In a week-long comedy festival hosted by the streaming service’s entertainment brand, Netflix, Netflix is taking the laughs to Los Angeles.The show, called Netflix Is a Joke Fest, brings together some of the comedy’s greatest stars including Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, Ali Wong, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Kevin Hart.
The festival runs from April 27 to May 3 and, according to a press release, “feature live stand-up shows, special events and activations with Netflix comedians and artists from around the world,”
“It’s our honor to transform LA for one week into the funniest place on earth,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “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 favorite 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.”
The festival will be held at more than 20 venues in Los Angeles, including the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theater, Hollywood Palladium, The Largo and more, with much of the festival mostly focused in Hollywood.
Netflix will collaborate with Comedy Gives Back, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to build a safety net of mental health, medical and financial crisis resources for comedians in need.
Comedy Gives Back will provide resources and information on-site at no charge during the festival. Comedy Gives Back is a tax-sponsored 501(c)3 initiative by Road to Artdom Foundation, Inc. The late greats George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rive will also receive special honors
Tickets for the festival will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m. PT.