Making a product on standup comedy in 3 weeks!

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Introduction

Stand-up comedy is a popular comic style, where a comedian entertains a live audience with his jokes, quips, and observations. My interest in stand-up comedy was piqued during my school days – starting with Russel Peters. Today, thanks to YouTube, there are a lot of Indian stand-up comics whose work I like to follow. Most of the content that I watch is discovered through YouTube recommendations or through someone’s post on Facebook.

When I tried to find new content, I wasn’t able to find a place that curated or recommended similar content. I figured this was a need gap that had the potential for popularity and I wanted to see if I could build a platform around it to validate my hypothesis.

To build the Komedy.tv, I gave myself 3 weeks. Keeping a time constraint was strategic, as I wanted to focus on the core features and not create a bloated product without any validation.

Design

The initial design was conceptualized with a rough wireframe as seen below

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Comedians List Page

 

After making the wireframe, I used Sketch to create the mockups and then created HTML mocks of the same.

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Comedians List Page

Comedians Profile Page

 

Some parts of the design changed as the product was getting built. The most noticeable was the background as seen in the final version below.

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Comedians List Page

Comedians Profile Page

Tech

The front end is primarily a combination of HTML, jQuery and Bootstrap. I believe in the use of the least number of components, hence no front-end framework like Angular/ React was used. If there are a lot component that need to be managed then these frameworks are useful.

The backend uses Django as the web framework and Postgres as the database.

The code is hosted on a Linode machine and nginx is the web server.

 

What now?

I’m in the process of getting feedback about the platform from users as well as the comedians. Also, when I started the project, I didn’t think much about monetization.

There is an excellent post by Jérémy Mouzin in Indiehackers about bootstrapping. He describes the list of businesses in Indiehackers that interest him and following are the common points among them:

“It’s a one-man business, it’s highly automated, there is very little customer support to do and it generates a lot of revenue each month”

This pretty much describes how I would like to evaluate my project as I prefer a business with this model.