Will Smith’s Comedy Sequence ‘This Joka’ Not Returning At Roku – Deadline

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EXCLUSIVE: This Joka, a stand-up comedy sequence exec produced by Will Smith, is not going to be returning for a second season on Roku.

The streaming service launched the sequence, which got here through its acquisition of short-form service Quibi, in March.

The sequence incorporates a raft of stand ups together with Punkie Johnson and Chris Estrada.

Deadline understands that the choice had nothing to do with the Oscars incident, the place Smith slapped comic Chris Rock on stage, however a considerably uncommon challenge with timing.

Roku is believed to by no means actually had the choice to resume the sequence, which is produced by Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Topgolf Leisure Group. The choice to resume lapsed earlier than Roku launched the present, and definitely earlier than the streamer had the prospect to analyse its viewing knowledge, which means that it was unlikely to return for a second season on the platform.

The present featured a various lineup of up-and-coming, established, and legendary comedians exploring the character of comedy and its distinctive capability to deliver individuals collectively. Shot on location at Topgolf and different common venues throughout Las Vegas, the sequence showcased stand-up units, in addition to one-on-one conversations between Smith and the comedians, intimate interviews, and docu-style moments backstage and across the metropolis.

It featured 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, with particular appearances by George Wallace, Demi Adejuyigbe and Shawn Wasabi.

“This isn’t a contest, this is a chance to snort,” Smith stated within the trailer.

Smith govt produced together with Miguel Melendez, Terence Carter, Brad Haugen, Lukas Kaiser, Erik Anderson, Chad Nelson and YuChiang Cheng. Lance Bangs directed.

Individually, Deadline understands that Netflix has no plans to air Smith’s different stand-up comedy undertaking. In June, 2021, the streamer revealed that Smith would host his first comedy selection present. He was exec producing with Westbrook Studios producing.

We hear that the particular was by no means filmed, and for apparent causes, there’s no plans to maneuver ahead with it on the streamer.




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