A new streaming service has launched, this one dedicated entirely to stand-up comedy. NextUp wants to be the Netflix of stand-up, with a mix of new and established names, both from the present and the past.
As well as giving viewers access to recorded shows that are no longer on tour, it will include new shows recorded by the NextUp team. With very few non-mainstream comedians releasing DVDs, it could be a good way to open your eyes to some comedy gems you might otherwise have missed.
Featured acts include Tony Law, Richard Herring, Simon Munnery, Luisa Omielan, Miles Jupp and Sean Hughes.
Just like Netflix, NextUp will work as a subscription service – pay the £3.50 monthly fee, and you'll get access to all the performances on the platform. It also includes curated playlists like Rising Stars, Most Watched, Household Heroes and Contemporary Greats.
But unlike Netflix, all the videos are available to download and watch offline.
It includes links to ticketing info for acts' current live performances too, making it easier to catch the act live in the flesh.
The idea came from a desire to preserve shows that would otherwise be lost, according to NextUp founder Sarah Henley.
"The idea for NextUp arose because we as a team found it exceptionally sad that we would come to the Edinburgh Fringe every year and see incredible, lovingly crafted shows, which would maybe tour, but then disappear completely, with only a small handful of comics getting DVD deals," she said.
"We personally know hundreds of people who would have loved to have seen those shows but couldn't make it up to the Fringe or don't live in the towns the tours visit – and our research tells us there are thousands more who feel the same.
"NextUp will support comic talent and share comedians' extraordinary work with a worldwide audience of stand-up comedy fans. With our production arm they'll be able to resurrect their favourite retired shows, or record their new ones as well as gain new fans from existing recordings.
"Audiences may be brought in by their favourite one or two big names but we hope they will quickly be encouraged to discover the breadth of great comedy the industry has to offer."