Chris Rock to Perform Netflix’s First-Ever Live Comedy Special

Chris Rock (Credit: Corey Nickols)

Chris Rock is set to make history as the first artist to perform live on Netflix, the streamer announced Thursday.

Rock’s untitled stand-up special will debut in early 2023, with additional details announced at a later date.

“Chris Rock is one of the most iconic and important comedic voices of our generation,” Robbie Praw, Netflix’s 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 honored that Chris is carrying this torch.”

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The live event marks Rock’s second Netflix stand-up special. His first, Chris Rock: Tamborine, debuted in February 2018.

The Emmy-winning comic is no stranger to live performances after a stint in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He returned to host SNL in 2020 and emceed the live Oscars telecast in 2005 and 2016. Of course, there was also the infamous Will Smith Oscars slap on live TV earlier this year when Rock was a presenter.

His live special follows the in-person Netflix is a Joke: The Festival this past spring in Los Angeles. The popular event featured more than 330 comedians performing 295 shows across more than 35 venues. Netflix said it sold more than 260,000 tickets to the festival, and staged the first-ever comedy show at Dodger Stadium.