Three cool stand-up comedy videos you can buy for $5 each
I love cheap entertainment. Wait, let me rephrase that: I love
entertainment that's cheap.
For example, recently I flew to California and back, which
amounted to about nine hours of flight time. Normally I'd stock my
iPad or Kindle Fire with movies, but for this trip I just couldn't
find anything I wanted to see.
That's when I made the lucky discovery that three of my
favorite comedians--Aziz Ansari
(best known for his role on "Parks and
Recreation"), Jim Gaffigan, and Louis C.K.
--all had stand-up shows available
for purchase. For cheap.
If you've ever gone to see one of these guys in person, you
know that tickets can run in the neighborhood of $70-80. I love to
laugh, but paying those prices would make me cry.
So usually the only other option for seeing their stand-up
acts is HBO--but my cheapskate lifestyle doesn't include a
Thankfully, all three have made their latest stand-up specials
available online for a price that's impossible to beat: $5 a piece.
What's more, these videos are provided DRM-free, meaning they're
not copy-protected like the stuff you buy from Amazon or iTunes.
Thus, you can watch them as many times as you want on whatever
device you want: PC, phone, tablet, etc.
You can even share them with family members. What a
The videos are provided in both standard and high-def formats
(the former better for things like smartphones), and if you buy
Louis C.K.'s "Live at the Beacon Theater," you can also get the
audio files. (A Louis C.K. comedy CD would cost you $10 all by
I love this, not just because you're getting three-plus hours
of comedy gold for $15, but also because these comedians are
bucking convention by selling their work directly to fans--and
passing along the savings. Gaffigan even goes the extra mile by
donating $1 of your purchase to The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which
helps veterans and their families.
The only really challenging part was trying not to laugh like
a maniac during my flights.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.