Chris Rock is in the news. And it has nothing to do with a slap or an apology. This time, it’s because the legendary comic is breaking new ground and doing the unthinkable for a standup comedian—performing his comedy special live on Netflix. The streaming service made the announcement on 11 November across their social media accounts.
In a first-of-its-kind endeavour, Rock will perform his standup special during the streaming platform’s live global event. The special will stream in early 2023, however further details about the release date and venue have not been revealed.
“Chris Rock is one of the most iconic and important comedic voices of our generation,” Robbie Praw, Netflix vice president of stand-up and comedy formats said in a statement. “We’re thrilled the entire world will be able to experience a live Chris Rock comedy event and be a part of Netflix history. This will be an unforgettable moment and we’re so honoured that Chris is carrying this torch.”
This will be Rock’s second collaboration with Netflix following his 2018 comedy special titled Tamborine. The comedian is currently touring with his show Ego Death in addition to performing a double headliner act with fellow comedy veteran Dave Chappelle.
Rock—who was involved in the infamous “slapgate” incident at the 2022 Oscar ceremony where actor Will Smith slapped the comedian for making a joke about his wife—had hinted at a Netflix show earlier this year. The comedian began his Ego Death tour at London’s Royal Albert Hall where he addressed the episode involving Smith.
“People expect me to talk about the bullshit, I’m not going to talk about it right now, I’ll get to it eventually. On Netflix,” he joked, as reported by The London Times. “Your tickets were expensive, but not that expensive.”
This makes the wait for this first-ever live standup comedy special even longer!