Netflix Bringing Back Live Stand-Up Comedy Shows in May Across 35 L.A. Venues

The “Netflix is a Joke Fest,” touted as the biggest live comedy show in North America, is coming back to Los Angeles May 2-12, 2024.

Produced by Netflix in association with Live Nation, the festival will feature more than 300 stand-up shows, special events, table reads, and sketches across 35 venues. Headliners include Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Nikki Glaser, Matt Rife, Trevor Noah, Ali Wong, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Wanda Sykes, and Daniel Tosh, among others.

Jerry Seinfeld

Venues include the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theater, the Dolby Theater, the Forum, the Palladium, the Orpheum Theater and the Wiltern, as well as historic comedy venues such as the Hollywood Improv, Largo, the Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store.

“In the 10 years that we’ve been doing stand-up, we’ve seen the art form reach levels we didn’t think possible,” Robbie Praw, VP of Stand-up and Comedy Formats, said in a statement. “This festival aims to capture this moment by bringing together the world’s best comedians for an unforgettable 11 days.”

In 2022, Netflix is a Joke Fest featured 295 shows, with more than 330 comedians and 260,000 tickets sold. More than 60% of U.S. subscribers watched at least one stand-up title in 2022, and one in 20 domestic subs watched at least 20 stand-up titles in 2022. Netflix has featured more than 200 comedians in more than 350 specials over the past decade. 

Ali Wong (Netflix image)

Tickets for events across the festival will go on sale beginning at 10am PT on December 15th at www.NetflixIsAJokeFest.com.

HOLLYWOOD BOWL – 8 nights

  • Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Nate Bargatze and Sebastian Maniscalco: Live at the Hollywood Bowl: ​​A once in a lifetime lineup – Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Nate Bargatze, and Sebastian Maniscalco together in one MEGA powerhouse show of stand-up comedy not to be missed.
  • Bill Burr
  • John Mulaney
  • Seth Rogen Smokes The Bowl: A BIG night of comedy, music, special guests, and fireworks! Supporting Seth and Lauren Rogen’s Alzheimer’s charity Hilarity For Charity.
  • Matt Rife
  • Taylor Tomlinson, Sarah Silverman, Nikki Glaser and Michelle Buteau: Live at The Hollywood Bowl: A lineup you have to see to believe — Taylor Tomlinson, Sarah Silverman, Nikki Glaser and Michelle Buteau together for one night of star-studded stand-up comedy.
  • Kevin Hart 
  • Trevor Noah

THE FORUM

  • G.R.O.A.T.
    • The Greatest Roast of All Time: Tom Brady (recorded for Netflix): Seven time world champion and modern day legend tackles the biggest challenge of his career. Watch as Tom Brady gets his cleats held to the fire by the Roastmaster General Jeff Ross, alongside famous friends & frenemies in an unforgettable night as they try to take down the GOAT.
  • Tom Segura
  • Bert Kreischer

HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM

  • Chris Rock’s Table Reads: Join comedy icon Chris Rock as he hosts table reads of his favorite films featuring an all-star lineup of talent.
  • Dodgers Comedy Night hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and Presented by All Star Dodgers Catcher Will Smith: Will Smith, catcher of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is bringing together comedians, teammates, and fans for a night of standup comedy and giveaways. Proceeds will go to Catching Hope, Will and Cara Smith’s foundation, working to help at-risk low-income youths in transition with critical skills needed for leadership, self-advocacy, and self-sufficiency.
  • Mike Epps

THE GREEK THEATRE

  • Big Mouth Live at The Greek: Come out on a school night to see Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Jason Mantzoukas and more of the Emmy Award winning cast of Big Mouth at The Greek. Hormones will fill the air for an evening of comedy, music, and stories about the most gloriously awkward time of life.
  • Jon Stewart and Friends: Join Jon Stewart and friends for a night of stand-up under the stars at the Greek Theatre.
  • Shane Gillis 
  • I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Live!: An evening with Tim Robinson and Zach Kanin, the creators of “I Think You Should Leave”

THE WILTERN

  • Ali Wong Live (four shows over three nights, shows on 5/4 will be recorded for Netflix): Award winning creator, director, actor, comedian and star of the critically acclaimed series Beef moves into the Wiltern for a limited run of shows you do not want to miss! Catch Ali’s latest hour of stand-up to be filmed for her next comedy special, right here right now.
  • Sheng Wang

THE DOLBY

  • Wanda Sykes: Please & Thank You Tour
  • Ronny Chieng Live
  • Daniel Tosh Live

THE MONTALBAN

  • Gods of Comedy with David Letterman: Watch as this legendary late night host sits down with comedy titans for a once in a lifetime conversation for three nights. Be in the room where funny meets insight in a revealing conversation that only Letterman can bring us.
  • Mark Normand 
  • Iliza Shlesinger
  • Heather McMahan 
  • Dane Cook
  • Rachel Bloom
  • Katherine Ryan

YOUTUBE THEATER

  • Katt Williams: The Dark Matter Tour (recorded for Netflix)
  • Chelsea Handler, Fortune Feimster, Matteo Lane, Sam Jay & Vanessa Gonzalez: 3 Gays, a Mexican and a Jew: A Night of Comedy with Chelsea Handler and Friends. Featuring Chelsea Handler, Fortune Feimster, Matteo Lane, Sam Jay and Vanessa Gonzalez.
  • Kill Tony

THE ORPHEUM THEATRE

  • Brett Goldstein (multiple shows)
  • Celeste Barber
  • Vir Das
  • Kountry Wayne

THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL

  • Hannah Gadsby And Close Personal Acquaintances…Some of Whom They’ve Never Met: Hannah is back at the Theatre At The Ace Hotel to present a hand picked line up of some of the funniest and queerest comedians any Thursday has ever seen.
  • Ralph Barbosa
  • Tom Papa
  • Kumail Nanjiani 
  • Patton Oswalt
  • Mike Birbiglia
  • Jimmy Carr
  • Marlon Wayans
  • Phil Rosenthal
  • Hannah Berner
  • Anthony Jeselnik
  • Demetri Martin

THE AVALON

  • Mae Martin and Brett Goldstein Make Love to One Another Live on Stage
  • Felipe Esparza

LARGO

  • How Did This Get Made

PANTAGES

  • Leanne Morgan

WILSHIRE EBELL

  • Laura Ramoso
  • Ryan Hamilton

PALACE THEATRE

  • Jared Freid
  • Nate Jackson

THE BELASCO

  • Roy Wood Jr. 
  • Sibling Rivalry Podcast
  • Earthquake

TROUBADOUR

  • Joel Kim Booster
  • Lowkey Comedy 
  • Craig Robinson
  • Nicole Byer
  • Paul Virzi 
  • Moshe Kasher

THE REGENT THEATER

  • Catherine Cohen 
  • Mo Gilligan
  • JR De Guzman 
  • Luenell

BOURBON ROOM

  • Chris Redd
  • Jessimae Peluso
  • Donnell Rawlings
  • Sabrina Wu

DYNASTY TYPEWRITER

  • Fern Brady: I Gave You Milk To Drink
  • Are You Still Listening?
  • Naomi Ekperigin
  • Joe Mande

THE ELYSIAN THEATER

  • Nori Reed
  • Natalie Palamides
  • Guy Branum
  • Nico Carney

MASONIC LODGE AT HOLLYWOOD FOREVER

  • Beth Stelling
  • Christina P.
  • Jeff Ross
  • The Endless Honeymoon Podcast

ADDITIONAL VENUES WITH SHOWS TO BE ANNOUNCED INCLUDE:

THE EGYPTIAN 

HOTEL CAFE

WESTSIDE COMEDY THEATER

LAUGH FACTORY

HOLLYWOOD IMPROV

THE COMEDY STORE

MIRACLE THEATER

Comic Dave Chappelle Tackled on Stage at ‘Netflix Is a Joke’ Festival at Hollywood Bowl, Suspect Arrested

Comedian Dave Chappelle was tackled on stage at the Hollywood Bowl late May 3 by a man reportedly carrying a replica handgun and knife. The incident, which occurred near the end of Chappelle’s routine at the “Netflix Is a Joke” comedy festival, didn’t result in any injuries to the comic who has garnered controversy for past comments some critics contend is hate speech.

The suspect, identified in media reports as Isaiah Lee, was arrested on stage at the amphitheater by Los Angeles Police Department officers and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

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The incident comes just weeks after actor Will Smith rushed the stage at the 2022 Oscars and slapped comedic Chris Rock on national television after he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Rock, who reportedly was in attendance at Chappelle’s performance, rushed to the comic’s side backstage following the attack. He couldn’t resist throwing another punch.

“Was that Will Smith?” Rock joked.

In a statement, Netflix said it doesn’t condone violence targeting content creators and performers.

“We strongly defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence,” said the streamer.