For its first major comedy festival, Netflix is exercising about the same amount of modesty that it applies to its library of original programming. That is to say, when the folks behind the streaming giant put together the lineup of featured comedians, we can only assume that every name was followed with a shrug and a casual “sure, why not?”
Netflix Is A Joke Fest, which was announced today, will include a mix of live and prerecorded performances from the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Ali Wong, Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny Slate, and many, many more. The week-long event will take place in Los Angeles April 27 through May 3 with over 100 live shows, events, and activations. All recorded shows will be available to stream on Netflix at a later date.
The festival will feature a number of events that will go beyond the standard stand-up show (though there will be no shortage of those), including a Q&A with Kevin Hart, a Schitt’s Creek farewell affair with the cast (which better include Moira’s wigs), and The Hall, which will honor George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams. In addition, it will include STAND OUT: An LGBTQ+ Celebration with headliners Alan Carr, Hannah Gadsby, Margaret Cho, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, and Wanda Sykes, to name a few.
Pre-sale begins tomorrow, March 3 on the event’s website. Tickets will be made available to general public on Friday, March 6 at 10 AM PST. Check out the preview of events below. The prerecorded events are noted as such. If you plan on attending, you’ll want to visit the website for regular updates.
The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand-Up (recorded)
The best comedians of today honoring the greatest stand-up comedians of all-time. With appearances by Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, & Wanda Sykes.
An evening of music and comedy featuring Dave Chappelle and very special guests.
STAND OUT: An LGBTQ+ celebration at The Greek Theatre (recorded)
A Historic Celebration of the best in LGBTQ+ Comedy. Legends, headliners, and top emerging talent will share the same stage at The Greek Theatre for an unforgettable and unprecedented stand-up event with special guests and musical performances. Headliners include Alan Carr, Hannah Gadsby, Margaret Cho, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard and Wanda Sykes. Presenters include Demi Lovato, Graham Norton, Lily Tomlin, Ruby Rose. Featuring Bianca Del Rio, Fortune Feimster, Gina Yashere, Guy Branum, James Adomian, Joel Kim Booster, Judy Gold, Lea DeLaria, Mae Martin, Marsha Warfield, Matteo Lane, Patti Harrison, Rhea Butcher, Sam Jay, Scott Thompson, Solomon Georgio, Trixie Mattel and more. STAND OUT is produced by Page Hurwitz and Wanda Sykes for Push It Productions.
That’s My Time with David Letterman (recorded)
Legendary late night host David Letterman returns to his roots to showcase some of today’s finest stand up comedians to perform and then join him for a one-of-a-kind interview.
Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Jamie Foxx (recorded)
Megastar and Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx hosts this loaded lineup featuring some of his favorite comedians!
Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Amy Schumer (recorded)
Movie star and powerhouse standup Amy Schumer hosts this epic night filled with some of Netflix’s hottest comedians!
Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Martin Lawrence (recorded)
From Def Comedy Jam 25, superstar comedian Martin Lawrence returns to Netflix to host an evening of heavy hitting stand-up.
Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin (recorded)
Comedy icons and Grace & Frankie stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin host an evening of top notch stand-up from an all-lady lineup.
Sebastian Maniscalco live
Ali Wong: The Milk and Money Tour live
2 Bears, 1 Cave with Tom Segura & Bert Kreischer live podcast
The Degenerates Live Hosted by Jim Jefferies
The Degenerates is BACK and it’s LIVE. You loved the first two seasons of this no-holds-barred comedy show featuring the hottest rising stars of comedy. Now this crude and lewd show is hitting LA for a special Live edition hosted by Jim Jefferies featuring Big Jay Oakersen, Christina P, Ms. Pat, Robert Kelly and more.
Ronny Chieng live
Park Na-rae live
Ken Jeong live
Chelsea Handler live
Kevin Hart in Conversation
A moderated Q&A session with comedy superstar and business mogul Kevin Hart.
Iliza Shlesinger: The Forever Tour
Schitt’s Creek: The Farewell Tour with Dan Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy , Noah Reid, Emily Hampshire
Join Schitt’s Creek cast members for a live, interactive evening that promises to be fun and insightful while giving fans an insider’s look into the making of the series.
Jack Whitehall live
Mike Birbiglia live
Congratulations with Chris D’Elia live podcast
Michelle Wolf live
Middleditch & Schwartz improv live
Norm Macdonald live
Pete Davidson & Best Friends (recorded)
Pete Davidson and his friends are doing stand-up comedy for you and your friends.
Los Comediantes de Latinoamérica (recorded)
Los Comediantes de Latinoamérica is a loaded stand up show featuring a who’s who of Latin American comedians. Special guests include Fabrizio Copano, Liss Pereira, Ricardo O’Farrill, and Ricardo Quevedo.
The India All Star Show hosted by Vir Das (recorded)
The India All Star Show is jam packed with the best stand up comedians from India featuring performances in both Hindi and English. Special guests include: Aditi Mittal, Amit Tandon, Kanan Gill, Kaneez Surka, Kenny Sebastian, Prashasti Singh, and Sumukhi Suresh.
Marlon Wayans live
Russell Howard live
Deon Cole live
Christina Pazsitzky live
Vir Das live
Jacqueline Novak Get On Your Knees live
Jenny Slate live
Katherine Ryan live
Tom Papa & Fortune Feimster live
Whitney Cummings & Friends live
Cristela Alonzo live
Taylor Tomlinson live
Catherine Cohen live
London Hughes live
Mo Gilligan live
The Endless Honeymoon with Moshe Kasher & Natasha Leggero live podcast
The Arsenio Hall Comedy Showcase (recorded for SiriusXM)
Arsenio Hall presents a lineup of the funniest comedians in LA at the legendary Comedy Union.
Whindersson Nunes & Friends live
They Ready Live live
Janelle James & Friends live
K. Trevor Wilson live
Ms. Pat live
Best of Canada live
Tim Dillon live
Chad Goes Deep “Going Deep” live podcast
Felipe Esparza live
Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave Attell Season 2 (recorded)
Best buds Jeff Ross and Dave Attell are bringing their uncut savagery for an all new season of Bumping Mics. Inviting friends and special guests from all over comedy to hang, riff and roast one another. No mic will go un-bumped.
Aunty Donna live sketch