Netflix Is a Joke Comedy Festival Unites Stand-Up’s Biggest Names

A plethora of comedy’s biggest names are coming together for Netflix Is a Joke: The Festival, an 11-day comedy festival in Los Angeles from April 28-May 8, 2022. Produced by Netflix in association with Live Nation, the festival notably partners the streamer back up with Dave Chappelle following recent controversy over The Closer, his sixth comedy special at Netflix. He will be just one of over 130 artists confirmed to appear at the event.

Some of the other comedians on hand include Ali Wong, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Bert Kreischer, Bill Burr, Chelsea Handler, Chris Rock, Conan O’Brien, Cristela Alonzo, David Letterman, Deon Cole, Eddie Izzard, Ellen DeGeneres, Felipe Esparza, Fortune Feimster, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, Hasan Minhaj and Ronny Chieng, Iliza Shlesinger, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Jerry Seinfeld, John Mulaney, Jonathan Van Ness, Ken Jeong, Kevin Hart, Kevin Smith, Larry David, Margaret Cho, Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum, Michael McIntyre, Mike Birbiglia, Mike Myers and David O. Russell, Nick Kroll, Nicole Byer, Patton Oswalt, Pete Davidson, Ray Romano, Sandra Bernhard, Seth Rogen, Theo Von, Tig Notaro, Tim Robinson, Tina Fey, Wanda Sykes, and many more.


The festival will take place across over 25 venues including Dodger Stadium, Hollywood Bowl, The Greek Theatre, The Forum, Arena (formerly STAPLES Center), Hollywood Palladium, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, The Orpheum Theatre, The Wiltern, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, YouTube Theater, The Comedy Store, The Dynasty Typewriter, The Fonda Theatre, The Laugh Factory, The Troubadour, The Improv, and more.

“It’s absolutely thrilling for Netflix to be hosting a comedy festival of this magnitude in Los Angeles,” said Robbie Praw, Director, Stand-up and Comedy Formats, Netflix. “We were so disappointed to postpone the event last spring and our line-up of comedians can’t wait to bring much needed laughs to audiences in LA and around the world on Netflix. Netflix Is A Joke Festival is going to give comedy fans the opportunity to see the greats and discover new voices in one of the greatest cities in the world.”

Some highlights include Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl; Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias recording his new Netflix special in front of tens of thousands at his home team’s baseball park at Dodger Stadium, the first stand-up comedian to ever perform there; Mike Myers and David O. Russell in conversation at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres; and sets from Pete Davidson and David Letterman at the Fonda Theatre, among many others.

At the Hollywood Palladium, the Honoring the Greats of Stand-Up event will pay tribute to some of the all-time greatest comedy legends. Anchoring the closing night will be a night filled with today’s best in comedy paying homage to pioneers George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams. The Hall and induction ceremony special were created by award-winning director/producer Marty Callner and producer Randall Gladstein. Callner will direct and executive produce through his Funny Business, Inc. shingle. Gladstein and award winning producer/manager, David Steinberg will also executive produce. The Hall will have a physical home in a newly designed wing of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will also perform stand-up at the location as will Amy Schumer, joined by other comedians.

You can find out more about the event at the official website for the Netflix Is a Joke festival.

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