They’ve Got An Oscar, Now Netflix Is Entering The Stand-Up Comedy Business

03 March 2020
Entertainment, Netflix, TV, Jerry Seinfeld, Stand-Up Comedy
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Headliners include Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld

Netflix seems intent on dominating every avenue of entertainment possible. They may have managed to acquire an Oscar, but that’s not enough to satiate the beast of a streaming giant. Now, the streaming platform are entering the stand-up comedy festival business.

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Anyone who uses the streaming platform will know that Netflix appreciates a comedian or two. From Adam Sandler’s Netflix special to the fresh talents of James Acaster, Daniel Sloss and Ali Wong, Netflix has made it a priority to showcase some of the world’s best comedians excelling at their craft. But while these stand-up specials continue to attract online audiences, it’s interesting than that Netflix feels the need to expand its comedy influence from the small screen to the live stage.

Titled Netflix Is a Joke Fest, the festival will run from Monday, April 27 through to Sunday, May 3. Offering over 100 live events at various locations in Los Angeles, such as the Hollywood Bowl and the Laugh Factory, the hope is that the event transforms L.A. to be, as Netflix’s Ted Sarandos suggests, “the funniest place on earth.”

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Speaking about the event, Sarandos went on to say: “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 favourite 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.”

And given the line-up they’ve released, it seems likely that Netflix will do just that. Some of comedy’s biggest names are set to perform at the festival, including David Letterman, Dave Chappelle, Ali Wong, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Hannah Gadsby, Wanda Sykes, Mike Birbiglia, Norm MacDonald, Pete Davidson, and many more.

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The festival will then conclude with a comedy hall of fame ceremony, titled The Hall, which is set to be an inaugural Netflix event that features Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes, and more honouring and inducting George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, and Robin Williams. These inductees will then be honoured at the National Comedy Centre in Jamestown, New York.

If you happen to be in Los Angeles from April 27, Netflix Is A Joke Fest is well worth a visit. For more details and information relating to the festival, visit the website here.

Via GQ Australia