While waiting for VIacomCBS to flip the switch and relaunch CBS All Access as Paramount+, I thought, hey, why not see what’s cooking, so to speak, over on Discovery+?
After all, they’re promising 55,000+ real-life TV episodes on the new Discovery+ streaming platform, and if you have Verizon Wireless, you can finagle a free subscription. It’s $4.99 per month, with an ad-free version available for $6.99 per month, for everyone else. But is there anything for comedy fans there? And not in the incidentally funny kind of way you might laugh at certain “reality” TV programming way?
The platform combines programming from Discovery’s portfolio of cable channels, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the forthcoming Magnolia Network; plus some series from A&E, The HISTORY Channel and Lifetime; and some access to the BBC.
Well, for starters, there’s House Hunters: Comedians on Couches Unfiltered hosted by comedians Dan Levy and Natasha Leggero — now uncensored. It previously aired on cable with edits. On streaming, nothing is forbidden as Seth Rogen, John Mulaney, Ali Wong, JB Smoove, Chelsea Peretti, Whitney Cummings, Margaret Cho and Blake Griffin offer color commentary over classic episodes of House Hunters.
There’s also an uncensored version of the Food Network’s Emmy-nominated Amy Schumer Learns to Cook: Uncensored.
A travel show fronted by Kevin Hart? “Route 66 features Kevin Hart hitting the road, going along America’s famous Route 66 to see what’s going on with America. He will visit people and places and bring along friends in an exploration of the U.S. heartland from Chicago to L.A..”
And a cooking show from Sebastian Maniscalco? “What’s Eating Sebastian Maniscalco: We’ll go on a journey with comedian, social observer, and exasperated food lover, Sebastian Maniscalco, as he explores his own hot button questions in the world of food.”