Have you heard about Dropout? Spun off from College Humor, Dropout is a paid streaming service with hours and hours of high quality improv content. For $6/month (less than half a Netflix) you get access to a large swath of independently produced shows that are a guaranteed laugh.
Here’s five shows I love on Dropout and chances are if you’re reading this, you’d like them too.
Game Changer is a game show where the contestants don’t know what game they’re playing until the show starts. The contestants are all College Humor talent and have comedy and improv skills in spades.
The series has reached new heights in the last two seasons with even more ambitious games, including but not limited to: a The Bachelor clone, a Survivor clone, an improvised musical, a surprise escape room, an improvised Shakespearean play, and many more.
Make Some Noise
A spin-off of Game Changer, this show is pure improv in the exact style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” This is my favorite of all the shows. Pure, corny, improv games. There’s even an improv karaoke episode with Wayne Brady from the US version of Whose Line to tie up the head nod perfectly.
Just when you think you’ve seen all the goofs to be goofed, newer cast members like Jake Wysocki and Vic Michaelis show up to inject new life and take it even further over the top.
Play It By Ear
Another Game Changer spin-off, Play It By Ear is a 30-minute five act improv musical. All you fellow thespians out there will love it.
Say hi, intrepid heroes! Dimension 20 is an “actual play” series where comedians play DnD. It’s got great set pieces, funny goofs and top tier DMs like Brennan Lee Mulligan and Aabria Iyengar. I started with Tiny Heist featuring the McElroy Brothers (and their dad) from The Adventure Zone podcast and would recommend that as a starting point, but they’re all fun and have different settings, stories, and players. I’m sure you can find one you like.
Now for something completely different. Total Forgiveness is a show about how far two people would go to forgive their student loans. Grant and Ally subject each other to weekly dares that prey on each other’s fears and insecurities approaching Jackass levels of impropriety.
Supporting small production companies
Production on new Dropout content stopped during to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Being web content, Dropout was technically exempt from the strike but decided to stand in solidarity with their writers and actors. That’s an admirable move for a small production company.
It’s fun to support smaller media ventures and Dropout feels like one of the chaotic good ones. You can even gift a subscription to someone in your life who likes TTRPGs or improv comedy (or both). Highly recommend. There’s also a lot of free episodes on YouTube, so hopefully this post has already blessed your algorithm.