and Lionsgate’s Laugh Out Loud streaming video service is set to launch on Aug. 3 with tons of original scripted and unscripted programs, including live broadcast, stand-up specials and comedy series, per a press release. “Funny has no color or gender. With our friends at Lionsgate, we are creating a global network that gives a platform to the next generation of diverse comedians from all over the world, of all ethnicities, to tell their stories,” says Hart. “Our culture of comedy is unfiltered and inclusive. Most importantly, we exist to make the world laugh.”
The service will feature a host of Hart’s comedian friends including GloZell, King Bach, Emmanuel Hudson, DC Young Fly, Draya Mitchelle, David So, Timothy DeLaGhetto and Anjelah Johnson (MADtv, viral sensation Bon Qui Qui). Laugh Out Loud will also feature new talents found by Hart and the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Last spring Paste covered Hart and Just For Laugh’s Eat My Shorts competition, curating 20 amateur-submitted comedy shorts to be streamed on LOL.
Leading into the Aug. 3 launch of the streaming video service, Hart is previewing a sneak peek of the content with his hidden camera series, Kevin Hart: Lyft Legend. Sponsored by Lyft and featuring guests Trey Songz and Joel McHale, Hart transforms into an elderly, over-sharing Lyft driver named Donald Mac to see how far he can push the limits. The first episode debuted on Laugh Out Loud’s Facebook, which already has over four million passionate followers, with future episodes running weekly exclusively on Laugh Out Loud’s streaming service. You can watch the first episode below.
Other programming includes:
Black Geo (Dormtainment): a satirical investigative series into the origins of black culture through sketch comedy.
Campus Law (GloZell, Wuz Good, Cynthia Luciette): A scripted sitcom based around three recent college graduates who decide to get jobs as security guards on their former campus.
Dead House (King Bachm Emmanuel Hudson, D.C. Young Fly): A scripted sitcom from one of the world’s top digital comedians, Andrew Bachelor – aka King Bach. Living arrangements become interesting when a human joins the cast of a reality show where 4 zombies must live and work together in one house.
Def Comedy Jam: For the first time, all seven seasons of Def Comedy Jam will be available on streaming, exclusively on Laugh Out Loud. The digital debut of the series features legendary comedians Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Queen Latifah, Mike Epps and more.
Hotline Ad: A sequel to Brent Weinbach’s Gangster Party Line, Hotline Ad will feature various chat line skits with celebrity comedic appearances (Snoop).
Inglorious Pranksters: Stand-up comedian Jo Koy hosts this unscripted series that celebrates the Internet’s best viral pranks. In each episode, three UGC pranks will be given the ‘Hall of Fame’ treatment and only one will be inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’.
Just For Laughs 2016: 104 comics. 52 episodes. It’s 15 minutes of original hilarity, brought to you from Just For Laughs, the largest international comedy festival in the world. This is the next generation of comedy’s A-list. Showcases include Godfrey, Ronny Chieng, Finesse Mitchell.
The Laugh Out Loud app will be available for free on iOS and Android on its Aug. 3 launch date. For an additional $2.99 per month, users can upgrade for ad-free viewing and access to all episodes of current seasons.