Chris Rock Returns

Chris Rock will return to stand-up after an eight-year absence with two original comedy specials for Netflix.

The first show is slated to be recorded in 2017, following a world tour now in the planning stages. Details about release dates for both specials were not announced.

“Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.

“I can’t wait to get back on stage,” said Rock.

Rock has been occupied with other projects during his absence from the stand-up circuit. In the past year, he hosted the 88th Annual Academy Awards, having helmed the ceremony once before in 2005. He also directed HBO’s 2015 comedy special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, and has appeared on the TV series Empire and in Bill Murray’s Netflix holiday special A Very Murray Christmas.

Netflix recently announced a slate of stand-up comedy specials including Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy, Dana Carvey, Colin Quinn and Michael Che.

Here’s Chris Rock performing in 1996:



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