The festival returns to downtown Las Vegas September 16-18.
The Life is Beautiful Music & Art festival is set to return to downtown Las Vegas in September, and in addition to a stacked musical lineup that includes Lorde, Arctic Monkeys and Gorillaz, there’s plenty of comedy on the menu. The festival, which runs September 16-18, unveiled its comedy lineup today, revealing that some of the biggest names in stand-up and podcasting will be heading to Vegas this fall.
Highlights include stand-up performances from Joel Kim Booster, fresh off his performance in Hulu’s hit comedy “Fire Island,” and several stars of HBO’s “Hacks.” Emmy-nominated Hannah Einbinder and Megan Stalter, who plays Kayla, will perform sets at the festival. Also appearing are “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Latrice Royale, “Love” star Jordan Rock and “The Eric Andre Show” writer Sarah Sherman.
On the podcasting side, participants will be treated to live recordings of “Giggly Squad” by Paige DeSorbo and Hannah Berner, “Going Deep With Chad And JT” by Chad Kroeger and JT Parr and “Celebrity Book Club with Steven and Lily”, between others.
Tickets for the festival are now on sale and can be purchased here. Keep reading for the full Life is Beautiful 2022 comedy lineup, with descriptions courtesy of the festival.
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Joel Kim Booster
Joel Kim Booster is a Chicago-based, Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and actor whose Searchlight romantic comedy Fire Island premiered June 3 alongside SNL’s Bowen Yang. With a growing fanbase, Booster recently filmed his first hour-long stand-up special for Netflix called “PsychoSexual,” and he will soon appear in the Apple TV+ series “Loot” with Maya Rudolph. Joel’s other TV and film credits include “Sunnyside”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Shrill”, “Search Party”, “BoJack Horseman”, “Big Mouth”, “The Week Of”, and more.
Capturing the hearts of the world and winning the title of Miss Congeniality on Season 4 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, Latrice Royale has appeared in other incarnations of the franchise, including multiple appearances on the show, “RuPaul’s Drag U and “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” seasons 1 and 4, and more. In addition to her sickening resume, she had two successful runs on London’s West End stage in “DeathDrop” and appeared at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas as part of the cast of “RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE!” Show. The Large and in Charge, Chunky Yet Funky, Bold and Beautiful Queen not only toured the world with her drag sisters, but her autobiographical show at a queen, Here’s to Life, saw sold-out audiences in major cities across the globe.
A Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and actress, Hannah Einbinder’s performance alongside Jean Smart in HBO Max’s “Hacks” earned her Emmy and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie. comedy series. Although the hit show marks Einbinder’s first big TV role, she’s no stranger to the world of comedy. she’s owned the stage as a stand-up comedian at venues and festivals across the country and made her television debut on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in 2020. Hannah was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch for 2021,” a new face of 2019 comedy at Montreal’s prestigious Just for Laughs comedy festival, and was highlighted as one of “Comics to Watch of 2019” from Vulture, establishing himself as one of the wittiest emerging talents in the industry.
Appearing as a supporting role on “Hacks,” Megan Stalter hails from Ohio, where she was first kicked out of an improv show for being “too funny.” After moving to Chicago to practice acting “for real,” she studied at Second City, iO, and occasionally at the library. While living in the Windy City, she was part of Huggable Riot, a progressive comedy collective that creates polished original content while providing guidance and structure for ambitious new talent to learn from each other. , to learn by doing and to develop shared artistic content. experiences. These days, she delivers stand-up performances that are as memorable as they are awkward.
Sarah Sherman, also known professionally as Sarah Squirm, is an American comedian, actress, and screenwriter. In 2019, Sherman opened for stand-up Eric André on his Legalize Everything tour and has written for several comedy shows, including “The Eric Andre Show”, “Three Busy Debras”, and “Magic for Humans”. In 2021, Sherman became a star performer on “Saturday Night Live” from October 2021, where she gained a following for her eerie video shorts and offbeat stage presence.
Named one of Variety’s “Ten Comics to Watch,” Ricky Velez’s first comedy special, “Here’s All,” premiered on HBO in 2021. Starring Pete Davidson in “The King of Staten Island” from Judd Apatow, Velez also helped write the hit pandemic-themed Netflix feature, “The Bubble.” Delivering a memorable East Coast style of comedy, fans may know him from his time as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” or his appearances on the Netflix series “Master of None.”
Actor and comedian Jordan Rock is best known for his three seasons as Kevin on Judd Apatow’s Netflix series “Love.” He recently appeared in the Netflix movie “The After Party” and “Big Time Adolescence” with Pete Davidson, which premiered at Sundance in 2019. He has also appeared on FX’s “Totally Biased,” “Gotham Comedy Live ” and “Last Debout comic. These days, he can also be seen in the Netflix feature film “Take The 10”, starring Josh Peck and Tony Revolori, and in the final season of HBO Max’s “Love Life”.
Andrew Lopez is a Filipino and Korean writer, director, actor and comedian. With several projects in the works, Andrew is currently writing a romantic comedy across the world for Amazon Studios titled “Slow Burn”. As a comedian, Andrew’s stand-up is featured on Netflix’s “Jo Koy: In His Elements,” which he also helped produce. Hot on the heels of the special’s success, he embarked on an opening world tour for Jo Koy performing in front of thousands in arenas and theaters.
Giggly Squad: Hannah Berner and Paige DeSorbo
Paige DeSorbo and Hannah Berner bring their top-rated podcast on the road! This live show will poke fun at pop culture, fashion, dating, and also engage the crowd like never before. Laughter is guaranteed. Go to court.
“Going Deep with Chad and JT”: Chad Kroeger and JT Parr
Chad Kroeger and JT Parr are on a mission to do good. Using their digital platforms, the duo are taking action to raise awareness and effect change for some of the most important causes in pop culture and beyond. When they’re not at town hall meetings, Kroeger and Parr host the weekly “Going Deep with Chad & JT” podcast, which sees them discuss major current events, honor legends, explore ongoing beefs and give solicited advice to callers and fans.
“Celebrity Book Club with Steven & Lily”: Steven Phillips-Horst and Lily Marotta
Celebrity Book Club with Steven & Lily is the sly and funny podcast sensation of comedians Steven Phillips-Horst and Lily Marotta. Each week, longtime best friends tear into celeb memoirs with acid wit, incisive cultural analysis and intimate personal anecdotes. Called “the hottest podcast of the year” (Rolling Stone), “lopsided, brilliant” (W Magazine), “drawly, ironic, camp” (Times of London), “riotous” (Dazed), the podcast has attracted all the fans around the world in its short time on air