Netflix is enthusiastic about stand-up comedy, however now it’s hoping to introduce comedy IRL. Today, it reported the Netflix Is A Joke Fest, a weeklong comedy festival coming to Los Angeles this spring. It guarantees more than 100 shows with a significant number of the greatest names in comedy, and it will commence on April 27th.
Comedians including Pete Davidson, Jamie Foxx, Arsenio Hall, Norm Macdonald, David Letterman, Amy Schumer, Michelle Wolf, and Ali Wong are scheduled to perform. They’ll make that big appearance in venues like The Hollywood Bowl, Wilshire Ebell Theater, The Regent and The Orpheum Theater.
One event, “The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand-Up,” will highlight comedy by Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, and Wanda Sykes. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin of Grace and Frankie will host an evening of stand-up with an all-female lineup.
Netflix has put intensely in comedy specials, and it has huge amounts of incredible ability to work with. Making an in-person experience makes sense for live comedy, yet this is as yet a major step for Netflix.