Netflix Is Bringing Its TikTok-Like Comedy Feed to TVs

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Netflix Is Bringing Its TikTok-Like Comedy Feed to TVs

Sign up for dot.LA’s daily newsletter for the latest news on Southern California’s tech, startup and venture capital scene.

Netflix is testing its TikTok-like feed of comedy clips on TVs, bringing the short-form videos to bigger screens.

The streaming giant, which has a huge footprint in Los Angeles, is rolling out its Fast Laughs feature on its TV app to users in the U.S. and other English-speaking countries, according to The Verge. Fast Laughs, which lets viewers scroll through funny clips from Netflix’s extensive comedy catalog, was launched last March exclusively on the Netflix mobile app.

Netflix has pitched the feature as a way for users to discover new movies, shows and stand-up comedy specials. Instead of using an algorithm to show personalized recommendations, the Fast Laughs feed is curated by Netflix staffers. Conscious of the R-rated nature of much of the content, adult profiles can access the feature.

Unsurprisingly, the feed closely resembles TikTok’s enormously popular platform: Fast Laughs’ videos are presented vertically, while users have the ability to share clips directly through social media and messaging apps. Culver City-based TikTok’s rapid rise has influenced copycats both big and small; social media giants such as Snap and Meta have also launched their own short-form video features, while smaller L.A.-area content startups have released similar apps, as well.

Fast Laughs’ move to TV reflects the emergence of connected TVs, or “smart” TVs, which have become lucrative advertising platforms for streaming services. TikTok has also ventured into larger screens, launching its own smart TV app in November.

A Netflix spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Subscribe to our newsletter to catch every headline.


Behind Her Empire: Lisa Sequino on the ‘Light Bulb’ Moment That Launched JLo Beauty

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

Behind Her Empire: Lisa Sequino on the ‘Light Bulb’ Moment That Launched JLo Beauty
Lisa Sequino

On this episode of Behind Her Empire, JLo Beauty Co-founder and CEO Lisa Sequino discusses how she transitioned from her corporate career to a more entrepreneurial path.

Read moreShow less

Henrik Fisker Says Tesla Price Cuts Haven’t Fazed Ocean Rollout

David Shultz

David Shultz reports on clean technology and electric vehicles, among other industries, for dot.LA. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside, Nautilus and many other publications.

A Fisker electric vehicle.​
Courtesy of Fisker

Last week in the dot.LA newsletter I wrote about Tesla’s decision to slash prices by as much as 20% on their vehicles and how the decision might impact Southern California’s EV startups. I called the price cuts a “tough pill to swallow” for Fisker in particular since they would make many of Tesla’s price points more competitive with Fisker’s first production model, The Ocean.

The Ocean is currently undergoing homologation, but Henrik Fisker, the company’s CEO, confirmed to dot.LA that the company hopes the process to be completed at the end of February. From there, it could take several weeks to ship the SUVs from Austria to the United States.

Read moreShow less