Chris Rock returns to the fold of stand-up comedy after eight years on the stand-up shelf. The streaming-leviathan known as Netflix announced today that they have acquired the comedic services of Rock, and will be paying him $40 million for two stand-up specials.
$40 million will help Rock usher in the new year, as his first stand-up special will be taped in 2017 following his stand-up world tour. That’s not just a whole lot of dough, but that’s a record-breaking amount. According to The Hollywood Reporter, $20 million per special is setting a new standard for stand-up comedians, besting the likes of top shelf jokers Amy Schumer and Louis C.K.
How did Rock rake in so much moolah with just two specials of comedy? He’s getting paid more than some of the leading actors in Hollywood. Well, there was a bidding war to secure the talent of a stand-up act that gave the audience something Bigger and Blacker (the title of a previous special). Chris pushed the envelope with his past comedy specials, so filming studios from HBO to Amazon to Hulu were all looking to stream Rock’s stand-up special, but they were put on ice by Netflix who made the comedian an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Officials at Netflix are already proudly exalting their newly-signed mega-star: “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,” said the Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
The world-renowned comic Chris Rock is also very excited about his partnership with Netflix: “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,” Rock said. He is returning to Netflix after appearing in A Very Murray Christmas special alongside fellow comedian Bill Murray last December.
In 2016, Chris Rock hosted the Academy Awards, but in the year 2017, Rock will return to his roots, cutting his craft on the microphone and entertaining the fans the way he only can.