Will Smith’s Comedy Series ‘This Joka’ Not Returning At Roku

particular, this jokeA stand-up comedy series produced by exec Will SmithWill not return for second season stop,

The streaming service launched the series, which came about through its acquisition of short-form service Quibi in March.

The series features a raft of stand ups including Panky Johnson and Chris Estrada.

Deadline understands that the decision had nothing to do with the Oscars incident, where Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage, but had some unusual issue with timing.

Admittedly, Roku didn’t actually have the option of renewing the series, which is produced by Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Topgolf Entertainment Group. Roku exhausted the option to renew before the show began, and certainly before streamers had a chance to analyze their viewing data, meaning the platform was unlikely to return for a second season. .

The show features a diverse lineup of up-and-coming, established and renowned comedians exploring the nature of comedy and its unique ability to bring people together. Filmed on location at Topgolf and other popular locations in Las Vegas, the series featured stand-up sets, as well as face-to-face conversations between Smith and the comedian, intimate interviews, and initiation-style moments backstage and around town. Shown.

It included Baron Vaughn, Megan Geely, Panky Johnson, Sean Patton, Rosebud Baker, Shane Torres, Clayton English, Christy Chiello, Vanessa Gonzalez, Martin Urbano, Sam Talent, David Goboree, Jackie Fabulous, Chris Estradade, Rail Battle and Daphnic Springs. . With special appearances by George Wallace, Demi Adjuyigbe and Sean Wasabi.

“It’s not a competition, it’s an opportunity to laugh,” Smith said in the trailer.

Smith executive produced with Miguel Melendez, Terence Carter, Brad Haugan, Lucas Kaiser, Eric Anderson, Chad Nelson and Yuchiang Cheng. Lance Bangs directed.

Separately, Deadline understands that Netflix has no plans to air Smith’s other stand-up comedy projects. In June, 2021, Streamer revealed that Smith would be hosting his first comedy variety show. He was executing with the production of Westbrook Studios.

We hear that the special was never filmed, and for obvious reasons, the streamer has no plans to go ahead with it.