TikTok comics hone art with an app

Comedians might be reaching new audiences thanks to TikTok’s algorithms, but what impact is it having on their careers?
A carton of a laughing emoticon, tears streaming from its eyes.

In 2022, TikTok is less a social networking service and more a cultural phenomenon with a user base of more than one billion people. Last year in Australia, the only apps downloaded more were the Service NSW and Service Victoria apps, both necessities for those living in those states during COVID-19. 

Along with lip-synced songs and reaction videos, much of the user-generated content on the site is comedy. So what do comedians get out of TikTok?

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Daniel Herborn is a journalist and novelist based in Sydney. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and others. He has also practised law at an Intellectual Property firm specialising in creative industries clients.