1/ST PREAKNESS AT HOME – A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND LIVESTREAM EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE PREAKNESS STAKES

D-Nice continues to burn baby burn like disc inferno. And his hot streak doesn’t show any signs of being extinguished anytimeA soon. We consider D-Nice a Hip Hop Legend, Classic EMCEE, Producer and DJ. His insanely popular “Club Quarintine” is an instant Classic! Well deserved from a pioneer who paid his dues perfecting his craft including the work that he has done with KRS ONE and  releasing his own album the Instant Classic LP “Call Me D-Nice” in 1990. 

1/ST Preakness At Home To Include A Safe Drive-InFieldFest 
Exclusively Benefitting First Responders 
 
Baltimore, MD –The spirit of the legendary Preakness Stakes will be celebrated in unique fashion this year with the 1/ST Preakness At Homelivestream event featuring a look back at the fun, festivities and world-class Thoroughbred racing of Preakness past. The one-hour show, hosted by NBC Sports’ Laffit Pincay III and XBTV’s Zoe Cadman, will air on Saturday, May 16that 6 p.m. ETon Facebook.com/Preakness. The livestream event will feature appearances by some of racing’s biggest stars including, Hall of Fame trainer and seven-time Preakness winner Bob Baffert and Triple Crown winning jockey Mike Smith along with special messages from Maryland’s own baseball royalty, Cal Ripken Jr. and Jim Palmer. The livestream will include behind the scenes footage, never before seen content and a mashup of some of the best musical performances from previous InfieldFest concerts along with a special performance by the Naval Academy Glee Club. 

“The1/ST Preakness At Homerepresents our company’s vision to expand and deliver unique entertainment and horse racing content to a new and wider audience,” said Belinda Stronach, 1/ST Chairman and President. “The coronavirus pandemic changed the Preakness celebrations this year, but it gave us the opportunity to enhance an already incredible event and to imagine what new traditions could be incorporated into the Preakness of the future. We look forward to being back at Pimlico when it is safe to do so.” 
 
The1/ST Preakness At Homewill follow NBC’s nationally televised broadcast,The Middle Jewel: American Pharoah’s Run to the Triple Crown, airing on May 16that 5 p.m. ET.  NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico will open the show and will host a segment in which Belinda Stronach, 1/ST Chairman and President and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will announce the new date for Preakness 145 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The Preakness Stakes, typically held on the third Saturday in May, was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
The1/ST Preakness At Homewill also feature a Drive-InFieldFest, the nation’s first full-scale safe drive-in concert featuring a live DJ set by D-Nice exclusively benefitting first responders that will take place at 1/ST Racing’s Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, produced by 1/ST Live.  
 
Respecting all social distancing requirements, D-Nice’s set will transmit live via guests’ car radios and will also stream live on YouTube via www.1stlivepresents.com
 
The 1/ST Preakness At Homecampaign was launched in collaboration with Hennegan Brothers Creative on the Preakness social channels featuring vignettes of Bob Baffert, Doug O’Neill and Mike Smith preparing for this third Saturday in May in ways they never have before. Those vignettes can be found here
For more information please visit www.preakness.com. Follow all of the excitement of the Preakness Stakes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @PreaknessStakes, #Preakness, #1STPreaknessAtHome. 
 
About The Stronach Group and 1/ST
The Stronach Group is a world-class technology, entertainment and real estate development company with Thoroughbred racing and pari-mutuel wagering at the core.  The company’s consumer facing brand 1/ST (pronounced “First”) powers The Stronach Group’s forward-thinking 1/ST Racing1/ST Technology1/ST Live and 1/ST Properties businesses, while advocating for and driving the 1/ST Horse Care mission. 1/ST represents The Stronach Group’s continued movement toward redefining Thoroughbred racing and the ecosystem that drives it. 1/ST Racing drives the best-in-class horse racing operations at the company’s premier racetracks and training centers including: Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and San Luis Rey (California); Gulfstream Park – home of the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, and Gulfstream Park West (Florida); and Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course – home of the legendary Preakness Stakes, Rosecroft Raceway and Bowie Training Center (Maryland). 1/ST Technology is horse racing’s largest racing and gaming technology company offering world-class products via its AmTote, Xpressbet, 1/ST BET, XB SELECT, XB NET, PariMAX, Betmix, Monarch and XBTV brands. 1/ST Live blends the worlds of sports, entertainment and hospitality by delivering uniquely curated events such as InfieldFest and Pegasus LIV Stretch Village. 1/ST Properties is responsible for the development of the company’s live, work and play communities surrounding its racing venues including, The Village at Gulfstream Park (Florida) and Paddock Pointe (Maryland).  As the advocate for critical industry reforms and by making meaningful investments into aftercare programs for retired horses and jockeys, 1/ST Horse Care represents The Stronach Group’s commitment to achieving the highest level of horse and rider care and safety standards in Thoroughbred racing on and off the track. For more information please visit www.1st.com

LET’S HELP OUR 2020 COLLEGE GRADS SUCCEED!

CULTURE CREATORS CONTINUE ‘C2 SUMMIT’
HBCU INITIATIVE AS A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
MAY 18 – 21 FOR GRADS SEEKING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN BUSINESS & ENTERTAINMENT

Execs from Pixar Animation Studios, Will Packer Productions, Motown Records, William Morris Endeavor, Live Nation, & More Slated to Speak

James Lopez to Host First “Culture Chat” Followed by Frank Abney III and Steve Pamon

The C2 Summit is in Partnership with Morgan Stanley and Powered by Microsoft

(NEW YORK, NY) – May 13, 2020 – Culture Creators, an exclusive platform established to cultivate and highlight the achievements of diverse professionals in entertainment, has announced that its second installment of the C2 Summit Series will take place online as a virtual conference Monday, May 18 through Thursday, May 21, 2020.


Following the success of last year’s inaugural event in Washington, D.C., the 2020 C2 Summit will provide HBCU students with a four-day digital experience that includes panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, speed mentoring, culture chats and a pitch competition. Attendees can take advantage of employment opportunities as well as unparalleled access to job recruiters and seasoned influencers with various backgrounds in business, entertainment, technology, finance, and lifestyle. Huge, a global experience agency, part of Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG), has also joined the group of experts. The agency is making members of their team, including their Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and recruiters available for resume reviews and one-on-one mentoring.

Confirmed speakers are Chairwoman and COO (Atlantic Records) Julie Greenwald, Sports Agent (CAA) Carlos Fleming, General Manager (Motown) Marc Byers, Brands/Marketing (Mastercard) Jeffrey Swierk, Brands/Marketing (Heineken) Kenny Moore, Marketing Executive (Miami Dolphins) Marques Jackson, and Human Resources Exec (Nickelodeon) Courtney Oliver, to name a few. Panels will include entertainment attorneys, execs from William Morris Endeavor, Live Nation, The Coca-Cola Company, Rap Snacks, and more.  James Lopez (President of Will Packer Productions/Film and TV Producer) will host the first Culture Chat on Monday, May 18, at noon, followed by Frank Abney III (Filmmaker/Animator Pixar Animation Studios).  Steve Pamon (President/COO of Parkwood Entertainment) will host his Culture Chat on Tuesday, May 19, at 8:00 pm.  Rich Antoniello, (Founder and CEO of Complex Networks) will hold the last Culture Chat of the summit Thursday, May 21, at 8:00 pm.  Morgan Stanley’s Financial Culture Chats are always a crowd pleaser and will take place over three days during the summit.  Also, the C2 Summit team has created a special session dedicated to mental health awareness.

The C2 Summit is FREE for college students. Sign up now at aka.ms/cc2020.

 
Visit  http://theculturecreators.co/createnow/ for more information.

ABOUT CULTURE CREATORS
Culture Creators was founded in 2015 as an organization designed to celebrate black culture across passion points – music, television/film, visual arts, fashion, sports, tech, and entrepreneurship, specifically those who helped to create it and those who are now the ‘creators.’ The company operates as a national multimedia & experiential organization with a wide range of platforms but primarily focusing on education and digital content. By focusing on connecting the ‘old guard’ and the ‘new guard’ and serving as an outlet to educate, inspire and empower the younger generation of ‘creators,’ the company will build up a strong following of young adults known as millennials and generation Y.

 
In addition to thought leadership events, networking sessions and mentoring, and the annual “Innovators & Leaders Awards brunch, Culture Creators seeks to become the think-tank, talent incubator and pipeline for creatives, companies, and intellectuals who touch black culture in one form or another.

ABOUT MORGAN STANLEY
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, cash management, and lending products and services, annuities and insurance, retirement, and trust services.

 
Morgan Stanley (NYSE: M.S.) is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management, and investment management services. With offices in more than 41 countries, the Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide, including corporations, governments, institutions, and individuals. For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

 
ABOUT MICROSOFT
Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT” @Microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

The Architect of Rock and Roll

Richard Wayne Penniman (December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020), better known as Little Richard, was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. An influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades, he was nicknamed “The Innovator”, “The Originator”, and “The Architect of Rock and Roll“. Penniman’s most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his charismatic showmanship and dynamic music, characterized by frenetic piano playing, pounding backbeat and raspy shouted vocals, laid the foundation for rock and roll.

His innovative emotive vocalizations and uptempo rhythmic music also played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. He influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to hip hop; his music helped shape rhythm and blues for generations to come.

Continue to get to know the Legend and share his legacy!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Richard

Andre Harrell

1960 – 2020

Everyone who loved Andre Harrell was introduced to his brilliance at different phases in his career. If you mention him to a diehard Hip Hop fan you will hear stories about how he and his crew mate Alonzo Brown formed the legendary rap group – “Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde “ in the early 80s releasing some of the dopest music ever recorded.

Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde were under Russell Simmons’ Rush Management and were known as the suit and tie rappers because of their designer suits, shirts and ties.
Their biggest singles were “Fast Life” (1984) and “Getting Money” (1983). They also recorded underground Classics like “Genius Rap” and the street favorite, the Beat and Lyric driven – “A.M. / P.M.” That song featured
one of the greatest story raps in Hip Hop History! A verse from Mr. Hyde (Alonzo Brown) about a shark who helped him find his magic potion!

https://youtu.be/gLASYMHtfsg

After the crew split in 1987 the duo both went on to do magical things. Brown became a Television and Film Executive and Andre Harrell went on to construct one of the most important music movements the world has ever seen.

In the footsteps of Motown’s Berry Gordy, Harrell is credited with having discovered and signing Sean “Puffy” Combs. In 1988, Mary J. Blige recorded an impromptu cover of Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture” at a recording booth in a local mall. Her mother’s boyfriend at the time later played the cassette for Jeff Redd, a recording artist and A&R runner for Uptown Records. Redd sent it to Harrell, who met with Blige. In 1989, she was signed to the label, and she became the company’s youngest and first female solo artist. Uptown also developed and released a healthy roster of Hip Hop and R&B superstars.

The label played a key role in the development of the New Jack Swing style of R&B, courtesy of acts like Guy (featuring the hugely influential producer-performer Teddy Riley), Al B. Sure and Jodeci, Father MC and the late great Hip Hop Legend – “Heavy D” of “Heavy D and the Boyz.”

Harrell had multimedia deal, which involved film and television productions. They developed FOX’s hit police drama series, New York Undercover, which aired from 1994-1998.
Harrell renamed Uptown Records as Uptown Enterprises, and its records were featured in productions for Universal Pictures and Universal Television.

In 1994, Harrell had a son with Wendy Credle, a music attorney. They named him Gianni Credle-Harrell.

In 1995, Harrell was appointed CEO of Motown Records.

Harrell was the Vice Chairman of Revolt, Diddy’s multi-platform music network. On October 17, 2014, he was instrumental in launching the Revolt Music Conference in Miami, Florida, at the Fountainbleau Hotel.

According to IMDB, Andre had been working on a TV miniseries about Uptown that was in the development phase at BET. The three-part miniseries titled “Uptown” had Harrell on board as executive producer and was scheduled to hit the airwaves in 2020.

Andre Harrell is a true pioneer and multimedia super hero.

On May 9th 2020 Andre Harrell passed away at the age of 59. He will be sorely missed.

Media Giant – Earl Graves, Sr. Passes On

Content Curated By by Derek T. Dingle

Black Enterprise founder Earl Graves Sr. passed away at age 85, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Mr. Graves, the quintessential entrepreneur who created a vehicle of information and advocacy that has inspired four generations of African Americans to build wealth through entrepreneurship, career advancement, and money management, leaves an enormous legacy. According to his son, Black Enterprise CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., he passed away quietly at 9:22 p.m. on April 6.
Graves was widely considered to be the ultimate champion of black business, launching Black Enterprise in 1970 to not only chronicle the rise of African American entrepreneurs but also provide the tools for African Americans to succeed in the business mainstream and “achieve their measure of the American dream.” In his award-winning, now classic, business bestseller, How To Succeed In Business Without Being White, Graves stated his life-defining purpose for founding Black Enterprise in simple, direct terms: “The time was ripe for a magazine devoted to economic development in the African American community. The publication was committed to the task of educating, inspiring and uplifting its readers. My goal was to show them how to thrive professionally, economically and as proactive, empowered citizens.”

Driven by that mission, Graves became a trailblazing entrepreneur in his own right, building Black Enterprise from a single-magazine publishing company 50 years ago, to a diversified multimedia business spreading the message of financial empowerment to more than 6 million African Americans through print, digital, broadcast and live-event platforms. As such, Black Enterprise was one of two companies that would appear on the BE 100s—the publication’s annual rankings of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses—each of its 47 years. At one point, Graves would operate two companies on the list, including Pepsi-Cola of Washington, DC, one of the nation’s largest soft-drink distributors owned by African Americans.

Graves’ influence and reach also extended into the mainstream of corporate America. One of the few African Americans to serve on the boards of major corporations such as American Airlines, Daimler Chrysler, Rohm & Hass and Federated Department Stores (Macy’s), he was a staunch advocate for African American inclusion in the C-Suite and corporate governance. Graves was also a tireless champion of major corporations doing business with black-owned companies. Beyond business, Graves was a force in politics, civil rights, and philanthropy. In fact, he played a pivotal role in galvanizing support for the election of the first African American president of the United States, Barack Obama, through his endorsement in Black Enterprise and service as surrogate campaigning on his behalf.

Before that, Graves also championed the historic presidential bids of Rev. Jesse Jackson. Moreover, his fight for racial justice and economic parity earned him the NAACP Spingarn Medal, the organization’s highest honor, in 1999. Graves was also known for his dedication to family, and especially to his wife Barbara Kydd Graves, who passed away in 2012. Together, they raised three sons, Earl Jr., Johnny and Michael, and were blessed with eight grandchildren.

Born in 1935, Graves reaches the pinnacle of power from humble beginnings in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from a Morgan State University with a B.A. in economics, he served two years as an officer in the Army and held jobs in law enforcement and real estate. In 1965, he joined the staff of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy as his administrative assistant. When Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, he decided to start a publication that would provide blacks with the pathway to go into entrepreneurship.

He wrote: “Black Enterprise was just a modest magazine when I founded it—just me, a few brave advertisers like Pepsi, ExxonMobil, and General Motors; and a small but spirited staff. And one other person who did just about everything there is to do to put out a magazine—my wife, Barbara.” The young publisher managed to gain a $250,000 loan from Chase Manhattan Bank and proved so masterful at selling and running the magazine that it became profitable in 10 months — enabling Graves to repay the loan to the major financial institution.

With his wife Barbara at his side, he grew the magazine into one of the nation’s most successful and respected. The world first discovered such business luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, former American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, billionaire dealmaker Bob Johnson, and the late financier Reginald F. Lewis on the pages of Black Enterprise. In fact, Robert Smith, the billionaire CEO of Vista Equity Partners, like so many successful black entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, admitted that he switched careers to high finance after reading Black Enterprise.
“The truth of the matter is that we are humbled by the achievements of the talented people we report on,” Graves wrote. “We are in awe, still, by the courage, it takes to put oneself on the line in an unmerciful marketplace.” Hundreds of thousands express awe and gratitude for the role he played an example of excellence and achievement he set for generations to come. –

20 Seconds or More

Hip Hop Public Health is excited to announce the launch of 20 Seconds or More to empower children and families with information, tools and resources to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19. Like many other diseases, we now know that this virus disproportionately affects communities of color. We also know that young people make up a large proportion of asymptomatic carriers. At a time where misinformation is rampant, we understand how critical it is to create free, engaging, research-based and culturally-relevant educational materials to help save lives.

Central to the initiative is the 20 Seconds or More music video performed by our founding artist and legendary rapper, Doug E. Fresh who co-wrote the song with multi-platinum producer, Artie Green and Gerry Gunn, along with medical oversight from our founder, Dr. Olajide Williams. The 20 Seconds or More song which is now available on Spotify and Apple Music aims to inspire dance/rapping challenges worldwide to share information widely.

HipHopPublicHealth
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20 Seconds or More ft. Doug E. Fresh, Artie Green & Gerry Gunn

Try watching this video on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yu4jSPNtic

The star-studded music video includes guest appearances by prominent artists, public health experts, athletes, entertainers and families including Ashanti, Adrian “Easy AD” Harris, Artie Green, Big Daddy Kane, Bill Bellamy, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Cedrick the Entertainer, Chuck D, Charlie Mack, Charlamagne tha God, Capone, Cole Anthony, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Doug E. Fresh, Dredrick Irving, Gerry Gunn, Jamie Foxx, Janell Snowden, Jesse Itzler, Jordin Sparks, Joseph Rev. “RUN” Simmons, Kelly Price, Lisa Raye McCoy,  Maurice DuBois, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Michael Blackson, Monie Love, Pete Rock, Rasheed Wallace,  Sara Blakely, Sky Katz, Teddy Riley, Tori Kelly, Toya Johnson, Dr. Olajide Williams, Lori Rose Benson, NYPD Assistant Chief Juanita N. Holmes, Dr. James Noble and family, LaShawn Jones, Santa Maria-Gronholm family, Rivera-Ezeta family and Dr. Danielle Chase.

We encourage you all to spread the word as a Hip Hop Public Health MC. Next week, we plan on sharing free lesson plans and other health education materials for K-12 teachers and students in collaboration with our partners at the Online Physical Education Network. Check back in and make sure to subscribe to our newsletter below for updates.

Join the movement online using the hashtag #20SecondsOrMore and tag @HHPHorg to get featured on our social media.

Philanthropic support for the initiative has been provided by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation and the Bristol Myers Squibb Black Organization for Leadership Development, an employee resource group.

TRUMP MUST BE REMOVED!!!!!

Please take a short break from the many creative and entertaining digital programs and events to read this provocative Article of facts, from the NEW YORK TIMES.

The Times has compiled this important timeline of facts and made it available to us – for free! Read it thoroughly maybe even more than once – SHARE IT!! We must act now to stop this President from killing more of our loved ones!

Be Safe – rapentertainment.com

# thenewyorktimes #Citiesincrisis #RETV

“Is this true?!” Dr. Kadlec wrote back to the researcher. “If so we have a huge whole on our screening and quarantine effort,” including a typo where he meant hole. Her response was blunt: “People are carrying the virus everywhere.”

“These final days of February, perhaps more than any other moment during his tenure in the White House, illustrated Mr. Trump’s inability or unwillingness to absorb warnings coming at him. He instead reverted to his traditional political playbook in the midst of a public health calamity, squandering vital time as the coronavirus spread silently across the country.”

“The uninvited message could not have conflicted more with the president’s approach at the time of playing down the severity of the threat. And when aides raised it with Mr. Trump, he responded that he was unhappy that Mr. Navarro had put his warning in writing.”

“Mr. Trump had agreed to give an Oval Office address on the evening of March 11 announcing restrictions on travel from Europe, where the virus was ravaging Italy. But responding to the views of his business friends and others, he continued to resist calls for social distancing, school closures and other steps that would imperil the economy.”

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE:

He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus

https://apple.news/A4fMB0P14RL2seyOYjG-xCQ

Entertainment has lost a Giant!

By now everyone on the globe should know that the Legend Bill Withers has passed on.

And just like all of us who hold love ones dear, Bill will always be remembered for his incredible vocal talent, writing ability and soulful vibes that even today resonates among multiple generations.

The outpour of love has been immense to say the least. From his family, fans, peers, countless music aficionados and DJs who guard their collection of Wither Classics like gatekeepers to the most valuable commodities.

He recorded several major hits, including “Ain’t No Sunshine” (1971), “Grandma’s Hands” (1971), “Use Me” (1972), “Lean on Me” (1972) – The REAL National anthem, “Lovely Day” (1977), and “Just the Two of Us” (1980) “RIP Grover Washington”. Withers won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for six more. His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Yes my friends, we have lost a giant.

So thank you Bill! Thank you for leaving us such a rich Catalogue and inspiring a mass of artist including Legendary D-Nice who dedicated his phenomenal Instagram show to
his legacy. Questlove of the legendary Roots Crew and die hard Bill Withers fan meticulously guided us through a Bill Withers experience that we will never forget!!

We will continue to honor our Entertainment Legends. These are the giants that we aspire to be and these are the shoulders for which we stand. They are strong broad shoulders so all aboard! We will NEVER Forget!

Revisit his music, use it! We can always lean on Bill. Rest In Peace Bill, your spirit will remain.

#BillWithers #DNICE #Questlove
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Withers

POP TV CELEBRATES THE END OF SCHITT’S CREEK WITH BEHIND-THE-SCENES SPECIAL BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL PREMIERING TUESDAY, APRIL 7 AT 8:30 PM ET/PT

New Hour-Long Documentary Provides Intimate Look at the Final Season of the Emmy®-Nominated Comedy Series

Watch Preview of BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL

LOS ANGELES – MARCH 12, 2020 – After six celebrated seasons and enough awards and nominations to make Moira Rose swoon, Pop TV is celebrating its breakout hit SCHITT’S CREEK with the ultimate farewell for fans: an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the beloved series with the special Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell. The inside look will debut on Pop TV on April 7 at 8:30PM ET/PT immediately following the series finale, which is being supersized in a simulcast across Pop TV, Comedy Central and Logo in a special event at a new time, 8PM ET/PT.

“As we celebrate the end of SCHITT’S CREEK, we couldn’t do it without creating a special TV moment to send this historic series out on top,“ said Brad Schwartz, President, Pop TV. “This must-watch behind the scenes doc is the perfect way to honor a series that has made an impact in so many people’s lives, with enduring characters and stories filled with heart, humor and honesty that will stand the test of time.”

BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL, directed by Amy Segal, is a celebration of the four-time Emmy®-nominated comedy series and its undeniable cultural impact. Fans will go behind the scenes for the first time, with never-before-seen footage of wardrobe fittings, the emotional final table read, audition tapes, and more. The special will feature interviews with the cast, creators, journalists, and celebrity superfans including Paula Abdul, Will Arnett, Carol Burnett, Cameron Crowe, Tony Hale, Amy Sedaris, Johnny Weir, and more.

Commissioned by CBC, BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL is produced by Best Wishes, Inc. Representing Best Wishes Inc, the Executive Producers are Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Amy Segal, Andrew Barnsley, and Fred Levy. Amy Segal is the director. For CBC, the Executive Producers are Sally Catto, Trish Williams, and Greig Dymond. For Pop TV, the Executive Producers are Brad Schwartz and Elizabeth Allan-Harrington. BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL is produced in association with CBC and Pop TV and distributed internationally by ITV Studios.

Co-created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy, SCHITT’S CREEK is a half-hour, single-camera comedy starring an ensemble cast including Emmy-nominated Eugene Levy, Emmy-nominated Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliott, Emily Hampshire, Jennifer Robertson, Noah Reid, Dustin Milligan, Sarah Levy and Karen Robinson.

Commissioned by CBC, SCHITT’S CREEK is produced by Not A Real Company Productions Inc. and created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy. The Executive Producers are Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, David West Read and Ben Feigin. SCHITT’S CREEK is produced in association with CBC and Pop TV and distributed internationally by ITV Studios.

About Pop TV
Pop TV, part of the ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group, is a fully distributed entertainment media brand featuring fun, comedy-leaning programming for The Modern Grownup® – engaged fans, raised on network TV, who came of age in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Pop is TV the way it should be – effortlessly entertaining and home to some of the most buzzed-about shows in all of television. They include pop culture phenomenon and four-time Emmy®-nominated comedy series Schitt’s Creek, and fan-adored, culturally significant, One Day At A Time. Pop TV also features a lineup of “Still Awesome” movies and television hits our audience grew up enjoying including: Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed, ER and Gilmore Girls. Pop is available on all major cable and satellite providers, through the downloadable app PopNow and on most over-the-top streaming services. To learn more, visit https://poptv.com

NETFLIX IS A JOKE FEST BRINGS TOGETHER THE BIGGEST NAMES IN NETFLIX COMEDY TO LOS ANGELES APRIL 27-MAY 3 WITH OVER 100 LIVE SHOWS, EVENTS, AND ACTIVATIONS

PRE-SALES BEGIN TUESDAY, MARCH 3 TICKETS ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC STARTING FRIDAY, MARCH 6

RECORDED SHOWS AT THE FEST WILL BE AVAILABLE GLOBALLY ON NETFLIX LATER IN 2020

Netflix Is A Joke, Netflix’s comedy brand, is throwing a week-long comedy festival, Netflix Is A Joke Fest. Produced by Netflix in association with Live Nation, the star-studded celebration of comedy will take over Los Angeles April 27th – May 3rd and feature live stand-up shows, special events and activations with Netflix comedians and artists from around the world. Featured Netflix talent include Ali Wong, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, Jamie Foxx, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence, Sebastian Maniscalco, the cast of Schitt’s Creek and more. The fest will also include STAND OUT: An LGBTQ+ Celebration with headliners Alan Carr, Hannah Gadsby, Margaret Cho, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Wanda Sykes and more.

Anchoring the Netflix is a Joke Fest is the May 3rd closing night inaugural edition of The Hall, a first-of-its-kind hall of fame honoring the greats of stand-up comedy. Today’s biggest names in comedy including Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and more will pay homage to and induct comedy legends George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams. The Hall and induction ceremony special were created by award-winning director/producer Marty Callner and producer Randall Gladstein. Callner will direct and executive produce through his Funny Business, Inc. shingle. Gladstein and award winning producer/manager, David Steinberg will also executive produce. The Hall, which will have a physical home in a newly designed wing of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, will be taped at The Ace Theater in Downtown LA for streaming on Netflix later in May.

Tickets for all events across the festival will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 6th at 10am PT at www.NetflixIsAJokeFest.com. Select pre-sales will be available beginning Tuesday, March 3. Eleven shows will be recorded (noted below) and available in their entirety at a later date on Netflix. Highlights will also be available on Netflix Is A Joke’s SiriusXM channel and on Netflix Is A Joke social platforms.

Netflix is also proud to partner with Comedy Gives Back, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a safety net for comedians in need with mental health, medical and financial crisis support. During the Festival, Comedy Gives Back will provide onsite services and information for all interested Festival goers, free of charge. Comedy Gives Back is a 501(c)3 fiscally sponsored project through Road to Artdom Foundation, Inc.

“It’s our honor to transform LA for one week into the funniest place on earth,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “This festival is a unique celebration of the art of comedy, and the role it plays in reflecting our lives and defining culture. It’s a chance for comedy lovers to come together and see their favorite artists as well as discover new ones, and for us to be able to share the electricity and excitement of the festival in Los Angeles with Netflix members around the world.”

The festival will take place across over 20 venues in Los Angeles, including the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre, Hollywood Palladium, The Largo and more, with much of the festival primarily centered in Hollywood.

Below is a preview of the fest’s shows and events. The latest information and schedule will be available on www.NetflixIsAJokeFest.com.

“*Talent and schedule subject to change”.

THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL

The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand-Up (recorded)

The best comedians of today honoring the greatest stand-up comedians of all-time. With appearances by Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, & Wanda Sykes.

THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL

Chappelle’s

An evening of music and comedy featuring Dave Chappelle and very special guests.

THE GREEK

STAND OUT: An LGBTQ+ celebration at The Greek Theatre (recorded)

A Historic Celebration of the best in LGBTQ+ Comedy. Legends, headliners, and top emerging talent will share the same stage at The Greek Theatre for an unforgettable and unprecedented stand-up event with special guests and musical performances. Headliners include Alan Carr, Hannah Gadsby, Margaret Cho, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard and Wanda Sykes. Presenters include Demi Lovato, Graham Norton, Lily Tomlin, Ruby Rose. Featuring Bianca Del Rio, Fortune Feimster, Gina Yashere, Guy Branum, James Adomian, Joel Kim Booster, Judy Gold, Lea DeLaria, Mae Martin, Marsha Warfield, Matteo Lane, Patti Harrison, Rhea Butcher, Sam Jay, Scott Thompson, Solomon Georgio, Trixie Mattel and more. STAND OUT is produced by Page Hurwitz and Wanda Sykes for Push It Productions.

THE FONDA

That’s My Time with David Letterman (recorded)

Legendary late night host David Letterman returns to his roots to showcase some of today’s finest stand up comedians to perform and then join him for a one-of-a-kind interview.

THE PALLADIUM

Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Jamie Foxx (recorded)

Megastar and Oscar-winner Jamie Foxxhosts this loaded lineup featuring some of his favorite comedians!

Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Amy Schumer (recorded)

Movie star and powerhouse standup Amy Schumer hosts this epic night filled with some of Netflix’s hottest comedians!

Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Martin Lawrence (recorded)

From Def Comedy Jam 25, superstar comedian Martin Lawrence returns to Netflix to host an evening of heavy hitting stand-up.

Netflix Is A Joke at The Palladium Hosted by Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin (recorded)

Comedy icons and Grace & Frankie stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin host an evening of top notch stand-up from an all-lady lineup.

THE WILTERN

Sebastian Maniscalco live

Ali Wong: The Milk and Money Tour live

2 Bears, 1 Cave with Tom Segura & Bert Kreischer live podcast

The Degenerates Live Hosted by Jim Jefferies

The Degenerates is BACK and it’s LIVE. You loved the first two seasons of this no-holds-barred comedy show featuring the hottest rising stars of comedy. Now this crude and lewd show is hitting LA for a special Live edition hosted by Jim Jefferies featuring Big Jay Oakersen, Christina P, Ms. Pat, Robert Kelly and more.

Ronny Chieng live

Park Na-rae live

Ken Jeong live

Chelsea Handler live

THE ORPHEUM

Kevin Hart in Conversation – A moderated Q&A session with comedy superstar and business mogul Kevin Hart.

Iliza Shlesinger The Forever Tour

Schitt’s Creek: The Farewell Tour with Dan Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy , Noah Reid, Emily Hampshire. Join Schitt’s Creek cast members for a live, interactive evening that promises to be fun and insightful while giving fans an insider’s look into the making of the series.

Jack Whitehall live

WILSHIRE EBELL

Mike Birbiglia live

Congratulations with Chris D’Elia live podcast

Michelle Wolf live

Middleditch & Schwartz improv live

PALACE

Norm Macdonald live

THE AVALON

Pete Davidson & Best Friends(recorded)

Pete Davidson and his friends are doing stand-up comedy for you and your friends.

Los Comediantes de Latinoamérica(recorded)

Los Comediantes de Latinoamérica is a loaded stand up show featuring a who’s who of Latin American comedians. Special guests include Fabrizio Copano, Liss Pereira, Ricardo O’Farrill, and Ricardo Quevedo.

The India All Star Show hosted by Vir Das (recorded)

The India All Star Show is jam packed with the best stand up comedians from India featuring performances in both Hindi and English. Special guests include: Aditi Mittal, Amit Tandon, Kanan Gill, Kaneez Surka, Kenny Sebastian, Prashasti Singh, and Sumukhi Suresh.

REGENT

Marlon Wayans live

Russell Howard live

Deon Cole live

Christina Pazsitzky live

Vir Das live

LARGO

Jacqueline Novak Get On Your Knees live

Jenny Slate live

Katherine Ryan live

Tom Papa & Fortune Feimster live

Whitney Cummings & Friends live

DYNASTY TYPEWRITER

Cristela Alonzo live

Taylor Tomlinson live

Catherine Cohen live

London Hughes live

Mo Gilligan live

The Endless Honeymoon with Moshe Kasher & Natasha Leggero live podcast

COMEDY UNION

The Arsenio Hall Comedy Showcase (recorded for SiriusXM)

Arsenio Hall presents a lineup of the funniest comedians in LA at the legendary Comedy Union.

IMPROV

Whindersson Nunes & Friends live

They Ready Live live

Luenell live

IMPROV LAB AND IMPROV LAB

Janelle James & Friends live

K. Trevor Wilson live

Ms. Pat live

LAUGH FACTORY

Best of Canada live

THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL

Tim Dillon live

Chad Goes Deep “Going Deep” live podcast

THE BELASCO

Felipe Esparza live

DETAILS FORTHCOMING

Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave Attell Season 2 (recorded)

Best buds Jeff Ross and Dave Attell are bringing their uncut savagery for an all new season of Bumping Mics. Inviting friends and special guests from all over comedy to hang, riff and roast one another. No mic will go un-bumped.

Aunty Donna live sketch

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