Spotify isn’t getting into comedy: it has a steadily-growing catalogue of comedy albums already available to stream. But the service *is* getting its first comedy app, courtesy of US firm Bedrocket Media Ventures. The app is called Official Comedy, and it’s a spin-off from the YouTube channel of the same name, which has more than 175k subscribers. The app, which runs on Spotify’s desktop apps platform, curates the comedy already available on the service by comedian and by theme, with the latter including drink and drugs, the royal baby and racial disharmony. It’s a reminder for Spotify users that there’s more to its catalogue than pure music. So far, comedians haven’t been protesting about its royalty payouts either (although if they do, be warned, the one-liners will be better). Bedrocket is an interesting company too: it got funding for three YouTube channels as part of that service’s Original Channels initiative, then raised a further $15m from VCs last September to continue building its new media business. Spotify represents it expanding beyond YouTube, albeit without (yet) direct revenues from the new app.

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