John Mulaney, Billy Eichner, Bill Burr and other comedians have been added to the growing roster of performers headlining events at the inaugural “Netflix is a Joke: The Festival,” the streamer announced on Tuesday.
The festival will host over 250 live shows in over 30 Los Angeles venues over the course of 11 days, featuring A-list names in stand-up and comedy. Previously announced performers and events include David Letterman, Gabriel Iglesias, Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Tim Robinson and Aziz Ansari.
Highlights from the newly announced shows include stand up sets from Mulaney, Sebastian Maniscalco, Franco Escamilla, Neal Brennan and Jacqueline Novak. In addition, Eichner will host a celebration of LGBTQ+ comedians with special guest such as Wanda Sykes and Margaret Cho, while Snoop Dogg will host an event for Black comics such as Katt Williams and Mike Epps. Burr will host an event featuring surprise guest comedians at the Hollywood Palladium, and there will be an international stand-up showcase featuring comedians from Brazil at Laugh Factory. Select shows will be recorded to air on Netflix at a later date.
Netflix will also host several special events featuring the casts of popular Netflix series over the course of the festival. The cast of “Never Have I Ever” will hold a live table read of the upcoming third season, the cast of “Cobra Kai” will host a fan celebration party and the cast of the upcoming series “Blockbuster” will moderate a movie trivia night. In addition, there will also be special advance screenings for the premiere of Mike Myers’ “The Pentaverate” and Season 5 of Phil Rosenthal’s “Somebody Feed Phil.”
Netflix also announced a special mini-festival, “Outdoors At Hollywood Palladium,” that will take place free of charge for seven days during the main fest. The space will include merchandise, a comedy museum and drag brunches with Alaska Thunderfuck and Willam, as well as a nightly show “The Drop In” with surprise sets from big name comics. Janelle James, Mark Normand, Joel Kim Booster, Bob The Drag Queen will be some of the nightly hosts of “The Drop In.”
Before the festival officially begins, Netflix will also host “Introducing…” at The Avalon, a spotlight event for up and coming comedians. The performers –– Darius Bennett, Michael Longfellow, Nataly Aukar, Julio Diaz, Kenice Mobley, Nico Carney, Irene Tu and Luke Mones –– will have their sets filmed and aired on Netflix is a Joke’s YouTube channel and Sirius XM.
“Netflix is a Joke” takes place in Los Angeles over the course of two weekends, from April 29 to May 1 and May 5 to May 8. View the full schedule and lineup of events on the official website.
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