Netflix Expands Brand with Live Comedy Event in LA

Netflix Is A Joke, Netflix’s comedy brand, is throwing a week-long comedy festival, Netflix Is A Joke Fest.

Produced by Netflix in association with Live Nation, the star-studded celebration of comedy will take over Los Angeles April 27th – May 3rd and feature live stand-up shows, special events and activations with Netflix comedians and artists from around the world. Featured Netflix talent include 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. The fest will also include STAND OUT : An LGBTQ+ Celebration  with headliners Alan Carr, Hannah Gadsby, Margaret Cho, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Wanda Sykes and more.

Anchoring the Netflix is a Joke Fest is the May 3rd closing night inaugural edition of The Hall, a first-of-its-kind hall of fame honoring the greats of stand-up comedy.  Today’s biggest names in comedy including Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah SilvermanWanda Sykes and more will pay homage to and induct comedy legends George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams. The Hall and induction ceremony special were created by award-winning director/producer Marty Callner and producer Randall Gladstein.  Callner will direct and executive produce through his Funny Business, Inc. shingle.  Gladstein and award winning producer/manager, David Steinberg will also executive produce.The Hall, which will have a physical home in a newly designed wing of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, will be taped at The Ace Theater in Downtown LA for streaming on Netflix later in May.  

Tickets for all events across the festival will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 6th at Select pre-sales will be available beginning Tuesday, March 3. Eleven shows will be recorded (noted below) and available in their entirety at a later date on Netflix. Highlights will also be available on Netflix Is A Joke’s SiriusXM channel and on Netflix Is A Joke social platforms.

Netflix is also proud to partner with Comedy Gives Back, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a safety net for comedians in need with mental health, medical and financial crisis support. During the Festival, Comedy Gives Back will provide onsite services and information for all interested Festival goers, free of charge. Comedy Gives Back is a 501(c)3 fiscally sponsored project through Road to Artdom Foundation, Inc.

“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 take place across over 20 venues in Los Angeles, including the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre, Hollywood Palladium, The Largo and more, with much of the festival primarily centered in Hollywood.

Below is a preview of the fest’s shows and events. The latest information and schedule will be available on 

“*Talent and schedule subject to change”.


  • 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.


  • Chappelle’s

An evening of music and comedy featuring Dave Chappelle and very special guests.


  • STAND OUT at The Greek Theatre: An LGBTQ+ celebration (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, Mario Cantone, 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 (recorded)

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 Live withDan Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy , Noah Reid, Emily Hampshire
  • 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
  • Aunty Donna  live sketch


  • 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


  • Janelle James & Friends  live
  • K. Trevor Wilson  live
  • Ms. Pat  live

Host named to Host the Trumpet Awards

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Host named to Host the Trumpet Awards

For the first time in its history, the Bounce Trumpet Awards will be held in Hollywood, taking place at the Dolby Theatre. It will tape Dec. 4, 2019 and will world premiere nationwide on Bounce on Sun. Feb. 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET for Black History Month. Bounce, the fastest-growing African-American network on television, exclusively owns, produces and telecasts the event. Visit for more information.

“Relocating the Bounce Trumpet Awards to Hollywood gives us an opportunity to build upon the show’s enormous entertainment value by tapping into Hollywood’s talent resources,” said Bounce’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming David Hudson. “Wanda Sykes is the perfect person to helm this year’s Trumpets. Not only is she hilarious and brilliant, she has broken many barriers in her career from being the first African-American woman to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to conceiving and starring in her own prime-time sitcom. She truly personifies the spirit of the Trumpet Awards – an inspirational celebration of Black excellence.”

Sykes has been called “one of the funniest stand-up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand-up has sent her career in many different directions. She can be seen in her first Netflix comedy special Wanda Sykes: Not Normal which was nominated for two Primetime EMMY® Awards. She also was seen in the EMMY®-winning reboot of Norman Lear’s The Jeffersons. She is currently in production for two shows she is producing and writing through her Push It Productions banner.

Hudson will serve as Executive Producer of the 2020 Bounce Trumpet Awards, along with Rikki Hughes, CEO of Magic Lemonade Productions. Hughes is an EMMY® and GRAMMY®-winning producer of award shows, comedy specials and independent features. Her credits include four comedy specials with Dave Chappelle for Netflix, HBO’s upcoming comedy special All Def Comedy, The BET 25th Anniversary Special, The BET Comedy Awards and more.

The Bounce Trumpet Awards were conceived to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees includes Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African-American Women of the United States Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King, III, Janelle Monáe and Spike Lee.

D.L. Hughley Talks about New Book “How Not to Get Shot” and How Megyn Kelly Interview Inspired Him to Write it

How Not to Get and Other Advice from White People

DL is so damn funny. He is eons ahead of concepts like the Kings of Comedy. I would love to see him, Chris Rock and Wanda Sykes on tour. His new book “How Not to Get Shot and other Advice from White People” is a parody with a serious message about the world black people are living in.  “Po Po Potpourri” is a made-up scent that is one of those trees that you hang from your rearview mirror that rids the car of the fake marijuana scent that police always claim to smell when stopping black people according to DL. In addition, It’s really interesting to see how Megyn Kelly has switched it up for the cameras when she was hired by a major network. Do you watch her or more important BELIEVE her?

DL had a nasty encounter with the former Fox News anchor and he states that interview encouraged him to write his latest book “How Not to Get Shot” I will buy a copy, love sarcasm and thought-provoking material.

HBO Miami Red-Carpet Premiere of THE OUT LIST

outDirected by Award Winning Photographer, Filmmaker, and Miami Native Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, THE OUT LIST Explores LGBT Identity, In a Series of Intimate Portraits

The Miami premiere of the THE OUT LIST on Friday, June 21 at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts is presented by HBO, the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival CINEDWNTWN and COMCAST.

The HBO Documentary Films presentation THE OUT LIST provides a series of intimate portraits exploring the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identity. Through thoughtful stories of love, loss, trial and triumph, this diverse group of trailblazing individuals share personal insight into what it means to be out in their lives, their community and their country. Featuring Dustin Lance Black, Lady Bunny, Clarke Cooper, Wade Davis, Ellen DeGeneres, Twiggy Pucci Garcon, Neil Patrick Harris, Larry Kramer, Janet Mock, Cynthia Nixon, Suze Orman, Christine Quinn, Jake Shears, Wanda Sykes, Lupe Valdez and Wazina Zondon.


Two Hilarious Nights with Wanda Sykes

wanda-sykes-ima-be-me-1024Film, television and stand-up comedy star Wanda Sykes will appear for her very first stand-up comedy concerts in Sacramento, California Friday, May 10 at Sacramento Community Center Theater and in San Rafael, California Saturday, May 11 at the Marin Center. Tickets are on-sale now at

Wanda Sykes has been called “one of the funniest stand-up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand up has sent her career in many different areas.

Sykes has been seen on several television shows over the past two years. Last year she made a return to HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” starring opposite Larry David. In 2010 she starred on her own late night talk show on FOX, “The Wanda Sykes Show”. In October of 2009 her second HBO stand up special “I’ma Be Me” premiered. It was taped at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC where she tackled topics like the first black president, gay cruises, being a new mom and aging. The special was nominated for two 2010 Primetime Emmy awards: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special andOutstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

Tickets for Wanda Sykes Friday, May 10 at Sacramento Community Center Theater are $69.75 and $49.75, plus service fees. Tickets are available at, the Community Center Theater Box Office or charge by phone at 916-808-5181. Tickets for Wanda Sykes Saturday, May 11 at Marin Center in San Rafael are $69.50 and $49.50, plus service fees. Tickets are available at, the Marin Center Box Office and charge by phone at 415-473-6800.
Both concerts are produced by Northern California based concert promoters Rick Bartalini Presents.
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And Another One: Kevin Hart and His Celebrity Friends Harlem Shake it Up

We promised after the Oprah Harlem Shake video, we wouldn’t post anymore. Well, we lied. Kevin Hart and his celebrity friends do a pretty awesome job at their own version of the Harlem Shake phenomenon. See if you can spot Nelly, Boris Kodjoe, Tisha Campbell-Martin, and a host of others in the video. We admit that these are starting to become  guilty pleasure.