Chris Rock Signs a $40 Million Deal With Netflix for Two Stand-Up Specials
Netflix has been steadily building up its comedy portfolio over the past couple of years. Aziz Ansari brought a special and an acclaimed show to the platform, Chelsea Handler premiered a few projects, and Patton Oswalt won an Emmy for his Netflix-hosted special. New Chris Rock stand-up is on its way, too, according to Hollywood Reporter.
Rock has signed a $40 million deal with the streaming service to produce two new stand-up specials, which will be his first since 2008’s Kill the Messenger. The first of the two is scheduled to tape next year.
“I’m very excited to be working with [chief content officer Ted Sarandos] and [Lisa Nishimura, vp original documentary and comedy at Netflix] and all the good people at Netflix,” Rock said in a press release. “I can’t wait to get back on stage.”
Although he’s kept off the comedy stage, Rock has been busy over the past two years. His endeavors include hosting gigs at the BET and Academy Awards, directing Amy Schumer’s 2015 HBO special, guesting on Empire, and contributing to HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.