Why Netflix is a Joke: The Festival decided to take over LA with 250 live performances – LA Daily News

Why Netflix is a Joke: The Festival decided to take over LA with 250 live performances – LA Daily News

Get the latest news delivered daily!

Get the latest news delivered daily!
Live comedy will take center stage for 12 days in more than 30 venues scattered throughout Los Angeles and beyond as the inaugural Netflix is a Joke: The Festival kicks off on April 27 and runs through May 8.
The fest includes more than 250 performances from some of the biggest names in the world of comedy and features diverse programming with stand-up shows, live podcast tapings, sketch comedy, table reads, musical performances, roasts, screenings and comedy drag brunches.
Related: Comic Gabriel Iglesias told friends he was headlining Dodger Stadium. They didn’t believe him.
What was originally planned in 2020 as a smaller multiple-day festival created to salute the pioneers of stand-up comedy has turned into a complete takeover of Los Angeles.
“In the last two years, the show grew substantially,” Robbie Praw, director of Original Standup Comedy Programming at Netflix said during a recent phone interview. “It’s a celebration. Let’s get out of our houses and go see the comedians who have sustained so many of us in the last few years through comedy. It just feels right at this point and it feels very exciting. Not to mention that we’re going to be able to take all this great stuff and put it out for our members soon after the festival, so people around the world can engage with that.”

Taylor Tomlinson will perform at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on May 6 as part of the Netflix is a Joke: The Festival. 

attends the “Sisters” New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 8, 2015 in New York City.

John Mulaney will headline The Forum in Ingelwood on May 3 and the Hollywood Bowl on May 7 as part of the Netflix is a Joke: The Festival. (Photo courtesy of John Mulaney)

Margaret Cho will be doing several performances as part of the Netflix is a Joke: The Festival happening in venues across Los Angeles April 27-May 8. She’ll perform as part of Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s “Ladies Night Live” at the Hollywood Palladium on May 3, headliner her own evening at The Wiltern on May 6 and is one of the performers taking part in “Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration” at The Greek Theatre on May 7. (Photo by Roy Rochlin, Getty Images)

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will host “Ladies Night Live” at the Hollywood Palladium on May 3 as part of the Netflix is a Joke: The Festival.  (Photo by David Livingston, Getty Images)

Mindy Kaling will host a “Never Have I Ever Lied” live table read with the cast at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on May 8 as part of the Netflix is a Joke: The Festival.  (Photo by Rachel Murray, Getty Images for Teen Vogue)

Dave Chappelle & Friends will take over the Hollywood Bowl April 28, 29, 30 and May 3 as part of the Netflix is a Joke: The Festival.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Out of all the performances, Praw said about a dozen are actually being will be filmed for upcoming Netflix specials.
A few of the larger or stand-out events include Gabriel Iglesias at Dodger Stadium May 6-7; Kevin Hart at Crypto.com Arena May 6; Dave Chappelle & Friends at the Hollywood Bowl April 28-30 and May 3; John Mulaney at The Forum in Inglewood on May 3 and the Hollywood Bowl on May 7; Larry David at the Greek Theatre May 2; David Letterman at Fonda Theatre May 6-7; Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Conversation at YouTube Theater in Inglewood May 7; Bill Burr at Hollywood Palladium May 4; Stand Out: AN LGBTQ+ Celebration with Eddie Izzard, Tig Notaro, Wanda Sykes and Margaret Cho at the Greek Theatre May 7; and Snoop Dogg hosting his comedy special at the Hollywood Palladium May 5.
For comedian Taylor Tomlinson, who grew up in Temecula and currently lives in Los Angeles, getting the opportunity to perform at The Theatre Ace at the Ace Hotel as part of the festival on May 6 was a big deal. She currently has two specials on the streaming platform, including 2020’s “Quarter-Life Crisis” and “Look At You,” which debuted last month.
“I think everyone that’s ever done comedy successfully is going to be at this festival,” she said during a recent phone interview.
Tomlinson said she was headlining clubs when she submitted her first-ever one-hour special to Netflix, but just a week after it was uploaded to the platform the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all live events.
“I thought, ‘Well, there goes my chance,’” she said with a laugh. But when she finally returned to the road she noticed that she had begun selling out club shows across the country.
“The special changed my life,” she said. “It kinda was like night and day. The nicest compliment I can get from people when I meet them on the road now or when I get DMs, people are like ‘Your special was my comfort watch during COVID.’ I had those, too! I’m sure many people who either wouldn’t have had the time or wouldn’t have normally taken a chance on somebody that they’d never heard of, watched that special because they were in quarantine.”
Tomlinson said she’s grateful that Netflix would take a chance on an up-and-coming comic and said she sees that also reflected in the festival lineup. Though tickets to some shows are already sold out, Praw said he doesn’t want fans to be discouraged from participating in the festival. He advises snagging tickets to events in smaller venues or to even participating in the free outdoor festival at the Hollywood Palladium. Fans can RSVP for certain dates and enjoy a lineup of live comedy, trivia, games, music, food, drinks and other Netflix activations. There’s also the very real possibility that one of the megastar festival headliners could drop in for a surprise set.
“I think part of the fun of what’s going to be happening [at the outdoor festival] is that you’re going to see a big star that you cannot believe is performing outdoors for free right in front of you, but also you could discover that unknown gem that could very well become your new favorite comic,” he said.
With so many events taking place all at once, Praw said the best way to navigate the festival is to use its website, which has a guide and the complete line-up broken down by performer, date, time or venue, as well as all of the information on how to RSVP for the free outdoor festival at the Palladium at netflixisajokefest.com.
Praw said he and his crew kept the diversity of Netflix’s users in mind to create an event that had something for everybody.
“Comedy is the most subjective art form,” he said. “Being able to see yourself on stage or on a screen is particularly important for the genre. You could also grow up in the same household as somebody else and have completely different tastes in comedy. So the only way to properly represent people’s comedy tastes is through great diversity and working with the best-in-class folks.”
“That’s really what comedy is about anyway,” he continued. “It is very diverse and it is very difficult. Comedians are 10-year overnight successes in some cases, and we’re really excited to showcase the people who have been working really hard for so long just to try to make people laugh. That specifically is something that we think the world is in desperate need of right now.”
When: Various showtimes April 27-May 8
Where: Multiple venues throughout Los Angeles
Tickets: Price varies by performance; All shows can be found at netflixisajoke.com
We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions.
Get the latest news delivered daily!
Copyright © 2022 MediaNews Group


Share This


Wordpress (0)
Disqus ( )