Quibi is geting jiggy with Will Smith by acquiring “This Joka”, a 16-episode stand-up comedy series that will be hosted and executive produced by Will Smith. This appears to be a family affair as the series comes from Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Topgolf Entertainment Group.
In This Joka, Smith will feature a diverse lineup of up-and-coming, established, and legendary comedians to explore the nature of comedy and its unique ability to bring people together. Shot on location at Topgolf and other popular Las Vegas venues, the series will feature stand-up, one-on-one conversations between Smith and the comedians, intimate interviews, and docu-style moments backstage and around the city.
Comics featured in the series include 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 special appearances by George Wallace, Demi Adejuyigbe and Shawn Wasabi.
Smith was most recently seen on the big screen in Bad Boys For Life and will next be seen starring in Warner Bros. biopic King Richard, the true story of the hardscrabble but iron-willed father of Venus and Serena Williams, which Smith also produces. Short-form video platform Quibi launches on April 6.