BBC Late Night Laugh launches on smart speakers

BBC Late Night Laugh has launched on smart speakers, bringing a quick blast of comedy every night of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

It will feature bitesize chunks of comedy including gags and funny stories from new comedy talent appearing at the Edinburgh Festival and beyond. The 25 episodes will feature the likes of Phil Wang, Ahir Shah, Lou Sanders, Tez Ilyas, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Dane Baptiste, Pierre Novellie and many more.

Each new piece of comedy will be available from 6pm every evening by simply asking for ‘BBC Late Night Laugh’ or ‘give me a late night laugh’ on Amazon Alexa, Apple HomePod or Google Home devices. BBC Late Night Laugh will also be available on BBC iPlayer Radio.

Brett Spencer, Assistant Editor, BBC Voice, says: “We want to give people a way of getting into the spirit of the Fringe even if they’re not in Edinburgh. Late Night Laugh for smart speakers gives people a little taste of the eclectic mix of styles the Fringe is famous for, with a short skit every night from some fantastic acts.”

Julia McKenzie, Head of Radio Comedy, BBC Studios, says: “Comedy is hugely popular on smart speakers and we love the idea of people asking for a late night laugh. As the largest producer of audio comedy in the UK, we’re keen to find new ways to work with exceptional comedy talent and, as comedians and comedy fans head up to Edinburgh for the Fringe, this is the perfect time to do that.”

Late Night Laugh is produced by BBC Studios in collaboration with the BBC’s Voice team. It follows on from other dedicated voice content for smart speakers, including the ‘Take Me To…’ series for the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Tour De France.

The BBC launched its first service for smart speakers last year, which includes the BBC’s full range of live radio stations (all local, national and international stations) and the BBC’s full range of podcasts.

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