Saturday Night Live alum Chris Rock is headed back to television with two stand-up comedy specials at Netflix and a big day at $20 million per special. The first taping will happen in 2017 with a world tour to follow.
Netflix has been scooping stand-up specials for their library, including performances from John Mulaney, Patton Oswalt, Ali Wong, Iliza Shlesinger, Aziz Ansari, and many more. The move puts Netflix in a territory usually held by HBO and Comedy Central. They aren’t the only online source attacking that market either, with NBC’s Seeso working to become a primary destination for stand-up specials as they build their own library.
Rock received an Emmy nomination for helming Amy Schumer’s HBO special. Rock has also previously had multiple specials at HBO including Bigger & Blacker and Never Scared, in addition to his talk show The Chris Rock Show. Rock has been popping up on television in recent years with a guest-starring role on Fox’s Empire, an appearance in Netflix’s A Very Murray Christmas special with Bill Murray, and most notably as host of the Oscars this past year.
Prior to these television credits, Rock was focused on the big screen as he wrote, directed, and starred in Top Five and I Think I Love My Wife. He also executive produced the documentary Eat Drink Laugh: The Story of the Comic Strip, and also wrote and produced Good Hair.
He is repped by ICM and LBI Entertainment.
Emily J | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.