AltspaceVR’s First UK Comedy Show Arrives Next Week

During the course of 2016 virtual reality (VR) social network AltspaceVR has been building a repertoire of immersive live events featuring comedy, music, politics and more. While these events showcase what can be achieved using VR, they are mainly focused on the US market, generally starting at around 7 – 8pm PST. This means that UK/European viewers would have to stay awake (or wake up) at 3 – 4am. AltspaceVR is rectifying this with an expansion into Europe alongside its VR Capture technology, holding the first UK live comedy show in VR.

The live VR event ‘Best of British Comedy’ will take place on Wednesday, 21st December from 7pm to 7:45 pm GMT (11am PST), with owners of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Samsung Gear VR able to download the AltspaceVR app. Taking to the VR stage will be Ian Stone, a famous British stand-up comedian, broadcaster and writer who’s appeared on Mock the Week, Never mind the Buzzcocks and  The 11 O’clock Show. While Ben Morris has also appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, They Think It’s All Over and Mock The Week.

Ian Stone

Due to its expansion plans AltspaceVR has appointed Debby Shepard as the new Head of International Market Development, relocating to London to lead the effort to provide greater support and expanded programming for European VR users, which comprises 30 percent of AltspaceVR’s user base the company notes.

AltspaceVR has been improving its service over the last few months to provide a unique live VR service that anyone can attend. This began with the launch of FrontRow back in May, being put to the test with a live performance by acclaimed comedian, beatboxer and DJ, Reggie Watts. Then in November the company launched VR Capture, an integrated solution for the capture, distribution and playback of live VR performances and events. It works by recording performers in totally in VR, from their avatar and movements, to their voice and music. So if a performance is being held in California during the eveing for example, someone from the UK can watch it at a more suitable time.
With the European market gaining importance AltspaceVR is  now working with local partners and artists to produce live VR events to meet the demands. For further AltspaceVR announcements, keep reading VRFocus.