Old-school online comedy giant CollegeHumor is getting into the newer-school game of subscription streaming services.
They just announced the launch of DROPOUT, its own ad-free, mixed-media subscription service. The cost? Free trials, of course; then $3.99 per month for the first three months; then tiered pricing: $3.99/month if you buy a year at a time, or up to $4.99 and $5.99/month.
“Our goal is to defy traditional media with unique content, whether because it’s R-rated (See Plum Run), niche (Um, Actually), or unusual in terms of format (Dimension 20: Fantasy High, comics, and chats),” said Sam Reich, CH Media’s Chief Creative Officer. “We hope to offer users something surprising, immersive, and laugh-out-loud funny; a place they can, to plagiarize Timothy Leary: log on, tune in, and drop out.”
DROPOUT’s longer-form, premium programming features brand new scripted and unscripted shows starring fan-favorite CollegeHumor alumni and reboots of hugely popular CollegeHumor series. Of note, Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld (Jake and Amir) are returning to star in Lonely and Horny Season 2, Josh Ruben and Elaine Carroll will star in See Plum Run (previously of Precious Plum), and Troopers makes its long-awaited return starring CollegeHumor cast members Raphael Chestang and Ally Beardsley. New CollegeHumor cast member Brennan Lee Mulligan leads a campaign around a fantastical high school as Dungeon Master in the unscripted series, Dimension 20: Fantasy High, and CollegeHumor’s game show of fandom and one-upmanship that began on YouTube, Um, Actually, brings celebrity guests into the mix with host Mike Trapp.
DROPOUT’S first-year content slate includes:
- Cartoon Hell: Created by and starring Drawfee illustrators Nathan Yaffee and Caldwell Tanner, Cartoon Hell finds the duo in hell doomed for eternity unless they draw a cartoon good enough to get out. Each week, they draw a new cartoon suggested by fans and bring it to life through animation.
- Dimension 20: Fantasy High: If John Hughes ran a tabletop RPG, the result would be Dimension 20: Fantasy High. Dungeon Master Brennan Lee Mulligan leads a campaign centered around the Aguefort Adventuring Academy, a fantastical high school for teenage elves, orcs, gnomes and goblins. CollegeHumor cast members past and present play a range of characters on this epic adventure.
- Kingpin Katie: Katie Marovitch has a reputation among CollegeHumor fans for her frenzied cocaine use. But after getting caught up with a powerful drug cartel, she soon finds herself in over her head.
- Lonely and Horny: Ruby Jade (Amir Blumenfeld) is a neurotic, selfish, understandably single 30-something who wants to have sex more than anything else in the world. Along with the help of his empathetic dating coach Josh Rice (Jake Hurwitz) Ruby embarks on a quest to find love, with literally anybody.
- Paranoia: Can you hide your high? Ally Beardsley hosts a crew of 420-friendly comedians and friends in a “Mafia”-style game that pits secret stoners against an innocent public.
- Rank Room: Host, philosopher and CollegeHumor cast member Katie Marovitch leads a rotating team of comedians in determining the definitive answers to life’s most important questions, such as “What is the sexiest way to die?”
- See Plum Run: A reboot of Precious Plum, CollegeHumor’s wildly successful and insanely NSFW web series. See Plum Run finds Mama (Josh Rubin) and Plum (Elaine Carroll) retired from the pageant scene and embarking on a campaign for student body president at the posh New England private school Buckingham Academy. Their wild campaign is a direct parody of the 2016 presidential race.
- Total Forgiveness: Crippled with debt, Grant and Ally go head-to-head in this agonizing competition show to prove they’ll do ANYTHING to pay off their student loans.
- Troopers: A space saga of epic incompetence. The Interstellar Legion is thrown into chaos when two of Dreadlord Sinister’s unremarkable underlings, Vin and Mara, break ranks and traverse the galaxy to retrieve an item of untold power.
- Um, Actually: Host Mike Trapp introduces a game show of fandom minutiae one-upmanship, where nerds do what nerds do best: flaunt encyclopedic nerd knowledge at Millennium Falcon nerd-speed.
- WTF101: Afternoon detention with Professor Foxtrot leads to magical, educational, and extremely gross journeys.
- Cartoon Hell Presents: Part of DROPOUT’s Cartoon Hell universe, Caldwell and Nathan’s hell-born cartoon ideas aren’t up to demon Managar’s television standards. But hey, what about a comic series? (A new issue per each episode of Cartoon Hell, written by David Seger, art by Millionfish, Britt Wilson, Stephanie Mided, and more)
- Dreadlord: Part of the Troopers universe, the baddest boss in the galaxy ditches his bumbling lackeys for a cosmic spy chase (written by Ben Joseph, art by Paul Westover)
- Gay Spy: The top (and bottom) secret adventures of America’s stealthiest queer operative, loosely based on the memoirs of CollegeHumor’s Grant O’Brien. Will he blow it? (written by CollegeHumor cast member Grant O’Brien, art by Levi Hasting)
- Ladies Book Club: An expansion of Drawfee’s Dungeons & Dragons series, Drawga, Roxy, Gina, and Legzi (a.k.a. the Ladies Book Club) are in for a wild ride when they take one last magical road trip before college. (Written by Jacob Andrews, Julia LePetit, and Tony Wilson, art by Patricia Daguisan, Gabrielle Gomez, Sammy Borras, Mady G and more)
- Legend of Jared: Angry, purple Jared dreams of becoming a full-time gamer. When a mishap turns him into an embarrassing meme, he sets out to prove the video game world wrong. (Related to Dorkly’s Today in Nerd History character Jared the Puppet. Written by Tony Wilson and Jake Young, Art by Andy Kluthe)
- The Continuing Adventures of Kim Jong Un: Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un continues to fight Western scum in this most excellent mandatory comic entertainment. You will enjoy it or face the consequences. (Relates directly to CollegeHumor’s original series, The Adventures of Kim Jong Un, Written by David Seger, Art by Kyle Smeallie)
- Dating a Black Hole: A classic fairytale: guy meets a black hole on dating app; they fall in love; entropy ensues. Will they happily entangle ever after? Only time and space will tell. (original chat story by Alexander Nemser)
- Lonely and Horny: Ruby Jade texts for love in all the wrong places in this continuation of the Lonely and Horny narrative (written by Jake and Amir)
- Nude Pic: An unintentional nudie, an open homicide investigation, and a Twittersphere dying for more — thirst trapping has never been so dangerous or unflattering. (original chat story by Connie Shin)
- Pat Kills Trapp: Pat Cassels is back from the grave, seeking revenge on Mike Trapp in the newest installment of Hardly Working’s long-running murder mystery gag. (written by Mike Trapp)
- Pizza Terrorists: Raphael finds himself an unlikely couch potato action hero when terrorists hack his pizza delivery. Can he solve their radical riddles in 30 minutes or less? (original chat story by Daniel O’Brien)
- Precious Plum and Mama: Plum and Mama take their communication to new levels of digital dysfunction. (Written by Sam Reich and Elaine Carroll)
- Roommate Wanted: When his roommate goes missing, Riley offers Lou the sublet. Aside from “that smell,” the Linkin Park, and an open investigation, it’s a pretty sweet deal. (Original chat story by Johnna Scrabis)
- Troopers: An expansion of the Troopers universe, intergalactic losers Rich and Larry still fail to impress boss Dreadlord, but at least they have each other to talk to. (written by David Seger)