Netflix is getting into the festival biz.
The streaming giant’s comedy brand, Netflix Is A Joke, will host the Netflix Is A Joke Fest in late April and early May across several Los Angeles venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre and Hollywood Palladium.
Announced talent includes Ali Wong, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, Jamie Foxx, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence, Sebastian Maniscalco and the cast of Schitt’s Creek, the latter two of which appeared on Pollstar covers in 2019.
Special programming for the festival includes STAND OUT: An LGBTQ+ Celebration, which will be held at the Greek Theatre and will feature Alan Carr, Hannah Gadsby, Margaret Cho, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Wanda Sykes and more.
Netflix Is A Joke Fest will wrap with The Hall, where comics such as Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman will gather to pay homage to and induct legends George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams.
“It’s our honor to transform LA for one week into the funniest place on earth,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, in a statement. “This festival is a unique celebration of the art of comedy, and the role it plays in reflecting our lives and defining culture. It’s a chance for comedy lovers to come together and see their favorite artists as well as discover new ones, and for us to be able to share the electricity and excitement of the festival in Los Angeles with Netflix members around the world.”
Netflix will produce the event in association with Live Nation.
For the event, Netflix will partner with Comedy Gives Back, a nonprofit that works to provide a financial safety net and medical care for comedians.
Fans not in Los Angeles from April 27 to May 3 won’t be completely out of luck: Netflix plans to record and release many sets from Netflix Is A Joke Fest later this year.
Find more information about the fest’s lineup and schedule via its official website.