Envisioned as a multi-venue comedy showcase performed in front of live audiences and filmed for streaming at a later date, the Netflix is a Joke Fest will not be held in 2020, the streaming giant announced. Scheduled for Los Angeles in late April and May, the event was initially postponed before being called off entirely late last week.
“Netflix is a Joke Fest will no longer take place in 2020 in the best interest of health and safety of fans, comedians and crew,” reads an announcement at netflixisajoke.com. We will come back with something extra special, but until then, please stay safe.”
Announced in early March, the festival made it just 15 days before the fast-rising coronavirus case numbers forced it to be indefinitely postponed on March 17. Netflix had partnered with Live Nation in planning more than 100 live shows and events to venues across the city, which has seen more than 100,000 cases and 3,800 deaths as of Monday.
Comedians originally scheduled for the festival included David Letterman, Dave Chappelle, Ali Wong, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Mike Birbiglia, Norm McDonald, Pete Davidson and many more. The lineup has since been pulled down from the website, but a March post by Vulture included the following performance breakdown, which was to be capped by a hall of fame ceremony honoring comics including Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, George Carlin, and Robin Williams:
THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL
• The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand-Up (recorded)
The best comedians of today honoring the greatest stand-up comedians of all-time. With appearances by Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, & Wanda Sykes.
THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
An evening of music and comedy featuring Dave Chappelle and very special guests.
• STAND OUT: An LGBTQ+ celebration at The Greek Theatre (recorded)
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 with special guests and musical performances. Headliners include Alan Carr, Hannah Gadsby, Margaret Cho, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard and Wanda Sykes. Presenters include Demi Lovato, Graham Norton, Lily Tomlin, Ruby Rose. Featuring Bianca Del Rio, 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, Solomon Georgio, Trixie Mattel and more. STAND OUT is produced by Page Hurwitz and Wanda Sykes for Push It Productions.
• That’s My Time with David Letterman (recorded)
Legendary late night host David Letterman returns to his roots to showcase some of today’s finest stand up comedians to perform and then join him for a one-of-a-kind interview.
• Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Jamie Foxx (recorded)
Megastar and Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx hosts this loaded lineup featuring some of his favorite comedians!
• Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Amy Schumer (recorded)
Movie star and powerhouse standup Amy Schumer hosts this epic night filled with some of Netflix’s hottest comedians!
• Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Martin Lawrence (recorded)
From Def Comedy Jam 25, superstar comedian Martin Lawrence returns to Netflix to host an evening of heavy hitting stand-up.
• Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin (recorded)
Comedy icons and Grace & Frankie stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin host an evening of top notch stand-up from an all-lady lineup.
• Sebastian Maniscalco live
• Ali Wong: The Milk and Money Tour live
• 2 Bears, 1 Cave with Tom Segura & Bert Kreischer live podcast
• The Degenerates Live Hosted by Jim Jefferies
The Degenerates is BACK and it’s LIVE. You loved the first two seasons of this no-holds-barred comedy show featuring the hottest rising stars of comedy. Now this crude and lewd show is hitting LA for a special Live edition hosted by Jim Jefferies featuring Big Jay Oakersen, Christina P, Ms. Pat, Robert Kelly and more.
• Ronny Chieng live
• Park Na-rae live
• Ken Jeong live
• Chelsea Handler live
• Kevin Hart in Conversation – A moderated Q&A session with comedy superstar and business mogul Kevin Hart.
• Iliza Shlesinger The Forever Tour
• Schitt’s Creek: The Farewell Tour with Dan Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy , Noah Reid, Emily Hampshire. Join Schitt’s Creek cast members for a live, interactive evening that promises to be fun and insightful while giving fans an insider’s look into the making of the series.
• Jack Whitehall live
• Mike Birbiglia live
• Congratulations with Chris D’Elia live podcast
• Michelle Wolf live
• Middleditch & Schwartz improv live
• Norm Macdonald live
• Pete Davidson & Best Friends (recorded)
Pete Davidson and his friends are doing stand-up comedy for you and your friends.
• Los Comediantes de Latinoamérica (recorded)
Los Comediantes de Latinoamérica is a loaded stand up show featuring a who’s who of Latin American comedians. Special guests include Fabrizio Copano, Liss Pereira, Ricardo O’Farrill, and Ricardo Quevedo.
• The India All Star Show hosted by Vir Das (recorded)
The India All Star Show is jam packed with the best stand up comedians from India featuring performances in both Hindi and English. Special guests include: Aditi Mittal, Amit Tandon, Kanan Gill, Kaneez Surka, Kenny Sebastian, Prashasti Singh, and Sumukhi Suresh.
• Marlon Wayans live
• Russell Howard live
• Deon Cole live
• Christina Pazsitzky live
• Vir Das live
• Jacqueline Novak Get On Your Knees live
• Jenny Slate live
• Katherine Ryan live
• Tom Papa & Fortune Feimster live
• Whitney Cummings & Friends live
• Cristela Alonzo live
• Taylor Tomlinson live
• Catherine Cohen live
• London Hughes live
• Mo Gilligan live
• The Endless Honeymoon with Moshe Kasher & Natasha Leggero live podcast
• The Arsenio Hall Comedy Showcase (recorded for SiriusXM)
Arsenio Hall presents a lineup of the funniest comedians in LA at the legendary Comedy Union.
• Whindersson Nunes & Friends live
• They Ready Live live
• Luenell live
IMPROV LAB AND IMPROV LAB
• Janelle James & Friends live
• K. Trevor Wilson live
• Ms. Pat live
• Best of Canada live
THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL
• Tim Dillon live
• Chad Goes Deep “Going Deep” live podcast
• Felipe Esparza live