Next week, Comedy Central will host a five-day comedy festival brought to you entirely through social media like Twitter and Vine. There will not be a festival lineup or tickets to purchase or even a schedule of events. It’s a social media experiment that will function by Twitter subscribers using the hashtag, #ComedyFest.
You might be scratching your head trying to figure out how such a feat is possible.
The festival will find some of your favorite comedians posting video clips of routines, panel discussions, and 140-character jokes using the hashtag #ComedyFest. Kicking off on Monday, April 29th, a live #ComedyFest event will take place in front of an audience at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. Hosted by Judd Aapatow and Carl Reiner, the event will be a live discussion of the two comedians trying to persuade the technology-oblivious Mel Brooks to create a Twitter account. Director Paul Feig and Amy Schumer will also act as hosts for the Twitter-based event, according to The New York Times.
Steve Agee (who we previously named as one of our Top 10 Comedians to follow on Vine) will also host a “Vine Dining” party on Tuesday, April 30th, which will consist of story-telling through six-second clips.
Next month, Comedy Central will also launch a free app dedicated totally to stand up comedy called CC:Stand Up. The app will work like an extension of the channel with users able to see their favorite comedian’s routine. The app will also embed a recommendation algorithm much like the one used on Amazon. So for instance if you’re watching an Aziz Ansari video, the app might recommend you watch Hannibal Buress or Anthony Jeselnik.
The whole thing is an interesting and forward-thinking way of presenting comedy to audiences. We’re sure to see hundreds of comedians collaborating for short sketches and wacky six-second Vine clips. Will the grand experiment of a hashtag-fueled comedy festival work? With fans, comedians, and media outlets all using the #ComedyFest hashtag, will users be able to keep up with the inundation of comedy shorts and funny moments on their Twitter feed? We’ll know in less than a week!
Either way, a comedy festival entirely on social media is sure to provide a lot of water cooler talk around the office.
We’ll be checking it out, will you?