Comedians on the Web

By Deane Barker on March 21, 2012

A few months ago, Louis C.K. released a straight-to-the-Net, non-DRM performance video, and sold it for $5.  It went nuts.  Now, Aziz Ansari has done the same thing.

The Times smells a trend:

While this straight-to-the-Internet strategy is far from ubiquitous in stand-up, it is already having a profound impact on the comedy landscape, enabling online content providers and individual artists to take more turf from television networks and empowering comedians to be as candid (and as explicit) as they want in their material.