Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Chris Rock Returning to Stand-Up with Two Netflix Comedy Specials

Chris Rock

*Chris Rock is bringing two new comedy specials to Netflix next year.

The comedian is partnering with the streaming service for his return to standup following an eight-year hiatus.

The first special will tape in 2017, following a new world tour that is currently being planned, Netflix announced Thursday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rock will pocket $40 million for the two specials, a new high mark for a stand-up comic. The $20 million per special is believed to be more than what Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer have commanded.

“Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty. There is no one like him, and Netflix offers the global platform and creative freedom that will serve as a perfect home for someone with his incredible talent,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.

“Our members discover every day that we truly offer something for every comedy fan, and the comedians we partner with understand the power of having a direct line to our ever-growing global audience. Coming on the heels of our first Emmy win in the category (Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping), now is the perfect time to take things to the next level with Chris Rock,” said Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentary and Comedy.

“I’m very excited to be working with Ted and Lisa and all the good people at Netflix. I can’t wait to get back on stage,” said Rock, who has won four Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards and is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. In addition, he received two nominations for the 2016 Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Director for a Variety Special for “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” and Outstanding Special Class Program for the 88 th Annual Academy Awards.

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