After hosting the Oscars earlier this year, Chris Rock is poised to make a stand-up comeback with two brand-new comedy specials on Netflix. It will be Rock’s return to the stand-up stage after an eight-year absence, and sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the comedian was paid a whopping $40 million for the opportunity. The first show will tape in 2017 and will precede an all-new world tour.
“Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “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.”
The multiple Emmy- and Grammy-winning comic is arguably best known for his acclaimed and revered stand-up specials “Bring the Pain,” “Bigger & Blacker,” “Never Scared,” and “Kill the Messenger.” He’s also known for his tenure on “Saturday Night Live” in the early ’90s; for creating, writing, executive producing, and narrating the UPN/CW series “Everybody Hates Chris”; and his acting roles in “Head of State,” “I Think I Love My Wife,” the “Madagascar” franchise and most recently “Top Five.” He also directed HBO’s “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo” and recently made an appearance in Bill Murray’s Netflix holiday special “A Very Murray Christmas.”
Netflix has recently garnered success for its original stand-up comedy specials, including from comedians like John Mulaney, Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari, Ali Wong, Chelsea Handler, David Cross and more.