Netflix houses an enormous amount of stand-up comedy that’s near impossible to keep up with, but not for much longer.
Netflix is launching a radio station on SiriusXM that will repurpose much of that content for a new audience in an audio format. The companies announced on Wednesday the launch of Netflix Is A Joke Radio, which will feature highlights from many of Netflix’s original stand-up specials currently available on the streaming service.
It launches on April 15 on SiriusXM channel 93. Featured comedians include Adam Sandler, Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Gabriel Iglesias, Jerry Seinfeld, John Mulaney, Ken Jeong, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Silverman, Sebastian Maniscalco, Trevor Noah, Wanda Sykes, and more.
Original programming for the channel includes a daily show, featuring celebrity guests and comedians discussing pop culture and hot topics of the day. The program will be recorded from SiriusXM’s studio in Los Angeles. The channel will also debut new material from comics exclusively, and it will also broadcast clips of Netflix’s comedy talk shows and other comedic content.
“Netflix Is A Joke Radio on SiriusXM will be an audio extension of our award-winning stand-up comedy on Netflix,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “We are thrilled to feature some of the greatest and funniest performers in the world with highlights from Netflix shows as well as original programming that further celebrates the art of comedy, and we are excited to do this in partnership with SiriusXM.”
“SiriusXM is delighted to become the audio home for Netflix’s blockbuster comedy programming,” Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer, SiriusXM, said in a statement. “Netflix has established itself as the unrivaled video source for stand-up, attracting the biggest names in the industry as well as break-out newcomers, and we’re eager to deliver SiriusXM subscribers access to their star-studded library, new specials, and original live shows.”
“I’ve seen the power of Netflix on their service for my own special, ‘Stay Hungry,’ and now with their own SiriusXM channel, this opens up a whole new audience and it’s a great way to digest comedy on the run,” comedian Sebastian Maniscalco said in a statement.