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About Us

The Poke is the biggest humour site in the UK with over 3 Million unique users globally viewing up to 10 Million videos, stories and pictures per month.

Our aim is to administer an antidote to the daily grind delivering a mix of homemade and hand-picked distractions. A mash-up of memes, reader challenges, spoof news stories and photoshop magic.

Original content on the site is produced by a collective of up-and-coming writers, performers, designers and video mixologists.

We are always looking for new contributors – so if you want to get involved send us something (amazing) that you’ve made.

The Poke aims to champion all manner of new and exciting comedy talent rising up from the internet, give them a platform and then work on developing projects together. We also love fast-turnaround topical stuff.

With the help of our growing army of followers we handpick the funniest stuff on the web delivering up to 10 daily updates.

The Poke Community

In just over 12 months we have amassed over 250,000+ fans who have signed up to  Facebook, Twitter, our iPhone app and YouTube feeds Plus our weekly newsletter, The Poke On Friday. We have just joined Google+.

We’ve collected some high profile followers and retweeters including the likes of Peter Serafinowicz, Stephen Mangan, Caitlin Moran, Graham Linehan, Sarah Millican, Rufus Hound, Jeremy Vine, Al Murray, Tim Minchin and Danny Wallace.

Greg James told Radio 1 listeners ”The Poke is one of the funniest, most retweeted accounts on Twitter” and former Deputy PM John Prescott reckons that a retweet by The Poke is better than a peerage.

Poke Things

We remixed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s tuition fees apology speech video – which chalked up 2.2 Million views on YouTube. It went on to become a Top 40 hit in the iTunes download chart. The video was singled out as one of YouTube’s Top 10 Defining Moments Of 2012. Read more about what happened > here.

In 2012 The Poke was featured on a Greg James BBC Radio 1 documentary about internet trends and several of our videos have made appearances  on Channel 4′s Rude Tube.

Leveson The Musical topped the Guardian’s Viral Video Chart and got nice write-ups in the Daily Telegraph and Huffington Post.

We’ve also had a bit of attention across the pond – in outlets like Time and in The New Yorker and New York Times for our Mad Men Mr Men comic strip.

We had 5000 requests for poster for our Daily Mail Tube Map – however Transport For London’s legal department weren’t very keen on us printing them so we didn’t.

One of our stories about a zombie invasion caused quite a stir in French media.

The Poke Awards and Events

We stage annual awards initiative called The Pokes which honours the best-in-show of new UK web comedy and funds new projects. We have also have supported, LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, The Smalls Film Festival, Popcorn Comedy and Manchester’s CoFilmic.

The Poke App!

We made an app for the iPhone you can find out more about it HERE

The Sunday Times put it in their Top 200 Apps list.

We also landed a place in the Daily Telegraph’s Top 500 Must-Have Apps 2014.

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Read what > The Guardian thought.

History

The Poke was founded by Jasper Gibson and James Herring in Aug 2002. It started life as a magazine. 50,000 copies were printed and distributed via independent record shops and up at the Edinburgh Festival. The original idea was to provide an outlet for upcoming comedy writers.

They wanted to do a proper news-stand version..but that proved very hard to get off the ground. They got distracted and did some other things instead..until July 2010.
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