Chris Rock Sets Comedian Record With $40M for Two Netflix Specials

Chris Rock is creation his lapse to radio as a stand-up comic, and he’s being paid a king’s release for his efforts.

After an eight-year absence, a mixed Emmy-winning comedian has sealed a large agreement with Netflix for dual stand-up specials, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Sources contend Rock has cumulative a whopping $40 million for a specials, that sets a new high symbol for a stand-up comic. The $20 million per special is believed to be some-more than such A-list comedians as Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer have commanded.

The initial Rock uncover will fasten in 2017 and follow a new universe debate that is now being planned. It’s misleading when possibly that initial uncover will atmosphere or when a second will fasten and be rolled out.

Given Rock’s new Emmy assignment for directing HBO’s Schumer special, a understanding during Netflix should be deliberate a large win for a streaming giant, that landed a in-demand comedian’s specials following a multiple-network behest war. The pierce also is a blow to HBO, where in further to a Schumer special, Rock has had a 20-year story with a reward wire network that formerly aired specials including Bigger Blacker and Never Scared as good as his speak uncover The Chris Rock Show.

“Chris Rock is a dear actor and director, and his conspicuous stand-up creates him comic royalty. There is no one like him, and Netflix offers a tellurian height and artistic leisure that will offer as a ideal home for someone with his implausible talent,” Netflix arch calm officer Ted Sarandos pronounced Thursday in a statement.

The specials symbol a lapse to a theatre for Rock, who many recently returned to a spotlight to horde a Oscars with a well-reviewed performance. In a past year, he also destined a Schumer special and guest-starred on Fox’s Empire.

The stand-up specials move Rock behind to Netflix after he seemed in a streaming giant’s A Very Murray Christmas special with Bill Murray. In 2014, Rock wrote, destined and starred in garb feature Top Five as good as executive constructed documentary Eat Drink Laugh: The Story of a Comic Strip. That followed 2009’s documentary Good Hair, which he wrote and produced. On a tiny screen, his credits embody The Chris Rock Show, Everybody Hates Chris and Saturday Night Live. Rock is a four-time Emmy leader who also has 3 Grammys and is a best-selling author. His time hosting a Oscars and directing Schumer’s special warranted Emmy nominations this year.

Rock’s specials join a register of stand-up performances including Emmy-nominated entries from John Mulaney and Patton Oswalt as good as Cedric a Entertainer, Iliza Shlesinger, Ali Wong, Mike Epps, Aziz Ansari, Anjelah Johnson, Chris Tucker, Chelsea Handler and David Cross, among others. Next adult are specials from Joe Rogan, Dana Carvey, Michael Che, Gabriel Iglesias, Reggie Watts and Colin Quinn (with a latter destined by Seinfeld).

“Increasingly, Netflix is apropos a preeminent end for stand-up comedy, partnering with top-tier talent opposite a far-reaching accumulation of styles and humor, enabling them to move their fresh, particular and waggish voices to a members in 190 countries around a world,” pronounced Lisa Nishimura, vp strange documentary and comedy during Netflix. “Our members learn each day that we truly offer something for each comedy fan, and a comedians we partner with know a energy of carrying a approach line to a ever-growing tellurian audience. Coming on a heels of a initial Emmy win in a difficulty (Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping), now is a ideal time to take things to a subsequent turn with Chris Rock.”

Netflix’s entrance into a stand-up space has combined a flourishing arms competition to land tip talent in an increasingly rival landscape with featured players Comedy Central, Showtime and HBO, among others.

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