Thanks to a hefty deal with Netflix, Chris Rock is making his return to stand-up after an eight-year absence.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming giant announced the $40 million deal on Thursday (Oct. 13). The deal comprises of two stand-up specials to air in 2017 as part of a soon-to-be-announced world tour. “Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “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.”
Rock’s talents have treated him well. The Emmy award winner has brought significant numbers to HBO as part of a 20-year stint with the network for the iconic specials, Bigger & Blacker and Bring The Pain. The comedian has set a record with his Netflix deal, receiving the biggest pay day of his fellow comedy buds like Louis C.K, Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer.
The comedian has made a few guest appearances at comedy clubs over the years, with stand-up being a unique part of his critically acclaimed 2015 comedy, Top Five.
“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,” said Rock. The comedian is working with plenty of material. From the growing social tensions to the current election, Rock isn’t limited on potential material.