Chris Rock’s first Netflix special set for Valentine’s Day release
Staff Reporter | On 13, Feb 2018
Chris Rock’s first Netflix special will hit the streaming service on Valentine’s Day.
After eight years away from the mic, the comedian and actor returns to the stand-up stage or a new special – part of a $40 million deal with Netflix for two new specials. The agreement poaches Rock away from HBO, which has previously been his home for 20 years, not only doing his own specials but also directing the cable giant’s recent Amy Schumer special. Now, he’s heading to Netflix, with a special called Tamborine.
The show was first unveiled by the streaming service with a cryptic teaser that gave nothing away, but now, the strange trailer of a tamborine has been explained, with our first glimpse of the comedian’s stand-up show. It premieres worldwide on Wednesday 14th February.
Here’s the trailer:
Chris Rock: Tamborine is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.
Netflix is paying Chris Rock $40 million to return to stand-up
14th October 2016
Chris Rock is returning to stand-up comedy – and Netflix is paying him big bucks to do it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comedian and actor has signed a staggering $40 million deal with the streaming giant for two stand-up specials. Rock hasn’t been behind the mic for eight years, but after hosting the Oscars this year, the prospect of him heading back to the stage has sparked a huge bidding war in the TV world. THR reports that Netflix faced competition from major networks to snatch the star – a coup that will come as a blow to HBO, which Rock has previously called home for 20 years. Alongside specials such as Bigger & Blacker, he also directed HBO’s recent Amy Schumer special for the cable network, which earned him an Emmy nomination (he’s already won four Emmy awards). His rumoured pay packet sees Rock overtake the rates paid to A-lister such as Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K..
“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,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told the publication.
Netflix is increasingly placing an emphasis on its ever-expanding stand-up slate, whichnow includes everyone from Patton Oswalt and Aziz Ansari to Chris Tucker, David Cross, Chelsea Handler and Cedric the Entertainer. Jimmy Carr has also recorded a special for Netflix, as talent from the UK and the US are attracted by the service’s global reach, compared to the more limited circulation of a DVD sale.
“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,” said Lisa Nishimura, VP Original Documentary and Comedy at Netflix. “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: Talking for Clapping), now is the perfect time to take things to the next level with Chris Rock.”
“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,” commented Rock.
His first Netflix special will be filmed next year, following a world tour that is currently being planned. No release date for that or his second Netflix special has been confirmed.
Photo: Host Chris Rock at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.