In 2017, a young con man named Billy McFarland attempted one of the best/worst scams in American history with the Fyre Festival, which was billed as a luxury music festival on a private island where attendees would pay top dollar to get to mingle with supermodels and watch superstar acts perform, but actually turned out to basically be prison. It was hilarious. Watching reports roll in about the Fyre Festival was one of the best days I ever had online. The world's saddest cheese sandwich remains one of the funniest things I've ever seen, even if it wasn't actually served to attendees. And now Netflix is giving us all the opportunity to relive that wonderful day with Fyre, a documentary providing a first-hand look at how it all fell apart.
The doc is produced by Danny Gabai at Vice Studios and Mick Purzycki at Jerry Media and directed by Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond's Chris Smith. It features interviews with the organizers, including rapper Ja Rule and McFarland himself, who was charged with selling fake tickets to Burning Man and Coachella while he was out on bail for the Fyre Festival fiasco because he's the best, just a natural born scammer.
Indulge in schadenfreude when Fyre premieres on Netflix Friday, Jan. 18.