Netflix Comedy Festival Unveils Epic Lineup: Chappelle, Burr, Hart, Seinfeld, Letterman & More

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Netflix comedy brand ‘Netflix Is A Joke’ has its own comedy festival on the way – and they’ve got some of the biggest stand-up names in the lineup.

Get ready for the Netflix Is A Joke Fest, a star-studded celebration of comedy will take over Los Angeles April 27th – May 3rd and feature live stand-up shows, special events and activations with Netflix comedians and artists from around the world. The events will take place across over 20 venues in Los Angeles, including the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre, Hollywood Palladium, The Largo and more, with much of the festival primarily centered in Hollywood. Yeah, those of us in Australia can weep.

BUT, Netflix is a streaming service after all, and eleven shows will be recorded and released on Netflix in their entirety at later dates.

And now to some of the many, many, many names Netflix has lined up (who knows how much this is costing them). Ali Wong, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, Jamie Foxx, Amy Schumer, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence, Sebastian Maniscalco, Hannah Gadsby, Margaret Cho, and Rosie O’Donnell are among the talent.

Plus, there’s a closing night inaugural edition of The Hall, which Netflix describes as a first-of-its-kind hall of fame honouring the greats of stand-up comedy. George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams will be honoured by the likes of Chappelle, Hart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and more. The Hall will be available to stream on Netflix in May.

“It’s our honor to transform LA for one week into the funniest place on earth,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said 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.”

If you’re in the U.S. or planning to be around L.A. during the time of the fest, tickets across all events go on sale on March 6 at www.NetflixIsAJokeFest.com, where you can find more info.

Check out the announcement trailer that Netflix released, then scroll down for a rundown of the events…

THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL

  • 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.

THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL

  • Chappelle’s

An evening of music and comedy featuring Dave Chappelle and very special guests.

THE GREEK

  • 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.

THE FONDA

  • 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.

THE PALLADIUM

  • 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.

THE WILTERN

  • 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

THE ORPHEUM

  • 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

WILSHIRE EBELL

  • Mike Birbiglia live
  • Congratulations with Chris D’Elia live podcast
  • Michelle Wolf live
  • Middleditch & Schwartz improv live

PALACE

  • Norm Macdonald live

THE AVALON

  • 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.

REGENT

  • Marlon Wayans live
  • Russell Howard live
  • Deon Cole live
  • Christina Pazsitzky live
  • Vir Das live

LARGO

  • Jacqueline Novak Get On Your Knees live
  • Jenny Slate live
  • Katherine Ryan live
  • Tom Papa & Fortune Feimster live
  • Whitney Cummings & Friends live

DYNASTY TYPEWRITER

  • 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

COMEDY UNION

  • The Arsenio Hall Comedy Showcase (recorded for SiriusXM)

Arsenio Hall presents a lineup of the funniest comedians in LA at the legendary Comedy Union.

IMPROV

  • Whindersson Nunes & Friends live
  • They Ready Live live
  • Luenell live

IMPROV LAB AND IMPROV LAB

  • Janelle James & Friends live
  • K. Trevor Wilson live
  • Ms. Pat live

LAUGH FACTORY

  • Best of Canada live

THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL

  • Tim Dillon live
  • Chad Goes Deep “Going Deep” live podcast

THE BELASCO

  • 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
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