April 2, 2020 |


Will Smith to front Quibi stand-up show

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Soon-to-launch mobile video platform Quibi has acquired a stand-up comedy series hosted and exec produced by Hollywood star Will Smith.

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This Joka, from Westbrook Studios, will showcase stand-up sets and feature conversations between Smith and the comedians, interviews and backstage documentary-style moments.

The 16 episodes will be shot at golf-themed entertainment venue Topgolf and other venues in Las Vegas.

Exec producing alongside Smith are Miguel Melendez, Terence Carter, Brad Haugen, Lukas Kaiser, Chad Nelson, Erik Anderson and YuChiang Cheng. Lance Bangs directs.

“Will’s love and respect for stand-up comedy runs deep, and with this series on Quibi, we hope to discover, learn from and uplift the next generation of diverse comedic talent,” said Terence Carter, co-president of Westbrook Studios. “The goal of This Joka isn’t just to laugh but to find the universal human truths behind the laughter.”

Earlier this month, Jeffrey Katzenberg, former Walt Disney co-chairman and founder of Quibi, unveiled more details of its April 6 launch.

The service will debut with 50 original shows divided between three categories: movies in chapters; unscripted and docs; and daily essentials, which are five- to six-minute episodes of news and entertainment content.

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