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Ben No kidding, SoundCloud just got funnier

The jokes are on us: this is a big week for comedy on SoundCloud.

First, we’re pleased to announce that we’re launching a slate of five new comedy Pro Partners. Our new Pro Partners follow in the footsteps of The Nerdist and Kevin Smith’s SModCO, who’ve been with us since we launched Pro at South By Southwest.

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Who’s in the new crew? There’s Earwolf, a comedy network featuring top celebrity guests from the stand-up world and beyond. The Bugle, starring John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman, the transatlantic region’s leading bi-continental satirical double-act. The comedian-owned All Things Comedy Network. Laughspin, a weekly comedy news and feature wrap-up, straight out of New Jersey. And Splitsider, which gathers up some of the best comedy podcasts out there for your listening pleasure.

That’s just the beginning of the hilarity: we’re also excited to say that Comedy Central has now joined us as a new partner on SoundCloud. Hear what they’re serving up.

And if you prefer to tell your own jokes, we have good news for you, too. We’re all about making it possible for anyone to create and share audio, which is why we have one more collaboration to tell you about: we’re also partnering with the BBC for BBC Radio’s New Comedy Award, a nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK. Upload your entry and make the world LOL.

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When you think of audio books, you’re going to think of Audible. Audible are at the forefront of audio book distribution world wide and we’re now proud to welcome Audible Studios to SoundCloud! Why not start following them and get the latest updates on releases from their catalogue. Every day at their state-of-the-art studios, Audible Studios play host to the most talented performers, from Simon Vance to Kate Winslet and Katherine Kellgren to Colin Firth, narrating dozens of stories. They’ve been using SoundCloud to promote their latest releases on their popular Facebook page. For example the latest The Great Gatsby release narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal, which has even been getting lots of attention over on Huffington Post. Visit their Facebook page to listen to samples from the book or listen to the entire set below!

SoundCloud Voices is a weekly Community feature focusing on new spoken word creators found on SoundCloud. It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything! Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post. If you are interested in trying out SoundCloud as a spoken word podcast platform, you can sign up for via this form. Successful candidates will be emailed with further details.

Ben SoundCloud Voices

The Earwolf podcast network has been at the forefront of podcasting and comedy for over three years, so it’s with great pleasure that we can now welcome them to SoundCloud! Over the next months we’ll be showcasing their 20+ shows on Voices, but here are a few to get you started.

The Earwolf network was founded by Jeff Ullrich and Scott Aukerman (creator of “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifinakis) with the main focus as making original comedy content. Their shows range from the improv to the nerdy to the general conversational, with hosts such as Tig Notaro, Paul Scheer, Jeff Garlin, Matt Besser from Upright Citizens Brigade, Jake Fogelnest, Seth Godin and even Har Mar Superstar. Scott also has his own podcast, the network’s flagship show, Comedy Bang Bang, a podcast which features top comedians as guests each week, like Aziz Ansari, Paul F. Tompkins, Reggie Watts, Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera and many more. If you’re new to the show, check out this episode featuring the wonderful Sarah Silverman. Please excuse the title!

Two more shows to welcome you into the world of Earwolf are “By the Way, In conversation with Jeff Garlin” and “Improv for Humans“. Many people know Jeff Garlin from his years in the comedy biz, but most will recognise him for his role as Jeff in Curb Your Enthusiasm. His relatively new podcast is a straight up conversation with some of the best people in the entertainment industry, who he is friends with. Take a listen to the first show with Larry David below.

Improv4Humans is, on the other hand, as the name suggests, a fully improvised weekly show hosted by Matt Besser from the brilliant Upright Citizens Brigade. The UCB is an improvisational comedy and sketch group with a school and theatre based in both NYC and LA, founded by Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh and podcast host Matt Besser. Hear the latest episode below.

SoundCloud Voices is a weekly Community feature focusing on new spoken word creators found on SoundCloud. It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything! Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post. If you are interested in trying out SoundCloud as a spoken word podcast platform, you can sign up for via this form. Successful candidates will be emailed with further details.