IFC has joined the throng of players hoping to woo fans of edgy comedy.
The AMC Networks-owned business said it had launched the IFC Comedy Crib, a digital hub for short-form comedy videos that can be found at www.ifc.com/comedy-crib.Visitors will be able to watch shows shows made by some of the network’s favorite comedians as well series acquired from UCB Comedy and AboveAverage, the online-video distribution arm of Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. Automaker Hyundai will be the venture’s launch sponsor.
The Comedy Crib ” gives fans more of IFC’s slightly off take on comedic web videos,” said Colin Moore, vice president, digital media and alternative content, in a prepared statement.
IFC said four new series would launch Tuesday, while three series from AboveAverage would launch in 2015.
The four new series are:
*ClickBait Overload: Produced by UCB, show challenges comedians to take two random topics, marry them together and create, write and film a killer sketch video. Two catches: they have to incorporate unexpected props and they only have eight hours to pull it off.
*Laurie: Starring Natasha Vaynblat and also produced by UCB, this workplace comedy centers on a wildly imaginative assistant who goes to elaborate lengths to avoid doing anything productive in the office. (
*John and Geoff are Married: Creators John Murray and Geoff Garlock star as two friends whose social lives change now that they are happily married (not to each other) with kids. They try to interpret potential flirting, boast about sexual conquests and fight to keep their sacred friendship intact.
*Comedy Drop: In this IFC web series, comedians spring impromptu stand-up routines on unsuspecting audiences (some not even human) in unexpected locations such as barber shops, parks and costume shops – giving viewers a front row seat to the awkward places comedians will go for a laugh.