Chris Rock to Make History as First Entertainer to Perform Live on Netflix

By Rebecca Theodore-Vachon 

Chris Rock will make history as the first entertainer to perform live on Netflix for the company’s first-ever live global streaming event.

Rock’s comedy special is set to stream in early 2023. Additional details to come.

“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 in a statement. “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.”


This will be Rock’s second stand-up special for Netflix, his first Chris Rock: Tambourine debuted in 2018.

The comedian starred as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1990-1993 and would go on to forge a successful career as a stand-up comic, with five HBO comedy specials including Bring The Pain, Bigger & Blacker, Never Scared and Kill The Messenger. Rock would also host his own late-night talk show, The Chris Rock Show which ran for five seasons on HBO from 1997-2000.  Rock created the UPN sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris, which was based on his experiences as a young boy growing up in Brooklyn.

Rock was recently featured in the period comedy thriller, Amsterdam, directed by David O. Russell. Rock is also on board to executive and narrate, Everybody Still Hates Chris for Paramount+ – the project is an adult animated series based on the live-action series.

This upcoming special is another example of Netflix’s increased interest in live programming. Like its rivals, the company is now chasing streaming rights to live sports.