Netflix is about to take over Los Angeles this spring as the entertainment giant announced its leap from the streaming world to live events with its Netflix Is A Joke comedy festival. Packed with somes of the biggest name in comedy today, including an impressive roster of queer comics, the festival’s promos promise “100+ live shows, 20+ venues, and plenty of traffic.” Of the dates, the festival will host a queer-specific day.
Taking place April 27 through May 3, Netflix Is A Joke will feature themed events at various popular LA venues, such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theatre, the Hollywood Palladium, and The Largo. Netflix projects attendance to be around 80,000 with ticket prices ranging from about $15 up to $500 per event. Festival-wide passes will not be available.
Major headliners include Ali Wong, Chris Rock, David Letterman, Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings, and Arsenio Hall but LGBTQ+ comedy lovers will especially enjoy Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration on May 1 at the Greek Theatre. Headliners of this event include Sandra Bernhard, Alan Carr, Wanda Sykes, Hannah Gadsby, Margaret Cho, and Rosie O’Donnell. Demi Lovato, Graham Norton, and Ruby Rose will serve as presenters for the evening.
Netflix calls Stand Out a “historic celebration of the best in LGBTQ+ comedy. Legends, headliners, and top emerging talent will share the same stage at The Greek Theatre for an unforgettable and unprecedented stand-up event.”
Stand Out will also feature RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Bianca Del Rio and Trixie Mattel, as well as Fortune Feimster, Gina Yashere, Guy Branum, James Adomian, Joel Kim Booster, Judy Gold, Lea DeLaria, Mae Martin, Marsha Warfield, Matteo Lane, Patti Harrison, Rhea Butcher, Sam Jay, Scott Thompson, and Solomon Georgio.
Even if you miss Stand Out (which we hope you don’t!) there are still plenty of fun events of interest to queer fans — including Schitt’s Creek: The Farewell Tour, a live interactive event featuring the show’s beloved cast and a night of all-female comedians hosted by Grace & Frankie stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.
“This festival is a unique celebration of the art of comedy, and the role it plays in reflecting our lives and defining culture,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, in the official announcement. “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.”
Even if you aren’t able to make it to the festival, the good news is that 11 of the live shows are set to stream on Netflix at a later date.