If you’ve been looking for a program that replicates the experience of sitting next to that favorite, wacky uncle at Thanksgiving dinner and having him conspiratorially whisper hokey but funny jokes in your ear, look no further than iLaugh for the iPhone and iPod touch.
The app, released by Azure Talon Software, is a jokes database that pulls content from online sources. The end result is a new joke every time you open the app, or hit the easy-to-spot refresh button in the upper right-hand corner of the iPhone’s screen. Only one server is currently available to draw content from, but the developer promises at least two new sources in future updates.
Part of iLaugh’s appeal is its simplicity and ease of use. The app has a grand total of two screens, the first being the main display and the other being a source selection screen. The main screen consists of a top bar with the App’s name and the refresh button, while the bulk of the display is taken up by the content window, which shows the jokes. There is no bottom menu bar, just a small “i” button which flips the screen, taking you to the server selection page. Graphics and palette choices show a keen eye for design, making the app a pleasure to use and the content easy to read.
In my brief test drive of the application, I didn’t run across any duplicated jokes, and I did refresh a number of times to get a good sample of the content. The jokes are not all “jokes” in the traditional set-up/punchline sense. Those are there, to be sure, but there’s also fake news articles and press releases, extended stories, lists and parodies. Maybe this is where funny uncles get their material.
iLaugh is available in the App Store now for $0.99.