Shout! Factory TV launched today as a new free streaming service offering cult comedy favorites, from stand-up specials to sitcoms to movies, all available on your computer, cell phone, tablet or TV (via Roku app).
The programming comes culled and curated from the company’s Shout! Factory, as well as Westchester Films, Timeless Media Group, Scream Factory, major studios, independent producers and other sources from around the world. Some clips also come straight to Shout! via Hulu. Here’s a promo. Roll it!
Shout! Factory TV’s initial release invites you to watch the following comedy titles either now or in the very near future:
- MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 (beginning with over 30 episodes)
- HOME MOVIES animated comedy series
- THE WEIRD AL SHOW
- IT’S GARRY SHANDLING’S SHOW
- FATHER KNOWS BEST
- DENNIS THE MENACE
- THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS
- KEVIN SMITH: SMODIMATIONS
- Steve Martin Stand-Up Show Case, featuring STEVE MARTIN: COMEDY IS NOT PRETTY & STEVE MARTIN: WILD AND CRAZY GUY
- MEL BROOKS: MAKE A NOISE
- THE ERNIE KOVACS SHOW
The promotional video above also showed clips from Stella: Live in Boston, Upright Citizens Brigade: ASSSSCAT, Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion, and Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story.
Of course, the site also hosts hundreds of dramatic and documentary titles, too.
Shout! Factory vice-president of digital Gene Pao told Vulture that Fridays, ABC’s live sketch comedy show from 1980-1982, was the “poster child” for their strategy. “If you tell people they can watch old sketches starring Michael Richards and Larry David online for free, they are going to check it out,” Pao said.
So, go on. Check it out!