This week, with the current presidential race gaining speed, the Comedy Central cable network launched a new election news and political humor app.
Comedy Central’s Indecision Election Companion is a free app for the iPad and iPhone that complements the cable comedy network’s programming with interactive options, photo galleries, video clips and other app-only content.
Comedy Central is home to popular political “news” shows The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report; the new app complements this programming as well as the network’s popular website with an iOS-optimized version of the Indecision blog and a “Snap Shots” photo gallery.
The latter feature chronicles the 24-hour news cycle in pictures. There’s also an app-only interactive Peanut Gallery in which users can utilize a “second screen” experience by watching and commenting on clips from various political talk shows, debates and speeches. The Peanut Gallery also features commentary from Indecision bloggers and guests and app users can register their reactions with “Reacticons” such as the “Cry-Baby” or “Bulls#*!” emoticon.
The network’s election cycle Indecision coverage dates back to 1992 and comedian Al Franken’s live “State of the Union: Undressed” coverage of President George Bush’s State of the Union Address. The new app, said Comedy Central editorial producer Mary Phillips-Sandy in a press release, continues that tradition with enriched, exclusive content.
“Comedy Central’s Indecision’ coverage brings political humor to consumers with smart, witty commentary about the candidates, pundits and the political process itself,” said “Indecision” Phillips-Sandy said.
“Launching the ‘Election Companion’ app will provide our fans with even more platforms to enjoy Comedy Central’s election coverage throughout the campaign season.”