When we announced our music lineup in April, we knew we had something special: an eclectic and stellar roster with some of the most captivating musicians on the planet, including The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine and Arcade Fire. We could have stopped there but, in keeping with our Las Vegas spirit, we kept a few aces up our sleeves.
Read that again. That’s three of the hottest comics in the game right now. They’ll be joined by RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Trixie Mattel, co-star of Netflix’s The Honeymoon Stand Up Special Natasha Leggero, Silicon Valley regular Jimmy O. Yang, Nailed It! host Nicole Byer and more when Life is Beautiful returns to downtown Las Vegas September 21-23.
Buress, of course, is known for his deadpan delivery and offbeat stand-up. He’s starred in numerous specials and snagged roles in Comedy Central’s Broad City, Adult Swim’s outlandish The Eric Andre Show and recent blockbuster Tag. He’s a perfect fit for Life is Beautiful considering he’s a bit of a musician himself. He’s dropped his own rap tracks, hopped on stage to play drums with indie bands and frequently plays the theremin while spitting auto-tuned freestyles on his podcast, Handsome Rambler. He’s also known to hop behind the decks as DJ Burgerfeet. Maybe he’ll treat us to an after-party set.
Wolf is the hero we’ve been waiting for. After appearing as a regular contributor on Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Wolf had the honor of speaking at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. And, man, did she ruffle some conservative feathers. Fox News said her performance was “disgusting” and “despicable,” so she must have done something right. Now she’s the star of her own brilliant Netflix talk show, The Break with Michelle Wolf, where she continues to rip apart politicians and sexist institutions every Sunday.
Davidson has been a television fixture since 2014 when he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live at just 20 years old. Outside of his weekly skits on the long-running sketch show, Davidson’s made a name for himself as a stand-up comic who isn’t afraid to take on difficult subjects, landing him appearances on late night shows and his own Comedy Central special. He must be something special; pop star Ariana Grande recently put a ring on it. Naturally, we’ll be scanning the V-VIP section for a sighting.
But that’s not all. Life is Beautiful’s comedy pillar also features emerging comics Jaboukie Young-White, Anna Drezen, Patti Harrison, Brandon Wardell and Langston Kerman, along with dynamic variety shows.
Among them is The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle, a stand-up series that features socially-aware and culturally diverse acts paired with musical elements. Random trivia #1: Vaughn grew up in Las Vegas, so we’re stoked to bring him back. Random trivia #2: Critically-acclaimed rapper Open Mike and headliner Buress are college buddies. The two have done songs together, such as “Doug Stamper,” where they offer advice like “Don’t buy a Honda Civic, that’s a girl’s car.” It’d be a crying shame if we didn’t get to see it live … before hopping into our Civics and going home.
The Goddamn Comedy Jam also makes its Life is Beautiful debut. The live show features comics covering some of their favorite songs. Pete Davidson, Tiffany Haddish, Hasan Minhaj and more have all performed at past Comedy Jams. Here’s hoping for an encore of Davidson’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.”
Flipping the script on the traditional roast is Boast Rattle with Kyle Ayers. Rather than dissing each other, comedians compete by giving each other compliments. It may be the most wholesome throwdown ever.
Though it’s not comedy, the room will be full of smiles during Choir! Choir! Choir!. The traveling event features a “choir” made up of anyone in attendance. Guests receive a lyric sheet as soon as they arrive, hosts Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman teach them the vocal arrangements and glorious music is made. Sometimes they throw in special guests, like when David Byrne led a massive group in David Bowie’s “Heroes.” With 78 bands performing at Life is Beautiful throughout the weekend, the special guest possibilities are endless.
The sixth annual Life is Beautiful takes place Sept. 21-23, 2018 in downtown Las Vegas. Get your passes at lifeisbeautiful.com/tickets.