Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Overpriced Jokes Come to the Internet

Laugh Factory continues its tradition of expensive comedy by bringing it online.

At audible.com, customers can purchase a monthly subscription to 8001 Sunset Strip for $8.95 and receive four original one-hour shows. Individual shows are available for $2.95 each. At www.audible.com/laughfactory comedy fans can join the Laugh Factory AudibleListener® membership plan for $8.95 and receive the benefits of an AudibleListener membership. Each episode of the show is available for download from audible.com or wirelessly through AudibleAir® to any of the hundreds of available AudibleReady® mobile devices, including iPods, PocketPCs, and smartphones.

This is obviously the exact opposite of Web 2.0. No user-generated content; there should at least be a bringer system where budding comics have five friends buy Laugh Factory episodes and earn a spot on the show themselves. Yet another example of how poorly comedy clubs are adapting to the interweb.

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