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Chris Rock should be laughing all the way to the bank today because he just broke a pretty impressive financial record with Netflix, and audiences will reap the benefits with endless bouts of laughter. It may be hard to believe, but it’s been eight long years since Rock did stand-up comedy, but with the help of a $40 million deal with Netflix he is set to return to the stage in top form.

Oscar host Chris Rock during the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, Ca

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You read that right, Chris Rock has signed a deal with Netflix that will net him a massive $40 million payday from Netflix for two forth-coming stand-up comedy specials. This figure doubles what other comedians have been given in the past and positions Rock back to where he shines the most…putting a comedic spin on everything from pop culture and politics to race relations and relationships in front of a live audience. The Hollywood Reporter has further details about Rock’s Netflix deal, including when it’s expected to be released.

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

After an eight-year absence, the multiple Emmy-winning comedian has signed a massive pact with Netflix for two stand-up specials, “The Hollywood Reporterhas learned. Sources say Rock has secured a whopping $40 million for the specials, which sets a new high mark for a stand-up comic. The $20 million per special is believed to be more than such A-list comedians as Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer have commanded.

The first Rock show will tape in 2017 and follow a new world tour that is currently being planned. It’s unclear when either that first show will air or when the second will tape and be rolled out. Given Rock’s recent Emmy nomination for directing HBO’s Schumer special, the deal at Netflix should be considered a big win for the streaming giant, which landed the in-demand comedian’s specials following a multiple-network bidding war.

“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 said in a statement.

Chris Rock went on to add in his official statement about the new Netflix deal, stating “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,” he said. Chris Rock is well-known for his great ability to tackle tough issues with equal amounts of humor and self-refection. We here at HB are anxiously awaiting his return to the mic!


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