Will Smith is set to host an all-new stand-up comedy series titled This Joka for Quibi, a mobile-only platform that is slated to launch on April 6.
This Joka will feature a wide range of comedians from those who are up-and-coming to established pros and even legendary talents in the 16-episode series. It will also have stand-up sets, and one-on-one conversations between Smith and comedians set in popular locations around Las Vegas.
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“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, which is producing the show. “The goal of This Joka isn’t just to laugh, but to find the universal human truths behind the laughter.”
This Joka is the latest show to get acquired by Quibi, short for “quick bites,” which has been backed by several A-list talents including Jennifer Lopez, Steven Spielberg, Zac Efron and many more.
In addition to This Joka, Lena Waithe will host her own Quibi show titled You Ain’t Got These and director Del Toro will release a “modern zombie story” series for the platform.
Furthermore, Idris Elba is also set to star alongside Ken Block on a stunt-driving series, whereas Spielberg will work on a horror series that subscribers can only watch at night.
Also, Lopez will have her own show titled Thanks a Million – she and nine others will choose an influential person from their early lives and give them $100,000 each, as long as that person passes down $50,000 to a similar person and then that person hands off $25,000 to another, and so on.
Other shows that were announced are Demi Lovato’s talk show Pillow Talk With Demi Lovato, and Jon Travolta and Kevin Hart’s Die Hart comedy series.
Quibi is slated to launch on April 6.