Chris Rock to headline two comedy specials for Netflix

By Karen Butler  |  Oct. 14, 2016 at 6:55 AM
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Actor, filmmaker and 2016 Oscars emcee Chris Rock has signed a deal to headline two original, stand-up comedy specials for Netflix.

The first show will be taped in 2017, following Rock's first tour in eight years, which he is planning now.

"Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty. There is no one like him, and Netflix offers the global platform and creative freedom that will serve as a perfect home for someone with his incredible talent," Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said in a statement Thursday.

"I'm very excited to be working with Ted and Lisa and all the good people at Netflix. I can't wait to get back on stage," added Rock.

"Increasingly, Netflix is becoming the preeminent destination for stand-up comedy, partnering with top-tier talent across a wide variety of styles and humor, enabling them to bring their fresh, distinctive and hilarious voices to our members in 190 countries around the world. Our members discover every day that we truly offer something for every comedy fan, and the comedians we partner with understand the power of having a direct line to our ever-growing global audience. Coming on the heels of our first Emmy win in the category [Patton Oswalt for Talking for Clapping,] now is the perfect time to take things to the next level with Chris Rock," remarked Lisa Nishimura, vice president of original documentary and comedy.

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