This — all of which were part of the top 10 album list streamed during the beta testing period between July 20 and Aug. 10.
Along with listening to content from popular comedians, Laugh.ly provides users with self-publishing tools so emerging artists can publish their own stand-up routines.