Have you heard the one about the big comedy festival? Netflix Is a Joke, which was to feature many top stand-up comics performing in Los Angeles in spring 2020 but was postponed then canceled amid the pandemic, has been rescheduled for April 29-May 8.
Partnered with Live Nation, the streaming service announced the new dates this morning but didn’t provide any other details such as talents or venues. It will be held in L.A., though.
Netflix Is a Joke was announced on March 2, 2020 — just as the coronavirus emergency was taking hold. It was going to be a weeklong yuk-a-thon of more than 100 live shows with an attention-getting lineup: Ali Wong, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, Jamie Foxx, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence, Sebastian Maniscalco, the cast of Schitt’s Creek and more.
There also was to be a christening of The Hall — a hall of fame honoring stand-up legends George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams. Organizers had set Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and others to celebrate and induct the honorees. No word yet on whether that will happen next year.
While we wait to see who will take the stage for the now-inaugural 2022 event, here is a “to-do list” the streamer put out this morning: