Netflix has announced that legendary comedian, writer, director and actor Chris Rock will be the first artist to perform live on Netflix. This is also the first-ever Netflix live, global streaming event. The comedy special is set to stream in early 2023.
“Chris Rock is one of the most iconic and important comedic voices of our generation,” said Robbie Praw, Netflix Vice President of Stand-up and Comedy Formats. “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 honored that Chris is carrying this torch.”
This is Chris Rock’s second Netflix stand-up special. His first, Chris Rock: Tamborine, debuted in February 2018. Fans will be looking forward to see what Chris Rock has to say, as he has been quite missing since his Oscar incident.
In March, during the 94th Academy Awards, actor Will Smith walked onstage and slapped comedian Chris Rock across the face during Rock’s presentation for Best Documentary Feature.
The slap was in response to Rock’s joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head, which she had been shaving since 2021 due to alopecia areata. Smith returned to his seat and shouted profanity at Rock, who briefly responded, but completed his presentation without further interruption.
Will he address the slap?
The live event builds on Netflix’s legacy of leadership in live comedy. Netflix is a Joke: The Festival was the biggest live, in-person event in Netflix history
The event sold more than 260,000 tickets, featuring more than 330 comedians performing 295 shows across more than 35 venues in Los Angeles.
Netflix continues to invest in scripted comedy for TV and film; stand-up; sketch; comedy formats; and animation.