Jay Z’s music streaming service is expanding.

Tidal has commissioned a drama series and a comedy show as it looks to add original programming to its current mix of music, videos, short films and livestreams.

The two new series are No Small Talk, a stand-up comedy showcase hosted by DJ Cipha Sounds, and Brooklyn-based gang drama Money & Violence (pictured), the webseries that became a YouTube phenomenon during its first season.

The first five episodes of No Small Talk will be available today (November 3) with new episodes coming out every Tuesday, and each features three young comedians performing at Manhattan’s Comedy Cellar, “the next guys I think will blow up,” Cipha said.

“I didn’t want it to feel polished like the standup specials you see on TV,” he added. “My goal is to help new guys get known, like Def Comedy Jam set up a lot of people’s careers.”

The celebrity-backed Tidal has struggled to gain market share from Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube since its launch in March, with two its CEOs departing the company. [via Variety]

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