For a while, Netflix was the only big streaming game in town, but they’ve had some major competition in recent years. In order to stay competitive, Netflix is looking to break into live streaming programming, and its first attempt will be a Chris Rock comedy special.
Netflix has announced that a new Chris Rock comedy special will air live in early 2023.”Chris Rock is one of the most iconic and important comedic voices of our generation,Robbie Praw, vice president of stand-up and comedy formats at Netflix, said in a statement.We’re thrilled that the world can experience a live Chris Rock comedy event and be a part of Netflix history. It will be a moment to remember and we are so honored to have Chris carry this torch.“If the live-action comedy special were a success, it would pave the way for Netflix to experiment with live reality TV and sporting events. It’s a brave new world of live streaming. Chris Rock’s last comedy special for Netflix was Chris Rock: Tambourine in 2018.
Chris Rock has been in the middle of his Ego Death tour, and while he hasn’t talked too much about Slap Heard Around the World, he teased that he’ll be talking about it on Netflix. “People expect me to talk bullshit, I’m not gonna talk about it now, I’ll get to it eventually, on Netflix,” he said.
If you need a refresher on the slapping controversy, Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head (due to alopecia) while presenting the Best Documentary Feature award at the Oscars. Will Smith then charged onto the stage and slapped Rock in the face. Visibly confused, Rock said, “Will Smith just scared the hell out of me,“like Smith yelled at Rock from”keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!Shortly after, Will Smith won Best Actor for King Richard and attempted to justify his actions by citing his character’s intense loyalty to his family.