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‘Netflix Is a Joke’ Comedy Channel Sets SiriusXM Launch

SiriusXM and Netflix announced the launch of Netflix Is a Joke Radio, a full-time comedy channel piggybacking on the streamer’s stand-up comedy lineup. The channel, debuting April 15, marks the first time Netflix has teamed with another subscription-media company to distribute content.

Netflix Is a Joke Radio is available on satellite radio channel 93 to subscribers of SiriusXM’s XM Select ($15.99 per month) and XM All Access ($20.99 per month). All Access customers also can listen to the linear feed as a streaming channel on the SiriusXM app, online and in vehicles equipped with the SiriusXM 360L radio.

The channel will feature highlights from comedians in Netflix’s comedy specials, including Adam Sandler, Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Gabriel Iglesias, Jerry Seinfeld, John Mulaney, Ken Jeong, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Silverman, Sebastian Maniscalco, Trevor Noah and Wanda Sykes.

In addition, segments from Netflix’s future stand-up specials will debut on Netflix Is a Joke Radio. The channel also will broadcast clips of Netflix’s comedy talk shows and other comedic content from the service, and is slated to introduce an original daily talk show featuring celebrity guests and comedians discussing pop culture and current events.

The companies previously announced a pact for the channel last summer. Originally, Netflix’s comedy channel on SiriusXM was slated to debut in January.

“Netflix Is A Joke Radio on SiriusXM will be an audio extension of our award winning stand-up comedy on Netflix,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in announcing the launch. “We are thrilled to feature some of the greatest and funniest performers in the world with highlights from Netflix shows as well as original programming that further celebrates the art of comedy, and we are excited to do this in partnership with SiriusXM.”

The new channel with Netflix launches as SiriusXM continues to grow its comedy programming. That includes Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio Channel, for which Hart hosts a regular show, as well as a regular series with Ricky Gervais. Other original comedy programs on SiriusXM include those hosted by Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy, Jim Norton & Sam Roberts, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Nikki Glaser. The satellite and streaming radio company also has produced audio documentaries on comedians such as Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Garry Shandling.

Watch the sizzle reel for “Netflix Is a Joke Radio”:

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