BBC launches new comedy website
Monday, May 17 2010, 13:24 BST
By Andrew Laughlin,

BBC Online has officially launched a new dedicated comedy site with a range of exclusive content and "immersive" features.

The comedy mini-site, which went into beta testing at the start of May, allows users to search and discover BBC comedy properties from "past, present and future".

Users can browse a video archive featuring 600 clips from classic comedy moments, along with "exclusive material" from programmes such as The Think Of It and Outnumbered.

A range of specially-commissioned web-only comedies will also showcase new talent, such as Jason Lewis, Harry Partridge and Mr Khan, played by Adil Ray.

To mark its full launch, the site will stream new animated show Those Mitchell And Webb Animations and fantasy horror series Beasthunters, starring James Corden, Jaime Winstone and Robert Llewellyn.

The site will further enable users to catch-up on comedy programming via BBC iPlayer and discover new content via links to YouTube, Twitter and other third-party websites.

"The BBC Comedy website represents an extraordinarily diverse array of classic and cutting-edge humour and I would urge all comedy fans to check it out," said BBC comedy commissioning controller Cheryl Taylor.

"Any platform which showcases both established and up-and-coming comedians in such innovative and accessible ways is hugely valuable to the genre and offers up brilliant development opportunities to both on and off screen talent."

BBC multi-platform commissioning executive Martin Trickey added: "The site brings together the best of the BBC from past, present and future.

"People will be able to find classic moments from comedy greats alongside the freshest new talent from around the UK."