Will Smith to Host and Produce Stand-Up Comedy Series ‘This Joka’

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: (L-R) jury member Will Smith attends the Jury photocall during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Will Smith is bringing the jokes to Quibi.

The multi-hyphenate will host and produce a new stand-up comedy series titled This Joka for the short-form streaming service, Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Quibi announced Thursday.

The 16-episode show comes from Westbrook and Topgolf Entertainment Group, and will be shot on location at Topgolf and other venues in Las Vegas.

“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.

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Up-and-coming and established comedians will be featured, including 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 Estrada, Rell Battle and Daphnique Springs. George Wallace, Demi Adejuyigbe and Shawn Wasabi will make special appearances.

The series features stand-up sets, one-on-one conversations between Smith and the comedians, and docu-style footage from backstage and around Las Vegas.

Quibi, short for quick bites, is a new short-form video platform from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman. The Quibi app launches on April 6, with more than 50 original shows planned.