Netflix is pulling out all the stops for its first-ever live comedy special — Chris Rock: Selective Outrage.
The streamer announced it’s adding pre and post-shows to accompany the live programming event, making up a full night of comedy.
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The bi-coastal events start with what Netflix calls “The Show Before the Show” at 6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET. The pre-show is hosted by Ronny Chieng and will feature Arsenio Hall, Leslie Jones, and Deon Cole. The half hour includes messages from Rock’s friends — Amy Schumer, Cedric the Entertainer, Ice-T, Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Matthew McConaughey, Paul McCartney, Sarah Silverman, and Wanda Sykes. The pre-show will stream live from The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.
At 7pm PT/10pm ET, Rock will take the stage at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore. Produced and directed by Joel Gallen, the live stand-up event marks the Emmy-winning comedian’s second Netflix stand-up special. The first one, Chris Rock: Tamborine, debuted in February 2018.
After Rock’s live performance, Netflix will stream “The Show After The Show” hosted by David Spade and Dana Carvey. Special guests include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, JB Smoove, and more live from the Comedy Store wrapping up the night.
Here’s how to watch the live events on March 4:
– 6:20pm PT/9:20pm ET: A “Watch Live” red play button will be available for members to stream the show. Viewers who click on the “Watch Live” button before the official start, will be taken to a waiting room until the pre-show begins.
– 6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET: “The Show Before the Show” begins.
– 7pm PT/10pm ET: Chris Rock: Selective Outrage airs on the same stream. Members will be able to rewind, pause and jump to Live.
-If members join late, they can opt to “Play from the Beginning” or start watching from where the stream is currently live. You can also pop out of the live event, and the title will remain under the “continue watching” row.
-“The Show After The Show” begins after Rock’s performance.
It's #ChrisRockLive week and we're pulling out all the stops!
Livestream from @TheComedyStore starts at 6:30pm with a pre-show hosted by @RonnyChieng and many more surprise guests, right before @ChrisRock takes the stage! pic.twitter.com/787FZT3Mzd
— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) February 27, 2023
“March 4 will be a hilarious evening, with an incredible set from Chris Rock – one of the greatest stand-ups of all-time – and contributions from an amazing lineup of special guests,” Robbie Praw, Netflix’s vice president of stand-up and comedy formats, said in a statement.
The pre and post-shows are produced by Den of Thieves and directed by Joe DeMaio and executive produced by Jill Leiderman and Den of Thieves’ Jared Morell.
Chris Rock: Selective Outrage will also be available for streaming on Netflix following the live event. “The Show Before the Show” and “The Show After The Show” will only be available live on March 4.