Netflix cracks up iPhone users with Fast Laughs comedy shorts

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Netflix Fast Laughs is obviously designed to take on TikTok.
Netflix Fast Laughs offers short humor clips from professional comedians.
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Netflix subscribers with a few minutes to kill and an iPhone can tune into a new feed called Fast Laughs starting on Wednesday. These are short clips drawn from the streaming service’s shows and stand-up comedy specials.

“Fast Laughs offers a full-screen feed of funny clips from our big comedy catalog including films (Murder Mystery), series (Big Mouth), sitcoms (The Crew) and stand-up from comedians like Kevin Hart and Ali Wong,” said Netflix in a statement.

It’s also a way for Netflix to introduce subscribers to new series or movie. If someone enjoys a clip from a show, they can easily add that show to their list to be watched later.

But the video streaming service warns, “Not all clips will be appropriate for all audiences.” Check out a taste in a NSFW video:

The latest version of the Netflix for iOS app adds a Fast Laughs tab. Tap on it to start the feed. And it’s designed for binging, as clips flow one after another.

Netflix Fast Laughs vs. TikTok

The comparison with TikTok is obvious. It seems Netflix is feeling the pressure to offer short-form videos in addition to standard-length TV shows and films.

A significant difference is that Fast Laughs are available only for paid Netflix subscribers. TikTok is free.

But a preference between the two may come down to Netflix offering humor from professional comedians while most TikToks are by everyday people… which isn’t to say there are no unlicensed videos on the social-networking service.

The comedy service is now available for iOS select countries. Netflix says testing of an Android version will begin soon.