Netflix confirmed plans to launch a live show starring comedian, writer, director and actor Chris Rock, who will serve as the first artist to perform live on Netflix for the company’s first-ever live, global streaming event. The comedy special is scheduled to stream in early 2023.
This is Rock’s second Netflix stand-up special. His first, "Chris Rock: Tamborine," debuted in February 2018. The debut follows "Netflix is a Joke: The Festival," considered the biggest live, in-person event in Netflix history, taking place in Spring 2022. The unprecedented event sold more than 260,000 tickets, featuring more than 330 comedians performing 295 shows across more than 35 venues in Los Angeles. The festival also featured the first-ever stand-up show at Dodger Stadium.
The launch serves as a continuation of Netflix's investment on scripted comedy for TV and film; stand-up; sketch; comedy formats; and animation. “Chris Rock is one of the most iconic and important comedic voices of our generation,” said Robbie Praw, Netflix Vice President of Stand-up and Comedy Formats. “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.”