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EXTREME and NextUp Bring Live Comedy to Virgin Media O2 Audiences


Discover real stand-up comedy. Watch rising stars alongside famous comedians perform at the UK's best comedy venues and festivals. Tune in LIVE on Virgin Media channel 242 to the chaotic magic of the UK comedy circuit and watch on demand comedy specials from hilarious comedians.

As of the 01st of August, NextUp Live Comedy featured among the 14 new, free-to-watch channels introduced for Virgin Media TV customers with Virgin TV360, Stream or a V6 box.

Founded in 2016 by 3 comedy fans and friends, NextUp is paving the way as the comedy-on-demand streaming platform that has recorded, livestreamed and distributed hundreds of shows featuring some of the biggest names in LIVE comedy alongside upcoming talent.

Partnering with EXTREME and Virgin Media O2 to bring our live comedy content to new audiences enables huge growth, not only for the channel but the acts, agents and venue partners who we work with,” says Sarah Henley, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of NextUp. “These partnerships alongside the Innovate Grant will allow us to increase accessibility, reach new fans and of course share more laughter.”

The new comedy experience will be listed on Virgin Media’s TV Guide on Channel 242 as Extreme International - NextUp Live Comedy and will feature NextUp’s best stand-up comedy content including livestreams from the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival 2023.


“The collaboration with NextUp Comedy and Virgin Media O2 adds a new dimension to the entertainment we can provide for our 20 million fans and viewers worldwide” shared Mark Dodd, Managing Director Media Network for EXTREME “NextUp Live Comedy is one of the most exciting producers of Live programming we have encountered and alongside Virgin Media O2 as a major player in the entertainment industry, we can offer millions of Virgin Media O2 homes the best live comedy has to offer, all at no cost.”


In addition, the media team at EXTREME are finalising opportunities to launch the EXTREME FAST Channels, UNREEL and Auto AllStars, including NextUp Live Comedy on several major connected broadcasting platforms later this year.

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