CollegeHumor Launches New Ad-Free Subscription Service

It'll include comics, chat stories and new original programming

CollegeHumor's Dropout launches today. CollegeHumor

CollegeHumor is launching an ad-free subscription service called Dropout to give fans even more content.

The service will exist on a completely new website and launches in beta today at a tiered pricing model, which depends on how long a fan commits to the service. For example, the service will cost $5.99 per month for a month-to-month commitment or $3.99 per month if you commit to a whole year. Additional apps are also expected to be released.

“It’s uncensored, it’s unhinged, it’s unfettered,” said Shane Rahmani, CH Media’s chief business officer. “We think our audience wants this from us.”

CH Media, a subsidiary of IAC, includes CollegeHumor, Dorkly and Drawfee. Dropout will include scripted and unscripted original shows, comics and chat stories.

Among the shows available will be Cartoon Hell from Drawfee illustrators Nathan Yaffe and Caldwell Tanner, who draw new cartoons each week, and Dimension 20: Fantasy High described by CollegeHumor as “if John Hughes ran a tabletop RPG.”

Comics will include Dreadlord, part of the Troopers universe, Gay Spy, which is somewhat based on CollegeHumor’s Grant O’Brien’s memoirs and Ladies Book Club, from the Drawfee’s Dungeons & Dragons series. Chat series about topics like dating a black hole, for instance, will also be available.

“It’s storytelling that feels native to the way they live their everyday lives,” Rahmani said.

Dropout will also let fans talk with CollegeHumor’s creative team. A members-only Discord channel, a chat service for the gaming community, will soon be available.

“We’re really creating something here that has the audience in mind first and foremost,” Rahmani said.

@SaraJerde Sara Jerde is publishing editor at Adweek, where she covers traditional and digital publishers’ business models. She also oversees political coverage ahead of the 2020 election.