Chris Rock Heading Back to Stand-Up with Huge Netflix Deal

Image via IAC Films
Image via IAC Films

Chris Rock is set to make his long-awaited return to the stage.

The comedian, actor and writer will be tackling not one but two stand-up shows in a new deal with streaming giant Netflix.

No air dates for the shows have been announced, but it is known that the first show will be filmed in 2017, around the time that Rocks heads on a new 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.”

Netflix won a bidding war with multiple other networks, and they’re paying quite the hefty price-tag. According to THR, Rock is set to earn a huge $US40 million for the two specials, making the $US20 million per-special fee one of the most expensive in history.

“I’m very excited to be working with Ted and Lisa and all the good people at Netflix,” Rock said in his statement. “I can’t wait to get back on stage.”

Rock has been absent from the stage for around eight years, although last year directed Amy Schumer’s HBO special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo.