Netflix has recently announced that a comedy festival will take place in 2022, lineup includes Dave Chappelle, who recently received heavy criticism for his latest Netflix special The Closer.
Joke comedy festival Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival will be held in over 25 different venues across L.A. including Dodger Stadium, the Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theater with more than 130 artists performing, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, to name a few. It will come about over an 11-day duration in the spring.
The fest has been dubbed “the biggest comedy event in history, probably” containing over 100 live shows. It would almost be insulting for a comedian to not be invited to perform.
Chappelle will host “Dave Chappelle & Friends” at the festival.
Netflix Is A Joke was originally planned for 2020, but due to COVID-19 pandemic, it was delayed. Many of the shows will be filmed to air later as brand new specials for streamers.
Cancel culture may not be as formidable as some people believe. Dave Chappelle has gained backlash for his special The Closer. Fans have gone ballistic for its perceived transphobic content. Yet Chappelle has received another show appearance like nothing happened.
However, on the Netflix post on Instagram, fans still haven’t moved on from The Closer controversy. “You lost me at Dave Chappelle,” a comment from a netizen read. “Having an LGBT Celebration in the same lineup as Dave Chappelle is a great joke.”
Amid the issue, Chappelle has maintained a good relationship with Netflix. Ted Sarandos, CEO at Netflix, showed his support to the humorist. Even to go as far as to invite the funnyman to perform at the biggest stage in comedic history.