As Netflix continues to add new stand-up comedy specials to its arsenal, Amazon had to counter.
Today, Amazon announced it was buying Rooftop Comedy. Reuters broke the news, with a statement from Audible CEO Donald Katz that the company had been attracted by Rooftop’s content library and talent pool. Amazon bought Audible back in 2008, and plans to put Rooftop’s 10-employee company based in San Francisco under it with all of the audio from stand-up albums available on Audible.
Rooftop Comedy records, produces and distributes live comedy performances from comedy clubs around the world, cutting them up into bite-sized clips. Its record label produces and releases dozens of new stand-up comedy albums each year. In the past, Rooftop Comedy also produced cable TV shows packaging those clips, as well as a comedy festival in Aspen, Colo.