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The Best of Netflix Is A Joke Festival: Latest Updates

Following the inaugural Netflix is a Joke comedy festival, the streaming service announced the shows that will be available to watch in the upcoming weeks. These include memorials to late comedians like Bob Saget and Robin Williams as well as the time of Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias’s historic performance at Dodger Stadium, which has not yet been announced.

The festival garnered media attention for a variety of performances and celebrities, as well as for some of its comedians’ jokes, such as Pete Davidson’s jabs at Kanye West. The Hollywood Bowl tackle of Dave Chappelle during his performance, which resulted in the perpetrator being charged with four misdemeanor counts, was the biggest news of the festival.

Netflix’s response was that it “cares profoundly about the safety of creators and we strongly back the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence.” Although Netflix claimed more premiere dates would be revealed, none of Chappelle’s four sold-out performances are on the list of impending premieres.

In total, the festival had 288 performances by more than 300 comedians at more than 35 venues throughout Los Angeles. Wanda Sykes, Billy Eichner, Rosie O’Donnell, and Seth Rogen were among the festival’s performers who gave stand-up sets and table reads, respectively. Below, you can read the whole list of Netflix specials as released by stand-up and comedic formats VP Robbie Praw.

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  • On May 19, “The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand-up,” hosted by John Mulaney, will celebrate George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, Dave Chappelle, Chelsea Handler, and Robin Williams.
  • On June 6, “Bill Burr Presents: Friends Who Kill,” a showcase of stand-up comedians selected by Burr, will take place.
  • “That’s My Time with David Letterman,” which airs on June 7 and 12, features six episodes with a different comedian and features a five-minute stand-up routine as well as a Letterman interview.
  • On June 9, there will be the biggest ever gathering of LGBTQ+ comedy for “Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration,” which will feature Margaret Cho, Billy Eichner, and Bob the Drag Queen.
  • On June 10, Bob Saget’s friends and family will gather for “A Tribute to Bob Saget,” a celebration of Bob’s life in comedy.
  • On June 11, “Amy Schumer’s Parental Advisory,” a showcase of stand-up comedians, will be held.
  • On June 13, Davidson will host and organize a multi-comic special called “Pete Davidson Presents: The Best Friends.”
  • June 14: Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda launch an all-female line-up of comedians in “Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin: Ladies Night Live.”
  • On June 16, “Snoop Dogg’s F*cn Around Comedy Special” will feature Snoop’s own comedy as well as performances by illustrious black comedians who will be at the festival.
  • “Best of the Festival” on June 23—highlights from the whole 11-day program.
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