The Festival decided to take over LA with 250 live performances – Orange County Register

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.

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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. ”

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 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 Theater May 2; David Letterman at Fonda Theater 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 Theater 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 Theater 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’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.

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