Quibi picks up Will Smith’s “This Joka” stand-up series

Will Smith’s “This Joka” stand-up showcase will be coming to Quibi this year as a 16-episode series.

Smith filmed the showcases last fall in Las Vegas, as I first reported.

From today’s announcement by Quibi:

This Joka is a co-production of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Media and Topgolf Studios, a unit of golf-venue chain Topgolf Entertainment Group. They shot on location at Topgolf’s Las Vegas driving-range venue as well as casino/resorts, with Smith hosting the shows and interviewing each of the comedians.

Comics featured on This Joka include Baron Vaughn, Megan Gailey, Punkie Johnson, Sean Patton, Rosebud Baker, Shane Torres, Clayton English, Christi Chiello, Vanessa Gonzalez, Martin Urbano, Sam Tallent, David Gborie, Jackie Fabulous, Chris Estraded, Rell Battle and Daphnique Springs. There will also be special appearances by George Wallace, Demi Adejuyigbe and Shawn Wasabi.

“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.

This Joka is directed by Lance Bangs. Executive producers are Will Smith, Miguel Melendez, Terence Carter, Brad Haugen, Lukas Kaiser, Erik Anderson, Chad Nelson and YuChiang Cheng.

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